It’s officially the best time of the year in Melbourne to peruse a market, and you'd better be certain all the Melbourne market junkies are out and about! Whether you’re scavenging for yourself, assisting a market-crazy friend in shopping bag holding, or just taking a lazy stroll, there’s always something to entertain everyone at a market.
We’ve assembled a list of the best ones to visit this summer in Melbourne - for the seasoned market traveller, or the newbie on the block.
South Melbourne Night Market
This market is not just about little trinkets and doo-dads that you put in the second drawer of the old cabinet in your spare room... although we do love doo-dads. It’s about eclectic fashion, original designs, gourmet foods and killer live entertainment - and it’s served up every Wednesday night. Go to check it out for the handcrafted jewellery and unique homewares, or to stalk your favourite food trucks. Either way you’ll have an awesome night.
Every Thursday night til March 10 at South Melbourne Market from 5.30pm onwards.
Queen Victoria Night Market
If you were looking for the biggest market this summer, then you’ve found it. Running every Wednesday night until March 30, the Queen Vic Night Markets hold over 150 market stalls in addition to global street food (400 Gradi!), vintage fashion, cocktails and live music. As a special treat, there is a new Little Creatures Beer Garden that will serve you up some specialist brews all night long.
Plus, as part of the TWOSIX Summer Wellness Series, QVM will also be hosting a free Yoga Groove class in the L Shed for fitness junkies - and all the rest of us. They’ll be demonstrating a fun Vinyasa Flow sequence with groovy old school beats, so don’t forget to stop by when you’re on your regular morning market-run on Tuesday 26 January at 10.45am.
The QVM night markets are on every Wednesday night til March 30 at Queen Victoria Market from 5pm onwards.
Little Sparrow Market
There are only two more Little Sparrow Markets left for the year - and the next one is coming up on Sunday, 31 January! It’s sure to be a good one, as it coincides with the Australian Open Finals - which means there might even be a few tennis star spotting moments, if you’re lucky. Located in Federation Square, you’ll be able to check out some of Melbourne’s best homegrown talent with over sixty stalls showcasing a range of market goods. Don’t stress, if you can’t make it then you can always catch the last market on Sunday 6 March.
Sunday 31 January & Sunday 6 March at Federation Square from 10am-4pm.
Melbourne’s Mystery Market
This special lil' market falls on Valentine’s Day, lovers. Set in the romantic and dreamy Regal Ballroom in Northcote from 10am-4pm, there will be more than fifty artisan stalls, and the historical foyer will transform into a tearoom with delicious treats and sweets from Made by Misty. The best bit? The Regal Ballroom will be opening up their bar and serving glasses of bubbles to the punters who like a little market tipple. Entry is free, so go along by yourself or with your partner-in-crime for a Sunday stroll.
Sunday 14 February at the Regal Ballroom, Northcote from 10am-4pm.
Supper Twilight Market
Abbotsford Convent’s Supper Twilight Market is the best way welcome your weekend with open arms. There will be heaps of independent arts and crafts stalls, as well as the ever popular food truck convoy - and even a good brew or two. Plus, it’s all out in the open air where you can gaze at the stars and wander the beautiful gardens. What a Friday night!
Every Friday til 4 March at Abbotsford Convent from 5-9.30pm.
St Kilda Twilight Market
A twilight market that is sandwiched between the beach, Luna Park and Acland Street? Yes, please. There will be vintage and handcrafted goods of all varieties, as well as fabulous street food and beverages. Plus, it’s in such a great location, that you can meet up with friends for a post-market feed at any of the amazing restaurants nearby. What a dream!
Every Thursday til 25 February at St Kilda Esplanade from 5-10pm.
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