Shop 'til you drop - Melbourne's Market Culture

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Melbourne, and most of us already know about iconic landmarks in the city like the Flinders Street Railway Station or the Yarra River. If these landmarks alone aren't enough of a reason to get you to make the flight from elsewhere in the country, then you might be convinced when you learn more about the incredible markets and shopping opportunities in and around city.

Whether you are interested in antiques, crate digging, art or just local produce grown in organic farms nearby, Melbourne has it all. Thanks to affordable flights offered by Cheapflights.com.au, you will be able to put some of your airfare savings straight into your market escapades.

Check out these tips for the best markets Melbourne has to offer.

Queen Victoria Market

If you ask around, locals might tell you that Queen Victoria Market is best left for tourists rather than residents. Be that as it may, it is still a wonderful place to explore and pick up fresh local produce. This open-air market has been in place for more than 130 years, and just over half of the space is devoted to selling fresh foods. Although it is open on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays, the best time to visit is on the weekend. Sundays bring in hundreds of vendors selling flowers, souvenirs and local handicrafts that are certainly worth a look, but you will want to arrive early since most stalls close by three in the afternoon.

Melbourne Night Markets

There are a handful of night markets in Melbourne, and they can be a great way to get to know the city after sunset. The Suzuki Night Market is held in the same space as the Queen Victoria Market, but it is only held between November and March on Wednesday nights. You can pick up great local clothing, art and jewellery at the market. Geelong Night Market is another place to shop after dark as well as to enjoy delicious food and live entertainment, and it is open on Friday nights during January and February.

More Markets

Although the Queen Victoria Market is the best known of the produce markets in Melbourne, many residents prefer to do their shopping at either the South Melbourne Market or the Preston Market. Preston Market has been running for over 40 years, is open between Wednesday and Saturday, and boasts over 100 stores selling fresh food. The South Melbourne Market has been in operation since 1867, and it is located in an iconic Victorian building that is definitely worth a visit.

Art and Music Markets

Melbourne boasts a vibrant art culture, and it should come as no surprise that there are a number of art and music markets throughout the city. The Rose Street Artists Market, located in the very bohemian neighbourhood of Fitzroy, offers an average of 70 artists selling everything from paintings to wire jewellery. At the North Melbourne Market, an indoor market held on Sundays, you will find vendors offering creative fashions and vintage accessories for sale. If you are in the market for vinyl records, there is a record fair taking place almost every week in Melbourne. Some of the best include the Boxhill Record Fair, the Kew Record Fair and the Crate Digger Record Fair. Check the calendars of each to find one that matches with your travel plans.

Eclectic Markets around Melbourne

Some of the best markets offer completely unexpected items that you won't find anywhere else. At the Baby & Kids Market in Croydon, you can find used prams and clothing that will save new mums at a fortune. At the Fed Square Book Market, over 5,000 books ranging from rare to best-sellers are available for purchase. Amidst the graffiti of the Blender Lane Market, you will be able to buy hand-drawn comic books reflecting daily life in Melbourne.

Whatever you want to pick up while you are in Melbourne, you can find it in one of the markets. For a great resource about what else you can do, see and explore in Melbourne, check out this website.


Posted By mick

Updated : 13th September 2018 | Words : 682 | Views : 5694

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