Melbourne Shopping

Shopping

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Block Arcade

This is Melbourne’s most stunning shopping arcade. Block Arcade forms a short narrow laneway connecting Collins Street to Little Collins Street, right in the heart of the CBD. Erected between 1891 and 1893 it is one of Melbourne’s most richly decorated interior spaces, from the mosaic tiled flooring to the glass canopy overhead and lots of intricate detail in between. An absolutely must for window shoppers. 280-286 Collins Street Melbourne (03 9654 5244).

Bourke Street Mall

The place to start any Melbourne shopping adventure is Bourke Street Mall. Home to the city’s biggest department stores, this mall, accessed only by foot or by tram, houses Melbourne’s retail heart. Traditionally the hub of retail shopping in the early 1900’s Bourke Street mall has retained its history with a bit of a modern twist, for there is nothing outdated about the fashion, home wares or specialty items for sale here.

David Jones occupies three large buildings in the mall, one solely dedicated to women’s fashion, clothing, cosmetics and accessories, another featuring menswear, children’s wear and a spectacular food hall and delicatessen and the last being the home store for all your home wares.

Myer is the other big department store and has all your designer fashion needs and incorporates great street wear with top label cosmetics and electronics.

The Bourke Street Mall is home to the Melbourne General Post Office a traditional and historical building that has been converted into a wonderful shopping and eating destination. The original building was opened in 1864 but was reopened in 2004 as a modern retain experience that showcases the top fashion labels, luxury items and restaurants. If you are looking for designer fare, this is the place with specialty shops from Wayne Cooper, Ben Sherman and Max & Co, just to name a few along with the Cacao Fine Chocolate and Patisserie, this truly is the location to spoil yourself.

For tourist information, midway along the mall is the Melbourne Visitor Booth where friendly staff and volunteers are there all day to assist you with directions, shopping sprees and information on events, attractions and must-see inner city destinations.

Address: Bourke Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Melbourne

Bridge Road, Richmond

Bargain Hunters and shopaholics can spend many hours in Bridge Road. Only a short tram ride to Richmond this historic road is chock full of fashion factory outlets where you will find designer clothes, shoes and accessories at 1/3 of the original prices. There are also plenty of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars to refresh and refuel. Bridge Road, Richmond. Tram from city to Bridge Road

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Fitzroy home of Melbourne bohemian culture with many interesting shops and galleries.

Camberwell Sunday Market

Camberwell Sunday Market is run by Rotary as a means of raising funds for charity. The Market has been responsible for raising nearly $9,000,000 for the community since 1976. There are over 370 stalls each week that are constantly booked out in advance due to the popularity of the market and it consistently has high attendance for every Sunday throughout the year. Visitors from Melbourne, interstate and overseas flock to the market to secure a bargain and they never leave empty handed!

Whether you browse for a bargain, or take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee or bite to eat from one of the many food vans located in the market, you will enjoy the great atmosphere of a true trash and treasure with vintage thrown in, market. Camberwell Market is extremely popular with collectors and as the tables are not set up in any particular order, a little fossicking is required to find that special ‘must have for the collection’ item.

This is a ‘flea market open air style’ set up with no food produce on sale, however there are vans for refreshments, it’s all books, collectibles, hats, vintage clothing, pre-loved clothes and shoes, music and other assorted finds. No new or factory seconds are allowed to be sold here. It is all pre-loved or hand made and is a great morning out in Melbourne.

When: Every Sunday
Hours: 6.30am to 12.30pm

Where: In the car park east of Burke Road, behind the shopping strip and between Prospect Hill Rd (North) and Riversdale Rd (South)

Tram: There are three tram services (from the City/CBD) which pass through the Camberwell Junction; the East Burwood 75 & the Wattle Park 70, both depart the CBD via Flinders Street and Camberwell 72 that departs the CBD via Swanston Street. Approximately 100 metres north-east of the Camberwell Junction you’ll find the Camberwell Railway Station.

