Summer in Melbourne brings gloriously long days and luscious warm weather. Make the most of it with these six markets you absolutely need to visit.
Summer Night Market
Arguably the most popular market in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market’s Summer Night Market buzzes with excited energy. From vibrant live performances to boutique and vintage shopping, there’s a plethora of activities to keep you entertained. When you’ve shopped and dropped, pasta rolled in a cheese wheel, classic hot jam doughnuts and the best paella in the world (really) are some of the dishes on offer.
Carlton Farmers Market
Open on the first Saturday of every month, the Carlton Farmers Market is home to an emporium of locally sourced produce. Think juicy apples, plump baked goods and ethically produced meat. Fresh fruit, cheese and eggs as well as a range of take-home meals are available for the lazier chefs among us, so join the Carlton community for a Saturday shop a level above your supermarket.
Docklands Sunday Market
A vibrant, proudly local market in the heart of Docklands, paw through arts and crafts, unique accessories and one-of-a-kind finds every Sunday. Sample deliciously tempting churros and doughnuts, or stick to freshly squeezed juices. With mouth-watering restaurants along NewQuay Promenade and Harbour Town a short stroll away, you can easily make a day of it.
Held monthly at the Kensington Town Hall, Kensington Market offers an eclectic mix of treasures from designer fashion, jewellery and an array of visual art creations, along with live music, a petting zoo and great coffee. The next market dates are 19 February and 19 March.
Arts Centre Sunday Market
Attention art-lovers, this is one market you can’t help falling in love with. Running every Sunday on the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Lawn, every treasure and trinket is locally made—from gorgeous homewares and elegant jewellery, to wafer thin gozleme to handmade fudge.