Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! After all, there’s nothing that will get the blood pumping like shopping (even if it’s for groceries), and this June there are some fabulous events you simply cannot miss. So we’ve put together a list of Melbourne’s best markets this winter just for you!
QVM Winter Night Market
Undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s best annual markets, rug up (or bring someone to cuddle) for the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market. Featuring over 30 food stalls every Wednesday night this wintry month, there’s plenty to nibble on while you enjoy some of Melbourne’s best performances and entertainment. Chilly? There are plenty of mulled wines, virgin ciders and hot brews to pair with your street eats.
QVM Winter Night Market
Every Wednesday | 5pm – 10pm
Arts Centre Sunday Market
Every Sunday, Melbourne’s Art Centre lawn transforms into an outstanding precinct of stalls filled with handmade gifts, goodies and delicacies. This distinctly Melbourne marketplace is home to only locally made products, giving you the opportunity to snag some of the best buys in the city! Take a wander down St Kilda Rd—we guarantee you’ll be eyeing down a few too many items.
Melbourne’s second largest market—good luck carrying all your groceries to the car after visiting this mecca of fresh, local produce. From the standard fruits and vegetables, to spices, lentils, beans and nuts, stock up for the whole extended family at this bargain event. The Dandenong Market opens on Tuesdays, Fridays and the weekend. Check out the website for more details.
There’s literally enough variety at the Substation Market to fill the needs of any pantry. Your usual contenders are here with fresh fruits and vegetables, but you can also pick up your weekly egg, pasta, cheese, wine and herb needs! Located a hop skip and jump away from Newport station, this is a great one to earmark if you don’t have a car.
The Substation | 1 Market Street, Newport
7 June | 9am – 1pm | Free entry
Shirt and Skirt Market
Ideal for those looking for the truly one-of-a-kind, the Shirt and Skirt market is home to items from independent and emerging designers. With works from over 40 different designers featuring quality and innovation, you won’t find it difficult to loosen the purse strings to support these upcoming artists!
Abbotsford Convent | St Helliers Street, Abbotsford
21 June | Free entry
South Melbourne Guided Tour | 20 June
Melbourne’s beloved South Melbourne Market is hosting guided tours on the 20th of June. Discover the ins and outs of one of Melbourne’s best markets with an expert guide, tasting the best of the best produce along the way. The perfect event if you want to skip confusion and rely on an expert South Melbourne market shopper.
South Melbourne Market | Meet outside LG Kitchen
20 June | $35 pp | 10am – 11:30am
Love, Evelyn Market
Held inside one of Fitzroy’s favourite pubs, hide away from the cold and stay in winter-denial at this indoor market. The Evelyn Hotel hosts an array of assorted knick-knacks at the Love, Evelyn Market. After you’ve sufficiently explored, enjoy a chilled beer or a meal!
6 June, 20 June | 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
12pm – 5pm | Website
Collingwood Children’s Farmers Market
With an 8am start, you’ll have to be up bright and early on a Saturday to nab the fresh produce at The Collingwood Children’s Farmers Market. One of Melbourne’s best markets, the organisers of the event are a not-for-profit business, helping regional and Victorian farmers with a much-needed leg up. So spend away, knowing your hard-earned money is going straight to the hard-working farmers that bring you beautiful produce.
St Heliers Street, Abbotsford | 8am – 1pm
Gold coin donation | Website
QVM Sunday Street Food Fest
If you’re looking for something quick, simple and super-duper easy for your Sunday lunch, head into the city for the Queen Victoria Market Sunday Street Food Fest. You’ll find every big name in European eating making an appearance: 400 Gradi, La Creperie and Souvla to name a few. Who would wanna cook with offerings like this in the city?
Queen Victoria Market
Every Sunday | 9am-4pm
Melbourne market-lovers have sniffed out this relative new kid on the block, and now you’re in the know too. The Batman Market, runs every Sunday, and from the looks of things there’s almost a ridiculous amount to check out. Not only is there fresh produce and groceries (plus pet food?), Batman market is home to a range of homewares and plants for your garden! There’s plenty of boutique stores, plus a welcomed collection of cafes for when you’re tired from all this shopping.
14-22 Gaffney St, Coburg
Every Sunday | 9am – 3pm
Image credit: Suzanne MacCrone via Katie at the Kitchen Door