Summer in Melbourne brings gloriously long days and luscious warm weather. Make the most of it with these eight markets you absolutely need to visit.
Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Enjoy Melbourne’s balmy summer evenings at the Queen Victoria Market Summer Night Market. The market returns with over 60 global street food stalls and festival bars, more than 100 specialty fashion, homewares and general merchandise stalls, plus a rotating weekly line-up of live music and entertainment. Until 20 March 2019.
Chinatown Market Day
Heffernan Lane in Chinatown comes alive on the second and fourth Saturday of every month for the Chinatown Market Day. The hawker-style stalls offer a selection of dumplings and noodles, cakes and souvenirs to collect. Be sure to hang around until night falls to see the transformation of the laneway into a true, twinkling night market.
The District Makers Market
Hit up the District Docklands for an eclectic (and undercover) market every Sunday throughout summer and spring. At The District Makers Market you’ll find handmade and locally-produced goods, featuring some of Melbourne’s most creative and skillful artists and designers, brought to you by none other than The Rose Street Market crew.
Held monthly at the Kensington Town Hall, Kensington Market offers a selection of 70 odd speciality stalls including designer fashion, jewellery and artworks, along with live music, a petting zoo and great coffee. The next market takes place Sunday 17 February.
Melbourne Book Market
Browse through over 5,000 new and pre-loved titles at the new Melbourne Book Market, a new event at Queen Victoria Market featuring some Melbourne’s most experienced book dealers. Expect books, film, music, illustrators plus an array of quality second-hand vinyl records and CDs. Sundays from 20 January.
Arts Centre Sunday Market
Attention art-lovers, this is one market you can’t miss. Every Sunday on the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn find locally-made treasures and trinkets — from original homewares and elegant jewellery, to wafer-thin gozleme and handmade fudge.
Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend
Recharge your everyday approach to sustainability at the National Sustainable Living Festival in February. The festival’s Big Weekend, a massive three days of workshops, talks and performances, also includes a sustainable food market serving delicious local, organic treats. The Big Weekend is on Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February.
Uncover hidden treasures at Suitcase Rummage, which is also part of the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend. Bring a suitcase of wares to sell or browse the stalls to uncover anything from vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, records, music and more. Sunday 10 February.
Docklands Sunday Market
A vibrant, proudly local market in the heart of Docklands, Docklands Sunday Market features arts and crafts, unique accessories and one-of-a-kind finds every fortnight on Sunday. With tempting restaurants along NewQuay Promenade and District Docklands only a short stroll away, make a day of it. Sundays at NewQuay Promenade.