A great way to experience the true nature of a place is by visiting its markets. Here, you can find fantastically quirky and unusual things that you may not otherwise have found in mainstream shops. Melbourne has plenty of markets that can provide you with just this, a great opportunity to see what the local area has to offer.
If you want authentic food, then head to the Caulfield Farmers Market. Open on the second Saturday of each month, there are over 50 stalls, all selling some of the finest produce in Victoria. You may want to eat your purchases straight away, or save it until you are back home so you have something to munch on. Whatever you choose to do with them, the fruit, vegetables and herbs are all seasonal, which ensures that they are always fresh when they are being sold. Live music is also played and there is great entertainment for kids, creating a fun day out for all the family.
The Hawthorn Craft Market has been established since 1979 and is described by many as the best makers’ market in Melbourne Apart from January and February, the market is held on the first Sunday of each month at the Hawthorn Town Hall. Here, all products have been hand-made by those who sell them. This ensures you are highly likely to come across something fantastically unique that will also have been made to a very high standard. Products available here include original paintings, fashion and design, artwork, photography, children’s toys, ceramics and many other things.
Held every Sunday, the Docklands Sunday Market is located on Waterfront city/New Quay Promenade and overlooks the water at the Docklands. This tourist hub is a great place to spend the day browsing, buying, eating and just generally enjoying yourself. The market sells a wide variety of things, including arts and crafts, baby clothes, jewellery and beauty products.
There are many more markets in and around Melbourne. If you are planning a visit, the best thing to do is to explore and see the wonderful variety for yourself, that way you can become immersed in the culture.