We Perthlings love a good market. Whether it’s to eat, shop, or hunt through other people’s trash for treasures, you can find a good portion of the Perth population at some kind of market most weekends—and with both summer and Christmas upon us, there’s all the more to enjoy.
Perth is home to a bunch of monthly markets, most of which are farmers’ markets sporting fresh, local produce at great prices. Summer starts to bring a whole new haul of produce to be picked up at these amazing markets, not to mention the reboot of a couple of our favourite night hawker market calendars—which means food. December also sees some of our favourite markets going all out on Christmas specials, making your Christmas gift shopping that much easier (and more sustainable) this year. Get ready for hunting through retro fashion, a surge in your sustainable goods collection, and a browse through homemade and artisan wares—here are all the markets you need to visit in Perth in December.
Food And Hawkers Markets
Fremantle Markets | Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
The O.G. of Perth food and artisan markets, walking around the Fremantle Markets is a true test in self-control. Get the crepes! No, get the curry! Eat all the things, then buy some leather goods and friendship bracelets. P.S. Remember they now have BYO every Friday night and it’s freaking awesome. There’s nothing like selecting your mouth-watering eats and then enjoying the whole lot with your favourite drop, bought for a reasonable price at the local bottlo’. Get through this list of our favourite eats at the Fremantle Markets.
Inglewood Night Market | Every Monday Night
Everyone’s favourite Mon-yay! night markets finally got back in action last month and are continuing throughout December. The Inglewood Night Market has an all-new look and feel this year, but expect all the same delicious eats you know and love (and more). The season is looking to include various special events like fashion shows, lots of new open spaces, and actual tables and chairs to eat at. Whaaat? Three-course market meal, comin’ right up.
Scarborough Sunset Markets At Scarborough Square | Every Thursday Night
After a scorching pilot year in 2018, the Scarborough Sunset Markets were considered so damn good that the relevant authorities went ahead and purpose-built them a venue—Scarborough Square. Throughout summer, stalls will stretch from the Square all the way down to the crisp white sand of the Scarborough Amphitheatre, as punters spill onto the beach with their delicious eats to catch the sunset. The markets are also home to a regular live music program, curated pop-up stores and a licensed bar.
Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market At Axford Park | Every Friday Night
Serving up an insane amount of delicious foodie options, the Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market is well and truly removing the need to cook on Friday nights. With some regular food vendors and others who might feature on a given week, these markets not only keep you fed and satisfied, but they keep you guessing as well. Bring your picnic blanket—there’s plenty of space to sit back, enjoy some live music (and your food) and relax.
Twilight Hawkers Markets At Forrest Place | Every Friday Night
Perth’s original street food market, the Twilight Hawkers Markets have been bringing outdoor deliciousness to the good people of Perth since 2011 and have got the whole night market thing down to an artform. The best part? They’re on all throughout December. Showcasing savoury and sweet food from all over the world, if you can’t find something to enjoy at these markets you need to have a long hard look at yourself. Grab a few baos, some satay sticks, a curry, a paella and some ice cream for dessert, pull up a mini-stool and enjoy the live entertainment.
South Beach Sunset Markets | Every Saturday Night
Returning for a long summer of sunsets on the beach, the South Beach Sunset Markets kick off this month with a bang. Choose your dinner from more than 30 amazing international food stalls, and devour it while live music and entertainment rings out in the background. These markets are quintessential Perth summer—complete with a beachside pop-up bar.
Perth Markets At Market City | Every Sunday Morning
If you’re looking for out-and-out incredible stuff, head to the Perth Markets early on a Sunday morning to nab yourself way more than just brekky. Browse new and second-hand goods (there’s seriously almost everything imaginable) while picking your way through the food stalls. Of course, Market City is a dedicated wholesale fruit and veg market, so you can do your shopping here too.
Kalamunda Artisan Market At Central Mall | 1 December
A monthly affair, the Kalamunda Artisan Market is your best chance to meet over 170 of the makers and growers from the Perth Hills region and beyond. This very special Christmas edition will see you shopping your way around a bunch of eclectic goods, and tasting your way around the food stalls. Think handmade leather bags, vegan, gluten free and lactose free eats, hand crafted jewellery and artists at work as you watch.
The Provedores Market | Christmas Edition At Pisconeri Fine Foods | 1 December
This Italian market is taking the idea of the street party to a whole new level, and then turning on the Christmas lights. The Provedores Market is one big celebration of Italian food, wine, produce and culture, and you can expect a tantalising selection of stalls to taste your way through. Everything from speciality cheeses, cured meats and wine, to fresh fruit and veg, coffee, bread and baked goods will be on offer. Plus, there’s a full licensed outdoor bar serving up a Spritz or ten. What better environment in which to knock out the Chrissy shopping?
Perth Makers Market At Fremantle Markets | 2 December
Perth’s two heavyweight market-makers are joining forces to bring us the motherload of summer market shopping this weekend. Perth Makers Market At Fremantle Markets will see a selection of 40 of the Makers Market’s most loved stallholders bring a range of unique, handmade items to Freo’s historic marketplace. Eat your way through the usual Freo Markets suspects whilst ticking off your Xmas list.
