The bustling market scene has always been alive and well in Melbourne. Parks, halls, schools and squares become community hubs on weekends as people come together and trade. Best of all it’s easy on the wallet and you can actually meet the people that build, make and grow whatever it is you’re buying. If bustling markets are one of your favourite things to do on a weekend, then take a look at our list of the best markets Melbourne has to offer. Whether it’s a monthly or weekly affair, get down to your local market this weekend because you might be missing something really special.
South Melbourne Markets
Established in 1867, South Melbourne Markets are one of the oldest and longest running markets in Victoria. Almost 150 stalls operate through most of the week and feature a whole range of fresh produce, meat & seafood, specialty foods, fashion, homewares, books and more. Of course you can also get something to eat from one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Open: Sun/Wed/Sat 8am to 4pm Fri 8am to 5pm
Coventry St & Cecil St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Named as Melbourne’s No.1 food market, Prahran Markets offer the best fruit and veg you can find. Organic, sustainable and free range are all words that Prahran Markets stand by, so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality produce. You’ll find fish, seafood, meat, game, organic fruit and veg, artisan products, cheeses and more.
Open: Sun 10am to 3pm Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat 7am to 5pm
163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
St. Kilda’s Esplanade Market
If you’re a local in St Kilda, you’re one of the lucky ducks who gets to live near one of Melbourne’s best markets. Since the 70s, St Kilda Esplanade Market has been offering a unique market experience with artistic roots. Over 175 stalls make up an array of arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares, plants and handmade gifts from quality creators who love what they do. If you’re a bit of a foodie, you’re sure to find some delectable treats.
Open: Sundays 10am to 4pm
The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Find all your heart’s desires at Dandenlong Market and get it for a bargain. Much loved by locals and tourists, this busy and bustling market is full of things to see, smell, hear and of course buy! Over 200 Friendly traders offer an amazing range of choice in fresh produce, fashion, homewares, art and more. There’s also lots of entertainment to enjoy including live music and cooking demonstrations.
Open: Tues/Sat 7am to 4pm Fri 7am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 3pm
Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenon VIC 3175
The Rose Street Market
The Rose Street Market is a quirky boutique market that is based on similar markets in London, Berlin and New York. Already going for 15 years, this is the place where Melbourne’s best design talent show up here every weekend to display their creations.You’ll find artworks, fashion, furniture, design, jewellery and more, plus it’s all handmade and unique.
Open: Weekends 11am to 5pm
60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Coburg Trash & Treasure
If you like garage sales you’ll love Coburg Trash & Treasure. They say another man’s trash is another mans treasure and that’s what this market is all about. Videos, cd’s, records, car partd, plants, toys, whatever you can think of you’ll probably find it here at Coburg. Sift amongst people’s unwanted junk and just maybe you’ll discover a real gem.
Open: Sundays 8am to 2pm
155 Newlands Rd, Coburg VIC 3058
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market aka ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’ has functioned as an official market since 1878 and is one of the oldest and best markets Melbourne has to offer. Smack bang in the middle of Melbourne, The Queen Victoria attracts locals and tourists alike for it’s vibrant, historic and bustling atmosphere. You can get everything here from fruit and veg and local/imported gourmet foods, art, cosmetics, clothing and more.
Open: Everyday except Wednesday 6am to 4pm
Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne Book Market
Melbourne Book Market, formally the Fed Square Book Market, is a booklovers heaven and is the largest weekly book market in Melbourne. Over 5000 new and pre-loved books are up for grabs in every category you can think of including collectors items and classics. There’s also a selection of quality second hand vinyl and cds plus each week special guest authors and illustrators make an appearance for book signings.
Open: Saturdays 11am to 5pm
1st Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Red Hill Community Market
Red Hill Community Market is huge and boasts 300 plus stalls selling original handmade products, crafts and gourmet foods. Since 1975, this market has operated as a community bartering event, while bartering is not around anymore the ambience of the bustling market still is. It’s sheer size and atmosphere makes it one of the best markets Melbourne has to offer. Grab a bite for breakfast and wander around the many ecclectic and unique stalls.
Open: Saturdays 8am to 1pm
266 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937
This second hand goods and craft market is held every Sunday morning. Vintage items, books, homewares, antiques and handmade goods are up for grabs at Camberwell Market. A huge 370 stalls to choose from, it’s best to get up early so you can see all that’s on offer. Camberwell also fundraises for charities, so far raising over an impressive $9m.
Open: Sundays 6.30am to 12.30pm
Corner of Station Street, Camberwell, VIC 3124
With over 70 specialty stalls, Kensington Markets offer a mix of little treasures and gems to be found, located at the Kensington Town Hall. This market provides creators, artists and producers the platform to get their products out into the community. You’ll find jewellery, art, fashion, kids wear, crafts and fresh produce with many live music acts and street buskers performing.
Open: 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am to 3pm.
30-34 Bellair St, Kensington VIC 3031
For eight years, Fitzroy Markets has been operating and their popularity has only grown over othose years. One of the best markets in Melbourne and loved by the local community and visitors, Fitzroy Market is a reflection of the vibrant suburb it inhabits. 75 stalls full of intersting tid bits including second hand, vintage and handmade items plus lots of yummy food stalls. You never know what you may find with a little digging, and it’s easy to spend the day wandering through all the unique stalls.
Open: Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Napier St & Greeves St, Fitzroy VIC 3065