Autumn is the season for shopping. As you kiss summer goodbye and prepare for the long winter ahead, check out the best autumn markets in Melbourne for all your homewares, fashion and food needs.
The Autumn Design Market
Popping up for one day only this April, The Autumn Design Market attracts our best local independent designers to the Atrium in Federation Square. 75 designers will showcase their ethically produced homewares, clothing, jewellery—and the odd macaroon. Supporting local designers is so important to our city's culture, so you’d better bring along all your debit cards.
The Autumn Design Market runs on Sunday 3 April from 10am-4pm at The Atrium, Fed Square.
The Essendon Market
So you’ve stubbornly procrastinated on the gift-buying front through the first quarter of the year, despite the save-the-date invitations that keep flooding your Facebook calendar. Suck it up and head to The Essendon Market. Home to Australia’s best seasoned and emerging designers, The Essendon Market is home to some of the finest fashion, accessories, homewares and toys.
The Essendon Market runs on Saturday 2 April from 10am at 3-11 Russell Street, Essendon.
QVM’s Wednesday Night Market and Fashion Market
If you’ve got a single foodie bone in you, don’t miss Queen Victoria Market’s last Wednesday Night Market! Boasting over 150 stalls of street food, drinks and fashion, dance the last of summer away with a cocktail and live music. Next in line is QVM’s newest Fashion Market. The baby of Queen Vic’s calendar of outdoor markets, the Fashion Market will showcase accessories and clothing designed by emerging designers. #hellyes!
The Fashion Market runs every Saturday from 2 April from 9am-5pm. The final Wednesday Night Market is on Wednesday 30 March from 5pm–10pm.
Prahran Market’s Wicked Chocolate Festival
Cocoa lovers can rejoice with Prahran Market’s Wicked Chocolate Festival set to melt Melbourne on Saturday 7 May. The one-day only festival will boasts a range of chocolate-filled exhibitors, demonstrations and competitions. Entry is free, so have your elbows and your wallet at the ready.
The Wicked Chocolate Festival runs on Saturday 7 May from 11am-5pm.
Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers Market
Popping up in the heart of the CBD, the Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers Market gives city workers access to gourmet produce from their office door. From fresh produce to handmade breads, there’s no excuse for takeaway with a market this close.
The Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers Marke runs every Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Goldsbrough Lane.
CK Farmers Market
One of Melbourne’s most upmarket hotels is hosting a pop-up autumn farmers market at their doorstep. The Grand Hyatt Melbourne, in partnership with some of Victoria’s leading farmers and small producers, will be home to the CK Farmers Market. Featuring local seafood, seasonal produce, regional wines and cheeses, there’s enough high quality ingredients to stock your weekday pantry with the fresh, wholesome ingredients.
The CK Farmers Market runs every Wednesday 5pm-7pm at the entrance of The Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
The Maker and Shakers Market
From the team that bought you Round She Goes, The Maker and Shakers Market is a dedicated homewares and lifestyle event. Boasting 60 boutiques stores, including Bon Lux, Cheesy Boards and Pretty Kooky, the $2 entry fee is hardly a problem with some of Melbourne’s best looking furniture, gifts and crafts.
The Maker and Shakers Market runs on the Saturday 17 April from 10am-3pm at Coburg Town Hall.
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