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All Of The Melbourne Markets To Visit In November

By Steff Tan - 01 Nov 2017

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Is there anything more Melbourne than hitting the local market with your pup in tow for a day of suitcase rummaging and super thrifty discounts? Nooope. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start festival hopping for all the best bargains and thingymajigs you’ll only find in a market square.

We’ve got a day in France and Asia, a maze of books and crafts, and a market to get you Christmas carolling. 

Vegan Mini Market

Abbotsford

It's Melbourne's most animal-friendly market, and it's on this month at the Abbotsford Convent. Billed as "good for the body, good for the soul", the Vegan Mini Market will be showcasing some of the state's top vegan pop-ups, including Woking Amazing, Lady Rawsome and YAY! Foods. You can also pick up some cruelty-free fashion, arts and crafts. Get around it, Planeteers. 

Where: Abbotsford Convent
When: 8am-2pm, Saturday 4 November
For more info, click here.  
 

Southbank Library Book Market 

Southbank

The Fed Square Book Market may have closed, but that doesn’t mean your weekend book bargains have to come to an end. Behold the Southbank Library who are having one helluva massive book sale of thoroughly loved books and new titles of every kind. Running for one weekend only, you’ll want to bring along a sack for all da books.

Where: Southbank Library, Boyd Ground 207 City Road Southbank
When: 4 & 5 November 
For more info, click here
  

Night Noodle Market

CBD

We can’t talk about markets without bringing up the Night Noodle Market. Your clothes will definitely smell all meaty and smoky afterward, but that’s the beauty of it. Returning to its spot on Birrarung Mar with all your fave Asian stalls, this year’s Night Noodle Market will also feature exclusive desserts from Messina, N2 Gelato, and Black Star Pastry. Remember, the market’s cash-free for quick queues and more time eatin’.

Where: Birrarung Marr, Batman Ave
When: 9-26 November
For more info, click here.

The Makers & Shakers Market

Coburg

One of the hottest places to shake up your interior game is The Makers and Shakers Market, and you're gonna find the very best of food and lifestyle products when they touch down at the Coburg Town Hall this month. A mix of established and emerging artists, all items are proudly local. And just to give you a sneak peek of what sort of nibbles to expect, there’ll be specialty coffee, cookies, doughnuts, ice-cream, and vegan and vego options.

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street Coburg
When: 10am-3pm, Sunday 12 November
For more info, click here.

The Social Market 

Brighton

As if Brighton could get any more liveable, right? Well now they’re getting a monthly fashion, homewares and design market, run out of the old Half Moon. It’s called The Social Market—over 25 stalls featuring some of the city’s best independent designers. Expect the usual Pinterest-worthy assortment of hand-made jewellery, vintage fashion, festival wear and home décor including ceramics and terrariums, plus live music and beers from Colonial Brewing Co.

Where: Half Moon, Brighton
When: Launches Sunday 12 November, then the second Sunday of every month.
For more info, click here.  
 

Queen Vic Summer Night Market 

CBD

You know the old saying, when one Night Market closes, another begins. Feels like we just waved goodbye to Queen Vic's chilly winter night market, when here comes summer, right on schedule. This is the summer night market's 20th anniversary if you can believe it, and the organisers are pulling out all the stops for an epic 21-week run, all the way to April next year. Check out the program for all the latest stall news. 

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: 15 November 2017 – 11 April 2018
For more info, click here

Christmas Market

CBD

Christmas is coming in hot so you better get crackin’ on your gift list people. But if you’re already struggling big time, then hop on down to the Saturday Christmas Market at the Arts Centre for Christmasy treasures.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
When: 10am-4pm, 18 & 25 November
For more info, click here.  

Compassionate Living Vegan Twilight Market

The Compassionate Living Vegan Market is back, and this time it's going twilight. That's right, a boutique indoor market, packed with vegan start-ups, running from 4pm – 9pm. Non-vegans are encouraged (as long as they're not there to troll or suggestively eat a lamb chop). All products are cruelty-free, ethical, environmentally friendly and encourage sustainable living practices. Get around it.

Where: Balla Balla Community Centre
When: 4pm–9pm, 18 November
For more info, click here 

Kensington Market

Kensington

The Kensington Market has 70 specialty boutique stalls, boasting a diverse mix of visual arts and ceramic creations. It’s the perfect spot for a couple of lazy strolls on a Saturday arvo. There’s also a super cool retro and vintage section, plus live entertainment running all day. And for the kids, there’s a petting zoo to get cuddle-crazy in.

