Apr 12, 2017
To market, to market… whether it’s to buy a fat pig, locally designed jewellery or vintage treasures, Melbourne’s got the lot. Here are 11 of the best in town.
Queen Victoria Market
Historic, central and huge, the Queen Vic, as it’s colloquially known, is a busy mix of fresh produce, deli goods, clothing of all stripes and tourist tchotchkes. Special mention goes to the hot jam doughnuts at the American Doughnut Kitchen van, a bona fide market institution since 1950.
513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne; open Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday
A classic working-class migrants’ market, north-side Preston Market draws the local Greek and Italian populations – and the Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern and more. That means market-garden produce and a huge seafood hall – plus it now boasts food outlets catering to the growing horde of local hipsters, including gluten-freegan food (it’s a thing) and paella.
Corner of Cramer and Mary streets, Preston; open Wednesday-Saturday
Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market
This bucolic market, set on the grass slopes of the Yarra River in the shadow of the former Abbotsford Convent, takes line honours as Melbourne’s most atmospheric. With an array of produce options covering the organic-artisanal-ethical gamut, purchased direct from the producers, Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market also a winner in the food stakes.
St Heliers Street, Collingwood; open fourth Saturday of every month (entry via gold coin donation)
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South Melbourne Market
Frenetically busy, the 150-year-old South Melbourne Market is a one-stop shop for everything from food to clothing, homewares and collectibles. The multicultural Food Hall is a highlight – grab a gelato to accompany your market promenade.
Corner of Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne; open Wednesday-Sunday
Chapel Street Bazaar
Welcome to the vintage wonderland of Chapel Street Bazaar, where individually owned stalls specialise in everything pre-loved including telephones (analogue, naturally), clothes, records, homewares and good old-fashioned collectable kitsch.
217 Chapel Street, Prahran; daily 10am-6pm
From the wild mushroom stall to organic fruit and vegetables and game meat, Prahran Market is the spiritual home of specialist produce – and with chef Paul Wilson opening his Wilson’s Tuckshop café and Wilson & Market restaurant alongside Noisette bakery, Cioccolato Lombardo chocolatiers and the wonderland emporium Essential Ingredient, it’s even more of a food magnet.
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra; open Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday
St Andrews Community Market
Follow the sound of drums and didgeridoos to this multi-coloured market on Melbourne’s outskirts in the Yarra Valley. The St Andrews Community Market is where the local alternative-leaning community and interlopers from further afield realign their chakras with everything from food to fashion.
Kangaroo Ground, St Andrews Road, St Andrews; open Saturday
Rose Street Artists’ Market
Small but perfectly formed, this bijou gem is Melbourne’s best art and design market and features handmade crafts, clothes and jewellery; plus Rose Street Artists’ Market has its own hipster-magnet diner and rooftop bar.
60 Rose Street, Fitzroy; open Saturday and Sunday
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Battle the hordes of backpackers to browse stalls of craft, jewellery and street-wear at St Kilda Esplanade Market set out along the upper Esplanade with the gaping mouth of Luna Park as a backdrop.
The Esplanade, St Kilda; open Sunday
A supersized trash-and-treasure, Camberwell Market has been running since 1976. It’s a mecca for bargain lovers, fossickers, vintage lovers and students setting up share houses with more dash than cash. Entry is via a gold coin donation for Rotary.
Market Place, Camberwell; open Sunday
Federation Square Book Market
Housed undercover in Fed Square’s Atrium, Federation Square Book Market is Melbourne’s biggest weekly book fair featuring more than 5000 new and pre-loved titles along with appearances by visiting authors and illustrators.
The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne; open Saturday
Top image: Queen Victoria Market
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