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Night Market in Melbourne
Written by Surya Prakash on May 19, 2020 Share on

6 Night Markets To Visit In Melbourne: Experience an Evening of Culinary Delights and Local Finds

Night markets in Melbourne, Australia, are a fun tradition that includes shopping, eating, and often times live entertainment. With the warm, breezy weather in summer, these night markets offer a chance to get outside and enjoy the seasonal charm. Night markets highlight food trucks, local artisanal crafts, and fashion, although each market has a slightly different vibe. Check out these memorable night markets in Melbourne, and map out which one to hit upon your adventures there. Here’s a list of the top six best night markets in Melbourne, Australia.

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1. South Melbourne Night Market

Focused on fine food and wine, as well as trendy-fashion, the South Melbourne Market is a place to see and be seen. Running each Thursday evening from January 10th to February 28th the South Melbourne Market is a buzz-worthy hang out on a warm summer’s night. Always feel free to join in on the festivities, as each Thursday night highlights a different musician. Fun food specialities such as tiramisu in a cup or the Happy Camper Pizza served out of an RV, embodies the market’s summer spirit. Enjoy fun activities here such as getting a henna tattoo, shopping for a fresh bouquet, or dancing the night away.

South Melbourne Night Market
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  • Address: Cnr Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne VIC 3205
  • Opening hours: Thursdays at 5:30 pm (January 10th – February 28th)

2. The Queen Victoria Summer Night Market

The Queen Vic Summer Night Market runs from February 13, 2019 -March 20 on Wednesday nights from 5 pm – 10 pm. Perhaps the most famous of all the night markets in Melbourne, this market offers street food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment, and is in its 21st season. A rotating line of musicians each week makes every visit to the Queen Victoria Night Market memorable. The summer night market also highlights international cuisine, including 60 different street food stalls. This year the market hosted its very first summer ice skating rink in December, a fun and unexpected playground in Australia’s summer sun.

Queen Victoria Summer Night Market
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  • Address: Corner Queen Street and Therry Street Melbourne, Australia
  • Opening hours: Wednesdays at 5 pm (February 13th – March 20th)

3. Night Noodle Market

The Melbourne Night Noodle Market, which happens each November, is a tribute to Asian food stalls. Bringing the delicious smells of soba noodles, dim sum, bao, and more to Melbourne, it’s a feast for the senses. Set in the Birrarung Marr neighbourhood, this noodle market delights the young and old alike. Unique touches like a kombucha bar (bottomless kombucha!), and activities such as paint and sip sessions, make the Melbourne Night Noodle Market extra special. There is no entry fee, and the market is cash-free, so be sure to bring your cards!

Night Noodle Market
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  • Address: Birrarung Marr neighbourhood
  • Opening hours: 5 pm (November 8th – November 25th)

4. St Kilda Twilight Market

St Kilda Twilight Market offers a chance to experience “delight in finding a treasure you never knew existed.” This summer night market runs from November-February. Set in the beautiful O’Donnell Gardens, it’s easy to get the summer feeling under massive palm trees. This market definitely is for those who love the hunt for something unique, vintage, hand-designed fashion jewellery, and local produce which are all specialities at St Kilda. Not far from the beach, you may even feel the wind coming from the ocean here.

St Kilda Twilight Market
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  • Address: O’Donnell Gardens St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
  • Opening hours: Thursdays at 5 pm (select dates November – February)

5. Coburg Night Market

What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the summertime with a little music? The Coburg Night Market offers a fresh lineup of artists each Friday evening from late November through December. Though 2018 ran for only four weeks, this market is organized by the same group of people who spearhead The Queen Vic Summer Market, and are a skilled team who continually improve the market. With 85 stalls and counting, local crafts, arts, vegan and vegetarian-friendly options abound. This budding night market is on the rise, blossoming with each added year.

Coburg Night Market
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  • Address: Bridges Ave, Coburg North VIC 3058, Australia
  • Opening hours: 5:30 pm (late November – December)

Night markets are a unique part of Melbourne’s culture that helps to celebrate the season. From The Queen Vic Summer Market to St Kilda, summer night markets offer a little bit of everything from food to entertainment. Enjoy the summer season with these night markets, and if you’re a local, make it a weekly event!

6. Winter Night Markets

For thirteen weeks, the Winter Night Market will be the perfect mid-week escape from Melbourne’s chill gathering more than 30 global street food stalls and festival bars as well as 50 speciality stalls and artisans.

Winter night market
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Night Market-goers can wander the historic sheds and delight in the smells, sounds and tastes of winter before taking a boogie at the silent disco then settling in to enjoy the rotating weekly schedule of live, local entertainment.

Mid-season, the Winter Night Market will come to life with Christmas spirit in July. For five weeks, guests will be transported to a winter wonderland, with an impressive snow machine and Christmas decorations hung throughout the Market. Melburnians will be encouraged to embrace the Northern hemisphere’s love for ugly Christmas sweaters with weekly giveaways to those rocking the funniest prints. A must-attend winter event for locals and visitors of all ages, Winter Night Markets see a wide variety of mouth-watering street eats.

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Does Melbourne have night markets?

Yes, there are many famous night markets in Melbourne.

What is the most famous market in Melbourne?

The Queen Victoria Summer Night Market is one of the most famous market in Melbourne.

What time does Victoria Night Market start?

It starts at 5pm on every Wednesday.

Which market is better in Melbourne?

Queen Victoria Market is definitely considered the best among the night markets in Melbourne.

What is the main shopping street in Melbourne?

Bourke Street Mall is the main shopping street in Melbourne.

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