Markets abound in Melbourne, Australia. There are markets in several of the suburbs around the city and within the Central Business District. Markets are great for one stop, local shopping. Vendors sell all sorts of produce, including fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods and deli items. And there are often goods sections where vendors sell art, craft, clothing, books and trinkets. The following are my favorite markets in Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is an iconic place in Melbourne. The market is spread over two blocks in the Central Business District. Queen Vic has been in operation for more than a century and remains an important hub of trade. During the first few months of my stay in Melbourne, when I lived in Brunswick, I journeyed to Queen Vic for fruit, vegetables and, occasionally, bread. The deals at the market are much better than prices at chain grocery stores, so I often ended up stocking up my own “Princess Victoria Market” in the hostel.
The market has a deli hall, meat hall, fruit and vegetable section, Organics section and general merchandise. There is also a food court toward the center of the market that offers a range of international meals. Queen Vic is open 5 days a week: Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday. Hours vary per day.
Queen Victoria Night Market
On Wednesday nights during summer and winter, the Queen Vic opens up for the Night Market. Buskers and musicians provide entertainment during the course of the night. Keep an eye out for the traveling silent disco. There are also several craft and general goods vendors to purchase items from. But the main attraction of the Night Market is the many food vendors serving up dishes from all around the world.
Getting to Queen Victoria Market
To get to the market, take trams 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7: Queen Victoria Market or tram 55 to Stop 9: Queen Victoria Market. Alternatively, you can take the train to Melbourne Central Railway Station or Flagstaff Railway Station and walk a few minutes to get to the market. There is paid car parking available at the market, but it gets crowded.
South Melbourne Market
The South Melbourne Market is located near the Southbank of Melbourne. It is home to a large array of vendors, including produce, meat, deli and bread. There are also a large variety of goods for sale, including shoes, clothes, kitchenware and novelty items. The market is also ringed by a variety of delicious restaurants. There are often events on at the market, including cooking classes, tours and holiday events. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and weekends, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. South Melbourne Market also hosts a Night Market on Thursdays during the summer.
Getting to South Melbourne Market
Trams 1, 12, and 96 travel near South Melbourne Market. Take tram 1 to Stop 25: Cecil Street, tram 12 to Stop 127: South Melbourne Market, tram 96 to Stop 127: South Melbourne. Bus Route 253 runs to South Melbourne Market on weekdays only. Car parking is available above the market, and the first two hours are free.
Prahran Market is Melbourne’s oldest market. It is home to high quality food with an emphasis on organic and sustainable products. There are a large variety of vendors, including butchers, coffee, flowers, delis, produce and specialty foods. The market is a great spot for food lovers looking for quality ingredients. Prahran Market is also home to a variety of events, including specialty food festivals, cooking demos and live music. The market is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Getting to Prahran Market
Traveling to the market is easy no matter what method you use. Take a train on the Sandringham Line to Prahran Railway Station and then walk a few meters to the market. Or catch tram 72 to Stop 30: Prahran Market, which is right outside the market. Bus Routes 216, 219 and 220 stop at the market at Stop 14. Car parking in available nearby.
Kris Kringle Night Market
The Kris Kringle Night Market is an annual market for local designs and handcrafts. The market is held in Northcote Town Hall. Vendors sell hand-made items, including designer fashion, accessories, jewelry, woodcrafts, textiles and more. The market is small, but the products on sale are quality. There is also a bar area with indoor and outdoor seating for a quick drink at the market. The market takes place on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in December.
Getting to Kris Kringle Night Market
Take tram 86 to Stop 31: Northcote Town Hall.
Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Markets is an annual event during 18 consecutive nights in November. The event takes place at Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr Park. More than 30 food stalls set up with dishes from all over the world. There are also a few bars and nightly entertainment. The event also incorporates beautiful lighting, with lanterns adding a touch of color and brightness. It is a fun event and worth checking out if you are in Melbourne in November.
Getting to Night Noodle Markets
Birrarung Marr Park is located on the northbank of the Yarra River. The park is an easy walk from the Central Business District or from Stop 6: Russell Street, which trams 35, 70 and 75 travel to.