Food & Drink

Melbourne Market Calendar | April 2015

By Megan Osborne
29th Mar 2015

April sees things cooling down and you chilling out. But even the colder weather won’t stop you from checking out these ripper Melbourne markets! Just think about the early morning hot chocolates, or the afternoon sausage sizzles. THINK of the glorious food trucks, and the satisfying shopping for your winter wardrobe.

If you’re looking for places to shop or simply things to do in Melbourne this month, then here’s our list of Melbourne’s best Markets. For April anyway!

Lifestyle Markets

Federation Square Book Market
Bibliophiles, file yourself away at the Federation Square Book Market. For all you bookish beauties, this is the place to find over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, from fiction fantasy to fly-fishing*. This is one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne; held in the airy Atrium, it’s the spot to get your literature on. *No fly-fishing books guaranteed!

Where: Atrium, Federation Square
When: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Love, Evelyn Market
Fitzroy locals and lovers, visit the Love, Evelyn Market for your fill of market goodness. One of the best boutique markets in Melbourne, the Love, Evelyn market is held one of Fitzroy’s oldest pubs, the iconic Evelyn Hotel on Brunswick Street. Take your pick of clothes, books, vintage wares, a tarot card reading or a Bloody Mary. Yup, you heard us, and it’s perfectly reasonable (if not essential) seeing as the market starts at 12pm! 

Where: Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 7th and 18th April, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Abbotsford Market
Touted as being one of the cutest, most popular markets in Melbourne, Abbotsford Market is a family friendly, community endeavour in the vibrant suburb of Abbotsford. Find a pair of quirky vintage shoes, or stock up on old-school records. Spot some pre-loved fashion, or pig out on some Pierogi. Really, just head along for a good time, there’s something for everyone at this cracker Melbourne market. 

Where: Abbotsford Primary School, Lithgow Street, Abbotsford
When: Saturday 11th April, 9:00am – 2:00pm

**Please note, the Abbotsford Market has been cancelled and will no longer be held**
Brunswick Flea
Brunswick Flea Market is largely considered one of Melbourne’s best markets by hipsters, and they should know! Boasting both new and pre-loved wares, this market features everything from edible treats to old school vinyl beats.

Where: 7 Dawson Street, Brunswick
When: Sunday 12th April, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Camberwell Sunday Market
Running every Sunday, Camberwell Sunday Market is the place to head for when your market madness needs quenching. Find some second-hand treasures, homemade crafts and art, or some tasty sweet and savoury treats! Get there early before all the best stuff sells!

Where: Station Street, Camberwell
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:30pm

Docklands Sunday Market
Down in the Waterfront City, The Docklands Sunday Market has plenty to peruse and purchase. From art, to vintage clothing, to books, there’s even piano music to serenade you while you wander.

Where: Waterfront City New Quay Promenade, Docklands 
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Bentleigh Sunday Market
With everything but the kitchen sink, the Bentleigh Sunday Market boasts 145 stalls for your viewing pleasure! You know what they say about how one man’s trash totally turns out to be a Jackson Pollock (sorry art snobs)? Find your treasure here, marketeers.

Where: 1 Bent Street, Bentleigh
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm

Rose St Artists Market
For one of Melbourne’s best art and design markets, pay a visit to the Rose St Artists Market in Fitzroy. On every weekend, decorate your walls with a beautiful print, some photography, or decorate yourself with some great fashion and jewellery. Listen to some beats while you taste some treats, or play spot the hipster from the Young Bloods Diner on the rooftop. Fun times in Fitzroy.

Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fitzroy Market
Fitzroy is just the place to go for your monthly Melbourne market cravings. Running for 4 years, the Fitzroy Market held at Fitzroy Primary School has 65 stalls filled with second-hand solid gold treasures. With food to fuel you, there’s a great vibe that encourages you to slow down and enjoy yourself at this family-friendly market.

