Whether you collect bric-a-brac, are always on the hunt for the rare and unusual, savour epicurean delights or adore vintage clothes, you can’t beat a leisurely stroll through a vibrant, colourful market as the perfect means to unearth your treasures. And Melbourne offers a plethora of diverse markets to choose from. Today, the Chisholm and Gamon blog shares our pick of the city’s finest markets, sure to help you find a treasure or two!
The Melbourne Flea is the latest destination for lovers of all things vintage and anyone looking for the unique. Held every Saturday, the Melbourne Flea attracts over 200 vendors, selling quirky and retro wares within the urban surrounds of Docklands. Vintage clothing, kitsch items, one-of-a kind paraphernalia and pre-loved treasures, they’re all there. Don’t be surprised to discover anything from a Dutch pendulum 17th century clock to a beaded little evening shift from the 1960’s, old bric-a-brac to rare, ‘hard to find’ parts & pieces. Treasures abound! Gourmands are also well catered for, with a buffet of culinary delights sold out of refurbished shipping containers. Just follow the delicious aroma…..
An enduring favourite surely has to be the ever-popular South Melbourne Market, still going strong as Melbourne’s oldest, continuing market in operation since 1867. Open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, South Melbourne Market is an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of produce and products, featuring an enormous range of almost everything, including fresh and take-away food, fruits and vegetables, gourmet groceries, liquor, fashion & accessories, manchester, hardware, crafts, books and stationery. Epicureans can sample delights through the Gourmet Market Tours and from March 1, the market’s ‘Style After Dark’ series makes a welcome return, featuring over forty fashion stalls, bars and restaurants, live entertainment and the coolest vibe under the stars!
For those that love the appeal of country, open-air markets, the Daylesford Makers’ Market offers a festival of craft and food in an idyllic setting – and only an hour and half’s drive from Melbourne. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the Makers’ Market coincides with the Daylesford Farmers’ Market, making for a lovely day out. Launched in 2008, the Daylesford Maker’s Market is a non-profit event, enabling emerging designers, artists and craftsmen from the Central Victoria region to showcase and retail their work. The market has since evolved into one of the town’s most popular attractions, drawing visitors from all over. An emphasis on hand made and contemporary design is evident, with many of the unusual homewares, unique children’s products, fashion and jewellery on offer being ingeniously created from organic or recycled vintage materials.
For more information on these and other fabulous Melbourne markets, visit the Only Melbourne website. Happy treasure hunting!