Train: The train to catch from Flinders Street Station is on the Lilydale, Ferntree Gully and Alamein line. Just walk south-west down Burke Road from the Station when you alight

Cost: Gold coin donation please to the Rotary Club on entry

Parking: Car park & Disabled parking on site

Info: Toilets, toilets for Disabled, shaded areas, sheltered areas

Chadstone Shopping Centre

In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Chadstone Shopping Centre is one of the largest shopping malls in Australia.

Over the years, Chadstone Shopping Centre has been renovated and expanded. More than five hundred stores now occupy the mall.

Some of the bigger stores there are Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarkets along with Target, Myer, David Jones, Kmart and Best & Less department stores.

Chadstone calls itself “The Fashion Capital”. There are hundreds of fashion stores in the mall.

Chadstone Shopping Centre is one of the few locations for Toys R Us stores in Victoria. It is located on the lower level.

For shopping before Christmas, Chadstone Shopping Centre often stays open all night on the night of December 23.

To drive to Chadstone Shopping Centre, take the Princes Highway or Warrigal Road. An easy way to get there is to board one of many buses that stop at the mall. These buses also stop at several train stations in the area on their way to the mall, including Mentone Station and Oakleigh Station.

The address is 1341 Dandenong Road, which is also called Princes Highway, Chadstone.

Chapel Street

The Chapel Street shopping area in the suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor is where visitors can shop for fashions, hunt for collectables and experience fine dining.

Those looking for clothes have a large number of stores to visit which include Olga de Polga, Guess, Collette Dinnigan, Wayne Cooper, Caterpillar Boutique and Witchery.

Specialist collectables stores along the street are Alternate Worlds, Comics ‘R’ Us and Now Showing.

For a quick snack you can visit New Zealand Natural Ice Creams, Fish on Chapel or Hungry Jacks. Among the many restaurants in the area are Amigos Mexican Restaurant, Tokyo Teppanyaki, The Old Pepper Pizza & Pasta Bistro and Good Luck Chinese Restaurant.

The Chapel Street Bazaar is a large store with thousands or rare items for sale. Vintage furniture, action figures, old clothing, hard to find books and jewellery are just some of the categories of items they have available. Their address is 217 Chapel Street, Prahran and they are open every day of the week. Call (03) 9529 1727 for more information.

Tourists on a budget may try Chapel Street Backpackers, at 22 Chapel Street.

When catching a train, make sure it is for the Sandringham Line. Prahran Station is the place to go, this will put you in the middle of the shopping area. A large number of tram routes take in the Chapel Street precinct.

Chirnside Park Shopping Centre

Chirnside Park Shopping Centre is a shopping centre that was opened in 1979. There are currently over one hundred stores there. The major food stores in the mall are Aldi, Coles and Woolworths. Major department stores are Kmart and Target.

There are five jewellers, a number of shoe stores, travel agents, gift shops, hairdressers, banks, fashion stores, fast food and the Reading Cinemas.

Chirnside Park is located 239 – 241 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside. It is in a north-east suburb of Melbourne, 32 kilometres from the city centre.

To get to Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, take the train to Ringwood, Mooroolbark or Lilydale Stations and then board a bus from there that goes to the mall.

If driving to the mall, travel along the Maroondah Highway. The Maroondah Highway connects with the EastLink toll road, which could be the fastest way to get there from closer to the city of Melbourne.

Collins Street Melbourne

One of Melbourne cities most popular streets for designer fashion, Collins Street is a true taste of European Class with a Melbourne twist. Lined with designer stores in heritage buildings, Collins Street is home to Melbourne Five Star Hotels, exclusive private clubs and top end jewellers. For true style, glamour and class, Collins Street has the most amazing fair for any designer junkie. At what is commonly known as the Paris End of Collins Street you will find the flagship stores of Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. For the less mainstream fashion junkie, if you just duck your head into any of the little alleyways you will find exclusive, one of a kind, funky fashion by local and foreign designers that are sure to take your breath away.

