To market to market, they say. But which one? Here are some of the best Markets in Melbourne’s east.
If you’re after designer label fashion for op shop prices then the Camberwell Sunday Market [Market Place, Camberwell] is the place for you. While the market has something for everyone from antiques, crafts, food and collectables, there’s no denying that the clothing is a major drawcard for most market-goers. It opens every Sunday at 6:30am and runs until 12:30. Be sure to get there bright and early to give yourself the best chance of finding that hidden treasure. Afterwards, treat yourself some more to the irresistible Nutella Hong Kong Waffles from My Other Brother [586 Burke Road, Camberwell] which is on the corner of the market.
Visit the Whitehorse Farmers Market [379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading] on the second Sunday of every month to get your dose of locally-made products and produce. With the market kicking off at 8am, order yourself an egg and bacon roll and coffee to fuel your morning shop. Foodies will be spoiled for choice with fresh fruit, veggies, bread, eggs, pasta and much more on offer. Don’t forget your re-usable shopping bags; you’ll want to fill them up with as much as you can.
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Along the banks of the Yarra River is where you’ll find the Warrandyte Riverside Market [Stiggants Reserve, 45–55 Yarra Street, Warrandyte] making it a top location for a morning market. If you have your four-legged friend in tow, you won’t miss out as this market is pooch-friendly. They even have a special dog treats stall to reward your furry friend. If you’re after something for the humans in your life, why not pick up some flowers or baked goods. The market runs on the first Saturday of every month, excluding January.
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This 85-year-old gem is an essential weekly routine stop for locals and has been that way for decades. With friendly faces, quality products and fresh produce it’s no wonder why people love visiting the Camberwell Fresh Food Market [519–525 Riversdale Road, Camberwell] While the market was previously a horse carriage factory, we can assure you that these days you’ll only find tasty goods and maybe the odd flower or two. Market days are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all open from 7am.
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If you’re after a unique gift or perhaps a treat for yourself, then head to the Nunawading Market [Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading]. The market combines the best of both worlds with handmade craft products on offer, as well as gourmet food and fresh produce. It also gives back to the community by raising funds for local performing and visual arts groups. Drop in on the fourth Sunday of the month between 9am and 2pm.
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On the first Sunday of the month, between March and December, the well-loved Hawthorn Makers Market [Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn] takes place. With over 70 stalls, you’re sure to find something you like. All products, as the name suggests, are handmade by the makers. Some of the popular market items include beeswax wraps, knitting kits, candles and of course, ever-popular succulents. Pop in the next time the market is on and find yourself some handmade happiness. You can savour the morning sleep in — this market opens at 10am.
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This is arguably the market of all east side markets. With more than 1000 stalls, you want to set aside almost a whole day for what’s bound to be a shopping spree. Its offerings are extensive and includes sunglasses, bags, tools, homewares, toys and sports apparel to name a few. You can also get your hands on a beloved market favourite — a jam doughnut. The good times don’t stop at the shopping though — the Caribbean Market[1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby] is also home to 100 acres of landscaped gardens, a cafe for when you feel peckish and even rides including a chairlift. This one is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 8:30am.
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