Night markets in Melbourne, Australia, are a fun tradition that includes shopping, eating, and oftentimes live entertainment. With the warm, breezy weather in summer, these night markets offer a chance to get outside and enjoy the seasonal charm. Night markets highlight food trucks, local artisanal crafts, and fashion, although each market has a slightly different vibe. Check out these memorable night markets throughout the city of Melbourne, and map out which one to hit up on your adventures there. Have a drink, do a little shopping, and just be outdoors. Here’s a list of the top five best night markets in Melbourne, Australia. Who knows, maybe you can visit all five?
1. South Melbourne Night Market
Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed
Focused on fine food and wine, as well as trendy-fashion, the South Melbourne Market is a must-visit especially if you’re looking for fun things to do at night in Melbourne. Running each Thursday evening from January 10th to February 28th, 2019, the South Melbourne Market is a buzz-worthy hang out on a warm summer’s night. Always feel free to join in on the festivities, as each Thursday night highlights a different musician. Such fun food specialties as tiramisu in a cup or the Happy Camper Pizza served out of an RV, embodies the market’s summer spirit. Enjoy fun activities here as getting a henna tattoo, shopping for a fresh bouquet, or dancing the night away.
South Melbourne Night Market
Address: Cnr Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Website: South Melbourne Night Market
Opening hours: Thursdays at 5:30 pm (January 10th - February 28th)
2. The Queen Victoria Summer Night Market
The Queen Vic Summer Night Market runs from February 13, 2019 -March 20, 2019, on Wednesday nights from 5 pm - 10 pm. Perhaps the most famous of all night markets in Melbourne, this market offers street food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment, and is in its 21st season. A rotating line of musicians each week makes every visit to the Queen Victoria Night Market memorable. The summer night market also highlights international cuisine, including 60 different street food stalls that feature must-try foods in Melbourne. This year the market hosted its very first summer ice skating rink in December, a fun and unexpected playground in Australia’s summer sun.
The Queen Victoria Summer Night Market
Address: Corner Queen Street and Therry Street Melbourne, Australia
Opening hours: Wednesdays at 5 pm (February 13th - March 20th)
3. Night Noodle Market
The Melbourne Night Noodle Market, which happens each November, is a tribute to Asian food stalls. Bringing the delicious smells of soba noodles, dim sum, bao, and more to Melbourne, it’s a feast for the senses. Set in the Birrarung Marr neighborhood, this food market in Melbourne delights the young and old alike. Unique touches like a kombucha bar (bottomless kombucha!), and activities such as paint and sip sessions, make the Melbourne Night Noodle Market extra special. There is no entry fee, and the market is cash-free, so be sure to bring your cards!
Night Noodle Market
Address: Birrarung Marr neighborhood
Website: Night Noodle Market
Opening hours: 5 pm (November 8th - November 25th)
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4. St Kilda Twilight Market
St Kilda Twilight Market offers a chance to experience “delight in finding a treasure you never knew existed.” This summer night market runs from November-February. Set in the beautiful O'Donnell Gardens, it’s easy to get the summer feeling under massive palm trees. This market definitely is for those who love the hunt for something unique; vintage, hand-designed fashion and jewelry, and local produce are all specialties at St Kilda. Not far from the beach, you may even feel the wind coming from the ocean here.
St Kilda Twilight Market
Address: O'Donnell Gardens St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Website: St Kilda Twilight Market
Opening hours: Thursdays at 5 pm (select dates November - February)
5. Coburg Night Market
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the summertime with a little music? The Coburg Night Market offers a fresh lineup of artists each Friday evening from late November through December. Though 2018 ran for only four weeks, this market is organized by the same group of people who spearhead The Queen Vic Summer Market, and are a skilled team who continually improve the market. With 85 stalls and counting, local crafts and arts and vegan and vegetarian-friendly options abound. This budding night market is on the up-and-up, blossoming with each added year.
Coburg Night Market
Address: Bridges Ave, Coburg North VIC 3058, Australia
Website: Coburg Night Market
Opening hours: 5:30 pm (late November - December)
Night markets are a unique part of Melbourne’s culture that helps to celebrate the season. From The Queen Vic Summer Market to St Kilda, summer night markets offer a little bit of everything from food to entertainment. Enjoy the summer season with these night markets, and if you’re a local, make it a weekly event!
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