Collins Street is always bustling with energy, as the commercial epicentre of the city; this is where all the suits come out to play every lunch time from the tall high rise offices with the most exclusive address in the city. The home of the Melbourne Stock exchange, Collins Street is all about shopping during the day, but at night, at the end of the working day, the street becomes alive with bars, exclusive dining, entertainment and lively crowds.

Melbourne is famous for its hidden bars, and you will find many of them tucked away on Collins St, and its mini street Little Collins. From delicious cocktails at Hairy Canary, a Gin and Tonic and the Gin Palace or a great live band and Pony Bar, your night will be full of excitement and revelry in some of Melbourne’s most exclusive destinations.

For something a little more steeped in history, take a visit to the City Museum at the Old Treasury Building is one of the most beautiful 19th Century buildings in Australia and is perched right at the top end of the street looking down on the modern world below.

DFO

There are three Direct Factory Outlets around Melbourne, all offering a variety of stores. DFO Moorabbin is located on the corner of Centre Dandenong Road and Grange Road, Cheltenham. It is right next to Moorabbin Airport. Buses that connect with Southland Shopping Centre as well as Cheltenham and other train stations drive along Centre Dandenong Road and stop outside of DFO.

Some of the stores at DFO Moorabbin include Fletcher Jones, Esprit, Country Road, Portmans, Puma and Bolle.

DFO Moorabbin is open every day. There is free parking. Next to DFO is another shopping area, that includes a Sam’s Warehouse store and Aldi supermarket.

DFO Essendon is located at Essendon Airport, 100 Bulla Road in Essendon Fields. From Melbourne, drive along the Tullamarine Freeway to DFO Essendon. It is open every day of the week.

Stores at DFO Essendon include Billabong, Jag, Guess, Rivers, Adairs, Fila and Bevilles.

DFO South Wharf is located close to the centre of Melbourne, just across the Yarra River, near the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The address is 20 Convention Centre Place in South Wharf. Trams operate along nearby streets and it is within walking distance of Southern Cross Station. It is open all days, with later trading hours on Fridays.

Charlie Brown, Adidas, Octane and Nike are some of the stores at DFO South Wharf.

Flinders Lane

The place to find Melbourne designers and lots of small designer shops along with furniture, books and craft shops.

Highpoint Shopping Centre

In Melbourne’s western suburbs is Highpoint Shopping Centre. The large stores in the complex are the Target, Myer and Big W department stores. These three stores sell clothes, televisions, toys, garden supplies, furniture and many other items.

There is a Toys R Us at Highpoint Shopping Centre. Along with toys, they also sell computer game products, bicycles and baby items.

Some of the other stores there include Harris Scarfe, Safeway, Build A Bear Workshop, Westco, Peter Jackson, Roger David, Millers Fashion Club, The Reject Shop and Aussie Disposals.

The Hoyts cinemas at Highpoint shows all the blockbuster movies. There are many screens there, including Hoyts IMAX.

The address of Highpoint Shopping Centre is 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong. Car parking is available there. Many bus services go to Highpoint. To get to Highpoint from Melbourne, take the 57 tram. This stops close to the mall.

Call the Highpoint Shopping Centre on (03) 9318 1699 for more information.

Melbourne Central

Spanning almost two city blocks this huge shopping centre has a range of quality designer labels and cutting edge street wear. All housed in a contemporary space that has retained its historical features. Look up to see the heritage listed shot tower, the only feature remaining of its original home the Lead Pipe and Shot Factory. Another highlight is the hot air balloon suspended from the inner dome and a huge fob watch that entertains shoppers with Australian folk songs.It houses over 300 shops and a train station underground. Lonsdale and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne (03 9922 1100).

Melbourne GPO

The old post office is now home for up market clothing shops, restaurants and bars.

Myer Melbourne

The largest department store in Australia and the most recognizable landmark in Melbourne’s heart, Bourke Street Mall. Myer Melbourne consists of two connected buildings, known to Melbourne as the Bourke Street store and the Lonsdale Street store. With six huge floors in each building there is something to be found for everyone.

Myer’s Melbourne store is a historical building in the centre of Melbourne and the location for some of the biggest sales.

