If you’ve ever travelled through Europe in winter, there’s no doubt that you’ll always tell your friends back home about the outdoor winter markets that they do so well! This year, you can save yourself the cost of the plane ticket as Madame Brussels Lane turns into an European Night Market for four Friday nights starting on July 18. Inspired by the markets in Germany and Switzerland, the European Night Market will be filled with rich European spiced aromas of mulled wine, German sausages, freshly baked pretzels and live music. Treat yourself to delicious Polish dumplings, French crepes, scumptious Flammkuchen, melting fondue cheese plus so much more. There’ll also be a German Beer Garden with ales, Italian aperitivos and mulled wine to get you into the winter spirit. When: 5pm-10pm Fridays, July 2 – August 12. Where: Madame Brussels Lane Directions: Madame Brussels Lane is a 10 minute walk from The Swanston Hotel and Mercure Welcome Melbourne. Visit the European Night Market website. Want to find out more about what’s happening in Melbourne? Sign up to the We Know Melbourne mailing …
Join 50 designers and thousands of design-lovers at the June Market in 2016. The Melbourne Design Market is the occasion to launch new products, to meet the designers who created these products and to come together in one place buy and sell, share and learn, build relationships and careers, all within an informal, fun, market setting. Taking place in the atmospheric carpark of Melbourne’s Federation Square, the market will be filled with hundreds of great designs from furniture, fashion, jewellery and homewares, together with fine coffee, food, music and a capacity crowd of design devotees. When: 10am – 5pm, Sunday June 19 Where: Federation Square Visit the Melbourne Design Market website.
Coinciding with the Portugese National Day, A Taste of Portugal celebrates Portugese culture with a showcase of Portugese cuisine, music, dance, history, language and tourism. Savour a Portugese custard tart, purchase colourful ceramics, jewellery or handbags, dance to Brazillian rhythms, listen to traditional Fado singers and learn about the tourism spots of Portugal. When: June 12 Where: Queen Vic Markets Visit the website here.
Everyone’s favourite night markets are returning this June. Grab a group of friends and cosy up under the market sheds for The Winter Night Markets with Melbourne’s hottest foodies, artisans and performers. This winter there’ll be over 30 street vendors including the likes of 400 Gradi, The Brass Coq, MJR TOM plus more. Enjoy the evening next with a mulled wine in hand next to the crackling fires, plus a revolving line-up of entertainers and live music to make it the perfect mid-week winter night out. When: Wednesdays, June 1 – August 2016 Where: Queen Vic Markets Visit the Winter Night Markets website.
Markit returns to Federation Square on Sunday 8 May 2016 with over 100 Australian independent designers. Drawing an eclectic mix of designers out of their workspaces for the day – ceramicists, jewellers, shoemakers, illustrators and micro fashion studios – Melburnians will be able to pick up limited-edition pieces, one-off gifts and handmade objects of beauty that won’t be found on any high street. The day will be a chance to meet your favourite Australian designers in person and find out more about the design processes behind the wares. For those seeking out original, unexpected design pieces made with the environment and ethics in mind – this is your dream-shopping day all in one place! When: 10am -5pm, Sunday 8 May Where: Federation Square Visit the Markit website here.
If you’ve got a massive sweet tooth like us, then Prahran Market’s Wicked Chocolate Festival will be your idea of heaven! On Saturday May 7, the entire Market will be transformed into a chocolate wonderland of sensory delights and the cost of entry is free! See, taste, smell and enjoy everything chocolate with foodie fun activities suitable for the whole family, including a Taste the Chocolate Trail ticketed event featuring the Market’s mouth-watering chocolate delicacies; a pop-up Chocolate Precinct; free chocolate cooking demos, a producers’ stage, a ticketed cake making event at Essential Ingredient, free tastings and more. There’ll be all sorts of chocolate goodies from some of Melbourne’s best dessert makers include Doughboy Doughnuts, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Bibelot, Butterbing Cookie Sandwiches and Pana Chocolate . When: 10:30-5pm, 7 May Where: Prahran Markets Visit the website here.
Melbourne’s best small businesses are coming together for a three day pop-up marketplace at Federation Square this March. Whether you’re a foodie, design geek or just a market lover, Square Market will have you dipping into your wallets to support your favourite local businesses. Stalls include Market Lane Coffee, Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, Mork Chocolate, That Dapper Chap, Butterbing Cookies, Those Girls, Cobb Lane Bakery, Adriano Zumbo, Sensory Lab, Hunters’ Roots, 5 & Dime Bagel and many more—plus joining emerging artists, homewares designers, illustrators, crafters and buskers. Entry to Square Market is completely free. When: March 9 – March 11 Where: Atrium, Federation Square Visit the website here. Want to find out more about what’s happening in Melbourne? Sign up to the We Know Melbourne mailing list here to stay in the loop.
Melbourne’s one and only French Christmas Market is almost here! This weekend, Alliance Française de Melbourne will be transformed into a European market showcasing the very best French products, food, wine, music and offer a range of free and ‘gold coin donation’ activities, face painting, balloon entertainer, children’s games, photo booth, French language classes plus more. It’s a free family-friendly event, so bring the little ones When: 5 December – 6 December Where: Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St Kilda Visit the website here
Markit returns to Federation Square on Sunday 29 November for it’s sixth year. There’ll be over 100 Australian independent designers selling limited-edition jewellery, ceramics, fashion, art prints, homewares and more. For those who are looking for early Christmas presents, Markit is the perfect place to buy those Australian-made products with an original edge. Meet the designers in person and shop their one-off bespoke items that aren’t readily available elsewhere. When: 10am-5pm Sunday, 29th November Where: Federation Square Visit the website here.
Join other art and design lovers at the Melbourne Design Market this November. Profiling over a hundred designers, the market has launched thousands of new products and is the perfect spot to find that unique gift for that friend or family member who has everything. Returning to the Federation Square carpark, the Melbourne Design Market will give you the chance to meet the designers and get to know the unique craftsmanship behind their wares. The market will be complete with music, food and of course, the very best coffee. When: Sunday, November 8 12-5pm Where: Federation Square Carpark Visit the website here.