Marvellous Markets of Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a cool and quirky Australian city with a lot of art, culture and personality. It also boasts a lot of intriguing markets which offer delicious food, unique art and great bargains. Perusing through one of these markets is a great thing to do while you are in Melbourne, so here are some of the best Melbourne markets to check out in your explorations of the city.

Best Melbourne Markets: Queen Victoria Market Melbourne Victoria Australia
Queen Victoria Market

Best Melbourne Markets

Queen Victoria Market

This one of the most famous markets in the city – a major historic attraction and a Melbourne institution. One of the best Melbourne markets, it is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere, spanning several city blocks and featuring everything from gourmet food to stylish clothing and much more. With so many great stalls offering a treasure trove of souvenirs, handicrafts and homewares you are sure to find something special. The market is open five days per week from Tuesday to Sunday and on Sundays it often features street performers to create a lively atmosphere.

Best Melbourne Markets, Australia: Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday a group of local artisans gather in the lawn of the Arts Centre in Melbourne to showcase a range of handmade goods including freshly made delicacies, one of a kind gifts, jewellery, clothing and much more. It’s a great place to find those little special treasures. Located just a short walk along St. Kilda Road from Flinders Street Station, it is a popular event in the bustling arts district of Melbourne.

Best Melbourne Markets, Australia: Paintings at Arts Centre Melbourne, Sunday Market
Paintings at Arts Centre Melbourne, Sunday Market: Photo on Flickr by Nina / CC BY-NC 2.0

Boroondara Farmers Market

If you are looking for top notch fresh food and produce, this farmers market is a great place to shop. It’s one of the largest and longest running farmer’s markets in Melbourne and you will find everything here from cakes to eggs to herbs to meat to fresh fruit and vegetables. You will even find locally made wine and beer. You will get a chance to meet the local farmers and learn about their ingredients and processes. The market takes place on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of every month at Patterson Reserve on Auburn Road in Hawthorn, from 8am to 1pm.

Best Melbourne Markets, Australia: Pine Forest Mushrooms at Boroondara Farmers Market Melbourne victoria Australia
Pine Forest Mushrooms at Boroondara Farmers Market: Photo on Flickr by Adrian Tritschler / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Fed Square Book Market

Bibliophiles should head down to Federation Square in the heart of downtown Melbourne and join one of the largest book markets in the city every Saturday from 11am until 5pm. You will find a dazzling array of over 5,000 titles including gardening, literature, travel, history, kids stories and much more. The Book Market is a collaborative effort between around 15 of the best book dealers in Melbourne.

Best Melbourne Markets, Australia: Federation Square Book Market Melbourne Australia
Federation Square Book Market: Photo on Flickr by Helen K / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Coburg Trash & Treasure

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so check out this vintage and used goods market to find a previously-used hidden gem. This used goods market features everything from jewellery to clothing to homewares to records, games, toys and much more. It happens every Sunday at 8am at the Coburg Drive-In.

Have fun shopping at some of my best Melbourne markets!

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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