There’s definitely no shortage of markets in Canberra, with an abundance of arts & crafts, fresh produce and live entertainment available every weekend. Warm up this winter with a mulled wine or feast on the freshest local produce. Here are our top picks for the best markets in Canberra.
When? Every Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
Possibly the most well-known markets in Canberra, the Old Bus Depot markets are a blend of handicrafts, food, clothing and vintage stalls. There are the food classics that everyone knows, orange juice or mulled wine from Jo’s Juice, fudge from The Fudge People and bagels from Bread Nerds, plus other local delights such as Krofne, offering both baked and delicatessen goods and Hungry Brown Cows, offering delectable cookies.
Of course, there is much more to the Old Bus Depot markets than food. Walk around the markets to find fresh flowers, homewares, candles, handmade arts and crafts, jewellery and more!
Our tip - Get in early and get some jam doughnuts from Krofne… you won’t regret it!
When? Every Saturday from 7.30am - 11.30am
Where? Exhibition Park
Get down to the Capital Region Farmers Market to experience a market like no other in Canberra. With over 130 listed stallholders from Canberra and the surrounds, their diverse range of produce is second to none. From dog treats to smoked meats, seafood to chocolate, they’ve got it all.
Our tip - try the Tumut smoked trout from Cypress Valley Gourmet Kitchen - it’s the best we’ve ever tasted!
When? Every Friday from 3pm - 7pm
Focusing on the idea of being a market in which people can easily pop in and do their food shopping after work, or grab a drink and meander around the markets before walking over to the foreshore and grabbing dinner, the Farmers and Foodies Market is full of fresh produce, meats, groceries and food/drink stalls.
Treat yourself to some of the delicious food on offer including gyoza, pizza, meze platters and more, whilst browsing the wide variety of produce on offer. Enjoy products from some of our favourite locals, including Underground Spirits, The Canberra Distillery and Cannoli Brothers, plus grab your basics here too, with oodles of fresh fruits and vegetables on offer, and an extensive range of breads.
Our tip - be sure to grab a hearty soup from The Soup Bar to keep warm on these chilly winter nights!
When? First Sunday of every month from 10am - 3pm
Where? Hall Village Showground
Located approximately 20 minutes from the city, the Hall markets have been running since 1987, with some of the original stallholders still going strong! The stalls range from baked goods to smoked meats, metal art to clothing and accessories. Head down to catch live music, children's entertainment and a truly unique shopping experience! Note that there is a gold coin donation upon entry, with all proceeds going towards Hartley Lifecare, a local charity that provide accommodation aid and respite care to those in ACT who have physical and complex disabilities.
Our tip - allow yourself a good hour, at least, to walk around these magnificent markets!
When? Check the website for 2017 dates. Next markets 16 & 17 September from 10am - 4pm.
Where? Exhibition Park
First launching in 2008, the Handmade Canberra markets boast attendance numbers of over 30,000 and host over 250 local and interstate stallholders. All stallholders hand craft their products in Australia, making the markets a great place to purchase unique, artisan goods whilst supporting local and interstate Australian small businesses.
Recognised nationally, the Handmade Markets are full of homewares, cosmetics, jewellery, clothing and more.
Our tip - Don’t miss out on the gourmet food hall full of food vans, creating the ultimate foodie atmosphere!