I’ve not been to the Camberwell Markets for at least 10 years. It’s hardly changed, and that’s just fine by me. Located on Station St, Camberwell, this carpark market is how markets should be. Some call them Flea Markets, others call them Trash and Treasure. Whatever the semantics of it, I love ’em.
We started our day with breakfast at The Bookshop Cafe which is located within the same carpark as the market. I’ll be honest and say that we were pretty disappointed with it. I’m not sure how anyone can get a bacon and egg roll, or a ham and egg muffin wrong, but these guys seemed to. Both were extremely bland, and the coffee wasn’t great either. The only access to the toilets was via a large flight of stairs, so forget getting your pram up there.
The markets however, were brilliant, and just as we remembered them. Sometimes there’s the feeling that you’re rifling through someone else’s junk. The reality is- you are. And it’s fabulous. There are buskers (of varying talent) at every turn, and if you’re prepared to fossick, you could well find yourself a bargain. There are quite a few record stalls there, so if you’re into your vinyl, you never know what you might find in all those milk crates. From those old records, to jewellery, flowers, clothes, old music instruments and children’s toys- this place has everything.
It has great access for the pram, with parking across the road underneath Target. My only real advice would be to get there early. We arrived around 8am with no dramas. We left around 10:30am and the carpark was chaos with queues of cars trying to enter, while not that many were leaving.
All in all a great way to spend a Sunday morning in Melbourne. You might even find yourself a bargain. I scored a road case for my snare drum for $20, and my wife picked up a very nice leather skirt for $10. Clarrie loved every bit of it, and I reckon we’ll be back there soon enough.