Melbourne is a city that has a thriving consumer culture, in large part because there are so many community-based, affordable avenues for shoppers to indulge. Whether you want fresh local produce, vintage jeans and records, or organic goats milk soap, there is a market for you.
One of the best parts of living in Melbourne is the opportunity to check out the local inner city markets that allow a perfect blend of old and new, of ethnic and vintage, of organic and recycled.
Here is a rundown of the top inner-city Melbourne markets.
Sunday Camberwell Market
The Camberwell market is a Melbourne institution that has been going strong since 1976. It's well known for retro, vintage, antique, historic and collectable goods that you just can't find anywhere else. This is the perfect place to find all the furniture and knick knacks you need to furnish your apartment with a truly unique twist. If you are looking for treasures (and cheap ones, too), then this is the place to find them.
St Kilda Road Market
The Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market, located on the lawn on St Kilda Road, is a place where local artisans can showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies. Everything on offer, from Australian art to finely crafted leather goods, is produced locally so you can truly find one-of-a-kind treasures for yourself or as a gift.
Queen Victoria Market
Known affectionately as the ‘Queen Vic' and ‘Vic Market', the Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Walking along the endless stalls is an experience that engages all the senses. It's the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting everything from iconic food halls and heritage sheds with fresh produce to Aussie souvenirs, homewares and clothing. Whatever you need, whether it’s a customised leather belt or a selection of artisan cheeses, the Queen Vic Market is the ultimate Melbourne market.
For the night prowler, check out the night markets, which host Melbourne’s largest array of global street food, free live music, speciality and vintage shopping and an incredible atmosphere.
Living in Melbourne means you always have access to fresh, local produce. With urban food sustainability and ethnic diversity being the city’s key focuses, as well as the wonderful proximity to rural Victoria, there’s no end to the amount of delicious produce Melburnians have access to.
Enter the Prahran Market, Australia’s premier food market. Famous for its fresh produce and hard-to-find specialty items, as well as good old-fashioned service, you’ll be hard pressed to beat this market. The market boasts a range of high quality, organic fruit and veg, sustainable seafood, free-range meat and poultry and gourmet deli items. The traders who run the show are highly skilled and knowledgeable, adding to this vibrant community.
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