Oh don't let the wintry weather deter you, my friends. It's time to gather your baskets, pop on your gumboots and make your way to the best markets in Melbourne!
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Lovers of the homemade and handcrafted, this Melbourne art and craft market features the very best contemporary handmade products, including clothing, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and timber works and more. Grab a borek (as if we needed to tell you to!) and spend the day wandering through the stalls.
Where: Shed A, Queen Victoria Market, 155 Victoria Street in Melbourne
When: First Sunday of every month, 9:00am – 4:00pm
A haven for bibliophiles and bookworms, The Federation Square Book Market is one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, with over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and children's books. Go on, take a whiff of that glorious old book smell.
Where: Atrium in Federation Square
When: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Housed in one of Fitzroy's oldest pubs, the iconic Evelyn Hotel, this cute boutique market features clothing, books, handmade pleasantries, assorted vintage wares and even the occasional tarot card reading. As if it could get any better, they have beer and Bloody Marys on hand for thirsty thrift shoppers.
Where: Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy
When: First and third Saturday of every month, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
This flea market sells both new and pre-loved goodies, with everything from artisan foods to handmade jewellery to books and vinyl prime for the purchasing. There's HEAPS of stuff sure to tickle your hipster fancies, as well as a load of food to keep grumbling tummies at bay.
Where: 7 Dawson Street in Brunswick
When: Second Sunday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Attracting thousands of bargain hunters every Sunday, Camberwell Market is one of Melbourne's most popular trash 'n treasure troves. Peruse the second-hand, homemade and knick-knacky goods with a hot jam donut in hand. The perfect way to celebrate Sunday.
Where: Station Street in Camberwell
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:30pm
This Bentleigh trash and treasure market has over 145 stalls, where you can find plants, pre-loved clothing, cosmetics, antiques, crafts and more! Who doesn't love a car boot bargain?
Where: 1 Bent Street in Bentleigh
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm
Set along Waterfront City's Promenade and Piazza, this variety market offers a dazzling array of art, vintage ware, retro clothing, old books and jewellery – baubles, bangles and beads galore! Grab a bite to eat, be serenaded by Terry the piano player and make a day of it.
Where: Waterfront City New Quay Promenade in Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
An art gallery, cinema, events space and kick arse cafe – 1000 £ Bend also houses the Bend & Snap design market every month, showcasing the incredible creations of local illustrators, fashion designers, jewellers and textile artists. You also have the chance to get gluey with some hands-on arts and crafts at 'Crafternoon Corner'. Sunday? More like funday!
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne
When: Last Sunday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm
A mecca for recycled designer and vintage fashion and accessories, Take 2 is a favourite spot for women looking to spruce up their style at a fraction of the retail cost. One of Melbourne's best markets, Take 2 is the perfect place to make like Macklemore and get thrifty.
Where: Bendigo Town Hall, location varies each month.
When: Sunday 15th of June (dates change monthly), 9:00am – 3:00pm
Fitzroy hipster hot-spot Rose St Artists Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne's best art and design talent, the market featuring prints, photography, fashion, and jewellery, not to mention tasty treats, cool beats and bike hire! Afterwards head upstairs to the Young Bloods Diner rooftop and enjoy a house-roasted coffee, plate of coddled eggs and killer view of Fitzroy. Bliss.
Where: 60 Rose Street in Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Run as a side project of Thread Den, North Melbourne Market is a monthly affair featuring small labels, creative makers and artisans selling their incredible handiwork. The bulk of stallholders are fashion and accessory labels with a focus on the local, handmade, vintage and fair-trade, while there's also a strong smattering of stalls selling homewares, kawaii goodies and yummy treats.
Where: The Lithuanian Club Melbourne, 44 Errol Street in North Melbourne
When: Sunday 11th May (held monthly), 10:00am – 3:00pm
Every Sunday over 80 of Victoria's finest artisans set up shop on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, showcasing a variety of unique, handmade goods ranging from aromatherapy to freshly made delicacies. Everything on offer is made locally, and you're guaranteed to find a one-off treasure that'd make the perfect gift (for a loved one, or yourself!).
