Craft markets are great but are sometimes few and far between. Below we have listed out our regular favourites around Melbourne town.
Pick up something for that special someone, Christmas presents when it’s approaching that time or the year or just something nice for the house. In recent years, these markets have grown to include live music, great street food as well as the craft stalls. They really are the perfect place visit if you are entertaining visiting friends or relatives, even if you are just browsing and lapping up the atmosphere!
With anywhere between 70-100 different stalls operating on any given market day, an afternoon spent in this historic part of town is made even better by the Williamstown Craft Market [Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown]. Stroll around Commonwealth Reserve with the family, enjoy the live music and get a bite from one of the delicious cafés or restaurants around the precinct. All items sold at Williamstown Craft Market are either handmade or hand grown by the person selling to you, so this market is as genuine as they come.
Williamstown Craft Market operates on the third Sunday of the month between 10am-4pm.
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One of Melbourne’s oldest and most renowned maker’s markets, the iconic Hawthorn Craft Market [Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road] has been operating since 1979. With 40 stallholders, you can chat with the makers and browse an array of products from jewellery and beauty products to homewares and toys for the kids. No Melbourne market would be complete without a coffee stall, and that box has been ticked as well with the on-site, not-for-profit Ignite Café. Easily accessible by public transport and with plenty of parking available, it’s a fun day out for the whole family.
Hawthorn Craft Market operates on the first Sunday of the month between March and December.
Spilling out from Logan Reserve onto Pier Street, where the breeze drifts in off Port Phillip Bay, Altona Beach Market [Logan Reserve and Pier Street, Altona] has been a mainstay in the inner west since 2004. Pick up a gift for that special someone, or simply browse the stalls and see what takes your fancy. Given its proud, local history, you’ll sense a real village feel as you meander past the stalls and the tents. It’s one of the reasons that the locals love it, and why you’ll want to come back next week to visit return time and time again.
Altona Beach Market operates every Tuesday between 9am-3pm.
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It was way back in 1970 when The Art Bank, now the St Kilda Esplanade Market [Upper Esplanade, St Kilda], was officially opened. Since then it has been an outlet for some of Australia’s finest artistic exports, from Academy Award winner Adam Elliot to Master Painter James Egan, and is one of St Kilda’s most popular weekly attractions. In addition to the artworks, clothes, jewellery and homewares on offer, the latest addition to the market is the Flavours of the World food section, sure to give you the sustenance you need for a day browsing.
St Kilda Esplanade Market operates every Sunday between 10am-5pm (October-April) and 10am-4pm (May-September).
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