The new year is finally upon us, and whether you're flush with cash after a lucrative Christmas, or broke as due to splashing your cash left, right and centre during your holiday, the markets around Melbourne will have something for everything.
Here are 14 markets you need to check out in Melbourne this January.
SUMMER NIGHT MARKET
It’s summer, which means the Summer Night Market is ready for season at the Queen Victoria Market. Every Wednesday evening, from 5–10pm, sink your teeth into Melbourne’s largest array of delicious street food, free live tunes and entertainment, vintage shopping, and more.
Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesdays, 5–10pm
ARTS CENTRE SUNDAY MARKET
Every Sunday, between 10–4pm, the Arts Centre Melbourne’s front lawn transforms into a haven of unique, handcrafted art and craft goodies. Bring your sunnies and your grandma.
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn
When: Sundays (except Jan 1), 10am–4pm
Camberwell Sunday Market
The Camberwell Sunday Market certainly knows how to put on a spread of vintage and modern treasures. Sift through many rare and interesting vintage goods while you much on one or twenty hot jam doughnuts.
Where: Market Place, Camberwell
When: Every Sunday (except Jan 1), 6:30am – 12:30pm
DOCKLANDS SUNDAY MARKET
Did someone say fresh churros? The Docklands Sunday Market is ready for you once again this January to meet all your dessert and market stall needs. With an array of interesting beauty products, clothing, food and crafts, the Docklands Sunday Market is a great way to inject some wholesomeness in your Sunday activities.
Where NewQuay Promenade, Docklands
When: Sundays, 10am–5pm
The Fitzroy Market is celebrating its eighth year as the friendliest market around. Fun vibes and 75 stalls consisting of all things second hand, vintage and handmade, plus a ton of yummy food. How can you say no?
Where: Fitzroy Primary School, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 19 January, 10am–3pm
ROSE STREET ARTISTS’ MARKET
Celebrating 15 years of all things handmade, the Rose Street Artists’ Market is an art and design market dream. Offering everything from jewellery and homewares to scrumptious treats, there’s a high chance you’re not going to leave empty-handed.
Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5pm
ST KILDA ESPLANADE MARKET
Drop by the St Kilda Esplanade for some seaside fun and summery stalls. Arts, crafts, giftware, homeware, and lots of food will keep you plenty busy while you work on your tan. Just make sure to check the weather before going.
Where: St Kilda Esplanade
When: Every Sunday, from 10am–5pm
ST KILDA TWILIGHT MARKET
Definitely one of the more aesthetic markets, the St Kilda Twilight Market is kicking off another season of handmade goods, fresh produce and delicious street food. Palm trees, Luna Park, and snacks: it’s starting to look a lot like summer.
Where: O’Donnell Gardens, St Kilda
When: Thursdays, 5–10pm
THE COMMUNITY GROCER CARLTON
Operating every Friday morning, the Community Grocer is on a mission to get people consuming fresh produce every day. With heaps of affordable veggies available, it’s your local one-stop-shop for all your produce needs. Plus, all proceeds from the market go back into the community, so we can’t think of a more wholesome and healthy way to spend your coin.
Where: 478 Drummond St, Carlton
When: Fridays, 8am - 12pm
The Dandenong Market is the second-oldest and second-largest market in the whole of Melbourne. With an incredible range of fresh local produce, it’ll make you develop a totally acceptable vegetable addiction.
Where: 40 Cleeland St, Dandenong
When: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
This market needs no introduction because if you haven’t already been there for the hot jam doughnuts, have you ever actually been to Melbourne at all? Loaded with rows of produce, handmade crafts, apparel, phone accessories, children’s toys and anything else you can imagine, this is your one-stop-shop for anything, ever. Try the doughnuts.
Where: Corner of Victoria & Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
SLOW FOOD MELBOURNE FARMERS MARKET
On the fourth Saturday of every month, the Abbotsford Convent transforms into a haven of low/no chemical local produce that’ll make you regret every McChicken burger you’ve ever even looked at. Stocking a range of meats, seedlings, dairy products, bread and much more, your body will thank you after an afternoon at the Slow Food Melbourne Farmer’s Market.
Where: St Helier’s Street, Abbotsford Convent
When: Saturday 28 January, 8am–1pm
VEG OUT ST KILDA FARMERS MARKET
The Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market has been stocking Victoria’s freshest produce for over 14 years, directly supporting primary producers from all over the state. Whether it’s fruit, pasta, honey, confectionary, or whatever else you can think of, you can be sure to find it at this market.
Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda
When: First Saturday of every month, 8:30am–1pm
Melbourne Farmers Markets
There’s nothing processed about this process. At Melbourne Farmers Markets, you can get real food straight from Victorian farmers. You can find them at a number of spots around Melbourne.
Here's the list:
Coburg North Primary School: Every Saturday, 8am–1pm
Carlton Primary School: First Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Slow Food Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Fairfield Primary School: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday during the semester, 10.30am–2.30pm
For more information, click here.
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