Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Southbank Market – Melbourne


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This market has been running for a number of years and it’s all about handmade, homemade and for some stallholders – upcycled. The quality of the local art and crafts is of a high calibre and take the time to speak to the designers as they often have a great tale to tell.

Whether you’re after a hat for the races, handbag, jewellery, artwork, gift cards or more, the Southbank Market showcases some f the best local Melbourne artistic talent.

I would highly recommend to come here for that something special as a gift as this place has something you will not find in any department store.

Popular with tourists where they can buy something uniquely Australian that isn’t corny, tacky or in some cases rude. No kangaroo paw key chains here.

Please note that all stallholders at the Sunday Market rotate positions regularly. If you’re looking for your favourites, please be sure to have a wander along St Kilda Road and behind along the lawn until you can find what you’re looking for.

This still above was having a great trade day (School Holidays) as kids were choosing their juggling balls.

Beautiful handmade scarves / wraps make for something unique as the warmer weather approaches.

There are quite a few stalls that sell bags. This one above was very lovely but the one below was my favourite. David makes them from old leather couches and then lines them with Miller Shirts (from the 70’s). Very clever

There are some good food stalls but not plentiful. However, you are in Melbourne and food is never far away. Venture down to the Food Court or try one of the restaurants that face the Yarra River.

Below is one of my favourite stalls. This jewellery is extremely well made, unique and the range of styles and colours are stunning. Plus I’ve never seen anything like this elsewhere. Company is called Kalinowski Jewellery – click here for more information

Look forward to returning here another day and pick myself up something special and a gift for a friend.

One of the best parts of this market is the sheer space and aspect that you have here. The lawns below the spire have bean bags strewn across the grass so people can sit, relax and enjoy.

It was hard to find a free one as so many people were enjoying the sun and making the most of the opportunity to sit comfortably and read, use their phone, watch their kids play or just soak up Melbourne.

STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can register your interest by clicking here or contact (03) 9281 8581 or sundaymarket@artscentremelbourne.com.au

OPENING HOURS: 10am to 4pm. Operates the first Saturday of every month from September to May (closed June, July & August). Hours extended to 2pm for Easter market.

LOCATION: 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Wraps around Hamer Hall, the Spire and the sculptures.

PARKING: You won’t get a park close by although there is plenty of parking beyond the National Gallery. There is also a lot of paid parking places as well. Usually around $12 for the day on a Sunday. The Arts Centre itself owns and operates its own parking which is within easy walking distance to the Theatres Building, Hamer Hall, the NGV and Melbourne CBD and is all under cover. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and entry is via Sturt & Kavanagh Streets. Height restriction is 1.9 so for those with a big 4WD beware.

TRANSPORT: Trams that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, stop number 14: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

By train get off at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne CBD and walk for a couple of minutes toward St Kilda Road.

Just loved these beeswax wraps which totally replace cling wrap. You can find more information here.

Bus – you can use The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle which runs in a loop through Melbourne CBD every 30 minutes, and stops at Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road (Stop 1).

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access from the carparking and write along the Esplanade.

ATM: The nearest ATM is within the Southbank complex below as well as at Flinders Street Station. Please bring small notes as it’s problematic if everyone brings $50’s. Many stallholders have EFTPOS and credit card facilities.

ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.

DOGS: Yes as long as they are on lead, you clean up their poop and keep them reined in as there are a lot of people and I saw an elderly man stumble when a dog got under his feet.

FOOD: There are plenty of food types here: gozmele, cakes, breads and more.

TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets located within Hamer Hall and the NGV. These both include disabled facilities.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

On Facebook – Craft Markets Australia

On Instagram –No account but #southbankmarket #southbankmarketmelbourne

Website: Sunday Markets

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Southbank Market. Likes, dislikes, tasty treats you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy marketing.

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