Grab a hand-warming coffee in your KeepCup and take a stroll through a Melbourne market this winter. They’re perfect for gifts and food, and better still, most are indoors or undercover!
The District Makers Market
Take a Sunday stroll to Docklands and enjoy free live entertainment and perhaps a few tasty samples at The District Makers Market. Warning! The ever-changing stalls offering everything from jewellery to local craft gin will probably get you reaching for your wallet. But who better to brighten your winter than passionate local artists, designers and cooks? Sundays until 26 August.
Winter Night Market
One of the city’s most beloved experiences is the Queen Victoria Market’s Wednesday evening incarnation, The Night Market, back for the winter season from 6 June to 29 August. Head over after work for more than 30 global street food stalls, a selection of warm drinks (mulled wine, anyone?), cold beers, raging open fires, quirky entertainers and Melbourne’s finest live music acts. Browse over 50 specialty and locally-made retail stalls.
European Night Market
The European Night Market returns to Madame Brussels Lane in July, bringing with it cauldrons of mulled wine, piping hot spiced rum and delicious European-inspired comfort food. Expect Nutella-stuffed doughnuts, bowls of oozing, melted raclette and juicy German sausages, live music and tunes from Madame Brussels Lane’s cobbler-turned-DJ. Instagram-ready light installations by Electric Confetti and Carla O’Brien will add to the atmosphere. Friday nights in July, 5pm to 9pm, from 6 July
Boutique Winter Marketplace
Brought to life by the team behind the Red Hill Community Market, Boutique Winter Marketplace is a new weekend makers market at Queen Victoria Market. It features a changing roster of stalls showcasing local, handmade and unique items by emerging makers and designers.Highlights include cosy winter knitted throws, locally designed jewellery, ceramics, homewares, artwork and handmade clothing.
Held on the third Sunday of each month, Kensington Market is worth a look. Reflecting the local community, the 70 specialty stalls include fresh produce, designer fashion, children’s wear, jewellery and visual art creations. With live music, coffee, kids activities and delicious food also on offer, it’s all undercover at the Kensington Town Hall. The next market is on Sunday 15 July.
A huge weekend is in store at Finders Keepers, the much-loved twice-yearly designer market mecca. Described as more of a festival than a market, Finders Keepers combines design, art, good food, live music and a fun community spirit. Runs Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July at Royal Exhibition Building.
Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne
Just in time for autumn’s bounty of fresh produce, the Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne is back. There’s local fruit and veg, and other treats made with love, including bagels and cheese. BYO bags and KeepCup (or borrow a mug on site) to this Wednesday market in the heart of the Parkville campus. It runs Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.30pm during semester, closing 6 June – 18 July, reopening on Wednesday 25 July.
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 arty, crafty and tasty stalls and has become a weekend institution. From silk scarves to decadent nougat, everything is handmade locally.
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? Locally made kaftans and semi-precious gems? Just want to amble along with coffee and Village Bakery treats? You got it. All trams from the city to Docklands are free, and the market is just a few stops from the CBD. Every second and fourth Sunday at New Quay Promenade.