Beat's Guide to Melbourne's Best Markets
We love a market here at Beat, particularly come summer. And when you think about it, what's not to like? A great market combines some of the best aspects of Melbourne life – a hustling and bustling place where art, music, food and culture collide. A conglomeration of makers and admirers, showcasing handmade wares and goods of their own creation direct to the public is a sure-fire way to find something special for Christmas, and an excellent way to spend a lazy day uncovering gems you couldn't find anywhere else. Of course, most markets will have some live music on hand too. If that doesn't seal the deal, nothing will. Whether you're after organic produce or just out to enjoy the vibe, here are some of Melbourne's finest markets. Catch you next to the coffee stall.
It’s fruit, vegetables, teas and baked goods aplenty at Belgrave Big Dreams Market. With the emphasis on handcrafted and handgrown goods, they’re cutting out the middle man and connecting you directly with the source. There are organic, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as international street food. A handcrafted array of furniture, jewellery, homewares, art and clothing will be available. Keep an eye out for their upcoming installation to find the perfect one of a kind Christmas gift, or to stock up on some first-class produce for your end of year hangout.
St Thomas Primary School, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave on Sunday December 11 and every second Sunday in 2017.
Coburg Night Market boasts a staggering collection of local and international musical acts. This year, they’ll showcase the likes of Papa Chango, Rebetiko Ensemble, Mariachi Los Romanticos, Vardos, San Lazaro, Bobby and the Pins, La Voce Della Luna, Sugarfoot Ramblers and The Senegambian Jazz Band.
A global feast featuring more than 30 food vendors will include Babaji’s Kitchen (Indian), burgers from Beatbox, street food from Bun (Vietnamese), Cornidios and Perla tacos (Mexican), Flamin’ Lamb Spit (Cambodian), and Nepal Dining Room. Capping it off is a selection of beverages, as well as Brunswick Bitter bars on site.
Bridges Reserve, Coburg. Friday nights from Friday November 25 to Friday December 16.
Glen Eira brings punters a selection of products ranging from bric-a-brac to furniture, art and craft and local produce. The December market will be the first time food and coffee will be served. In January, they’ll welcome Boeri Bros food truck. Glen Eira Market gives any member of the community the chance to be a stallholder, creating a real community feel, through wares like eye-catching jewellery from Honey Ginger Toast or delicate, woven designs from quirky cross-stitch artist, Ciki Con Con.
Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield on Saturday December 17 and then the second last Saturday of every month throughout 2017.
Established in 2009, The Mulgrave Farmers Market was Melbourne’s first weekly Farmers market. 2010 saw the addition of a monthly Makers Market for 100% handmade craft and in 2014 they added a Rummage Market to encourage the community to reuse and recycle. While the Farmers Market is home to everything from fruit and vegetables to fresh-cut flowers, Mulgrave Makers Market is an opportunity to discover the hidden creative talent in the suburbs, showcase products before they reach boutique stores, as well as hosting workshops for those looking to get inspired and embrace their inner creative.
Jackson Road and Wellington Road, Mulgrave on the fourth Sunday of every month.
The Kris Kringle Night Markets will exhibit over 60 stalls of locally-designed, handcrafted items. This will be their tenth year of celebrating Northcote’s dynamic artistic community, with the likes of clothing, homewares, ceramics, candles, skin products, prints, crafts, jewellery, and gifts for young ones to choose from. There will also be free live music from Babaganoush, Vardos, La Mauvaise Réputation and Bohemian Nights. If you’re thirsty or after a bite, Northcote Town Hall’s licensed bar will be open and meal options will be available on-site.
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote. Every Thursday from 5.30pm-10pm from Thursday December 1 to Thursday December 22.
For 45 years, the Preston Market has been the home to fresh food and produce, offering a range of delicatessens and groceries, quality meat cuts, poultry and a fresh flowing fruit and vegetable selection. They’ve also introduced Preston Art Market, showcasing everything from African art, crafts and home accessories from African By Design, to the Pop Up Wine Shop. Other gems include quirky furniture, custom artworks, intricate jewellery and unique boutique fashion. If you’re looking for tasty food, grab a cake and coffee from one of their many family owned cafes, share a classic cheesy margherita from Peter’s Pizza & Takeaway or crunch on a freshly made taco from Cornutopia.
Cramer St and Mary St, Preston on every Wednesday through to Saturday from 8am.
Don't be fooled by the name, the market offers much more than the simple shirt and skirt, with a variety of fashion boutiques, homewares, handmade jewellery and beauty products on offer. Regular stallholders include offbeat fashion label Two Threads, which specialises in up-cycled, sustainable garments, children’s clothing to make you smile by Retrobub and many more. Other highlights include wares from Studio Antic, Jude, Mills Road, Shonah, Harper & Edie, and a slew of fine-crafted clothing to choose from, offering up pieces you won't find anywhere else.
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm.
Running for its eighth year in a row, this casual and cosy market was established by local sisters Roberta Parisi and Marianna Gentillin and is home to a handpicked selection of over 60 high-end craft, jewellery, ceramic, beauty, art and fashion stalls. One off items on offer include unique jewellery, homewares and upcycled textile items from Clan Collective, sustainable and cruelty free beauty products from Freya’s Nourishment, Merino wool scarves and accessories from Merino Knits, unique crystal jewellery from Northern Sky and handcrafted illustrations from artist children’s author, Elise Hurst.
Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick on Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10.
Featuring over 150 unique, makers’ market stalls featuring everything from artworks and wooden crafts to glittering jewellery and screen printed T-shirts. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with a melting pot of homemade bags, hats and handmade knick knacks all along the road. The market’s ‘Foodie Zone’ offers up a diverse and global palette of flavours. Food trucks galore will make sure you’re never hungry or thirsty in the heat. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’ll be a variety of buskers and musicians playing.
Upper Esplanade beside Luna Park between Fitzroy St and Acland St every Sunday from 10am- 5pm.
Featuring a selection of unique and exciting stalls with summer threads, hand crafted jewellery, second hand books, plants and more ready for the taking. Food truck favourites The Little Mushroom Co., Senor Churro, Taiwanese Ghost Kitchen and more are all on hand too. Head over to the dancefloor to boogie the night away to weekly live music, with performances ranging from African dance troop Asanti Dance Theatre, hot swing number Balajo Jazz Manouche or electronica extraordinaires Zucchini Clan.
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford on every Friday from Friday January 6 to Friday February 24 from 5pm-9.30pm.
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