Where: Fitzroy Primary School, 322-326 George Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 18th April, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
The Arts Centre Melbourne Artisans Market is where local creatives show off their goods. Everything is produced or made locally, and with over 80 artisans, there’s something unique for every taste. A great place to admire and support the handiwork of talented local artisans.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, Melbourne CBD
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Esplanade Market
Head down to the beach and make sure to stop at The Esplanade Market in St Kilda! With over 120 unique stalls stretching along the iconic esplanade, you’ll find everything from paintings to purses.

Where: Upper Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Batman Market
Get excited market-goers, in charming Coburg is the Batman Market! Holy Smokes! With over 100 stalls, there will plenty to see while you’re spelunking, including fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music and a range of multicultural cuisine. 

Where: 14-22 Gaffney Street, Coburg
When: Every Sunday, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Yarraville Markets
In the heart of Yarraville Village you’ll find the Yarraville Markets, a wonderful place to find Australian handmade crafts. From jewellery to candles and skincare, this family-friendly market is a lovely place to spend your weekend!

Where: Masonic Hall, Cnr Canterbury street and Willis Street, Yarraville
When: Saturday 11th April, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Chinatown Night Market
In Heffernan Lane, Chinatown, you’ll find a little corner of Melbourne that’s dedicated to fantastic and flavourful cuisine! All about food, you can enjoy hawker-style eateries running late into the night. Did we mention there will be dumplings?

Where: Heffernan Lane, Melbourne
When: Friday 17th April, 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Sticky Fingers Sunday Market
Queen Victoria Market welcomes it’s newest initiative, Sticky Fingers! Running on Sundays, this foodie festival has asked food vendors to think outside the box…and put it on a stick! All food will be served up on a stick, toothpick or prong, and will be economically priced! There’s entertainment for those with kids, and a beer garden by Two Brothers Brewery for those without! With live music to set the summer mood, don’t miss this great Sunday market!

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
When: Sunday 5th and 12th April, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Northern Regards Artisan Market 
Head down (up?) to the Northern Regards Artisan Market held at the local Northcote Social Club. This Melbourne market is the perfect setting for your afternoon frothy, while you peruse the range of artisans touting a sustainable and recycled theme to their work. Feel good while you shop at this northside market that really fills a gap in the current Melbourne market scene. 

Where: Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote
When: Saturday 11th April, 11:00am – 4:00pm

The Creators Market
Showcasing the talent of local designers and artists, Prahran Town Hall is set to host this quarterly market. Shop till you drop for fashion, designed goods, art and more. There’s amazing food on offer to keep you going, too. This Friday Funday also features some incredible Pop-Up shop spaces from local talent & fashion designers!  

Where: Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street, Prahran
When: Friday 24th April, 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Little Sparrow Market
Support local Australian designers, makers and artists at this cute Melbourne market. Alternating between Federation Square and Malvern Town Hall, join in the fun with this unique set up. With a focus on sustainability, ethical production, high quality and originality, check out some emerging designers, or purchase a vintage find! There’s also a lovely selection of food and drink to sustain you while you’re shopping sustainable!

Where: Malvern Town Hall, 1251 High Street, Malvern
When: Saturday 4th April, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Shirt & Skirt Market
Head to the Abbotsford Convent to check out clothes from independent and emerging designers. Stock up on one-off items such as jewellery and accessories, with unique items for women, men and children.

Where: Abbotsford Convent, St Helliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Sunday 19th April, 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Take 2 Markets
Need a new look but can’t afford to break the bank? Look no further than Take 2 Markets. Offering pre-loved items from Australian and international designer labels, this vintage fashion market is the place to nab a bargain, frugal fashionistas!

Where: Geelong West Town Hall, Geelong West
When: Saturday 11th April, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
When: Sunday 19th April, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Kensington Market
Local talent from the Kensington and Flemington areas is showcased in this lovely artists market at the Kensington Town Hall. Over 70 stalls contribute to the mix of fresh produce, homemade foods, designer fashion, jewellery, children’s clothing, art and more!

