The Winter chill just keeps getting worse in Melbourne. But that doesn’t mean your routine should be void of adventure! We’ve made a list of Melbourne’s best winter markets to keep you busy bees occupied. We’re sure there’ll be something for everyone on this list.
Here’s your ultimate guide to Melbourne’s winter markets.
Winter Night Market
Queen Victoria Market
Can you ever go wrong with the classic? The Winter Night Market Market at the Queen Vic helps you get over hump day while running all throughout winter. There’s over 30 street vendors serving up some of Melbourne’s best street food, and artisan stalls for you to explore while munching away. From paella and sangria to pho and Vietnamese iced coffee, we’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.
After its smashing success last year, the Prahran market is yet again hosting the Truffle Festival this winter. Get ready to indulge in truffle heaven and sample these precious black gems. The festival will be MC’ed by Masterchef contestant Alice in Frames, with a bunch of chefs like Guy Grossi sharing their best truffle lovin’ tips. There’ll be a bunch of Melbourne’s best restaurants serving up their truffle specialities. Umm hello, truffled grilled cheese sandwich (drools)! If your cravings still won’t be satisfied, you can buy some truffle goodies to take home. But wait, there’s more!!! Truffle doggos will be in attendance at the festival. These cutie pooches will teach us their best scavenger truffle tricks, and maybe you’ll be able to snag a cuddle.
Beyond Bow Ties
South Melbourne Market
Padre Coffee are shining the light on men’s health at the South Melbourne Market. Head down and grab a coffee to warm up this winter, and snag a bowtie while you’re there. All proceeds will be going to ‘Beyond Blue’, to help the fight against anxiety and depression so no one has to feel the winter blues. Running on the 15th, 17th and 18th of June, check out the deets here.
Refugee Week Market
At the Dandenong market, there’ll be a bunch of events running to help you beat the winter chill. To raise awareness during Refugee Week, there’ll be a live cooking demonstration with Russell Bald (hey, hey fried calamari), live performances and of course, fooood. Parking and entry are free, so nip down and check it out. Here are the deets.
Made in Braybrook
Central West Shopping Centre
If you love jewellery, handmade goodies, and cultural desserts, the Made in Braybrook Market is the place to hang this June. Who doesn’t love supporting sustainable arts? This market is funded by the locals, and takes creativity to the nek level. Head down to check out Syrian sweets, dog accessories, and Merino dancewear (yep, that’s right) to keep you cosy while you’re grooving.
The Flour Market is only running for another few weeks. And what better way to keep you trooping this winter than to check out these sweet treats? Expect to see some of Melbourne’s best bakers; like Shortstop and Cobb Lane. There’ll be classic doughsies, gooey brownies, and citrusy lemon meringue tarts. Nicknamed ‘Afternoon Delight’, the Flour Market will provide just that on a Thursday arvo.
Brunswick Town Hall
Running four times a year, the Sisters’ Market will be having their winter instalment on August 13th. Think handcrafted, artisan goodies to inspire you this winter. It’s the perfect place to shop for some unique gifts for your loved ones, or maybe something special for yourself? There’ll also be sweet treats to make sure you’re even more tempted. Jewellery, pottery and other nifty shenanigans will add a creative twist to your nippy winter.
Hank Marvin Market x The Creators Market
The weekly Hank Marvin Markets have hailed from the street food gods, and are here to satisfy all our juicy, crispy, and saucy cravings. This Winter, the food haven is pairing up with The Creators Market, bringing you locally made arts and crafts, every Saturday from 9am until 3pm until 9 July. That means you can enjoy Mr Burger, Hammer and Tong, and Gorilla Grill, all with a site of sustainable shopping. We’re sure you’ll find something that you won’t be able to resist!
European Night Market
Madame Brussels Lane
Running every Friday night for four weeks throughout the end of July and mid-August, Melburnians are invited to rug up and indulge in European goodies. These markets are inspired by Christmas Night Markets in Manchester, yet come with their own Melbourne twist. Get ready for pierogi, French crepes and cheesy fondue. The majority of these treats will be served warm, so they’ll keep you toasty during Melbourne’s chilly nights. There’ll be just about every kind of European snack. So while you may not feel the warmth of the Spanish sun, you’ll at least get to sip on some sangria. The German beer garden, The Fringe, will be open late. That means after your bellies are full you can get your beer buzz on. Suss out the deets here.
Finders Keepers Market
Royal Exhibition Building
Held over three very intense days, the Finders Keepers Market will feature over 250 different art and design stalls filled with an array of goodies. Don’t worry, you won’t be delving for bargains and hidden gems on an empty stomach. A whole bunch of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks will be there to stop your hangry attitude in its tracks. These markets have been running since 2010, so they know how to provide the very best for ya’ll. There’ll even be live music and two bars to keep the good vibes going!
Best in Brunswick Design Market
Creativity is being taken up a notch at the Best in Brunswick Design Market. There’s going to be a bunch of workshops for you to channel your creative genius! You can learn screen-printing, flower arranging and weaving–all while admiring live art installations! Let out your inner hipster and get crafting! All the need-to-know here.
The Big Bayside and Peninsula Design Market
Getting too cold to venture outside? The Big Bayside and Peninsula Design Market has you covered–it’s indoors! There’ll be over 80 design stalls showcasing the best of Victoria’s craftsmanship. But what makes this market different? Well, all goodies will be handcrafted and handmade. A bunch of food trucks will be there to keep you going throughout the day. So go on, treat yo’self! Check it out their Facebook deets here.
Little Sparrow Market
Held three times a year, the Little Sparrow Market at Fed Square brings dainty and creative designs to the heart of Melbourne. From exclusive jewellery to unique crockery, this market has over 60 stalls. Some will even feature some gourmet nibbles. Surely it doesn’t get better than that on a chilly Melbourne arvo. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, do you even really like markets?
The Evelyn Market
This market is for the bargain hunter in all of us. For all your vintage, second-hand clothing and accessories, The Evelyn Market is the place to be! You’ll also get to check out a bunch of emerging Aussie designers, all while exploring sustainable fashion. Being conscious of the environment and looking on fleek? Surely it doesn’t get better than that. Oh, but it does! Warm up with $7 mulled wines, or have a chiller with a $10 Bloody Mary. All the deets here.
Mulgrave Makers Market
These markets are held once a month, and aren’t taking a break over the winter period. Every fourth Sunday of the month, the Mulgrave Makers Market are held at the HQ of The Body Shop, and reel in over 2000 customers each time! Grab yourself a snuggly knit, or find some hidden gems. We’re sure this market will satisfy all your bargaining needs. Suss it out here.
Image Credit: Made in Braybrook