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Set against the backdrop of St Kilda Beach, this makers' market has been running for over forty years, and it's easy to see why it's so darn popular with tourists and Melburnians alike. With over 120 unique stalls, the market boasts an impressive selection of handcrafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, homewares, artisan goodies plus much more.
Where: Upper Esplanade in St Kilda
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Head to Abbotsford Primary School to peruse everything from pre-loved clothes and instruments (musical and scientific) to plants in shoes (actually!) and other interesting bits and bobs. Don't forget to check out the yummy food – organic breads, French baked goodies and (of course) the obligatory sausage sizzle.
Where: Abbotsford Primary School, Lithgow Street in Abbotsford
When: First Saturday of every month, 9:00am – 2:00pm
One of Northside's favourite markets, Fitzroy Market at Fitzroy Primary School contains 65 stalls consisting of all things second-hand, vintage and hand-made, with a range of yummy foods and live tunes to keep you entertained. Munch on a gourmet pie (they're too darn good!) as you browse the wares.
Where: Fitzroy Primary School, 322-326 George Street in Fitzroy
When: Third Saturday of every month (except July), 10:00am – 3:00pm
Parents looking to style their tots need need look no further than Mathilda's Market. Featuring stalls from Australia's most talented makers, crafters and designers, this cute market is absolutely bursting at the seams with original clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for the little ones.
Where: Malvern Town Hall, cnr Glenferrie Road & High Street in Malvern (changes)
When: Sunday 15th of June, 9:00am –1:00pm
This handmade and homemade market celebrates old school craft, with stallholders selling stitched, crocheted and knitted goodies, handmade jewellery, baby items, baked treats and lots more. Brush up on forgotten skills with demonstrations in handicrafts running in the 'Craft Room'. Knitting needles at the ready!
Where: St Paul's Church in Frankston
When: Saturday 21st June (held monthly), 10:00am – 2:00pm
Counteracting the fast food Big Mac culture, Slow Food Melbourne is bringing everyone back to basics with their monthly farmers market at the Abbotsford Convent. Get familiar with some of Victoria's best produce, chat to the farmers and learn to truly appreciate every delicious bite you take.
Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford
When: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
Re-fuel and caffeinate at their popular brekkie stalls before you collect your produce from the farmers' stalls. There's a big playground at Coburg North Primary School, so kids can be kept entertained while you shop the morning away!
Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O'Hea Street in Coburg
When: Second and fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
The Substation, a community-based arts venue in Newport, is now also the home to a bi-monthly farmers market. It's already a favourite of organic-loving Westsiders, with everything from organic craft cider to homemade kale chips ready for the buying!
Where: The Substation, Market Street in Newport
When: First and third Sunday of each month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Held at Fairfield Primary school, this neighbourhood farmers market features stalls packed with free range meats, freshly laid eggs, seasonal fruit and vegies, milk straight from the farm, handmade cheeses, nuts and seedlings plus more!
Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street in Fairfield
When: Third Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
St Kilda's favourite organic, chemical-free community-run garden hosts a popular monthly farmers market. Featuring the best organic, seasonal produce from around Victoria, you'll be spoilt for choice with fruits and vegies, juices, cheeses, honey, wine, free range eggies and more – all sold directly from the producers.
Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, Chaucer Street in St Kilda
When: First Saturday of every month, 8:30am – 1:00pm
This community-owned market brings more than 50 Victorian producers to Collingwood Children's Farm every month. Head in early, grab brekkie (the buffalo sausages are UNREAL), a coffee, chai or fresh organic juice and wander the wonderful produce shops. Make sure you stay on afterwards to check out the chooks and milk a cow or two!
Where: Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford
When: Second Saturday of each month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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