If there’s one thing that Melbourne knows how to do well, (other than food) it’s markets. For the thrifty, the food truck lovers, the whimsical and the all round bargain hunters, these Melbourne markets are the best of the best that August has to offer.
Check out this epic list of Melbourne markets in August that’ll leave you more in love with the city’s shopping culture than ever before.
Those in the know will be well aware that Preston Market is the place to go if you want armfuls of produce for spare change, Lucchini Cakes’s famous Nutella donuts, and lunch for under ten bucks from a local food truck. But if you haven’t made it yet to the biggest market in the north, lock in a date to peruse newly minted Preston Artist Market (PAM) Lane.
Occupying Preston Market’s north block, PAM Lane is being launched by the team behind the ever-popular Rose Street Market in Fitzroy, so you can be confident that it’ll be ace. PAM Lane will feature a mix of food and retail outlets, and aims to act as an incubator for independent artists and makers. Stall holders can treat their spaces as a pop-up store, which means they can set up a workshop at PAM Lane and you’ll get to watch them making their wares.
North Block at Preston Market | Corner of Cramer Street and Murray Street, Preston
Wednesday – Saturday
Round She goes Market
Round She Goes is one Melbourne market on in August that is a must-visit for fashion bargain hunters (aren’t we all?!). This market features 60 handpicked stallholders who will be selling women's pre-loved designer fashion—brands like Louis Vuitton, Gorman, Christian Dior, Zimmerman, Ralph Lauren, Mimco, Dolce & Gabbana and a truck load more.
If you’re super snappy and are one of those practiced bargain divers, you’ll be able to nab a heap of quality vintage and retro fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories. Round She Goes will also feature racks and racks of beautiful, quality vintage Japanese kimonos on sale for just $20.
Box Hill Town Hall | 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Sunday 2 August | 10am-3pm
Rokeby Farmers Market
The Rokeby Farmers Market is a boutique urban farmers market right in the heart of Collingwood. Supported by the locals, for the locals, you’ll be able to grab an armful of fresh, seasonal produce with a bit of feel-good. The market is sponsored by popular local eatery, Lemon Middle & Orange, and is located in their cafe car park. Get in early as this Melbourne market can get quite bustling.
25 Rokeby Street Collingwood (rear car park)
Every 3rd Sunday of each Month | 9:30am-2:00pm
The Wild Collective
If you’re wild at heart and enjoy the whimsical side of life, you’ll want to lock in a visit to The Wild Collective. It’s a two-day, premium lifestyle and shopping experience and visitors will get to choose from a vast range of homewares, fashion, food and everything in between from a curated collection of hard to find high-end products. With entertainment, resident artists, and over 120 handpicked vendors, this Melbourne market is set to delight the inner child in all of us.
Royal Exhibition Building | 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August | 10:00am - 4:00pp
Love Evelyn Market
Twice a month the iconic Evelyn Hotel plays host to a boutique market. A Melbourne favourite and one of Fitzroy’s oldest pubs, The Evelyn comes to life with the arrival of the whirlwind Love Evelyn Market, which stocks quality second hand clothes, books, hand-made knick-knacks, jewellery and assorted vintage wonderment. The occasional tarot card reading, awesome vibes and BEER are thrown in for good measure
The Evelyn Hotel | 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
First and Third Saturday of each month | 12:00pm-5:00pm
A curation of some of Melbourne’s most loved food trucks, including Hammer & Tong, Hoy Pinoy and The Little Mushroom Co., as well as a carefully selected array of fresh food purveyors such as Cobb Lane Bakery and Shtetl Woodfired Bagels, Hank Marvin Market @ Alma Park East is Melbourne’s newest Southside go-to Saturday destination.
Drawing its name from British Cockney slang for ‘starving’, Hank Marvin Market will feature a pop up outdoor dining hall designed to protect customers from the elements. Hank Marvin traders are also a socially conscious bunch (what gems) and have been carefully hand-picked because they champion issues such as food provenance, responsible farming methods, seasonality and quality.
Alma Park East | 204 Dandenong Rd, St Kilda East 3183
Every Saturday | 9:00am-1:00pm
Image credit: Hank Marvin Instagram