Grab a hand-warming coffee (or mulled wine!) and stroll through the city’s distinctive markets, from daytime design fairs to after-dark fun fests. They’re perfect for unique gifts and food, and most are indoors or undercover.
Winter Night Market
Free live entertainment, open fires and pretty party lights. Mulled wine and hot chocolate (by local legend Mörk no less). Warming dishes from around the world by oodles of street-food vendors, including event newcomers like Pierogi Pierogi and Melted Cheese Bar. Fifty more stalls selling lovely things to brighten your winter, including handmade candles and jewellery. Plus everything from eggnog to snow machines for Christmas in July. Yes, the Winter Night Market is back! 5 June-28 August.
The Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Market
Established in Melbourne in 2010, Australia’s biggest design market has since expanded to Sydney and Brisbane. Back in town for three glorious days, The Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Market gathers 200-plus local designers and artists, including some exciting debutantes. Shop till you drop, then browse some more after refuelling at the food stalls and trucks, coffee stations and bars. 12-14 July.
Check out the street market held every second and fourth Saturday in Chinatown. This Heffernan Lane takeover kicks off in the late afternoon, but as the sun sets it feels like an Asian hawker market. Lights and lanterns start to glow, and the sights, sounds and scents of Chinatown Market Day’s food stalls excite the senses. The Fitzroy Market Pop-Up is also in Chinatown until 16 June. Hurry if you want to check out the funky Fitzrovian community market’s artisans, designers and purveyors of vintage treasures in the CBD.
The European Night Market
Bring Continental sophistication to your Fridays at The European Night Market, back throughout July with a Euro disco theme. DJ Fleiss provides the soundtrack while you take a culinary tour, from German sausages and Polish dumplings to sweet Italian pastries. Tipples include warm mulled wine and the market’s signature Lon Winter’s Night cocktail by the local Little Lon Distilling Co. Other reasons to start your weekend here include barbershop discounts and a rare chance to step inside Melbourne’s oldest hotel.
Make It Collective Market
Make your life snug and beautiful with some choice purchases at Make It Collective Market on the first day of winter. Everything by the collective’s artists and designers is handmade, from ceramics and room scents to crystal jewellery and handbags. Their market is in the Melbourne Museum foyer, and warmed by that good feeling of supporting small local businesses. 1 June.
Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival
Byron Bay’s hippy-chic and sunshine is coming to Melbourne at the end of winter, just when we’ll need it most. The Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival will fill the Royal Exhibition building with glamping tents and Kombi vans, music and stalls. Browse the fashion and jewellery, enjoy vegan, ethically sourced food and drinks, and get into the free workshops and yoga. 30 August-1 September.
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 Sunday until 25 August. Choose from 5000+ new and pre-loved tomes carefully selected by 15 booksellers, authors and illustrators. There are also second-hand CDs and records, so you can find the perfect soundtrack to your wintertime reading.
Discover the best that the west has to offer at Kensington Market, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this year. Held on the third Sunday of every month inside the grand old Kensington Town Hall, it hosts at least 70 eclectic stalls. Browse everything from fresh produce to vintage wares and children’s clothes to the sounds of buskers and happy conversations.
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 on the CBD’s southern edge. From silk scarves to edible art, everything is handmade locally.
The District Makers Market
Brought to you by Fitzroy’s famous Rose Street Market, Docklands’ own arty-crafty market offers an ever-changing line-up of creative, colourful, delicious stalls. From jewellery and homewares to artisanal produce, many delightful discoveries await every Sunday afternoon at The District Makers Market. There’s also live entertainment, and everything’s under cover. Until 30 June.
Docklands Sunday Market
Get a fresh perspective on Melbourne at Docklands Sunday Market, held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month during winter. Looking for recycled designer kids clothes? Want to be surprised by unusual finds like locally made kaftans and semi-precious gems? Just want to amble along the waterfront with coffee and Village Bakery treats? You got it. All trams to Docklands are free, and the market’s just a few stops from the CBD at New Quay Promenade.
Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne
Shop for local produce and other treats made with love, including bagels and cheese, in the heart of Melbourne Uni’s Parkville campus. BYO bags and KeepCup (or borrow a mug on site), and be sure to check the calendar before heading down. The Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne is on 5 June, then pauses until second semester starts in late July.