Market madness has affected us all at one time or another, and for the truly dedicated (awesome), we've put together a list of the best markets in Melbourne, popping up all over town this October. It's time to slip on the sandals, stock up on green bags, or pop a basket on your bicycle. This October, there's so much to do and see at Melbourne's best markets. We'll see you there, market aficionados!
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 in Abbotsford
When: First Saturday of the month, 9am – 2pm
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 in Northcote
When: First Saturday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Art fans and artists alike, here's one for you! Check out NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market for all your handmade jewellery, clothing, and craft needs. Sip on a brew from our friends at Grand Ridge, while you check out some beautiful homewares from places such as Hearth Collective. Or take your time wandering the stores while you nibble on some sweet cakes from The Moonbeam Kitchen.
Where: Shed A, Queen Victoria Market, 155 Victoria Street in Melbourne
When: First Sunday of every month, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Fitzroy locals and lovers, visit the Love, Evelyn Market, open on the first and third Saturday of this month 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 in Fitzroy
When: First and third Saturday of every month, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Head to the Nanna Cool market to really live in a crafter's paradise. Held this month at the Chelsea Activity Hub on Showers Avenue, Chelsea, there will be plenty of handmade paper goods, candles, terrariums, skincare, jewellery, and tasty treats galore! With over thirty local makers and bakers, get your shop and munch on. Entry is $2, but kids are free, and a guaranteed, crafty good time is ahead of you!
Where: Chelsea Activity Hub, 3-5 Showers Avenue in Chelsea
When: Saturday 18th October (held monthly), 10:00am – 2:00pm
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 in Federation Square
When: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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… it's just like, it's just like, a mini mall, hey hey (click here for a lol)!
Where: 7 Dawson Street in Brunswick
When: Second Sunday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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 in Camberwell
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:30pm
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 in Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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 in Bentleigh
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm
Celebrating it's third birthday at 1000 £ Bend, the Bend & Snap Market is full of art, design, fashion and vintage to meet your market desires. Showcasing the local artistic community, there's also loads of fun to be had, like a Paper Dahlia workshop, all day breakfast and burgers. So come down to celebrate with a scrumptious crêpe cake!
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne
When: Last Sunday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Need a new look but can't afford to break the bank? Look no further than Take 2 Markets, running this October at the Bendigo Town Hall, as part of the Bendigo Fashion Festival. Offering pre-loved items from Australian and international designer labels, this vintage fashion market is the place to nab a bargain, frugal fashionistas!
Where: Bendigo Town Hall, location varies each month.
When: Sunday 5th October (dates change monthly), 11:00am – 4:00pm
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 in Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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 in Fitzroy
When: Third Saturday of every month (October 18th), 10:00am – 3:00pm
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 in Melbourne CBD
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
The weather is heating up (finally!), so when you head down to the beach this October, make sure to make a pit stop at The Esplanade Market in St Kilda! With over 120 unique stalls stretching along the sunny esplanade, you'll find everything from paintings to purses.
Where: Upper Esplanade in St Kilda
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
If you want a market that focuses on Australian made and designed products, then the Fine Design Market in Doncaster is the market for you. Independently run, grab your unique designer jewellery or artwork today.
Where: MC2 in Doncaster
When: Sunday 12th October, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Get excited market-goers, the latest market opening in 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. To celebrate their grand opening, Batman Market will host a multicultural festival on the 11th and 12th of October - we'll catch you there, Listers!
Where: 14-22 Gaffney Street in Coburg
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11th October, 9:00am – 3:00pm
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: Yarraville Village
When: Saturday 11th October, 10:00am - 4:00pm
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 in Melbourne
When: Third Friday of Every Month (17th October), 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Head to the Southbank Farmers Market to find some of Victoria's best produce! With over 40 wonderful stallholders, you'll see favourites such as Golden Axe Cider, Milawa Cheese, Woodfrog Bakery, Dr Marty's Crumpets and Plains Paddock. Gut rumblings happening yet?
Where: Boyd Community Hub in Southbank
When: First Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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 in Abbotsford
When: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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 in Coburg
When: Second and fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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 in Newport
When: First and third Sunday of each month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
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 in St Kilda
When: First Saturday of every month, 8:30am – 1:00pm
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 in Abbotsford
When: Second Saturday of each month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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 in Fairfield
When: Third Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm
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