From antiques to food to clothing to art, you’d be mad to not do some shopping at the markets in Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market
Until very recently, she was the longest reigning British monarch, but Queen Victoria still rules when it comes to the markets in Melbourne. Open five days a week (Tuesday and Thursday – Sunday), you can find everything here for a shopping spree in buzzing surroundings. From a bottle of local wine to Feng Shui crystals and Venetian masks to prescription glasses, there’s everything under one roof at the Queen Vic.
Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne CBD
South Melbourne Market
Open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, South Melbourne Market is all about discovering the tastes of the city. Do your weekly shop at the delis, devour ready-to-eat dishes and stock up on locally farmed, organic fruit and veg. There are even cooking classes you can book to learn from the best chefs in Melbourne.
322-326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Find Melbourne’s creative streak every Sunday at the St Kilda Esplanade Market in the city’s beach suburb. The iconic arts and crafts market lines the esplanade with stall after stall of bags, beauty products, cushions, jewellery, prints and paintings, photography, sculptures and more. Like any market, food is a necessity, but come here for the gifts you and others can keep forever.
Between Fitzroy and Acland Streets, St Kilda
Blender Lane Artists Market
Melbourne’s renowned for its arts and culture, and to find the most authentic experience, you’ve got to head to Blender Lane Artists Market. Held in the vibrant and busy laneway decorated in street art, this market is everything that quirky dreams are made of with art, illustration, craft, textiles and jewellery besides live performing arts and music. The market returns to Blender Lane on 11th November and runs every Wednesday 5-10pm until 24th February 2016.
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Head inside Art Centre Melbourne every Sunday 10am-4pm for a showcasing of local goods. From art and crafts to food and drink, everything is made local to a very high standard. Walk amongst the many, ever-rotating stalls to find a one-of-a-kind treasure in this famous arts centre.
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne