There’s something about lazy Sunday mornings (let’s be honest, whole days really) that welcome a stroll through markets full of inspiring arts, crafts and second-hand fare.
Then there’s the coffee and cupcake or the freshly squeezed juice as you people-watch at the height of your weekend.
Here are some of the best Melbourne markets for your next Sunday:
1. The Maker’s Market
The Arts Centre lawn, every Sunday 10am-4pm
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Situated along St Kilda Rd along the footpaths and up into the lawn of the Arts Centre, this arts and craft market is abuzz with shoppers every Sunday.
With a focus on local produce, everything you’ll find here is made by local artisans. It’s a great spot for a take-home souvenir, a gift or a scrumptious Sunday morning treat.
2. St Kilda Esplanade Market
St Kilda Esplanade, every Sunday 10am-4pm (5pm Oct-April)
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This arts and crafts market has a gorgeous location with views of St Kilda beach. True to St Kilda’s personality, you’ll find plenty of tie-dye and alternative gifts here, along with a range of first-class handicrafts from artisans across the city.
The St Kilda Esplanade Market features more than 150 stalls lined up along the Upper Esplanade. There’s a “Foodie Zone” near the footbridge too for that Sunday morning coffee. You’ll find the whole lot between Fitzroy St and Acland St.
3. Docklands Sunday Market
New Quay Promenade, every Sunday 10am-5pm
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Every Sunday in Melbourne the Docklands hosts a variety market which has a whole jumble of stalls. You’ll be able to pick out handmade crafts, second-hand books and clothes, or some delicious scrub to kick start your day.
It’s a pretty new one of the block, so it’s a space to watch in the years to come.
4. Camberwell Sunday Market
Station Street, every Sunday 7am-12.30pm
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To get the best of this second-hand market – and it is a stellar one – you’ll want to go early. Maybe you can even try and make it for the 7am start time (on a Sunday morning? Tell ’em they’re dreaming!).
There’s a lot of hype around the Camberwell Sunday Market in Melbourne. Probably because its 370-odd stalls always hide the most delightful treasures. Make sure you take plenty of cash – not least for the gold coin entry donation.
5. Shirt and Skirt Markets
Abbotsford Convent, 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am-4pm
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On the 3rd Sunday of every month, hit up the Shirt and Skirt Markets at the Abbotsford Convent. This Sunday market offers a delicious array of stalls featuring up-and-coming fashion designers.
But it’s not just limited to clothes. There’s some irresistible jewellery, accessories and home decor stuff too. The name of the game here seems to be upcycled, eco-friendly, and sustainable textiles of all sorts. It’s a gem.
6. Belgrave Big Dreams Market
Reynold’s Lane, every 2nd Sunday of the month, 9am-2pm
This Belgrave market nurtures local artists and craftsmen (and women!). On offer is a range of stalls filled with original design pieces, luscious plants, and scrumptious food.
And to make it a real Sunday morning treat, there’s plenty of live music to keep the adults happy, along with a bouncy castle and facepainting so the kids stay amused too.
7. Mornington Racecourse Market
Racecourse Rd, 2nd Sunday of every month, 9am-2pm
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For me, Sunday is often my Day Trips Day. Perhaps it’s everyone’s, which would explain why the Mornington Racecourse Market is so damn popular. It’s a one-a-month shindig, starring on the second Sunday of every month.
It’s always buzzing with shoppers on the lookout for exquisite handicrafts, plants, clothing, tucker, and more. Live music helps set the ambience too.
But it’s a feast for everyone. Yep, that’s kids included. They’ve got their very own reasons for coming – the animal farm, face painting, and train ride for one thing. Pestering the parents for one more scoop of ice cream, for another.
Take note: Entry is free, but parking will cost you $4.
8. Williamstown Craft Market
Commonwealth Reserve, 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am-4pm
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You won’t find anything at the Williamstown Craft Market that hasn’t been homegrown or handmade. It’s a smaller market with 70-100 stalls, situated right by the bay. But of course, then there’s the temptation of the restaurants around you too…
If you really want to make a day of it, catch the ferry from Southbank to Williamstown – it’ll give a thrill to the kids.
9. Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market
Alistair Knox Park, 3rd Sunday of every month (as well as the 1st Sunday in Dec), 8.30am-1.30pm
This lengthily-named market in Eltham offers your regular Sunday shopping treat, but can help you get the groceries out the way at the same time!
It hosts arts and crafts stalls alongside food and wine stalls. And it’s one of the few craft markets in Australia where you’re purchasing directly from the artist, craftsperson, or producer.
More Sunday Markets in Melbourne
So have I missed any out? Be sure to let me know about your favourite Melbourne Sunday market in the comments section below and who knows, you may just see it added to this list! Or check out our list of awesome second-hand markets and flea markets in Melbourne.