Summer in Melbourne brings gloriously long days and luscious warm weather. Make the most of it with these seven markets you need to visit.
Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Sip chilled cocktails at the new Palm Springs bar. Browse the stalls while you munch on street food skewers. Stay for live music and a game on the pop-up volleyball court at the iconic Summer Night Market. Wednesday until 11 March. At Queen Victoria Market.
Chinatown Market Day
Chinatown Market Day takes over Heffernan Lane on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The hawker-style stalls offer foodie treats like dumplings, noodles and traditional cakes. Hang around until night fall and see the laneway transform into a twinkling night market.
Crown Riverwalk plays host to the Hawker’s Bazaar on 31 January-2 February. Enjoy free live music, lion dances and a fireworks display. Then indulge in the spicy scents of more than 30 Asian food stalls.
Arts Centre Sunday Market
Attention art-lovers, this is one market you can’t miss. Every Sunday on the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn find this iconic weekend market. Expect locally-made treasures and trinkets like original homewares and elegant jewellery. Or treat yourself to wafer-thin gozleme and handmade fudge.
Melbourne Book Market
Browse through over 5,000 new and pre-loved titles at the Melbourne Book Market. Located at Queen Victoria Market, it features some of Melbourne’s top book dealers. Expect books, film, music and an array of quality second-hand vinyl records and CDs. Weekends until 29 March.
Family Market Riverside
Melbourne loves markets, so no surprise yet another one is popping up on summer Sundays. Family Market Riverside’s stalls offer everything from local wares, to henna tattoos and face-painting. Kick back after you shop and enjoy the lawn games and DJs.
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, tasty stalls. The District Makers Market showcases everything from jewellery and homewares to artisanal food. There’s also workshops, giveaways and live entertainment. The market runs the last Sunday of the month. The 23 February edition will profile emerging local designers.