With the weather (hopefully) growing more and more bearable as we edge further away from the cold soul-less hole that is Melbourne winter, the prospect of leaving the house seems less of a death sentence and more of a wonderful opportunity to escape the dangerous Netflix-addiction you've all developed. Thankfully, it's market season which means there's an abundance of food and craft stalls full of fresh produce, handmade art and vintage clothing waiting for you all over the city.
It’s finally time to stop stockpiling packets of Mi Goreng instant noodles because the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets are back! Presented by The Age’s Good Food Month, this year’s market is bursting at the seams with flavour-packed goodies from all your favourites, including Chin Chin, Wonderbao, Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina and Black Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato.
Where: Birrarung Marr
When: Evenings of November 10 – 27
For your weekly dose of street food, vintage craft stalls, live entertainment, and cheeky mojitos, you won’t have to wait long because the Summer Night Market is returning every Wednesday evening from November 16 to the Queen Victoria Market grounds.
Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesday evenings from November 16
The team behind the Fitzroy Markets have thrown together a brand new vintage market in Barkly Square full of handmade, pre-loved, recycled everything. Bring a couple of dollars (or more if you had a good day at the races) and have your pick of handmade jewellery, crafts, clothing, artwork and more.
Where: Barkly Square, Brunswick
When: Sunday November 20, 10am – 3pm
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
Catch over eighty of Melbourne’s finest artisans at the Art Centre’s Sunday Market for an eclectic collection of unique handmade goods that’ll make Christmas shopping for the rellies a thousand times easier.
Where: The Arts Centre
When: Every Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Hidden underground in the Federation Square carpark this November is the Melbourne Design Market - a culmination of Melbourne’s finest handmade creations and design inspirations. For twelve years, the Melbourne Design Market has been bringing together thousands of new products and first-class designers to create a shopping paradise for design-lovers the world over.
Where: Federation Square
When: Sunday November 6, 10am – 5pm
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 for fifteen years.
Where: 155 Newlands Road, Coburg North
When: Every Sunday, from 8am
Featuring over five-thousand new and pre-loved titles, the Fed Square Book Market is Melbourne’s biggest weekly book market and the best excuse to ditch your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for some good old-fashioned reading, other than it could catch fire and kill you. Offering nearly every genre imaginable, there’s something for everyone, even the kiddies.
Where: Federation Square
When: Every Saturday, 11am – 5pm
The Paris to Provence French market is coming, which means it’s time to get a little bit fancy. For the eighth year in a row, Como House and Garden is playing host to a pop-up village of culture, food, champagne and cultural activities that’ll make you feel as though you’re in the heart of France, but without the severe jetlag that makes you skip dinner and go to bed at 5:30pm.
Where: Como House and Garden, South Yarra
When: November 18 – 20
For four days this November, the concourse level of the Caulfield Racecourse will play host to jewellery, furniture, art, books and Vintage Couture dating as far back as hundreds of years ago, all the way through to last Tuesday. On offer, in a range of price brackets, are some of Australia’s finest jewellery pieces, vintage luxury goods from Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and even furniture from as late as the Georgian era. There’ll be no Ikea flat-packs or Sportsgirl chokers here.
Where: Concourse Level, Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East
When: Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th November
Kicking off its eighth year in Melbourne’s market scene, Sisters’ Market delivers a refined selection of over sixty stalls filled with local jewellery, art, beauty products, ceramics, shoes and clothing. Every man and his dog will find something they love here, especially at the Hearts and Hounds stall that specialises in unique dog collars.
Where: Brunswick Town Hall
When: Saturday 26 November, 10 am – 4pm
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, 6:30am – 12:30pm
The only place in Melbourne where you can buy both fresh churros and a brass periscope, the Docklands Sunday Market will not disappoint with its impressively large range of beauty products, clothing, food and crafts, made all the more exciting by the fantastic city views (and freshly squashed fruit juices).
Where: New Quay Promenade, Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 10am – 5pm
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
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: 19 November, 10am – 3pm
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 26 November, 8am – 1pm
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
Stocking some of the best regional Victorian produce and crafts from all over the state, the Flemington Racecourse Market’s twilight event offers a family-friendly evening of delicious food, handmade trinkets and live entertainment that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own picnic blanket.
Where: Flemington Racecourse
When: Saturday 12 November, 3 – 8pm
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 famers, 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 food-lover'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
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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