Our local markets showcase the best the region has to offer, including arts and crafts, second-hand treasures, or fresh produce.
If you’re looking to explore a market in the Canberra region, you’ve landed in the right place. There are quite a few handmade, vintage, and farmers’ markets in the area. But, after consulting local feedback, we’ve narrowed this list down to just three must-visit spots.
Let’s get started.
What makes a great market?
The best markets in Canberra offer something unique – whether that’s in the wares they have for sale, the hot food available, or the live entertainment. We suggest keeping an eye out for the following features.
- Fresh is best. We all know that, when it comes to fruits, vegetables, meat, and other produce, fresh is best.
- A lively atmosphere. Markets are an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the diversity, talent, and colourful spirits of those that reside here in Canberra. Because of this, a lively atmosphere is a must.
- Shaded areas. If the market is outdoor, having some shaded areas is imperative, especially in the hot summer months.
- Food and coffee available. Who doesn’t love market food? Food trucks, coffee carts, and other tasty offerings turn a quick trip to the markets into a full day out. Bonus point if there’s live entertainment to enjoy while you sip your latte and eat your tasty artisan doughnut.
- A showcase of local produce. Both farmers’ markets and craft markets should showcase local produce. That is, wares or food grown, made, crafted, or produced right here in the Canberra area.
The top markets in Canberra according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
It was difficult to narrow it down to the best markets in Canberra. But, with your help, we came up with the following list of three.
Offering a whole range of unique designs, local produce, souvenirs, bespoke fashion, jewellery, and other artisan wares, The Handmade Market is one of the best in the region. Located in the three halls at EPIC with free parking and free entry, visitors can spend hours admiring the 260 stalls of this creative market.
The Handmade Market is commenter Alexandra Craig’s favourite: “The Handmade Market 100%.”
Held on the first Sunday of the month at the Hall Showgrounds, the Hartley Hall Markets offer more than 300 stalls of food, local fruits and veggies, baked goods, pottery, clothing, children’s toys, gifts, crafts, and more. With plenty of shady trees and live musical entertainment, you’ll want to stick around all day.
Commenter Genie had this to say about the Hartley Hall Markets: “I love the local crafted products, fresh food and always come home with homemade treats for my puppy. Everything is really affordable and the whole event supports Hartley Life Care.”
Set within an old industrial building, the Old Bus Depot Markets is perfect for lovers of clothes, jewellery, hand-crafted wares, and delicious food.
Commenter Zan frequents the Old Bus Depot Markets almost every weekend. “Most Sundays I go to the Old Bus Depot markets for lunch (cheap eats and great foods) and to look around,” they wrote. “It is where I buy most of my presents for birthdays and Christmas.”
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra markets.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based markets? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?