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St Kensington
When: 10am-3pm, Sunday 19 November
For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds

Footscray

The inner west hasn’t been a massive mover and shaker on Melbourne’s market scene, which is probably why Footscray Finds has been such a massive hit since it launched in June. Part trash, part treasure, with DJs dogs and food trucks galore, it’s become a staple on Footscray’s social calendar. You can usually pick up a sweet range of fashion, old vinyl, books, and handicrafts, and the community vibes are simply awesome. Our favourite new market of 2017.

Where: Footscray Library Car Park, 56 Paisley Street
When: Third Sunday of every month
For more info, click here.

The Melbourne Fair

Caulfield

Taking over Caulfield Racecourse, The Melbourne Fair is the place to be for fashion and couture, vintage goodies of every kind, jewellery, furniture, prints and posters.  And the best part is you get to feel like you’re on Antique Roadshow, with some of Australia’s most iconic dealers exhibiting the standout pieces. There’s also going to be a catwalk and parade for those keen to strut their stuff in vintage evening dresses and accessories. Best dressed will be crowned with a mystery prize.

Where: Rupert Clarke Concourse Ground Level, Caulfield Racecourse
When: 23-26 November
For more info, click here.

Paris To Provence French Market

South Yarra

Self-confessed Francophiles rejoice ‘cos Paris will be popping up for three days this November in an exclusive village market. Running on a theme each year, 2017 will be in honour of none other than Coco Chane,l so you can expect a lot of little black dresses, farshun, pearls etc. There’ll also be French antique furniture in a very elegant grand ballroom, and a billiard room showcasing original Chanel couture. But if you’re not so much of a fashionista, there’s beaucoup de la cuisine francaise to have you seeing blue, white and red.

Where: Como House, Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave South Yarra
When: 24-26 November
For more info, click here.

Brunswick Artists' Market

Brunswick

Nice one, Brunswick! No more heading over to Rose St Artists Market to get your fix of homemade jewellery, art, textiles and homewares. You’re getting your own artists’ market: the Brunswick Artists’ Market. Over 30 stalls, kids and dogs welcome, and hot coffee and barbecue from the guys at  Co-Ground Coffee. The first market day just dropped last weekend in the Bridie O’Reilly’s beer garden—keep an eye on the guys' Facebook page for upcoming market days.

Where: 29 Sydney Rd Brunswick
When: Monthly. The next markets will be on November 26, December 24, January 28, February 25. 
For more info, click here.

Trash and Treasure Market

Coburg

Trash it or treasure it, there's literally something for everyone at this market, with over 200 stalls selling newbies and old goodies. If you’re a fan of shows like American Pickers, then this is definitely your chance to get your hands on something potentially worth the big bucks…or not. Chuck in some refreshments and free parking and you can make a day of it. Melbourne weather-willing, the market’s open every Sunday, no booking required.

Where: 155 Newlands Road, Coburg North
When: Sundays, 8am-2pm
For more info, click here.

Esplanade Market

St Kilda  

The St Kilda Esplanade Market has been around since the 1970s, still parked along the strip next to Luna Park. Think unique giftware that’ll get you an invite to everyone’s birthday, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, and all sorts of food from both local and international artists. 10/10 recommend a jolly good face mug for all the LOTR/Disney feels.

Where: The Esplanade, St Kilda
When: 10am-5pm, Sundays
For more info, click here.

The Makers’ Market  

CBD

The Maker’s Market is home to a huge mix of locally produced, homemade goodies. Every Sunday, artisans of all sorts eagerly flood the Arts Centre’s lawn to wow you with the latest and greatest in the arts and craft world. And if you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s good hearty food on the menu and DIY icing kits for the kids inside us. Also PSA: one of the stalls sells fried cubes of gourmet Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
When: 10am-4pm, Sundays
For more info, click here.

Dandenong Market

Dandenong

This hot spot is the second oldest and largest market in Melbourne. You may know it for The Bazaar, the shopping hub for the whole shebang and epic bargains. But there’s also all the sections for food and drink staples stretching across 200 market traders. If you do drop by the veggie section, say hello to Luppino Fresh, who’s been at the market for a whopping 54 years.

Where: Clow St & Cleeland St, Dandenong
When: Tuesdays, Friday-Sunday
For more info, click here.

 

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 semester, 10.30am–2.30pm
For more information, click here.

Queen Victoria Market

Ah yes, the Queen Bee of all markets (in the Southern Hemisphere at least). It’s jam-packed, literally, with fresh food, handmade goods, unique apparel and the iconic, hot jam doughnuts. How’s that for a winter warmer? This one’s open errrryday except Mondays and Wednesdays.

Where: Corner of Victoria & Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
When: 6am – 2pm Tuesday and Thursday, 6am – 5pm Fridays, 6am – 3pm Saturdays, 9am –4pm Sundays
For more info, click here.

In need of some more cute date ideas? Check out Melbourne’s Best Date Night’s here.

Image Credit: Andrew Robles

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