There’s no better way to get a gauge on the cities pulse than by heading to a market!
Whether you want to simply soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a meal, find a keepsake, or stock your fridge with the freshest produce the city has to offer, discovering Melbourne’s best markets is a great way to get a taste for the city.
These are my favourite Melbourne markets –
South Melbourne Markets
Established in 1867, South Melbourne Market is the quintessential village market. Sure you can pick up your produce, but there’s also fashion, homewares, and great good.
There’s a restaurant for almost every palate – South Melbourne Market Dim Sims is one of the city’s institutions, sweet tooths will love La Lapa’s donuts, cronuts, and cruffins, and you will find me at Köy Restaurant to pick up a Börek on Sundays! – and in the newly renovated SO:ME space you might discover a new favourite fashion piece or home accessory (I’m a massive fan of The SuperCool for quirky gifts for adults and kids and Dyad Artisans incredible Iranian homewares!)
Head on down and you’ll discover why South Melbourne Markets are my favourite markets in Melbourne!
Best for… those who want more than just fresh produce!
Address: Coventry St & Cecil St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: +61 3 9209 6295
Trading hours: Wed & Sat-Sun 8am-4pm, Fri 8am-5pm
If you want great food, this is the place to go. Set just off Chapel Street, Prahran Markets has a huge range of fresh food and gourmet items (and most of it at a very competitive price!)
Famous for fine fresh produce, hard-to-find specialty items and good old-fashioned service sealed with expert advice, this Prahran Market is a Melbourne Market that can’t be beaten on quality.
Whether you’re on the hunt for an unusual ingredient, need advice on seasonal produce, or want to know how to prepare your next meal, Prahran Market has a community of highly skilled traders and knowledgeable staff that can share their expert advice setting them apart from the rest.
They regularly hold exciting events for the general public which I highly recommend you checking out!
If you can’t get to the market, Prahran Market has recently begun home delivery from specific retailers!
Best for… fresh and artisanal food, including organic and sustainably sourced.
Address: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: +61 3 8290 8220
Trading hours: Tue & Thu-Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm
St Kilda’s Esplanade Market
In its idyllic beachside location, the St Kilda Esplanade Market is an icon of St Kilda and Melbourne. A world-renowned art and craft makers’ haven, the market has been the destination of choice for those seeking high-quality and authentic Australian products since 1970. Find a range of arts, crafts, and other original creations to take home every Sunday from 10 am.
Best for… artwork & handmade items in a beachside location.
Address: The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: +61 3 9209 6634
Trading hours: Sun 10am-4pm
Dandenong Market has been operating since 1866 and is one of Victoria’s oldest markets. Known as the “world market”, Dandenong Market’s 154-year old traditional working market in Melbourne’s South East.
Dandenong Market offers everything from honeycomb fresh from the beehive, flowers cut straight from the farm, and apples picked from the orchard. At Dandenong Market you can shop and experience the world like a local and get insider tips from expert traders, score amazing bargains and source seasonal produce.
Best for… feeling like you are in a souk or hawkers market without leaving Melbourne!
Address: Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (613) 9701 3850
Trading hours: Tue & Fri-Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Camberwell Sunday Market
Every Sunday morning, this suburban car park is transformed into a vibrant, sprawling hotbed for lovers of trash and treasure. From records to rings, buttons to boots, as long as it’s secondhand, antique or vintage, it’s sold here at the Camberwell Sunday Market.
Hot tip: while you are there, consider having some of Melbourne’s best hotcakes at MOB!
Best for… finding incredible treasures in one of Melbourne’s hippest neighbourhoods!
Address: 1st Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: 03 9415 3600
Trading hours: Sat 11am-5pm
Queen Victoria Market
Known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. An historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city market where you can shop at over 600 small businesses for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, clothing and souvenirs.
While there, be sure to visit the Dairy Hall. Still stocked with some of the states best cheeses and dairy products, you’ll also find a global array of deli counters from France, Poland and even an African deli counter! McIver’s Coffee & Tea Merchants is also a paradise of flavours and sips also in the Dairy Hall.
Best for… fresh produce, Aussie souvenirs, and eating!
Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9320 5822
Trading hours: Tue-Fri 6am-3pm, Sun 9am-4pm, Specialty shopping open 9am, Wed 5pm-10pm (seasonal)
The Rose Street Artists’ Market
The Rose St. Artists’ Market gives you the opportunity to peruse numerous stall displays, collect, source and commission unique handmade works; and of course meet, greet and speak with artists and designers in person.
Here you’ll find Melbourne’s best art and design talent here each Saturday and Sunday. In fact, we showcase the work of up to 120 creatives, so expect to feast your eyes on plenty of unique gems and one-off wonders that you won’t get anywhere else!
Find everything from quirky furniture design and stunning fashion through to intricate jewellery and unique paintings. So if you’re a lover of all things handmade then look no further. Come along and experience it for yourself!
Best for… discovering goods from Melbourne’s best artists, designers, crafters!
Address: 60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 9419 5529
Trading hours: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Coburg Trash & Treasure
This Sunday weekly market is a fantastic place to wander and find a piece of Melbourne to take home with you! Whether you are seeking second hand goods, antiques and collectables, plants, furniture, fruit and vegetables, vintage fashion or more; Coburg Trash & Treasure is the place to go!
Best for… seeking treasures at the largest open-air market in Australia!
Address: 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg VIC 3058
Phone: (03) 9791 2992
Trading hours: Sun 8am-2pm
Red Hill Community Market
Red Hill is the ‘grand dame’ of Victoria’s craft markets. Located in one of the State’s most picturesque settings, today Red Hill Community Market brings together over 300 talented stallholders who produce original creations of the highest quality.
The first Saturday of the month (between Sept to May) between 8am and 1pm, the Red Hill Community Market is the place to be!
Best for… a seasonal community market that showcases the talents of its incredible community.
Address: 266 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937
Phone: +61 3 5976 3266
Trading hours: Sat 8am-1pm