If there’s one thing Victorians love, it’s a market. They love meeting stallholders, and learning about the production of their goods, and knowing that they are helping farmers and artisans directly. Read on to find out all about the best markets to visit as you travel around and about in Victoria.
Visit Victoria Market
If you love fresh, affordable food and multicultural variety you will find it at Melbourne’s famous Queen Victoria Markets. Live music adds atmosphere to the whole shopping precinct and the sheds behind are packed with fluffy clip-on koalas, other aussie gifts and clothing, toys, jewellery and all sorts of knickknacks. Want the best hairbrush ever made? Someone will spruik it to you, try it out on your hair and show you why it’s excellent. Interested in sampling a local cheese? Grab a toothpick and taste a few before purchasing your favourite. Meet friends and enjoy a coffee before heading to the indoor seafood, poultry and meat markets. Fresh veggies and organic produce is also abundant in the undercover outdoor aisles. Kids will love the hot jam donut van.
When you can’t get out to the country farms, Victoria’s best farmers will come to town. There are farmers’ markets in dozens of suburbs from the bayside ‘burb of Elwood to inner city Abbotsford, Alphington or the northern suburb, Eltham. Out of town you can catch a farmers’ market in Castlemaine, Red Hill, Mt Eliza, Daylesford or Nagambie.
Check out the Victoria Farmers’ Markets Association website for dates and times.
St Kilda Esplanade Market
The very famous St Kilda Esplanade is home to a Sunday morning makers’ market that has been operating for decades and is one of the best markets in Victoria. Buy arts and crafts, clothing, health and wellness products, jewellery and food and drinks. Food vans selling coffee, Dutch pancakes, sweets, sauces and ciders are in abundance, and nearby Acland Street is well known for its specialty cafes and restaurants. Musicians tour their wares and play uplifting tunes, contributing to the ambience on market days.
Southbank Sunday Markets
The Southbank Sunday Markets are artistic vendors with exquisite craftsmanship. Explore their handiwork and buy a souvenir that will always remind you of Melbourne and of the person who made it. Every time you wrap a special scarf around you, look at a stunning piece of clothing or artwork, appreciate a professional photograph, or enjoy the gourmet produce you’ve purchased, you’ll be taken back to your Sunday market experience.
The Kingsbury Community Market is home to a vibrant collection of stallholders that congregate in the car park at La Trobe University in Bundoora. Buy potted plants, outdoor furniture, jewellery, trash and treasure, clothing, artworks, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked sourdough, delicious cakes and pastries, gifts and a myriad of knick knacks at this weekly Sunday morning market. Enjoy the music of buskers young and old.
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