We’ve found all the arty, crafty, foody, fashiony markets you need to spend your Chrissie money on this January.
Summer Night Market
Praise Yeezy, hallelujah, it’s back! The Summer Night Market is rolling in for yet another season at the Queen Victoria Market. Every Wednesday evening, from 5–10pm, sink your teeth into Melbourne’s largest array of global street food, free live tunes, jaw-dropping entertainers, specialty and vintage shopping and a delicious international atmosphere like no other.
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 handmade haven of unique, handcrafted art and craft goodies. Cross six grandmas off your gift-buying list at this market.
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn
When: Sundays (except Jan 1), 10am–4pm
Blender Lane Artists Market
Hosted in one of Melbourne most vibrant street art covered laneways, this quirky and colourful market showcases a variety of art, design, fashion and jewellery to meet every taste. Don’t pack dinner or your walkman, because this market is also littered with delicious goodies and live music.
Where: Blender Lane, Franklin St
When: Wednesdays (except Jan 4), 5–10pm
Camberwell Sunday Market
Celebrating their 40th year in the market trade, the Camberwell Sunday Market sure knows how to put on a spread of vintage and modern treasures. For as little as a gold coin donation, you can peruse the second-goods and crafts on offer while treating yourself to one or seventeen hot jam donuts.
Where: Market Place, Camberwell
When: Every Sunday (except Jan 1), 6:30am – 12:30pm
Coburg Trash & Treasure Market
Boasting over two hundred stalls packed with new and second-hand goods every single Sunday; the Coburg Trash & Treasure Market is your one-stop-shop for goods, antiques, crafts and maybe that Scandal’us album you’ve been searching for fifteen years.
Where: 155 Newlands Road, Coburg North
When: Every Sunday, from 8am
Docklands Sunday Market
Still the only place in Melbourne where you can buy both fresh churros and a brass periscope, the Docklands Sunday Market will be firing up again this January to meet all your dessert and aquamarine spy-wear needs. Boasting truckloads of beauty products, clothing, food and crafts, the Docklands Sunday Market is a great excuse to skip church this month.
Where NewQuay Promenade, Docklands
When: Sundays, 10am–5pm
Fed Square Book Market
Featuring over five thousand new and pre-loved titles, the Fed Square Book Market is every obsessive-reader’s dream come true. Offering up books in every conceivable genre imaginable, there’s no topic you won’t be able to find a book on, and for heaps less than you spent on that illustrated edition of Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets that you gave your brother for Christmas.
Where: Federation Square
When: Saturdays 11am–5pm
The best markets are held at primary schools, because primary schools have playgrounds, and playgrounds have flying foxes, and need I say more. But if you need more convincing, for six years the Fitzroy Market has been home to some sixty-five stalls full of all things second-hand, vintage and hand-made in addition to homemade goodies that’ll put a smile on your face and holes in your teeth.
Where: Fitzroy Primary School, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 21 December, 10am–3pm
The thriving metropolis of Kensington host their market on the third Sunday of every month, showcasing the local talent from surrounding precincts via siq live beats and fabulous local produce.
Where: Kensington Town Hall, Kensington
When: Sunday 22 January, 10am–3pm
Rose Street Artists’ Market
Arguably the best Melbourne market for all things handmade, the Rose Street Artists’ Market is jam-packed with Melbourne’s best art and design talent. Offering everything from jewellery and homewares, to tasty treats and bike hire, you will not leave this Fitzroy craft haven empty handed (you will almost definitely leave with an A3 print of a cockatoo eating a piece of fairy bread).
Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5pm
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Every Sunday the St Kilda Esplanade comes alive with over 120 food trucks, handmade craft stalls, street performers and artwork displays, in addition to about a gazillion seagulls, that’ll make sitting at home watching X Factor reruns seem unusually inadequate.
Where: St Kilda Esplanade
When: Every Sunday, from 10am–5pm
St Kilda Twilight Market
Pulling up a patch of grass in one of the city’s most beautiful locations is the St Kilda Twilight Market, which is kicking off yet another season beneath the palm trees alongside Luna Park. If the twilight beachside landscape doesn’t tempt you, the artwork, vintage fashions, handmade jewellery, fresh produce and delicious street food definitely will.
Where: O’Donnell Gardens, St Kilda
When: Thursdays, 5–10pm
The Community Grocer Carlton
Operating every Friday morning, this little market sells over twenty-five types of vegetables and over twenty types of veggies. All produce is at affordable prices and there’s even a free vegetarian BBQ lunch. All proceeds from the market go back into the community, so you won’t just be doing your diet a favour by buying three kilos carrots.
Where: 510 Lygon St, Carlton
When: Fridays, 9:30am–12:30pm
This much-loved iconic market is the second-oldest and second-largest market in the whole of Melbourne. Bringing together over 150 nationalities under one roof, Dandenong Market delivers an incredible range of fresh local produce that’ll make the vegie aisle of Woolies look like a nature strip in the Simpson Desert.
Where: 40 Cleeland St, Dandenong
When: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Melbourne Farmers Markets
With Melbourne Farmers Markets hosted in seven locations within the city of Melbourne, there is always a potato and zucchini rosti with apple sauce dangerously close-by. Boasting no wholesalers or big businesses, these markets are connecting urban Melbourne with Victoria’s farmers, one tomato relish at a time. Stocking everything from cheese and fruit conserves, to homemade pies, fresh flowers and premium cuts of meat, these markets are a Christmas Lunch-hoster’s paradise.
The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday, 10:30am–2:30pm
Carlton Primary School: First Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Coburg North Primary School: Every Saturday, 8am–1pm
Gasworks Arts Park: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Fairfield Primary School: Third & fifth Saturdays of every month, 8am–1pm
Ringwood, Melbourne Street & Town Square: Every Sunday, 9am–2pm
Queen Victoria Market
This market needs no introduction because if you haven’t already been there for the hot jam donuts, 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 donuts.
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
On the first Saturday of every month, for more than eleven years, the Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market has been stocking Victoria’s freshest produce, and directly supporting primary producers from all over the state. With fruits, confectionary, free-range eggs, pasta, honey and literally anything you can think of that can be grown in a paddock that isn’t a poisonous thistle, this market has it. And that guy that sold you three kilos of zucchinis – you can be sure he grew them himself.
Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda
When: First Saturday of every month, 8:30am–1pm
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