Seven small Canberra businesses we love

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From mouth-watering gin to funky tie dye, there is something for everyone at these local businesses – here are seven ways to support small!

Looking for the perfect gift for that aunt who seems to have everything? Or just in need of some quality shopping time? These seven markets and shops have the best Canberra artists and makers have to offer! So, get your walking shoes on because we’ve got you covered.

Markets

There’s just something romantic about strolling down isles of stalls at the markets. Here you can meet the makers as you peruse local produce, wares, and yummy baked goods. What’s not to love?

Hartley Hall Markets

Packed with fresh produce, baked goods, handmade accessories, plants, dog treats and more, Hall Market’s 250+ stalls are sure to have something for everyone. Hosted by Hartley Lifecare, this market is one of Australia’s largest homemade and homegrown markets. Entry is a gold coin donation, with all proceeds supporting Hartley’s services.

First Sunday of every month from 10 am – 3 pm | Hall Showgrounds | hartley.org.

Old Bus Depot Markets

With over 180 stalls packed onto both levels of the Old Bus Depot in Kingston, market goers can expect to find a huge range of vintage clothing, artisan jewellery, baked treats and local distilled gin – just to name a few! With the chance to be serenaded by talented musicians and buskers, the Old Bus Depot Markets draw in quite a crowd each Sunday.

Held inside, you can enjoy a hot coffee whilst escaping that cold Canberra breeze!

Every Sunday from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm | 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston | obdm.com

Murrumbateman Village Market

Looking for a quick country escape? The Village Market is held in the picturesque town of Murrumbateman – just 30 minutes out of Canberra! With produce and wines picked, packed, sorted and sold mere kilometres away, this market is the very epitome of fresh and local.

Enjoy a locally grown blueberry ice-cream with your coffee as you see the best this village has to offer. Packed with quality handmade items, produce, wines and baked goods, you won’t want to leave!

Second and fourth Saturday of each month at 9 am – 1 pm | Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds | mvmarket.com

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park markets are held like clockwork every Sunday regardless of the weather. Pick up some freshly cut flowers for your table and snag a snack (or more) along the way! This foodie market is sure to delight to tastebuds.

Enjoy local musicians while having a munch on the wide assortment of baked delights. Freshly baked bread and music? Yes please!

Every Sunday at 8.30 am – 2 pm |Haig Park, Braddon | haigparkvillagemarkets.com

Honourable Mentions:

Let’s not forget these gems! Held yearly/quarterly or set to return in the spring, keep an eye on their platforms because you definitely don’t want to miss them.

Handmade Market Canberra

Held four times a year | Exhibition Park, Canberra | handmadecanberra.com.

CBRmade Etsy Market

Held twice a year | Exhibition Park, Canberra | cbrmade.com.

Gungahlin Market

Held the second and fourth Sunday of every month – returning September | Off The Valley Ave and Hinder St Gungahlin | rotarygungahlin.com/market

Shops

Want to explore the markets without actually going to the markets? We understand! Here are a few shops that stock local makers—open throughout the week, you can enjoy the market experience at a time that works for you!

Neighbours Markets

From soap to gin, this little shop has the best Canberra has to offer! Recently relocated to Woden, Neighbours Markets is an organisation that stocks and supports local businesses. With regular restocks every Sunday you’ll need to add this to your to do list at least once (maybe twice)!

Westfield Woden | instagram.com/neighboursmarkets

Trove

Trove is a cooperative of artists and makers all local to Canberra and, (more often than not), you’ll find one of the makers working behind the desk! With a diverse range of items stocked, it’s hard not to get lost for an hour or so within.

25 Dickson Pl, Dickson | trovecanberra.com

Pop Canberra

Situated in Canberra’s Melbournian inspired street (Lonsdale St), Pop Canberra has it all! With locally made chocolates, gin, tea, candles and more, you’re bound to come out with a few goodies! Did we mention the four-metre-long earring wall? Count us in!

Lonsdale St, Braddon | popcanberra.com

Feature image: Tim Bean. 

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