Cutting-edge fashion. Infectious live music. Lip-smacking food. The South Melbourne Night Market has to be top of the list of things to do in Melbourne on a warm summer’s evening.
Housed between Cecil Street and Coventry Street, a mere stone’s throw south of the CBD, South Melbourne Market plays host to a vibrant night market every Thursday night from now until 5th March. This year, South Melbourne Night Market will celebrate its sixth birthday, firmly marking it on any self-respecting Urban Lister’s calendar as a must-visit summer staple.
Top musical talent scheduled for a live set includes local heroes Mighty Duke and the Lords, salsa sensations La Rumba, and New Orleans street funk maestros Funk Buddies, as well as the more laid-back lilting of songwriter Sarah Carnegie. For the younger attendees, children’s entertainers Pirate Sherief and Fairy Petunia will be on hand with face paints, balloons, bubbles and party games to keep kids out of mischief.
If retail therapy is more your bag, SO:ME Space will be bringing together a collection of Melbourne’s best designers in its concept space, including menswear aficionado Mr Simple, gift and homewares guru The SuperCool, off-beat jeweller Stone Glint & Bone, and footwear brand Lost in Seasons.
No event in this city would be complete without a food truck pitstop. Cecil Street restaurants Simply Spanish, Linx BBQ Yum Cha—who just so happen to be purveyors of some of the best yum cha in Melbourne—Paco Y Lola and Claypots Evening Star will be joined by some of Melbourne’s best street food. Popular Melbourne food trucks stopping by include the Chingón Taco Truck, The Snag Society and Happy Camper Pizza. Fig, prosciutto and melted gorgonzola? Yes please.
Fortunately enough, this summer event is easy on those empty post-Christmas pockets: Entry to the South Melbourne Night Market is free, including free parking after 5.30pm, making it the ideal place to chill out before the weekend wind-down.
South Melbourne Market | Between Coventry Street and Cecil Street, South Melbourne
5.30pm – 9.30pm, Every Thursday | 15th January – 5th March
Image Credit: South Melbourne Night Market Facebook