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Shoppers Guide to Melbourne’s Markets
Souk. Bazaar. Mercado. Palengke. Whatever you call it, there’s no denying that we love a market! An explosion for the senses; they are the perfect shoppers haven, offering up a little snippet of everything. Whether you’re a window shopper or big spender, here we delve into Melbourne’s coolest markets.
Camberwell Sunday Market
Camberwell Marketplace Car Park, Station Street,
Melbourne’s ‘Portebello Road’ – anything and everything can be found here. Think vintage clothing and jewellery, records, homewares and antiques. While most of the stalls are selling second hand goodies, there are a few that do sell handcrafted items. Another great thing about Camberwell is that stallholders are often willing to haggle with you on their prices, especially towards the end of the day. Check out the goods every Sunday of the year.
Hello Sailor Vintage Fair/Crate Diggers
99 Smith Street
Lovers of all things vintage, this is for you. This is a curated market that occurs bimonthly, and all stallholders items are inspected before given an allocation to ensure only the best stuff is sold on the day. This is an excellent vintage market for those who don’t want to sift through piles of rubbish, with amazing one of a kind high quality pieces. They have also joined forces with Crate Diggers who specialise in rare original vinyl.
Bend and Snap
361 Lt Lonsdale Street
Melbourne is undoubtedly brimming over with artistic and design talent. Many of these local creative folk are choosing to exhibit their wares in markets all over the city. Head to £1000 Bend on the last Sunday of every month to check out beautifully hand crafted pieces. The market features the unique work of talented illustrators, fashion designers, jewelers and textile artists. There is also a ‘Crafternoon Corner’ that invites visitors to create their own pieces.
Corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St
People often associate the Queen Victoria Markets with affordable fruit and veg, the Suzuki night markets, and hot jam doughnuts. Now, the Queen Vic have teamed up with Craft Victoria to host their own design markets on the first Sunday of every month. The stallholders rotate every market, so it’s always worth coming back to find something new.
Photo by speckled via Flickr
Rose St Artists’ Market
60 Rose Street
If you love all things hand-made and want to support local creative talent, this is a great place to spend your weekends. Rose St Artists’ Market is on every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, making it a reliable destination to pick up last minute birthday presents or an impulse buy to spruce up your house or yourself. This market is a goldmine if you are on the hunt for handmade quality jewellery, ceramics, furniture, artwork, notebooks, and other knick knacks.
Writer & Photographer – Hannah. V