One of the nicest things about a city visit to Melbourne has to be the abundance of shopping choices. But for me, as a woman who is not in to aimless wandering for clothes, preferring a good poke around an outdoor food or art market, Melbourne certainly delivers. There’s something about open air stalls, dealing with the grower directly or chatting to the artist about their work that’s infinitely more appealing than a shopping mall.
So with less than a week in Melbourne we managed to squeeze in visits to four of the cities many market areas. Here’s our ‘tourist’s’ pick on what’s worth checking out:
Victoria Markets are in heart of the city centre and unique in the sense that it’s the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The cool thing about them, besides the abundance of deli choices, has to be the lovely old architecture. Opened in 1878 there’s a small section that’s historically cool.
Veg Out St Kilda Farmers’ Market are on monthly and are a perfect example of how much Melbourne locals like to buy directly from nearby growers. Situated in a St Kilda Park the vibe is very chilled, people bring their dogs and their trolleys on wheels, retreating home with their super healthy produce to cook away the cold. My favourite kind of market.
Prahran Market is a collection of fresh produce, meat and general gourmet market goodness. Under cover, it’s an all weather space that has a great bustling atmosphere as shop owners call out their specials. We found it hard to get past the cheese and wine specialists.
The Esplanade Market sits alongside the seaside at St Kilda and is open every Sunday throughout the year. As an artists market you’ll see a range of work from hand made hats to jewellery, hand printed t-shirts and general creative ideas. The nicest thing for us about this market was the location, it seems the Sunday thing to do – stroll along the pier and find a local lunch spot by the sea.
For every kind of market you can think of, it’s worth visiting Everguide for up to date details.