Melbourne's best markets: Art, craft and design

Light up the creative centres of your brain with beautiful artefacts from metal, paper, ceramics and covetable fabrics
People browsing through clothing at a market stall
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By Time Out editors |

Melbourne, the nation's cultural capital, is unsurprisingly filled with local creatives bringing all things bright and beautiful into the world. The best place to discover what your neighbours have been creating? Melbourne's markets.

Whether you're after something to bring that certain je ne sais quois into your home, a piece of original designer jewellery or something cute and kitsch for the kids, you'll find it with a trip to one of these arty Melbourne markets. 

For more market finds check out the best markets in Melbourne for fashion, books and bric-a-brac or fill your belly at Melbourne's top food markets

Big Design Market Melbourne
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The Big Design Market

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Start saving your pennies now, because the Big Design Market is back for another year. Across three days you can check out more heaps of local, national and international designers spruiking everything from homewares, fashion and cosmetics to tech accessories, furniture and kids' products. And since it’s happening right before Christmas, it’s a great chance to pick up some presents to make your Christmas morning extra merry.  Entry is $2. 

Plants at Rose Street Artists' Market
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Rose Street Artists' Market

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Each Saturday and Sunday the Rose Street Market gathers some of Melbourne's most exciting artists and designers to display their wares and talk all things handmade. Weave your way through the crowds and duck into the warehouse to check out the handmade fashion, food and curios for sale. The artists are usually on hand to compare crochet needles and discuss their work, so drop in for a squiz, a chat and a haircut from the resident hairdresser.

Shoppers browse stalls at the The Esplanade Market in St Kilda
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St Kilda Esplanade Market

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Every Sunday, Melbourne's finest creative folk gather in endless stalls, arranged in line with the palm trees that stand tall on St Kilda's famed esplanade. Since the 1970s, the market has featured emerging talent in design and handicrafts – think artwork, photography, illustration, jewellery, body products and stationery. There are now more than 140 stalls every week, and the best part is, the market is right next to Luna Park and St Kilda Beach, so you can make a day of it. 

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