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Melbourne, the coastal capital of the state Victoria is a cultural hub that fascinates foodies and shopaholics across the world with its tantalizing food and wine, iconic lane ways, and abundant local markets. The Melbourne markets give a sneak peek into the handicrafts of the local Victorian people with interesting paintings, vintage clothing, and up cycled products that are put on display. For food lovers, the food markets in Melbourne bring you international flavors. Apart from that, these markets also serve as a great platform for local farmers to trade their farm-fresh produce.
While there are a dozen markets in Melbourne alone, the century-old Queen Victoria Market is the exemplary shopping hub of the state.
10 Best Melbourne Markets
Melbourne is overloaded with exclusive farmers’ markets like Alphington Farmers Market and Prahran Market. Check-out this list of outstanding markets in Melbourne that will leave you spoil for choices:
1. Queen Victoria Market
This iconic market in Melbourne goes a long way back to the 19th century and its Victorian-style architecture is fascinating until today. Spread across seven hectares, this market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The allies of shops here literally have everything that one could think of buying from – organic produces, alcohols, souvenirs, sporting goods, poultry, stationery, healthcare, and many others.
Location: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Timings: 6.00 AM – 3.00 PM (Thursday and Friday); 6.00 AM – 4.00 PM (Saturday and Monday); 9.00 AM – 4.00 PM (Sunday); 5.00 AM – 3.00 PM (Tuesday); Closed on all Wednesdays
Carry sufficient cash.
Plastic bags and straws are banned here. Remember to take a tote.
To buy the freshest produces, visit on Tuesdays.
2. South Melbourne Market
Yet another Victorian styled, covered market in Melbourne, South Melbourne Market is a foodie’s destination. The fresh farm produces, restaurants and cafes dominate this market; however, South Melbourne Market also has umpteen shops for apparel, pet food, hairdressing, home ware, and souvenir shopping. The market usually has some live performances or events happening all through the year adding a vibrant feel to your shopping spree.
Location: 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Timings: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm Tuesday and Thursday , 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm Wednesday (Night Market seasons only) ; 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Pets are not allowed in this market
3. The Rose Street Artists’ Market
Established in 2003, 120 creatives have been exhibiting their work here for the last 15 years. If you love interesting pieces of art, quirky collection of furniture, intricate jewelry, unique paintings, and exotic handmade stuff, this eclectic market is for you. What makes the market so special is that you would just not buy an artist’s work; instead, meet him, engage in a conversation, and click selfies before buying.
Location: 60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Timings: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday – Friday; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Tables at the Young Bloods Diner rooftop restaurant can be booked online.
4. Fitzroy Market
With over 70 stalls, this weekly market in Melbourne brings the customers local artisan gifts, fresh produce, delicious food, handcrafted clothing, vintage goods, recycled things, flowers, pre-owned stuff, vintage clothing, coffee, craft beer, live music and much more. Fitzroy Market is a great place for the weekly shopper’s to hang around with friends and shop.
Location: 75 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Timings: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm on Saturdays
Follow their Facebook page to know the promotional offers and events
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5. Alphington Farmers Market
As the name suggests, Alphington Farmers Market brings the freshest of fruits and vegetables, free-range meat and eggs, farmhouse dairy, bakery, pantry, and cut flowers and plants directly from the Victorian farmers to the people of Melbourne. This open-air market operates weekly in a relaxed environment and a must-visit while in Melbourne.
Location: Melbourne Innovation Centre, 2 Wingrove St, Alphington VIC 3078, Australia
Timings: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on Sundays. Closed on other days
This is a plastic bag free market. So, carry your own reusable bags
Dogs are allowed here
6. South Melbourne Night Market
Happening within the South Melbourne Market, the South Melbourne Night Market is an annual summer event that is popular among tourists and the locals. Rows of food trucks selling local food, restaurants that serve international cuisine, henna design stall, galvanic live music, and unbelievable collection of merchandise, jewelry, and furniture at the stalls set a festive feel during the twilight hours of summers in Melbourne.
Location: Cnr Coventry &, Cecil St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Timings: Wednesdays 12.00 pm – 9.30 pm (8 Jan – 5 Feb 2020)
Dogs are not allowed.
The Market has 2-hours of free parking in the rooftop carpark.
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7. Docklands Sunday Market
Located on New Quay Promenade in Melbourne’s Docklands, this Waterfront market is truly a local artisan’s market with products like recycled kids designer clothes, soft toys, jewelry, rare earth rocks and semi-precious gems, locally made kaftans, soy candles, soap, hand-made art, and craft dominating the stalls. For those on a handicrafts shopping spree, this market is undeniably a Heaven.
Location: 35 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
Timings: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm on Sundays
All trams are free to the Docklands from CBD. ATMs and toilets are available within the market.
8. Camberwell Sunday Market
This flea market is a creative minds’ wonderland with stalls selling interesting and vintage paintings, exquisite pieces of art, vases, home wares, clothing, photo frames, brilliant ceramics, and quirky mosaics. Once in this open-air market, you are sure to find something that you will fall in love with.
Location: Market Pl, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia
Timings: 6.30 am – 12.30 pm on Sundays
Free car parking is available on Inglesby Road opposite the Local council offices
9. Prahran Market
This foodies destination is the best place to buy the best quality fruit and vegetables, the widest range of certified organic produce, deli goods, local gourmet, sustainable seafood, free-range meat, poultry, and many more. The market is popular for hosting events like grilled cheese competitions, master classes, demos, tastings, and live music.
Location: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Timings: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday); 10.00 am – 3.00 pm (Sunday); Closed on Monday and Wednesday
Dogs are allowed inside the Market Square but not inside any covered market areas.
10. St Kilda Esplanade Market
This open-air market by the bay is located about a 20-minute ride away from the city centre of Melbourne. Bringing 120 artisans from different parts of the country to showcase their products like gifts, souvenirs, furniture, and jewellery, this market is open on all Sundays and has become a great spot to hang out for brunch and shopping.
Location: The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Timings: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on Sundays
Plenty of parking space is available near the market.
The market is open on all Sundays irrespective of rain, hail, and sun.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Markets in Melbourne
Q. Are the markets in Melbourne open on rainy days?
A. Yes, almost all the markets are kept open even during the showers.
Q. What is the best time to visit Melbourne?
A. The best time to visit Melbourne is during the summer months from December to March. The next best time to visit is during the spring season (September to November) and autumn (March to May).
Q. What are some of the must-buys from Melbourne?
A. Some of the best buys from Melbourne should include Tim Tams(the famous Australian Chocolate Biscuits), Opal Jewelry, Yarra Valley Wine, Boomerang, Aboriginal artwork, Macadamia nuts.
Q. Are there restaurants within Camberwell Sunday Market?
A. Yes, there are many restaurants, cafes and food trucks within Camberwell Sunday Market. The most popular ones are Infuse Camberwell, Tao Dumplings, Fiorelli Restaurant, and Salmon Head Sushi.
Q. How old is Queen Victoria Market?
A. Queen Victoria Market is operational since 1878.
Q. Which tram should I board to reach Queen Victoria Market directly?
A. Route 19, 57 and 59 trams take you directly to Stop 7 Queen Victoria Market.
Q. Is South Melbourne Night Market open until the wee hours of the night?
A. No, the stalls at South Melbourne Night Market are open only until 9.30 pm.
Q. Which are the best places in Melbourne to buy Ugg Boots?
A. Millers Ugg, UGG, and Jumbo Ugg Boots Factory Outlet are known for their finest collection of ugg boots in Melbourne.
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