For fresh food, irresistible treats, unique gifts and endless bargains, there's nothing like a market – and Melbourne has them scattered across the city.
Whether you're after supplies for a simple picnic or an extravagant banquet, you'll be spoilt for choice at Queen Vic, Prahran and South Melbourne markets. Browse aisles and aisles of fresh produce, and endless glass cabinets of heavenly deli goods – small goods, fine cheeses, marinated everything – as well as organic wines, freshly brewed coffee and great baked treats. Best of all, the stallholders' spruiking and bargaining is great theatre. Enjoy the show!
Art, design and gifts
Pick up artworks, jewellery and clothing by local creatives at Fitzroy's Rose Street Artists' Market, or head to Fed Square for cheap books. Treat yourself to twilight retail therapy at beachside night markets in the summertime, and scour eclectic collections of, well, everything, at suburban collectors' markets. Your bound to find what you're looking for, and a few things you weren't.