A well-loved weekend activity all year round, autumn is the perfect time to bundle up and explore the best markets Australia’s bustling cultural capital has to offer. Whether you cruise to St. Kilda’s stylish Esplanade Market in a luxury car hire or explore the Fed Square Book Market in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, our comprehensive weekend shopping guide has got you covered.
Fed Square Book Market
Kick off your shopping spree in the city’s iconic epicentre, where a weekly book fair brings an endless array of paperbacks and hardcovers to the heart of Fed Square each Saturday. An aptly themed market for Australia’s City of Literature, this niche display sees more than 5000 titles take to the shelves, with genres ranging from science fiction to home gardening and everything in between.
The Esplanade Market
Undoubtedly the most glamourous of Melbourne’s many markets, this seaside bazaar combines art, film, music and fashion along St Kilda’s picturesque, palm tree-studded boulevard. Long established as the go-to venue for the city’s up-and-coming creative talents, shoppers who make the eight kilometre journey from the CBD might just stumble upon Melbourne’s next big thing, whether it’s a local band’s latest album or a custom-printed tee.
Coburg Trash & Treasure Market
True to its namesake, the Coburg Trash & Treasure Market is a haven for buyers looking to give second-hand goods a new home, from books and bric-a-brac to curated vintage clothing. A 20-minute drive from the city centre, you’ll need a car hire to reach this gigantic garage sale, but this community-driven marketplace continually proves to be worth the trip with more than enough pre-loved goods to go around.
Rose Street Artist’s Market
A self-proclaimed paradise for all things handmade, this varied collection of homewares, clothing, art and photography sees creative types from all over the city flock to Fitzroy to buy and sell the spoils of their labour. Browse the stalls with a barista brewed coffee in hand before choosing a selection of custom goods to take home, from woodworked jewellery to trendy hanging terrariums.
A favourite when it comes to the quintessential farmer’s market experience, this bona fide foodie paradise sees artisan producers and specialty stallholders come together five days a week to supply city dwellers with the best of the season’s harvest. Whether you’re after specialty items like fresh black truffle and locally-raised goose or simply need to stock up on fresh-cut flowers and pantry staples, this steadfast market has something for everyone.
Home-grown fruit and vegetables too tame for your liking? Go beyond Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs to Dandenong, where the local market specialises in international food items of all kinds. Alive with the spirit of a bustling, foreign bazaar, this unique collection of stalls is a one-stop shop for weird and wonderful ingredients, from walls of exotic spices to ready-to-eat Turkish desserts.
Worked up an appetite for a weekend adventure? Pick up a car hire in Melbourne and discover the city’s best markets one stop at a time.