The Melbourne Markets Guide

We’re lucky enough in this city to be spoiled for choice when it comes to markets. Whether you’re hunting for fresh produce, a special present for a fussy friend or something truly unique and locally made, there’s bound to be a market just waiting to be discovered. Here’s a round up of some of the city’s best regular and seasonal markets to explore.

Nutella and banana babka from Oregano Bakery at Hank Marvin. Photo by @kwaksnacks

    Regular Markets

Rose Street Artist Market

What will I find there? A small art and design market that stocks art work, jewellery, homewares and plants. The market is also adjacent to the Young Bloods Diner, which has a rooftop bar and is open 7 days from 7am-5pm and is the perfect way to start or finish off your market experience.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm
Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy 3065
Entry: Free
www.rosestmarket.com.au

Queen Victoria Market

What will I find there? The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere offers a plethora of fresh food options. As you walk through the iconic food halls every foodie’s dream is realised by the copious amounts of fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. There are also food stands and vendors selling delicious offerings in case you can’t wait to get home to start cooking.

When: Every Day except Mondays and Wednesdays and public holidays
Opening Hours: (Produce) Tues & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6am – 5pm, Sat 6am – 3pm, Sun 9am -4pm
(Specialty Shops) Tues & Thurs 8am – 2pm, Fri & Sat 8am – 3pm, Sun 9am – 4pm
Where: 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
Entry: Free
www.qvm.com.au

Fed Square Book Market

What will I find there? Book. Lots of Books. The market has over 5,000 new and pre-loved titles to choose from and include a range of genres such as literature, history, kids, gardening, travel and art. There is definitely certainly something to discover for every book lover.

When: Every Saturday
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm
Where: The Atrium within Federation Square
Entry: Free
fedsquare.com/events/fed-square-book-market

Prahran Market

What will I find there? The Prahran Market is the perfect place to stock up on fresh produce with dedicated sections for meat, seafood, fruit & veg and delicatessens. The market is also home to some great multicultural food stalls – chow down on Turkish Gözlemes or German sausages or indulge in one of Melbourne’s best cheese toasties from Maker & Monger.

www.prahranmarket.com.au
When: Every day except Mondays and Wednesdays
Opening Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 7am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 3pm
Where: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra 3141
Entry: Free

South Melbourne Market

What will I find there? The South Melbourne Market is a bustling hub of activity that’s all about supporting local farmers, artisans and producers. Full to the brim with fresh produce for any food lover, plus a whole heap of merchandise including clothing, homewares and second hand books – it really is a market for everyone.

When: Every Wednesday – Sunday
Opening Hours: Wed, Sat & Sun 8am – 4pm, Friday 8am – 5pm
Where: Coventry Street and Cecil Street, South Melbourne 3205
Entry: Free
southmelbournemarket.com.au

A Callisto plant terrarium from Plant By Packwood at the Rose St Market. Photo from Plant by Packwood.

Camberwell Market

What will I find there? A legendary second hand goods and craft market that has had people flocking to the Camberwell carpark in search of the perfect bargain for years. Only second hand goods or hand-crafted products specifically made by the stallholders are allowed to be sold at the market; so you know you’re going to find something completely and totally unique.

When: Every Sunday
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Market Place, Camberwell 3124
Entry: Gold coin donation
camberwellsundaymarket.org

The Arts Centre Sunday Market

What will I find there? All products on offer are locally made and include a variety of wares such as art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, beauty products and freshly made treats. Only a short walk from Flinders Street station, the Arts Centre Market can be found splayed out across the stretch of lawn between the Arts Centre spire and Hamer Hall. This easy weekend market is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon in Melbourne’s art precinct.

When: Every Sunday
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm
Where: The Arts Centre; 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
Entry: Free
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

St Kilda Esplanade Market

What will I find there? Against the picturesque backdrop of St Kilda beach, the Esplanade market offers products as unique and diverse as the suburb of St Kilda itself. Stroll along the esplanade and encounter a mix of crafted artwork, jewellery, accessories, wood products and food.

When: Every Sunday
Opening Hours: Oct-Apr 10am – 5pm, May-Sep 10am – 4pm
Where: The Esplanade, St Kilda 3182
Entry: Free
www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au

St Kilda Veg Out Farmers Market

What will I find there? St Kilda’s Veg Out market is all about bringing a touch of rural life into the city. All fresh produce is sold directly by those that grew it – so you know you’re supporting local farmers. There is also an abundance of other delicious delicacies, such as free range eggs, meat, organic olive oils, honey, wine, jams & chutneys, artisan cheese and confectionery.

