Melbourne’s markets have come into their own in recent years with a resurgence of farmers’ markets and many inner suburbs operating their own markets that reflect their area’s unique character. Here’s our quick guide to markets in Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market (QVB) – The Queen of Melbourne market is a short walk from the city center and best visited when the produce stalls are operating (every day except Mondays and Wednesdays). This is the best place to see locals from all walks of life; buy souvenirs; browse the old deli halls and generally drink in the atmosphere. Every Wednesday night during summer you can visit the fabulous night market and enjoy a great value dinner from one of several international hawker stalls.
The other large markets in Melbourne all have their own unique look and feel:
South Melbourne Market – a slightly more affluent version of Vic Market (QVB) where caffeine is king.
Prahan Market – great delis!
Footscray Market – cheap and cheerful with a focus on Vietnamese and African produce
Preston Market – a strong Mediterranean influence
The most centrally located craft markets are the Arts Centre Sunday Market in the city and the St. Kilda Esplanade Market in the beachside suburb of St Kilda. Expect to find plenty of handmade craft here including jewelry, paintings, leatherwork, children’s toys and accessories.
Art & Design Markets
Melbourne’s most regular art and design market is the Rose Street Artists Market, just a stone’s throw away from the shopping and café strip Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Saturday morning is the best time to go for original pieces and to meet the artists who created them.
Farmers’ markets are now too numerous to mention. While they operate all over Melbourne, it’s worth getting out of the city to appreciate these markets at their best. My favorite is the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers Market, which is held on the third Sunday of every month at Yering Station winery in the Yarra Valley. Buy and sample food from some of the region’s best producers and then go wine tasting!