I’ve been missing my home in Melbourne a lot lately. More so than usual, and what I have missed the most is just being able to pop into Queen Vic Markets for some supplies, and then finding a patch of grass and having a picnic. Or finding some rare treasure at the North Melbourne Markets. Basically I have been missing the markets. Melbourne does markets like no other city in Australia, and here are some of my favourites.
MOST WELL KNOWN:
Queen Victoria Markets: Located on the edge of the CBD, at the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Queen Vic is a food lovers emporium. There’s also the clothes, shoes, socks, toys and other random assorted goods out back, but food is what she does best. Open Tuesday – Sunday, it’s the perfect place to pick up some delicious eats for a picnic. And then take that picnic to nearby Carlton Gardens and NOM NOM NOM. Seriously, just nom it all down.
Prahan Markets: Melbourne is all about good food, and Prahan makes anything possible for anyone. Another of my favourite foodie spots, check out the cheese of the week, watch the dumpling exhibition, and stock up on everything from dairy to fruit. What I love the most about Prahan is, the organic produce. All locally sourced from ethically run small farms in the greater Melbourne area. And all 100% organic. Without the organic price tag. The other thing I love about Prahan is the chess tournament. Every Saturday at 10am, you can come down and either watch or play. Be careful, some of these guys have been playing for a LONG time.
Docklands Sunday Markets: This variety market has proved pretty popular with the increasing traffic through Docklands. 7 minutes from the CBD, this is an eclectic pop up market with stalls selling anything from soy candles, to wooden planter boxes and everything in between. The market runs every Sunday, year round, except a few around Christmas and New Year.
North Melbourne Market: This is a great vintage market slap in the middle of Errol St and Little Lithuania. Literally located in the Lithuanian Club, this market will get you out of Melbourne’s erratic weather and into some beautiful new threads. Vintage fabric, local designers and kids clothes abound here. It only happens once a month though, so plan your trip around this.
LESSER KNOWN BUT STILL AMAZINGLY AWESOME MARKETS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
Bend and Snap: This. Is. Sensational. It’s a creative, design market held on the last Sunday of each month, and set up to showcase the brilliant work of local illustrators, fashion designers, jewellers and textile artists. And they are pure magic. Some of the local talent coming out of Melbourne-town these days blows me away. There’s a “Crafternoon Corner” which allows y’all to join in, get gluey and make your own – with new crafts featured each month. Check them out!
Cowork in the Laneway: This is different, not a market as such, but an example of an adaptive city bending with the times. Hub Melbourne, one of Australia’s most innovative communities would like you to join them for a day of coworking.
They will provide chairs, tables, beanbags and WiFi. All you need is yourself and your laptop to experience the future of work! Cowork in the Laneway provides Melbourne with a free opportunity to cowork with people from different sectors and industries. Coworking is where independent individuals come to work in a shared space. Coworking is typically done in a building, but Cowork in the Laneway will be held in one of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces, a laneway.
Inner City Goddess: This is a once off I read about someplace on the interwebs. In collaboration with the Mirabel Foundation, a range of Melbourne’s best and upcoming food and retail vendors including Wonderbao, Roll’d, Hero Subs, Gong Cha Tea and the Beer Gypsies, will bust their stuff all day. The day will be made complete with live art installations by Melbourne’s Street Art Collective being brought to life by expert hands. Melbourne’s top DJs will be spinning old and new school hip hop to keep the day popping.
AND MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE MARKET:
The Fed Square Book Market. Yes, I am a GIANT nerd. I love books. I always will. Just deal with it. This market is like every amazing second hand bookshop, rolled into one and transplanted in Fed Square. More than 5000 new, pre-loved, vintage, antique titles, all together. It’s nerdy book heaven.