When: First Saturday of every month
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 1pm
Where: Peanut Farm Reserve; Chaucer Street, St Kilda 3182
Entry: Free
vegoutfarmersmarket.org.au/

Slow Food Farmers Market

What will I find there? The Slow Food Market gives local farmers the opportunity to sell directly to the community with no re-sellers or wholesalers allowed to trade. The market is a foodie haven selling seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers, breads, meat, home-made condiments and specialist cheeses. *** more info

When: Fourth Saturday of every month
Opening Hours: 8am – 1pm
Where: Abbotsford Convent; 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford 3067 (Providence Lawn & Sacred heart courtyard)
Entry: $2 Donation Entry Fee
slowfoodmelbourne.com.au

Searching for treasures at the Sisters' Market. Photo from the Sisters' Market.

Sisters’ Market

What will I find there? The Sisters’ market is all about showcasing locally made handcrafts. The market has over 60 stalls and focuses on jewellery, ceramics, beauty products, art, shoes and clothing.

When: Everyday Saturday of every second month (9th Apr, 11th Jun, 13th Aug, 8th Oct, 10th Dec)
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm
Where: Brunswick Town Hall; 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
Entry: Free
sistersmarket.com.au

Batman Night Market

What will I find there? Once a strictly daytime event, the Batman market has changed its focus and become an evening market. The market is a lively mix of multicultural food stands, festivities and crafts. The Batman Market is the only one of its kind running on a Saturday night and hopes to bring in a diverse crowd who are looking for something different on their weekend.

When: Everyday Saturday Night from April 2 – First Week of June
Opening Hours: 4pm – 9pm
Where: 14-22 Gaffney Street, Coburg
Entry: Free
batmanmarket.com.au

Hank Marvin

What will I find there? Hank Marvin is predominately all about the street food and food trucks and is a great place to wander around to a get a good feed on a Saturday. Hank Marvin favourites include Toasta, Cobb Lane, Hammer & Tong and Hoy Pinoy just to name a few while new vendors are popping up all the time. The market is also about supporting local business, so keep your eyes peeled for some native St Kilda offerings.

When: Everyday Saturday
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Alma Park East, St Kilda East 3183
Entry: Free
www.hankmarvin.com.au

Bend and Snap Market

What will I find there? Found in the expansive space behind Thousand Pound Bend, the organisers of the Bend and Snap Market pride themselves on delivering a unique experience each time the event is held. The market is known for art, design, vintage treasures and sweet treats.

When: Sun 31st Jul, Sun 25th Sep, Sun 18th Dec
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Thousand £ Bend, 361 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Entry: Free
bendandsnapmarket.wordpress.com

Fresh prints at the Finders Keepers Market. Photo by the Finders Keepers Market.

    Seasonal Markets

Finders Keepers

What will I find there? Finders Keepers happens twice a year and is one of the biggest craft markets in Melbourne. Find oodles of locally made homewares, clothes, jewellery, furniture and food. A lot of stalls are cash only and the ATMs lines are usually pretty busy, so make sure you have some cash on hand.

When: Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July
Opening Hours: Fri 6pm – 10pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 5pm
Where: Royal Exhibition Building; 9 Nicolson Street, Carlton 3053
Entry: $2 for adults (children under 12 – free entry)
www.thefinderskeepers.com

The Creators Market

What will I find there? The Creators Market has helped handfuls of small businesses get their products in front of thousands of people, initially starting off at Prahran Town Hall but now expanding to Ballarat. You can shop for all manner of jewellery, toys, prints, jams and homemade foodstuffs as well as candles and more. It’s an eclectic assortment of stalls that you might not expect to see at a larger market of its kind.

When: The Creators Market runs quarterly. Check their website below for future dates.
Where: Prahran Town Hall
Entry: Free
www.thecreatorsmarket.com.au

Queen Victoria Winter/Summer Night Markets

What will I find there? The Queen Vic Night Market is all about bringing some of Melbourne’s best food trucks and restaurants under one toasty roof. There is live music, mulled wine, open fires, loads of food options to choose from and art and craft stalls to peruse once you’ve stuffed yourself. The whole thing is also housed undercover, so you don’t need to worry about miserable Melbourne weather disrupting the mid-week party. In summer, the market turns its winter formula on its head – offering sangria, ice cream and al fresco dining for the warmer months.

When: Every Wednesday Night during winter and summer
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm
Where: 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
Entry: Free
www.qvm.com.au

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