Melbourne’s Best Markets

November 14, 2017

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Gleadell Street Market.

There’s nothing more satisfying than going to one of Melbourne’s many weekend or seasonal markets on a gloriously sunny day. Whether it’s picking up fresh fruit, digging through piles for terrific secondhand finds or looking for a perch to enjoy live music, markets appeal to just about everybody — and they don’t discriminate either.

Camberwell Sunday Market. Image via Trip Advisor.

The Camberwell Sunday Market is the prime place to rummage through pre-loved clothes, crafts and bric-a-brac that could put a real spin on your outfit or home décor. Operating since 1976, this vibrant, open-air market is the city’s biggest for gently used items with about 370 outdoor stalls every weekend. On Saturdays, layer on the sunscreen and bring an empty trolley bag to the Gleadell Street Market, a buzzing fresh food emporium overflowing with fruits and vegetables, warm bread, herbs, flowers and other gourmet pleasures. The HUNT Melbourne writer Amelia Chia normally comes ready to chat to stall owners and sample a bunch of different things.

Meanwhile, if you’re over at Brunswick East on the weekend, pop over to Lost & Found Market, a melting pot of old-school furniture, lighting, art, books and records. This shopping paradise has over 60 retro-looking stalls and an excellent team of staff ready to help the minute you ask. It’s also an ideal place to people-watch as bearded hipsters and creative types traipse in hoards.

Night Noodle Market. Image courtesy of the venue.

Once summer hits, Amelia’s often at the Night Noodle Market, which is on for two weeks every November. It’s a 10-minute walk from my home and hosts a multitude of trendy eateries such as Messina, Mr. Miyagi  and Wonderbao. Her ideal scenario happens on a grassy hill, seaweed taco in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. This market attracts a suitably cool (and large) crowd, so come prepared for queues.

Queen Victoria Market hosts a yearly summer and winter night market for a little over three months at a time, gathering some of Melbourne’s hottest food stalls, artisans and performers under one roof. It’s a fantastic place to gather with friends and share an array of treats — Amelia’s picks are Simply Spanish’s paella and Running Man’s icy sangria.

About The HUNT Melbourne Writer: Amelia Chia is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in international publications including Harper’s BAZAARElleBuro 24/7 Singapore and The Collective. When not burying her nose behind a laptop or keeping up with social media trends, she can be found indulging in one of her four main interests — fashion, beauty, food and travel.

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