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Best Markets in Melbourne

What are the best markets in Melbourne? In this article we highlight the best markets in Melbourne.
|-Best Markets in Melbourne

Melbourne, a vibrant hub for expats and digital nomads, offers a plethora of markets that cater to every taste and need. From bustling food markets to eclectic flea markets, the city’s market scene is as diverse as its population. Whether you’re looking to sample local delicacies, hunt for vintage treasures, or simply soak up the lively atmosphere, Melbourne’s markets are an essential part of the local culture. Here are some of the best markets in Melbourne that you should not miss.

Queen Victoria Market

Location: Corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne
Type of Market: General/Food Market
Open: Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday; hours vary

Queen Victoria Market, affectionately known as ‘Vic Market’, is a Melbourne institution and the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a bustling mix of fresh produce, gourmet foods, clothing, and souvenirs. The market is also famous for its night markets, which feature live music, food stalls, and a festive atmosphere.

We Recommend: Don’t leave without trying the hot jam doughnuts from the American Doughnut Kitchen van—a treat that has been delighting locals and visitors alike for decades.

South Melbourne Market

Location: Corner of Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
Type of Market: General/Food Market
Open: Wednesday, Friday to Sunday; hours vary

South Melbourne Market is a foodie’s paradise, offering a range of fresh produce, seafood, and gourmet delights. It’s also home to a number of cafes and eateries where you can enjoy a meal made from market-fresh ingredients. The market has a cozy, community feel and is a favorite among locals for its quality goods and friendly vendors.

We Recommend: Sample the iconic South Melbourne Market Dim Sims, a larger and fluffier version of the traditional Chinese snack, available at the market’s food hall.

Rose Street Artists’ Market

Location: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Type of Market: Arts and Crafts Market
Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10-4

Located in the heart of Fitzroy, the Rose Street Artists’ Market showcases the work of Melbourne’s talented artists and designers. It’s the perfect place to find unique handmade items, from jewelry and fashion to art prints and home decor. The market’s bohemian atmosphere reflects the creative spirit of the surrounding neighborhood.

We Recommend: Look out for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces or handcrafted homewares that make for perfect souvenirs or gifts.

Prahran Market

Location: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday; hours vary

Prahran Market is known as the food lover’s market, specializing in high-quality produce, meats, and specialty foods. It’s a great place to explore Melbourne’s diverse food scene, with vendors offering everything from organic fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses and freshly baked bread.

We Recommend: Visit the market’s delis for a selection of fine cheeses, or stop by the seafood vendors for some of the freshest oysters in town.

St Kilda Esplanade Market

Location: The Esplanade, St Kilda
Type of Market: Arts and Crafts Market
Open: Sunday, 10-4

Set against the backdrop of St Kilda’s palm-lined beach, the St Kilda Esplanade Market is a favorite Sunday destination. With over 140 stalls, the market features an array of handmade crafts, artworks, and accessories. It’s a great place to enjoy the seaside atmosphere while discovering the work of local artisans.

We Recommend: Keep an eye out for unique handcrafted candles or skincare products made with natural Australian ingredients.

Cambridge Street Market

Location: Cambridge Street, Collingwood
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Saturday, 8-1

Cambridge Street Market is a charming farmers market located in the heart of Collingwood. It’s a go-to spot for organic produce, free-range eggs, and artisan bread. The market is smaller than some others in Melbourne, but it offers a curated selection of high-quality goods and a friendly community vibe.

We Recommend: Try the freshly made pastries from local bakers, or pick up some organic vegetables for a healthy meal.

The District Docklands Market

Location: The District Docklands, Docklands
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Friday to Sunday, 11-5

The District Docklands Market is part of a larger shopping and entertainment complex, offering a diverse range of products from fashion and beauty to homewares and souvenirs. The market is indoors, making it a great option for all weather conditions, and features both local and international brands.

We Recommend: Look for unique Australian-made gifts or indulge in some of the gourmet food offerings from local producers.

Finders Keepers Market

Location: The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Type of Market: Arts and Crafts Market
Open: Biannual event; check website for dates

The Finders Keepers Market is a biannual event that transforms the historic Royal Exhibition Building into a vibrant marketplace. It’s a celebration of independent art, design, and culture, featuring hundreds of stalls from some of Australia’s best creatives. The market also includes live music, food trucks, and workshops.

We Recommend: Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase limited-edition prints or handmade ceramics that you won’t find anywhere else.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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