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A guide to autumn markets in Melbourne

It’s that time of year when we start updating the wardrobe and nestling at home as cooler weather sets in. What better way to find that perfect something than at Melbourne’s autumn markets?

Europa Night Market

Good-bye Summer Night Market, bonjour Europa Night Market! This mid-week essential at Queen Victoria Market is on for six weeks, and each night has a Euro theme. Expect kitsch Eurovision-style entertainment and more than 40 stalls offering treats and treasures. Stay tuned for details, but mark the Europa season in your calendar now: Wednesday 8 April to 13 May.

Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne

The much-loved Wednesday Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne returns to the Parkville campus each year following the semester break.  Head down each with your reusable shopping bags ready for a bounty of fresh local fruit and veg.

Market stalls and tables under shades at an outdoor market

The University of Melbourne Farmers’ Market. Image by Ray of Melbourne for What’s On Melbourne.

Chinatown Market Day

Have you been to Chinatown’s street market in Heffernan Lane? Chinatown Market Day happens every second and fourth Saturday from late afternoon but aim for sunset or later. That’s when the spicy scents fire up and lights and lanterns start to glow. It’s a little pocket of Melbourne that feels like a buzzing hawker market.

Boho Luxe Market

Some of Melbourne’s coolest jewellers, designers, illustrators, artists and makers gather at the Boho Luxe Market. Well-timed a week before Mother’s Day, it’s a great opportunity to find a distinctive gift for mum. And something boho-chic for you too. Browse the stalls to the sound of vibey tunes, then pause for a bev or guilt-free vegan treats.

An indoor craft market in a heritage building

Boho luxe market

The District Makers Market

Brought to you by the Rose Street Market, this arts fave offers a rotating line-up of creative stalls. From jewellery and homewares to artisanal produce, delightful discoveries await on the last Sunday of each month. The District Makers Market’s 2020 autumn themes are set. Food and wine in March, kitty cats for April and May’s pre-loved fashion and sneakers. Plus there are always yummy bites and live entertainment, with everything under cover.

Kensington Market

Discover the best that the west has to offer at the monthly Sunday Kensington Market. There are at least 60 stalls offering an eclectic mix of craft, from designer fashion to ceramics. There’s also an in-house barber and masseuse, plus a games table and petting zoo for the kids. You’ll also find food stalls, coffee, live music and more.

Docklands Sunday Market

Stroll by the water and get a fresh perspective on Melbourne at the Docklands Sunday Market. Looking for recycled designer kids clothes? Desperate for unusual finds like kaftans, wooden planter boxes and doggie treats? Just want to browse with coffee and Village Bakery treats? You got it. All trams to Docklands are free, and the market is a few stops from the CBD at New Quay Promenade.

Melbourne Book Market

As the weather cools, thoughts turn to snuggling up on the couch with a good book. Stock up at the Melbourne Book Market, on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon until 29 March. Choose from thousands of new and pre-loved reads, selected by the market’s founding members and casual traders. There’s also records, CDs, live music, poetry readings and demos by picture-book illustrators.

A woman browsing stalls of books at a market

The book market at QVM

The Community Grocer Carlton

Held every Friday morning at Lygon Street’s public housing estate, The Community Grocer Carlton is a fresh-food market with heart. Over 70 kinds of fruit and veg are available, including organic produce harvested from Carlton primary school. And it’s all super-affordable. Come and support a social enterprise that helps the local community eat and live well.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Whether you’re seeking treats and treasures for him, her or you, try the ever-popular Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market. It gathers more than 80 unique, creative stalls that have become weekend institutions. Browse handmade local goodies from silk scarves to decadent nougat.