For a century the people of Melbourne have been shopping at Myer. Clothes, footwear, cosmetics, toys, sporting goods, furniture and other items are available in the department store.

In December, the windows are decorated in a Christmas theme and this display brings in many visitors. On Boxing Day, customers line up outside early in the morning for the big annual sale.

Special events also take place at Myer Melbourne. Clothing lines are launched there among large crowds and celebrities, while the sporting department has hosted autograph signings from international sports stars.

The address is 295 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. There are also entrances along the Bourke Street Mall. Trams travel along both streets. Flinders Street Station and Melbourne Central Station are nearby.

On the other side of Lonsdale Street from Myer Melbourne is the large Melbourne Central shopping centre.

Old GPO

The Old Melbourne General Post Office is now the site for shops, restaurants and Melbourne Fashion Festival events.

Mens fashion stores at Melbourne’s GPO include Ben Sherman, Christopher Chronis and Rhodes & Beckett. Some of the many women’s fashion stores are Belinda, Brides of Melbourne, Karen Millen, Lisa Ho and Nicola Waite. There is also an ABC Shop and several shoe stores in the building.

If you want food, visit Kenzan, Federal Coffee Palace or Cacao Fine Chocolates.

During The L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival the old GPO is the venue for fashion parades and other associated events.

The Post Office was completed in 1867, and in 1887 the clock tower was added to the building.

Melbourne’s GPO is on the corner of Bourke Street Mall and Elizabeth Street. Trams run along both streets, and if arriving in Melbourne by train you can go to Flinders Street Station or Melbourne Central Station and catch a tram there along Elizabeth Street or walk to the GPO site.

For information call (03) 9663 0066. Melbourne’s GPO is open every day. A post office is not located in the building.

Southbank

The Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct is a mix of bookshops, fashion, homeware, music and jewellery and close to many popular Melbourne restaurants.

Toorak Road

For a wonderful mix of class and retro treasures Toorak Road has it all. A veritable schmorgasboard of shopping adventures from designer labels to boutique fashion houses, you will find every clothing item that your heart desires right here. Explore true Australian fashion at its best as it stands side by side with some of the most famous international labels including Scanlan & Theodore, Bettina Liano and Colette Dinnigan.

For indulgence at its finest all you need to do is explore the eclectic delis, delicious restaurants and classy bars which all have the highest level of service and a true aim to please. There is a large selection of wonderful cafe’s which line the street with great places to chill out and watch the passing parade of people shopping, laughing and having a great time.

Tucked away on little side streets are cafes like Giai and Zucchero which are something to be tasted to be believed. Coffee Darling is the place to go for a delicious cup of Joe with a twist, or take a trip around the world at some of Melbourne’s most delicious international restaurants. From Vietnam to Thailand, France to Japan, you can take a round the world trip with your taste buds and land back where you began in shopping paradise.

Toorak road is a kilometre of unique stores, exciting galleries, funky handmade boutiques, spectacular jewellery and retro home wares that will keep you busy from open to close. Imported designers must have accessories and the world’s best treats are all here for you. And within walking distance from the delights of Chapel street and a quick tram ride to the CBD or St Kilda Beach, Toorak road is a great place to start, end or stay and enjoy your Melbourne adventure.

Westfield Shopping Malls

Westfield has a number of shopping malls located around Melbourne. Westfield Airport West is at 29-35 Louis St, Airport West. Phone (03) 9338 4244 for mall information. Kmart and Target have stores here.

Westfield Doncaster is located at 619 Doncaster Rd, on the corner of Williamsons Rd, Doncaster. Phone (03) 9848 1699 for mall information. Stores there include Babies ‘R’ Us, Big W, David Jones, Myer and Target.

Westfield Fountain Gate is at 352 Princes Highway, Fountain Gate. Phone (03) 9704 6666 for mall information. Many small stores and a cinema are located here.

Westfield Geelong is around an hour to the west of Melbourne, at Malop Street, Geelong. Phone (03) 5224 2384 for mall information. The main stores there are Big W, Myer, Target and Coles.

Westfield Plenty Valley is located at 415 McDonalds Road, Mill Park. Phone (03) 9404 4511 for mall information. There are three large supermarkets here and many smaller stores.

Westfield Southland is at 1239 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham. Phone (03) 9582 5601 for mall information. Many large department stores and supermarkets and specialty stores are in this mall.

 Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre

The Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. There are many small specialty stores there.

Some of the fashion stores at Fountain Gate include Diana Ferrari, Katies, Sportsgirl, Sussan, Roger David and Hizz Menswear.

Those looking for gifts for children can visit Toy Kingdom, Games World and Riot Art & Craft. Village Cinemas is also at Fountain Gate. Harvey Norman and Dick Smith sell computers and electronics.

Supermarkets in the mall are Coles, Aldi and Woolworths. Other places to buy fresh food are Good Luck Seafood, Baker’s Delight and Lenard’s Poultry.

The address is 352 Princes Highway, Fountain Gate. Travel along the Princes Highway or Monash Freeway to get to Narre Warren where the mall is. Various bus services stop at the mall, and a bus goes from Narre Warren Station to Westfield Fountain Gate.

For information about Fountain Gate call (03) 9704 6666.

Westfield Southland Shopping Centre

Westfield Southland Shopping Centre is really two shopping malls, which are connected by a two-level bridge of shops that go across the Nepean Highway. On one side is Kmart, Myer, Harvey Norman and a Coles supermarket. Books stores, discount stores and other smaller stores are located there.

Stores on the other side of the road include Aldi, Safeway, David Jones, Big W, Target, Toyworld, The Reject Shop, Adairs, Australian Geographic, JB Hi Fi, Harris Scarfe and Best & Less.

The address for Southland is 1239 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham, Victoria. Phone (03) 9582 5600 for information. The mall is open every day, often Kmart, Coles and Safeway open earlier than the other stores there.

To take public transport to Southland, board one of many buses in Melbourne’s east that goes there. If travelling from further away, take the train along the Frankston line to Cheltenham Station. Southland is within walking distance but it is easier to catch one of the many buses that stop outside the train station.

 

 

Melbourne Markets

Arts Centre Sunday Market

Melbourne Arts Centre, Southgate (03 9281 8000).

Dandenong Market

This marketplace has over 300 stalls including a wide range of fresh produce and other items, as well as modern cafes.
Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong.

Esplanade Art and Craft Market-St Kilda

This unusual and trendy market has a stunning seaside vista and is very popular with visitors and locals. Every Sunday since 1970 the esplanade in St Kilda has come alive with brightly coloured stalls, selling an array of quality art and craft. It was established as an outlet for local artists and now there are more than 200 artists and craftspeople selling their wares here. Upper Esplanade, St Kilda (03 9534 0066). Tram from city.

Gasworks Farmer’s Market

21 Graham Street, Port Melbourne (03 5657 2337). 3rd Saturday of Month

Prahran Market

Prahran Market is the oldest continuously running market in Australia. They are known as the food lovers market because of the quality and range of their food. Established in 1864, Prahran Market has the best food in Melbourne in terms of price points. They stock hard to find specialities including heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables.

On Saturdays from 3pm the market is a bargain paradise with $1 bags of fruit and veg, trays of fish and meat at great prices and a fish auction ‘Claringbolds’ which starts around 4.30pm. Coming to the Prahran Markets is a life experience when visiting Melbourne. Just ask the locals who pack the place out, vying for the best organic meats, fish, poultry, delicatessen goodies, and well priced wines amongst other tasty treats.

The markets are located on two floors at 163 Commercial Road and as well as speciality vendors including bakeries, patisseries, butchers, flower stalls, they also have Chinese massage, hair and beauty salons, tanning salons, specialist small goods, a yummy Gelato store and a lot more. It really is the gourmet place to shop in Melbourne without the gourmet price tags.

When:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Hours:
Tuesday – Dawn to 5.00pm
Thursday – Dawn to 5.00pm
Friday – Dawn to 6.00pm
Saturday – Dawn to 5.00pm
Sunday – 10.00am to 3.00pm

Where:
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Cost:
Free

Parking:
Car park & Disabled parking

Info:
Toilets, facilities for Disabled, w/chair charge points, no pets

Preston Market

Between Murray Road and Cramer Street, Preston (03 9478 3130).

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is over 130 years old and is affectionately known as the ‘Queen Vic’ to the locals around Melbourne. It is Victoria’s premier open air market and is a vital, colourful and enigmatic place with friendly competition and banter the norm among stall holders and their customers. It has an olde world charm and it is that charm and all of the above that draws many thousands of customers and visitors alike each year. The Queen Vic is probably best known for its outstanding variety of fresh produce with almost 50% of the market area dedicated to fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood and delicatessen fare.

Like all of Melbourne, the market has a cosmopolitan flavour and it certainly shows in the range of produce and products for sale each day. Variety and speciality goods take up the remainder of the market with Sundays being the most popular day for visitors to come especially to buy from this category. It’s a more relaxed day for the family than the other days which are very busy with restaurants, home cooks and chefs vying for the best produce for their businesses during the weekday market.

Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area with children’s rides and other activities on Sunday and it really comes alive with roving buskers, live entertainment, music and street performers to keep everyone well entertained. The Queen Vic is divided into a number of precincts: the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F Shed Laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market.

When:
Weekdays – Tuesday and Thursday 6.00am to 2pm, Friday 6.00am to 5.00pm (general merchandise to 4.00pm) & Saturday – 6.00am to 3.00pm, Sunday – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Where:
Queen Victoria Market is situated on the corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets in the Melbourne CBD and is easily accessed by foot, car, train, tram or bus.

Tram:
Catch any tram heading north along Elizabeth and William Streets, and alight at either the Franklin or Victoria Street corners. For real time tram arrival information use tram Tracker, Melbourne’s free City Circle tram will also help you on your way. Hop off at the corner of La Trobe and either Elizabeth or Queen Streets, then walk north to the Market.

Train:
The Market is within easy walking distance of Melbourne Central Station (Elizabeth Street exit) and Flagstaff Station (corner Latrobe and William Streets). Walk north along Elizabeth or William Street to reach the Market.

Bus:
Melbourne’s buses travel along Queen, Lonsdale and La Trobe Streets. Alight on Queen Street, or on Lonsdale or La Trobe at the Queen or Elizabeth Street corners, and walk north to the Market. Or ride the brand new free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle, stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the City. The Market is stop number 5.

Cost:
Free

Parking:
Car park & Disabled parking.

Info:
Toilets, toilets for Disabled, CLOSED: Mondays, Wednesdays, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Plastic bags are now banned from the Meat Hall and Dairy Hall so remember to bring your reusable bags when shopping at the market.

Rose Street Designers Market

The Rose Street Artists’ Market is situated in the heart of Fitzroy. It is a unique outlet where emerging artists and designers can showcase their work without high commissions. It is loosely based on similar projects in London, Germany and in Brooklyn New York. The market utilises an area in the back streets of Fitzroy, that was a junkyard in its former life and has been converted into an art space to display the work of over 70 artists and designers each Saturday and Sunday.

It has gained the reputation of being one of Melbourne’s hidden treasures, brilliantly high quality of work and in a city brimming with creativity, flair and style, you could pick up a future investment piece! Intricate furniture design through to fabulous fashion and even more intricate jewellery designs, the Market has over 600 individuals listed in their catalogue and it’s still growing.

With a fresh approach to the traditional market, the Rose St Artists’ Market gives you the opportunity to peruse the displays, collect, source and commission unique works and of course meet the artists and designers in person.

There is also live entertainment throughout the day and a gourmet cafe to take time out for a bite to eat. You can even explore the local Fitzroy area and beyond on cool vintage bicycles which can be hired out by the hour or day from the markets!

When:
Every Saturday and Sunday

Hours:
11.00am to 5.00pm

Where:
60 Rose Street Fitzroy, in between Brunswick and Nicholson Streets. From the city catch tram 96 from Bourke St. or 112 from Collins St. both trams pass Rose St. By car Melways Reference is 2C A5.

Cost:
Free – Bicycle hire separate

Parking:
Car park & Disabled parking on site
Info: Toilets, toilets for Disabled, shaded areas, sheltered areas

South Melbourne Markets

South Melbourne Markets was opened in 1867 in the precinct bordered by York, Cecil and Coventry Streets in South Melbourne.

It is a foodies delight and has a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, poultry, fish and speciality foods. Along with fresh produce it also has beautiful little cafes and restaurants along Cecil Street where you can relax mid morning, lunch time, or perhaps partake in a fancy afternoon tea after your shopping tasks are complete.

There is a variety of other speciality stores that stock fashion and accessories, giftware, hardware, home ware and Manchester. Pets are catered for with a brilliant pet supplies shop and for the green thumb in the family there is a huge bounty of plants, flowers and garden supplies available.

The markets are well laid out and worth a visit while you are visiting Melbourne. The locals love this market and love to spread the good vibes to visitors and friends from interstate, taking them for a coffee and a morning or afternoon jaunt to their favourite foodie haunt.

When:
Wednesday 8.00am to 4.00pm, Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm, unless these days fall on New Year’s day, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Extra trading day before Easter (Thursday), Christmas and
New Year.

Hours:
As above

Where:
Cnr of York, Cecil and Coventry Sts – 322-326 Coventry St South Melbourne. The South Melbourne Market is easy to get to by car, motorbike, bike, walking or public transport (light rail #96 from Bourke St or trams #109 or #112 from Collins St).

Cost:
Free

Parking:
Parking stations for a fee

Info:
Public & disabled toilets, no pets

St. Kilda Twilight Market

The St Kilda Twilight Market is a fantastic late afternoon to evening markets, set in the O’Donnell Gardens next to Luna Park in St Kilda. There’s a wonderful array of artworks, vintage wear, craft, hand designed fashion and jewellery, exotic clothes, produce, emerging designers, foods of the world. All hand made and presented with quality and care.

The O’Donnell Gardens are a special place that has been at the centre of St Kilda’s Community for many years. In such an inspiring place the tradition of markets continues. From the curious to the bizarre, step into a magical world.

The markets is a fantastic place to meet, eat, buy, create, enjoy and share in the heart of St Kilda. Situated close to Melbourne and a tourist destination with the beach so close by, there’s a mingling of locals and visitors from interstate and overseas and a great vibe happens particularly with the live music, buskers and street performers to entertain and thrill while you are wandering the markets for that special treasure.

When:
Thursday nights weekly from 17/02/11 – 31/03/11

Hours:
5.00pm to 10.00pm

Where:
Located in between St Kilda’s famous Acland Street and Luna Park, then tucked beneath the palms of O’Donnell Gardens. The No. 96, 16, 3/3a and 79 Trams all get you to and from the St Kilda Twilight Market

Cost:
Free

Parking:
Parking fees apply

Info:
Public toilets, no pets

Sunday Market at the Arts Centre

With more than 150 stalls and over 80 of Victoria’s finest artisans, The Sunday Market at the Arts Centre is a truly cultural and artistic adventure for locals and visitors alike to Melbourne. It is both undercover and outdoors so rain, hail or shine the market goes ahead! What a treat to be able to speak with the artisans first hand who are present at the markets and only too happy to discuss how these unique artworks are made, chat directly about the products, inspirations and techniques.

From dynamic photography and delicious foods to amazing jewellery and innovative home wares, the Arts Centre Sunday Market has it all.

The Arts Centre, Sunday Market is Melbourne’s finest art and craft market, just a short stroll from Flinders Street Station – look for the Arts Centre Spire.

When:
Every Sunday

Hours:
10.00am to 5.00pm (6.00pm during summer)

Where:
The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Just a walk up from Flinders St Station

Cost:
Free

Parking:
Arts Centre Car Park – Fee for parking

Info:
Public Toilets, facilities for disabled, no pets