There’s no better way to get a feel for Melbourne than by going to the city’s top markets.
South Melbourne Market
Where: Corner of Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
When: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Come down to the South Melbourne Market, on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – plus night markets on Thursday evening throughout January and February and see what keeps bringing the locals back time and time again.
Browse stalls of over 140 traders offering everything from local produce, to handmade homewares, colourful flowers, buttery pastries and fresh oyster shots. While this market may be one of the oldest in Victoria, it hasn’t lost its community spirit and self-proclaimed village-market vibe’. South Melbourne market even has an in-house cooking school where you can learn to take advantage of all the great produce on offer in the market.
While you may get lost in this market’s maze-like interior, that’s not always a bad thing – especially if you stumble into the markets lively food hall where you can buy yourself fresh sushi, warming katsu curry and of course the famous spinach and cheese Borek – the line for this stall can get pretty busy during lunch time but it’s well worth the wait.
Where: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Known as Melbourne’s “food lovers’ market’ Prahran Market is a foodie’s dream. Prahran Market has been a fixture on Commercial Road for over 125 years supplying customers with the highest quality fruit and veg, organic produce and hard to find speciality goods.
Window shop for handmade pasta, baked goods, impeccably fresh seafood or fine cheeses - you will also enjoy a healthy dose of recipes and preparation advice with your purchases.
No matter what you are on the hunt for at Prahran Market, you can be sure you’re getting the best quality produce.
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Queen Victoria Market
Where: Queen St, Melbourne
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Covering 17 acres, Queen Victoria Market ‘is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere’ with over 700 stalls – also labelled Melbourne’s best market. Known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, this heritage-listed market has everything you could ever need. Browse rare cheeses in the Dairy Produce Hall and get some cured meats to go with it in the Meat Hall before heading outside to the fruit and veg stalls where you can get your hands or organic veg and local honey. Be warned though – these markets can get pretty busy on the weekend and it’s not rare for you to have to duck and weave around local’s trollies.
Before you head home be sure to grab yourself some freshly prepared food in the food stall portion of the market – the Doughnut Kitchen Van pumps out the most delicious sugar-covered and jam-filled doughnuts you will ever taste. You will also be treated to live music and performances on the weekends.
Noodle Market Melbourne
Where: Birrarung Marr, Behind Fed Square
When: November 7th - 24th
Running solely through November of this year, Melbourne’s much-loved Night Noodle Markets are an annual staple for all lovers of Asian street food. Dig into a piping hot bowl of pho, eat your way through Wonderbao’s menu or sink your teeth into sake buttermilk chicken nuggets and a range of other bite-sized snacks at this cracking summer food market housed right in the city of Melbourne, near Fed Square.
After you’ve collected your assortment of flavour-packed goodies, then make your way onto the grass at Birrarung Marr for a balmy evening full of noodles.
Night Market Melbourne
Where: Queen St, Melbourne
When: Wednesday evenings (times will vary between the Winter Night Markets, European Night Markets, & Summer Night Markets).
On Wednesday nights Queen Victoria Market comes alive at night for its weekly Night Market. Enjoy food stalls on rotation, speciality and design stalls selling locally made goods and of course some live music. In the cooler months, this bustling annual winter Night Markets, provides open fires and mulled wine to help keep you warm, whereas summer offers up balmy evenings and a great selection of food and drink from around the world.
Camberwell Sunday Market
Where: Market Place, Camberwell
When: Every Sunday
Luring treasure hunters from all around the city, the Camberwell Sunday Market is your one-stop-shop for vintage finds and hot jam doughnuts. A beloved weekend staple of the Camberwell community, Camberwell Sunday Market has been running for an impressive 44 years.
Comb through vintage clothes, records, antiques and an array of bric-a-brac every Sunday from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm -plus there are food and drink stalls for you to take advantage of in the early morning hours.
If you are on the hunt for something special, then its recommended that you get there early to get the first pick of the bunch at this Sunday market – stall holders start to pack up around lunchtime.
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Rose Street Artists Market
Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday & Sunday
Showcasing the best art and design talent in the city, the Rose Street Artists Market exemplifies Melbourne’s weird and wonderful nature. Meet the makers every Saturday and Sunday in a mini design market nestled down one of the side streets of the colourful suburb of Fitzroy and hear their top stories about how they came to be.
Offering one of a kind gifts, this quirky boutique makers market is sure to have something unique that is just right for you. Here you can expect to find cute-as-a-button tiny earrings, chrome and glass terrariums, delicate rose gold rings, bandana bibs, beautifully moody prints, solid Japanese pottery, ropey, fragile ear cuffs, hand-drawn thick-cut thank you cards, fragile crystal rings, blonde wood mirrors, scarves of feathery Turkish cotton and more.
Where: 75 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday
Running every Saturday, Fitzroy Mills Market is a reflection of the vibrant suburb it calls home and its quirky inhabitants. Pop down to this converted carpark on the weekend and you’ll be greeted with all things vintage, fresh produce, artisan gifts, flowers, pre-loved goods, alcohol and live music. This artist market come produce market has everything you need, wrapped up in one banging Fitzroy market.
While this may not be the biggest market in Melbourne, Fitzroy Mills Market now boasts over 70 stalls and is growing to the meet the demand of its demographic - if you have a love of all things local, organic and sustainable, then this is the market for you. The Fitzroy Mills Market is just waiting to be explored!
Collingwood Children’s Farm Market
Where: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford (near Abbotsford Convent)
When: Second Saturday of the month
On the second Sunday of every month, the Collingwood Children’s’ Farm open their gates to the general public in search of fresh, local produce. One of the top produce markets in Melbourne, the Collingwood Children’s Farm will see you filling your basket with seasonal produce and gourmet goodies. Nestled along a bend on the Yarra River – and right along the picturesque Merri Creek Trail (ideal for river-side walking and cycling) the Collingwood Children’s’ Farm market is a green inner-city oasis.
If you miss this fortnightly farmer’s market, then the Abbotsford Convent Farmers Market runs right next door on the fourth Saturday of the month.
Whether you are visiting in Melbourne in summer, winter or even in between, Melbourne’s top markets are always here offering a warm welcome. AccorHotels is also here to offer you a warm welcome on your next holiday to Melbourne, with our great range of Melbourne accommodation.