If there is anything I love to do more on weekends than going to markets, I’d be hard pressed to find it. Mix that with handmade, beautifully designed and full of soul products, and I am there. Here are my top 5 design markets in Victoria for the month of July:
| The Rose St Artists’ Market | Fitzroy
Based on similar markets in international cities like Berlin, London and New York, The Rose Street Market is a weekly event culminating Melbourne’s best and most interesting art and design talents. Located in the oober cool suburb of Fitzroy, this eclectic market houses a wide range of incredible skills from furniture designers, painters and intricate jewellery makers. Paired with a tasty brunch at one of the many locals cafes and a walk down the trendy Fitzroy Street, you can be sure your weekend will be something of cultural diversity, artistic exploration and delicious Melbourne standard food.
When | Saturdays 11am – 5pm & Sundays 11am – 5pm
Where | 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy VIC
Cost | Free
Who | www.rosestmarket.com.au | Instagram | Facebook
Insider Tip | This market is undercover, so don’t let the weather stop you, it’s open rain, hail or shine!
| The Finders Keepers Market | Royal Exhibition Building
This bi-annual design market showcases Australia’s most talented and unique designs of all different crafts from fashion, candles, jewellery, furnishings and heaps more! When I say it’s a market, it’s really more like an indoor festival. With food stalls, live music, activities and lots and lots of creative vibes, this 3 day event is one not to be missed by any design enthusiast. You could easily spend hours in this place, so make sure you wear comfy (but designery looking of course) shoes that day. Trust me, you will thank me later.
When | Friday 13th July 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 14th July 10am – 6pm & Sunday 15th July 10am – 5pm
Where | The Royal Exhibition Building – 9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC
Cost | $5 – Children under 12 enter free!
Who | www.thefinderskeepers.com | Instagram | Facebook
Insider Tip | This very popular 3 day market gets quite busy during peak mid-morning/afternoons on Saturday & Sunday, so if you can try and head there early in the morning or on the Friday.
| The Boutique Winter Marketplace | Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is not only an institution in Melbourne’s culinary culture, but is the home to many day and night markets and events like the Winter Night Market, and now an arts & craft focused one called the Boutique Winter Marketplace. This exciting new addition to the QVM is led by the team behind well renowned country markets like the Red Hill Community Market & Mornington Racecourse Markets. With a rotation of stalls celebrating local, handmade and unique items, these will be something new to see each time you visit.
When | Every Saturday (9am – 3pm) & Sunday (9am – 4pm) for the month of July only.
Where | Queen Victoria Market – Cnr Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne VIC
Cost | Free
Who | www.qvm.com.au | Instagram | Facebook
Insider Tip | Make sure to grab one of Melbourne’s most famous desserts, the hot jam doughnuts from the retro food Combi van.
| Eltham Craft & Produce Market | Eltham
If you’re up for a short drive out to the ever picturesque suburb of Eltham, you will be in for a treat with this ‘local’s favourite’ market. Every stall holder sells either handmade, home cooked or home grown goods, ranging from soaps & cosmetics, pottery, jams & much more. Held under the gum trees this market is full of community vibes and artistic surprises.
When | Sunday 15th July 8.30am – 1pm
Where | Alistair Knox Park, Panther Place, Eltham VIC
Cost | Free
Who | www.elthammarket.com.au | Instagram | Facebook
Insider Tip | Be sure to take a drive around Eltham and bask in the countryside-like vibes so close to the city!
| Footscray Find’s Indoor Winter Market | Footscray
If rare vintage finds, old beautiful records and retro handmade goods are your thing, then this market is for you. With lots of variety in stallholders, killer coffee and live music, you are sure to have a lovely Sunday morning strolling through the (now indoor and warm) stalls and stumble upon some absolute gems.