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30 - 34 Bellair Street, Kensington
When: Sunday 19th April, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Produce Markets 

Slow Food Melbourne
Why anyone would rush the process of eating is beyond us here at The Urban List. That’s why we plan to attend the Slow Food Melbourne market at the Abbostford Convent. Featuring 60 of Victoria’s finest growers and producers, you can buy your fruit ‘n’ veg directly from the farmer that grew it.

Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Saturday 25th April, 8:00am - 1:00pm 

Coburg Farmers Market
Saying stuff ya to supermarkets? Then head to the Coburg Farmers Market at Coburg North Primary School to stock up on all your grocery goods. Find a tasty selection of fruit and vegetables, along with nuts, oils, and tangy bakery fancies to keep you fuelled. 

Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg 
When: Saturday 11th and 25th April, 8:00am – 1:00pm

The Substation Farmers Market
Brought to you by Melbourne’s Farmers Markets, The Substation Farmers Market delivers greedy market-goers a bunch of fresh produce and local handmade goodies! With all the proper fancy shmancy accreditation, the Substation Farmer’s Market in Newport guarantees that as a customer, you are buying fresh seasonal produce directly from the producers. 

Where: The Substation, Market Street, Newport
When: Sunday 5th and 19th April, 9:00am – 1:00pm 

Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market
Planning a lazy Saturday morning? Oh wait, that’s not what veg out means this time around! Get your organic goodies at the Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market, held at St Kilda’s favourite community-run garden, the Peanut Farm Reserve. On the first Saturday of the month you can find one of Melbourne’s best fruit and veg markets.

Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, Chaucer Street, St Kilda
When: Saturday 4th April, 8:30am – 1:00pm 

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market
Here you can buy and sell children! Hey wait… Just kidding! The Collingwood Children’s Farmers Market is held at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and has over 50 stalls featuring Victoria’s best producers and artisans. With a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s a wonderfully fun weekend stop (remove that price tag off your child at once!). 

Where: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Saturday 11th April, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Fairfield Farmers Market
Expect a fair price and a fair go at Fairfield Farmers Market in (yup, you guessed it) Fairfield. With a focus on food and fantastic fresh produce, feel free to shop and feed your fancies from 8 in the morning to 1pm, or all tuckered out!

Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street, Fairfield 
When: Saturday 18th April, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Bentleigh Farmers Market
Run by East Bentleigh Primary School, the once market garden is now blooming with market stalls! Head along on the fourth Saturday of each month to stock your pantry with wonderfully fresh Victorian produce direct from the growers! Saa fresh.

Where: East Bentleigh Primary School, 90 Bignell Road, East Bentleigh
When: Saturday 25th April, 8:00am - 12:30pm 

Farmers Market at the University of Melbourne
Positioned on Union Lawn and South Court, this farmers market is the perfect place to shop for local Victorian produce. Get excited for food trucks and restaurant pop-ups, plus a range of fresh fruit and veg.

Where: Melbourne University, Parkville
When: Every Wednesday (Until 27th May), 11:00am – 3:00pm 

Carlton Farmers Market
This ethical and sustainable Melbourne farmers market supplies local produce from meat, fruit and veggies, all the way to nuts and cheese. Entry is via a gold coin donation that goes toward supporting programs in the Carlton Primary School (such as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden), and the market is proudly plastic bag free!

Where: Carlton Primary School, Corner of Palmerston and Rathdowne Streets, Carlton
When: Saturday 4th and 18th April, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Gasworks Farmers Market
Held at the Gasworks Art Park, this farmers market boasts a huge range of local food producers and scrumptious snacks galore. Named Most Outstanding Farmers Market in 2012, this is definitely a market for Melbourne foodies!

Where: Gasworks Art Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
When: Saturday 18th April, 8:00am – 1:00pm


So off you go, hit up those Melbourne markets, Listers! Rug up, fill up and stock up!

Image Credit: Herriott Grace.

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