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Warm weeknights in Melbourne are best spent shopping, eating and drinking

Queen Victoria Night Markets

It’s baa-aack! Now in its 17th year, the grand old dame of night markets – and all the merrymaking it entails – has returned. Eat your way around the world, sip sangria and discover local designers to a backdrop of banging live bands. With over 200 stallholders, the market is also a prime opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early. Melbourne.

Night Noodle Markets

For two weeks, authentic Asian hawker-style street food, including stands from New Shanghai, Bang Pop, Hammer and Tong, Gelato Messina, Ghost Kitchen, Chin Chin and Autorickshaw, will line the grassy banks of the Yarra, along with bars and live entertainment. We recommend you get down early to avoid queues. Melbourne.

Blender Lane Artists Market

Every Wednesday night from November to February, Blender Studios – a fertile inner-city art collective – brings together artists, creatives and designers for what might be the most lo-fi, arty market Melbourne has to offer. Expect paintings, photos, prints, zines, badges, cards, a lucky dip and possibly a puppeteer. Melbourne.

St Kilda Twilight Market

The joy of a summer night market is just as much about atmosphere as it is about the shopping – and it's hard to go past a sunset over the sea and rows of stalls beneath palm trees. Here, you'll find global food, vintage and hand-crafted items, as well as live acoustic music. St Kilda.

Coburg Night Market

For the fifth year in a row, Coburg is throwing its hat into the ring and showing Melbourne how the north side does night markets. There's plenty of live music, and food-wise, you're in good company with the likes of Meatball Company, Senor BBQ, Nuoc Mama's, the Brûlée Cart and more. Plus, there'll be a great selection of local artisans. Coburg.

Supper Twilight Market at the Abbotsford Convent

Imagine tucking into a crispy dumpling while you relax on the lush lawns of the Abbotsford Convent. Behind you, a local musician strums an acoustic guitar. Yep, the Supper Market is back every Friday this summer. Grab a craft beer at the Boiler Room Bar, peruse the arts, crafts and fashion stalls, then take your pick from the handful of top quality food trucks. Abbotsford.

Kris Kringle Night Market

Still stuck on what to get Jane from accounts? You're in luck, because the Kris Kringle markets are taking over Northcote Town Call to solve all your gifting gaffes! Over 50 stallholders will be selling locally designed and sourced jewellery, ceramics, prints, homemade treats and more. There'll be food and a bar, all set to the soundtrack of free live music. Northcote.

South Melbourne Night Market

Every Thursday night, the South Melbourne market will be transformed into a feast of art, music, food and fashion. Market stalls will be packed with everything from leather accessories to jewellery to homewares. Melbourne’s best food trucks will be cooking up the goods, including the Chingon Taco Truck, the Food Dude, Bretzel Biz and the Brûlée Cart. South Melbourne.

QV Melbourne Designed Gift Markets

In the lead-up to Christmas, QV Square is home to a cute Friday night market which extends over the weekend. Some of the retailers include Lara Ivachev's wearable EAT.ME.DO treats (pictured), contemporary art prints by Neon Pear and watercolour paintings on greeting cards.Melbourne.

Maribyrnong Makers Christmas twilight market

Maribyrnong Makers Market – one of the west's most loved markets – is celebrating Christmas by hosting a warm and friendly twilight event. Featuring over 40 stallholders selling locally made crafts, it's the most relaxing way to pick up any last-minute gifts. Seddon.

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