Melbourne is home to some of the best food markets in Australia - especially in the summer when the weather is fine and stocks are plenty. These food trade markets offer everything from the freshest organic produce to the most tender meats. It doesn’t stop there - they sell cheese, bread, baking products, flowers, and all that cater to your kitchen and everyday needs. If affordable prices and variety are what you’re looking for, then check out these 10 food markets that we have compiled for you. Some allow you the chance to bargain, while others provide a warm and fun setting for you to relax in! Check out the best food markets in Melbourne, Australia.
1. Queen Victoria Market
You can never run out of things to do and buy in Queen Victoria Market. The 140-year-old market remains the “largest open-air market in the Southern Atmosphere” and is open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. From your typical everyday groceries to clothing, arts, crafts, and jewelry, the markets offer more than 600 businesses and stalls with plenty to see and bargain. The market is always bustling with activities, with a summer night market held every Wednesday. Visit their website to check out their trading hours, which varies with the type of shops!
Queen Victoria Market
Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Website: Queen Victoria Market
Opening hours: Tue, Thurs: 6am-2pm, Fri: 6am-5pm, Sat: 6am-3pm Sun: 9am-4pm, Mon, Wed: closed
2. Hank Marvin Market
Alma Park hosts the Hank Marvin Market each Saturday, offering a range of food trucks, grocery stalls and other goodies for you to browse while soaking in the fun and relaxing atmosphere of the park. The food trucks and stalls change every week so you will always have an abundance of choices. Overall a great setting, with a large space to relax with your children and dogs.
Hank Marvin Market
Address: Alma Park East, St Kilda East VIC 3183, Australia
Website: Hank Marvin Market
Opening hours: Sat: 9am-3pm, Sun-Fri: closed
3. The Food Truck Park
The Food Truck Park, as its name suggests, is an area of food trucks that offer a rotating selection of food vendors for all tastes, diets, and ages. While it has ceased to operate at Preston w.e.f 5 August 2018, it is planning on making its return in a new venue in Melbourne - starting with a five-day food festival in February. Visit their social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for more information!
The Food Truck Park
Address: 518 High St, Preston VIC 3072, Australia
Website: The Food Truck Park
Opening hours: Fri: 5pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm
4. Yarraville Village Farmers Market
Yarraville Village Farmers Market is a small market that offers fruits, vegetables, bread and groceries that are ‘fresh from the farmers and producers’. If you want to fill up your fridge and pantries with the healthiest options, then this is the place to go. The market also offers activities and play areas for children and pets.
Yarraville Village Farmers Market
Address: 48 Fehon St, Yarraville VIC 3013, Australia
Website: Yarraville Village Farmers Market
Opening hours: Sat: 8:30am-1:30pm, Sun-Fri: closed
5. Night Noodle Markets
Melbourne! The Night Noodle Markets are on and the food is waiting for you. Head over to Birrarung Marr from 5pm...Posted by Good Food Month on Monday, 19 November 2018
The Melbourne Night Noodle Markets is an annual night market event hosted at Birrarung Marr each November in Melbourne. Offering a wide selection of food and alcohol by vendors, the market has the intention of allowing you to indulge your tastes while enjoying a good night out in the springtime atmosphere filled with music and fun. It would not be called a Night Noodle Markets without the noodles, so have some for yourself! Visit the goodfoodmonth.com website to find out more about the dates.
Night Noodle Markets
Address: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
Website: Night Noodle Markets
Opening hours: Mon-Tue: 5pm-9pm, Wed-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri: 5pm-11pm, Sat: 4pm-10pm, Sun: 4pm-9pm
6. QVM Wednesday Night Market
Every Wednesday in the summer (end Nov - end Mar), Queen Victoria Market is home to The Night Market, which is an ‘exciting mix of global street food, bars, artisan shopping, and live entertainment’. After a long day in the heat, the summer night market is a great way to spend your Wednesday nights, just filling your stomach with multi-cultural cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, etc.) and soaking in the lively atmosphere of entertainment and music.
QVM Wednesday Night Market
Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Website: QVM Wednesday Night Market
Opening hours: Wed: 5pm-10pm
7. South Melbourne Market
It started in 1867 and never stopped growing. South Melbourne Market is a village market - popular among locals and visitors alike - that offers pretty much everything you would expect to find at a market of its caliber: fresh produce, bread, fruits and vegetables, clothes, housing tools, souvenirs and many more. Have your meals at the corner bistros and spend your day filtering through the stalls at the trading market that has survived for over 150 years!
South Melbourne Market
Address: Coventry St & Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Website: South Melbourne Market
Opening hours: Wed: 8am-4pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat, Sun: 8am-4pm
8. Dandenong Market
Dandenong Market is a large, traditional trade market which has a wide selection of inexpensive fresh produce and a culturally-diverse range of street food. Open on Tuesdays, Fridays and the weekends, the market is always brimming with shoppers and it is a great place to put your bargaining skills to the test. They even offer food discovery tours - visit their website to find out more!
Address: Clow St & Cleeland Street, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
Website: Dandenong Market
Opening hours: Tue: 7am-4pm, Fri: 7am-5pm, Sat: 7am-4pm, Sun: 10am-3pm
9. Prahran Market
If you’re looking for high-quality fresh produce, tasty confectionery, breakfast ingredients or some good meat, this is the right place for you. Prahran market may seem comparatively small in space, but it takes pride in the quality of the goods it sells, and brands itself as the “food lover’s market”. The atmosphere is vibrant, friendly and welcoming, so you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable time here.
Address: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Website: Prahran Market
Opening hours: Thu-Sat: 7am-5pm, Sun: 10am-3pm, Tue: 7am-5pm
10. Camberwell Fresh Food Market
Camberwell Fresh Food Market provides you with the most organic fruits, vegetables and a wide assortment of meats for you to serve up a nutritious meal. Other than fresh food, it offers flowers, artisan bakeries, cakes, and shoe repairs as well. Friendly and helpful stall holders add to the wonderful shopping experience.
Camberwell Fresh Food Market
Address: 519-523 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia
Website: Camberwell Fresh Food Market
Opening hours: Thu-Fri: 7am-7pm, Sat: 7am-5pm, Tue: 7am-7pm
Fresh out of Melbourne
Whether you’re looking for a night market atmosphere, a multi-cultural variety of goods, or the highest quality of fresh produce, take your time to scan through these food markets and see which ones fit your itinerary best.
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