Melbourne is known for its vibrant and diverse markets, where you’ll be able to find everything from vintage clothing and local crafts to fresh produce and incredible coffee. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned market-goer, exploring Melbourne’s markets is a must-do! Here are a few of my favourites:
South Melbourne Market
The South Melbourne Market has been around since 1867 and is famous for its fresh seafood, boutique stores and gourmet delicacies. It has over 150 stalls selling everything from beautiful flowers, jewellery and vintage clothing to charcuterie and cheeses. The produce selection here is smaller than other markets.
This market often has live music events to enjoy in the sun. There are a few great restaurants here, my favourite being the Dim Sum at the Oriental Tea House. Check out the South Melbourne Market site to see the latest events on.
Without doubt, my favourite market in Melbourne, and a great place to spend a few hours on a weekend morning. Be sure to stroll over to the Botanic Gardens, located nearby, after a trip here.
Open: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday
Found in the trendy suburb of Prahran, the Prahran Market is a foodie’s paradise. With over 80 stalls selling fresh produce, meats, cheese, baked foods and specialty foods, there’s something for everyone. It’s on the more expensive side, compared to the other markets. But I love to come here to grab a few nice bits for dinner parties.
The Prahran Market is also home to a few stores selling homeware, jewellery and a vegan store. Visit on the weekend morning to enjoy a nice coffee or during a weekend lunch break for incredible salads. For any cheese lovers, be sure to check out Maker & Monger!
Top tip for anyone on a budget: they sell large veggie boxes on Sunday from 2pm at much cheaper prices than normal. Check out what’s on and trader information at Prahran Market here.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and is iconic to Melbourne. Known for its large range of fresh produce, meat, cheese and seafood, the Queen Vic is also known for its unique local crafts, clothing and large book selection.
There are often events and live music on the weekends, so be sure to make it a day out. It also hosts the Summer and Winter Night Markets during parts of the year, which is great to visit in the evenings. These nights are great fun, filled with live music and so many different food stalls. I had the most incredible bao buns for $15 when I was here last.
It’s located in the north of the CBD, so very easily accessible by public transport.
Check out their official website for more information on upcoming events and the infamous summer/night market schedule.
Open: Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays
Dandenong Market is best known for being a melting pot of 150 nationalities, and with that, has an incredible atmosphere. The best part of this market is the diverse and interesting street food on offer. There are both stalls and shops selling a wide range of meats, deli items, produce, seafood and baked goods. With over 200 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I recommend going with a few people and getting different foods to share. Check out the Dandenong Market site here.
Open: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
The Camberwell Market is the place to go for vintage lovers and collectors. With over 380 stalls, the Camberwell Market sells everything from antique furniture, vintage clothing, vinlys and retro toys. Spend your Sundays here discovering unique and one-of-a-kind treasures.
There is a fresh food market and poultry market here too, but it’s primarily known for it’s retro, vintage collectibles. Check out their site to get a taste of what’s on offer. Camberwell is located approximately 9km east of the CBD and is accessible by tram.
These are just a few of the many markets that Melbourne has to offer. I hope you enjoy exploring the uniqueness that they all have.