In my post last week on the Big Design Market, I mentioned that there are markets galore in Melbourne. I do not get tired of them.
I’m more of a looker than a buyer. I enjoy browsing and the feeling that I might find something really awesome that I can’t live without. It’s also a good opportunity to find interesting and unique gifts for others.
The Queen Victoria Market is Melbourne’s most famous market. Although it has some goodies and great food, it’s also a tourist trap. While it’s a great place for Australian souvenirs, I don’t recommend it if you’re looking for arts and crafts and great design. The Suzuki Night Market, however, is another story.
Now in its 15th year, the Suzuki Night Market is a summer event at the Queen Victoria Market featuring over 200 stalls of local designer threads, hand made jewellery, home decor, delicious food from all over the world, and live entertainment.
I went to the Suzuki Night Market last week. It was crowded, really crowded. In fact, aside from a footy match I attended in April, it was the most crowded event I’ve been to in Australia yet. Going to this market may require some patience. The trams were packed, the lines for food and drink were long and sometimes slow, and finding a place to sit at a table was a challenge. Still, I enjoyed it.
Having only lived in Melbourne a few months, I don’t have a lot of friends yet. I went to the Suzuki Night Market with a group of women from an arts and crafts Meetup. It was nice to hang out with other women close to my age and with similar interests. We had great food together and walked around admiring the goodies. I don’t know if I’m getting used to how expensive everything is in Australia, but I found the prices at this market reasonable, much more so than some shops and other markets. I enjoyed Spanish paella, which I haven’t eaten in a long time, a refreshing lemonade – the kind made with water, lemon juice, and sugar – and purchased a few gifts.
The Suzuki Night Market is on now every Wednesday through February 27 (except December 26) from 5pm to 10pm. For more information, please visit the Suzuki Night Market website.
Have you visited the night market at the Vic Market?