Perth Makers Market | Christmas In QV1 Plaza | 11, 12 & 13 December
Perth’s premier artisan market-runners are teaming up with the team at QV1 Plaza to put on this Christmas bonanza for city slickers across three huge days. Running Tuesday to Thursday smack-bang in everyone’s lunch break (11am – 3pm), you’ll have plenty of time to shop and eat right on St George’s Terrace.
Perth Makers Market At Heathcote Cultural Precinct | 16 December
The Perth Makers Markets are working overtime this month, with their regular monthly Perth Makers Market also running on top of a few Christmas specials. This monthly affair has more than 150 stalls for you to rummage through—all boasting exclusively handmade products from some of Perth’s most talented artisans and makers. The markets also feature artists open studios and gallery, buskers and plenty of food.
Perth Hills Artisan Markets | 16 December
For their final market of the year, the Perth Hills Artisan Market is putting on one heck of a Christmas special. You'll be able to snap up handmade presents, Christmas decorations and food for the Christmas table. As always, you can expect to find clothing, jewellery, homewares, pottery, art and plenty of food to keep you going.
Summer X Salt Markets At Brighton Beach | 8 and 22 December
Everyone’s favourite salty markets are back again—and just in time for last minute Christmas shopping, too. The Summer x Salt Markets boast a whole heap of surf and salt lifestyle market stalls with an emphasis on sustainability—so you can pick up everything you need to enjoy a guilt-free summer in the sun. Rounding things out with food trucks, live music and those unbeatable beach vibes, this is the way to spend your Saturday.
Old Perth Road Markets | 15 December
You know the weather’s heating up when all of the markets start going twilight. Enter: the Old Perth Road Twilight Markets, where it’s out with Sunday mornings and in with Saturday nights. With a bunch of dedicated stallholders who come year round, others who are seasonal, and some who pop up every now and then to surprise you, the Old Perth Road Markets are the place to grab all those things you didn’t know you needed. This Christmas edition will have you sorted with everything from beeswax wraps, pet treats, and eco cleaning products, to a bunch of food and treats, produce and artisanal goods.
Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar | 30 November to 2 December
A highlight on the Fremantle Arts Centre calendar, the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar is back for its 39th annual event and my gosh are we looking forward to it. Set in the idyllic front garden of FAC with festoon lights, live music and the summer breeze creating that perfect festive vibe, these markets host some of WA’s most talented designers and makers. The perfect spot to while away an afternoon searching for treasures.
The Dressing Room Markets at The Rosemount | 9 December
Need some new threads for all the dance parties and festivals you’ll be hitting up this summer? We know where to get them, and it’s not at any of the mainstream shops. Shop vintage this month at The Dressing Room Markets, a collection of stall holders selling genuine retro and vintage designer clothing, jewellery and accessories. This monthly affair is free to browse, and you can pull up in the Rosie’s beer garden to refresh when you tire of hunting.
Subiaco Farmers Market at Subiaco Primary | Every Saturday Morning
Though we still lament the closure of the original Subi markets (RIP), the Subiaco Farmers Markets always was and continues to be a darn good place to spend your Saturday mornings. Grab your breakfast (shakshuka, Mr Drummond’s crumpets, a crepe, a bratwurst or the corn fritters? We can’t decide...) and a coffee, then do the weekly shop, choosing not only from an array of fresh, fruit and veg, but also a bunch of delicious and inventive creations. We recommend the smoked tomatoes. Also, if you get on the right fortnightly rotation, you can eat all the Portuguese Tarts from Tapasman. Did we mention it’s dog friendly? Just keep your pooch on a lead.
Kyilla Community Farmers’ Market at Kyilla Park | Every Saturday Morning
You can practically feel the community spirit seeping into your bones at this beautiful neighbourhood farmers market. The Kyilla Community Farmers Market packs a whole host of fresh produce, direct from the farm to the local community—so you can be sure you’re eating healthy for the week ahead. Plus you can get fresh-made coffee from a local barista and a delicious breakfast—check out the community bacon and egg wrap stall. Oh, and all the proceeds go to the local primary school. Love.
Kalamunda Farmers Market at Central Mall | Every Sunday Morning
If you're pretty serious about your fresh produce and like to stock up for the week, there is seriously no better place to do it than at the Kalamunda Farmers Market. If you’re not local, it does take a bit of getting to—but bet your bottom dollar that it’s worth it. There’s brekky eats, coffee, juice and smoothies aplenty, plus a whole host of fresh and local produce for sale at unbelievably good prices. Don’t forget about all the artisanal chutneys, preserves and jams.
Perth City Farm Markets | Every Saturday Morning
Dedicated to providing you with the best quality organic, biodynamic, ethical and sustainable produce from around town, the Perth City Farm Markets are a delightful way to spend your Saturday mornings. Do your shop for the week and then indulge in a lovingly prepared brekky from the City Farm Cafe—the food's made with fresh produce from their very own garden.
Growers’ Green Farmers’ Market | Every Sunday Morning
Held at what used to be South Fremantle High School, Growers’ Green is refreshingly spacious as far as farmers’ markets usually go. Get all your goods for the week and chow down on some seriously delicious brekky (we recommend Shakshuka or The Crepe Cart) before sprawling out on the mats in the sun and enjoying live tunes. You can get basically all your groceries for the week here.
Image credit: Andrea Reggiana