melbourne night noodle market

It's a fact... us Aussies LOVE our night markets. Why? Live music, cheap food stalls, pretty lights, pop up beer gardens, boutique and second hand clothing stores, cheap souvenirs, roaming performers and most importantly... a great vibe! Whether it be summer or winter, anytime is a good enough excuse to throw a night market. It's where the locals hang after a hard day's work and a great place to "get amongst it" if the $$ are running low. So here it is... the Aussie night markets that you need in your life this Winter...

Brisbane Night Noodle Market

Brisbane's Southbank has always got something going on - and one of our favourite winter events is the Night Noodle Market! Over 12 days the banks of Brisbane will be lined with 25 different Asian food stalls, live music and entertainment, pop up eating and drinking areas and a sweet sweet sunset vibe. A great place to kick off the night!

Where: Cultural Foodcourt, Southbank
When: 20 July– 30 July
Time: Monday to Friday: 5pm til late, Saturday & Sunday: 4pm til late
Cost: FREE
More info: here

Melbourne Queen Victoria Night Market & Cinema

Every winter and summer the infamous Queen Victoria Night Market plays host to the biggest night market in Australia. And this year? They're planning a whole new concept... Not many details yet (click the more info link below for the most up to date information) but they have teased with "Food, Fire and Light". Sounds very intriguing! If previous years are anything to go by then it'll be good!

Where: Queen Victoria Markets, corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne CBD
When: From June 7th
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE
More info: here

Sydney Chinatown Market

We love Sydney's Chinatown regardless of night, day, winter or summer. The streets are always buzzing, sometimes you can find yourself caught amongst a dancing Dragon and it's a great place to enjoy a bloody cheap BYO Asian feed. With over 65 stalls scattered across Sydney’s infamous Chinatown – you will be treated a huge selection of Asian food stalls, jewelry, clothing stalls, arts, crafts and lanterns, lanterns, lanterns galore!

Where: Chinatown, Dixon Street, Haymarket, Sydney's CBD
When: every Friday night throughout winter
Time: 4pm until 11pm
Cost: FREE

Melbourne's Laneway European Night Market

Hidden within Madame Brussels Laneway, this night market embodies everything that makes Melbourne the hippest city in the world. Every Friday the market brings to life pop up German Beer gardens, Crepes, Bagels, cheesy French Fondue, Polish Dumplings and more. Did someone say yum?

Where: Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne's CBD
When: every Friday night
Time: 5pm until late
Cost: FREE
More info: here

Brisbane Boundary Street Night Market

When visiting Brisbane we always recommend a visit to the suburb of Westend - the alternative and quirky suburb of Brisbane. Here you will find loads of craft beer, live music venues, cafes, funky shops and great restaurants. The Boundary Street Night Markets have got to be one of our favourites in the country. Running every Friday and Saturday night throughout Winter, it is the perfect place to grab a cheap eat from a food stall, soak in the atmosphere, enjoy a bevvy or two, pick up some sweet new vintage clothes or nick nacks and for night owls, head to the Motor Room and check out the free live music.

Where: corner of Boundary and Mollison Streets, West End, Brisbane
When: every Friday and Saturday night in Winter
Time: 4pm til 10pm
Cost: FREE
More info: here

Brisbane's The Collective Market

This night market is all about creative artisan, so expect to find a unique and special piece of handmade jewelry, cool fashions, art, photography, unique souvenirs and gifts and more across 100 stalls. There is always live music from local acts pumping up the atmosphere and the bars around Southbank are always buzzing - well worth a looksie!

Where: Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank, Brisbane
When: every weekend
Time: Friday: 5pm - 9pm, Saturday: 10am - 9pm, Sunday: 9am - 4pm
Cost: FREE
More info: here

Sydney Night Noodle Market

Ok so this one doesn't actually fall within the Winter season but boy oh boy do we love noodles! Over 18 noodle fused nights in October, Hyde Park will be bustling with over 40 food stalls, pop up bars, live local bands and like every other night market in Australia - cheap, fun and buzzing. Cannot wait!

Where: Hyde Park, Sydney CBD
When: October
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE
More info: here

There are also loads of night markets which happen year round, one of the best known being the Cairns Night Market!

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