Welcome to the new String Bean Alley!
Melbourne’s newest laneway has arrived at Queen Victoria Market, with the official opening of String Bean Alley.
String Bean Alley is now home to twenty-six independent retailers in bespoke shipping containers, providing a uniquely Melbourne shopping experience in the heart of the city’s favourite market.
With a history dating back to 1936, the name String Bean Alley pays tribute to the laneway where green string beans were once sold.
Twelve new businesses have joined the existing line-up to offer a variety of locally designed, sourced or produced fashion, vintage, jewellery, art, craft, skincare, toys, books and more.
“String Bean Alley is the new place to find Melbourne’s best independent makers, creators, designers and artists” – Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
String Bean Alley is open Friday 8am-3pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-4pm and on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-10pm during The Night Market event series. Customers can access String Bean Alley from Queen or Peel Streets, or from the main car park.
Join us in welcoming the new String Bean Alley retailers:
Mary Martin Bookshop: Authentic indie bookshop with a 75-year history, stocking an extensive and unique range of books, cards and children’s toys.
Melbourne Makers Pod: Three Melbourne makers joining forces and delivering a rotating line-up of handcrafted products.
The Paper & Wood Co: Showcasing an intricate range of greeting cards, gifts, decorations and brooches. All designed and handmade in Melbourne.
Retro Mamma: Explore bygone ages through historical pictures and vintage costume accessories.
Iris Photo: Photography of your iris, capturing all its details and colours to create a stunning piece of artwork.
The Hemp Superstore: Sustainable and organic hemp products including candles, skincare, shoes and bags.
Miss Brown Vintage: A stunning collection of vintage clothing and accessories, a market leader for sustainable vintage fashion.
Bruce Goose: Quirky socks made in Melbourne from natural fibres to add a splash of fun to any outfit.
Melbourne Cocoa: Customise your own truffles, enjoy a chocolate cupping session or simply pick up a block of locally-made premium chocolate.
Flamin’ Signs and Boxes: A Market favourite, Mick will be showcasing his timber products and pyrography skills. The extensive range includes timber signs, trinket boxes and unique phone cases.
Another Man Barber Shop (coming soon): The Market will soon have its very own barber. The Mariani family combine 70 years of experience across three generations to bring the fine art of grooming and barbering to the Market.
Joining the existing retailers:
Aminalee: Jewellery inspired by culture, textures and stunning colours.
Mr.B Handicraftsman: Specialising in all things handmade with an extensive range of handbags and purses.
Intone Photography: Unique and colourful perspectives of the beautiful Melbourne laneways and urban landscapes.
JLP Outback: An incredible range of leather goods that are made to last, their products include stock whips, Akubras, wallets and backpacks.
Little Leauge: From the team behind the league of Honest Coffee comes Little League, perched at the top of String Bean Alley. Enjoy picturesque city views one brew at a time.
Made in Japan: Unique Japanese tableware and homewares at unbeatable prices, perfect for any restaurant, café or home.
Market Espresso & Trolley Hire: The pioneers of specialty coffee at the Market, plus delicious croque monsieurs, hot toasties and fluffy croissants.
Nautical Replicas: An eclectic range of nautical accessories including wooden model boats, brass bells, clocks and lighthouses.
Petal Melbourne: Australian made aromatherapy and organic skincare products that are all natural, chemical free and vegan-friendly.
Qn Flowers: Beautiful bouquets, terrariums and stunning orchids at great prices.
Ronnie Z and the Fabulous Juice: Said to be one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets, enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline whilst enjoying fresh juices and acai bowls.
Endangered Animals Australia: Beautiful puppets designed for imaginative play. The incredible range are used to educate visitors about native Australian animals.
Spotty Dot: An incredible range of wooden toys, whimsical dolls, puzzles and baby gifts.
Viva La Calavera: Vibrant, handcrafted, Mexican folk art plus Day of the Dead art and pop characters and other quirky finds.
Find out more about the String Bean Alley retailers here.
Launch Weekend Offers: Across opening weekend (Friday 19 – Sunday 22 July) many of our traders will be showcasing their products with free tastings, book readings and unbeatable deals. Pop into String Bean Alley and check out the offers or visit each trader’s listing above to see what’s on offer.
Competition Time! To celebrate the opening of Melbourne’s newest laneway, we’re offering an exciting String Bean Alley hamper to one lucky winner. To WIN, follow @vicmarket on Instagram tag a friend and comment #stringbeanalley on the competition post, enter as many times as you like for more chances to win! We’ll be announcing the lucky winner on Instagram on Friday 26 July.