How does your market stand out from the crowd?
It’s Melbourne’s oldest Market (at the ripe old age of 152!) and is renowned for the freshness and quality of its produce, with many of Melbourne’s top chefs shopping here. While famous for its food, it is also home to cutting edge design, with a dedicated precinct for emerging designers and creative small businesses.
What food and drink is on offer?
Fresh oysters and sashimi are a popular choice, as are the pandan croissants, cannoli, Börek, cheese and dumplings. The popular Cecil Street restaurant precinct is open daily, with award-winning paella, fresh seafood, modern Asian, Mexican and Turkish cuisine available, plus there is a Food Hall with options from around the globe.
What’s your quirkiest market item?
South Melbourne Market is full of surprises, with unique finds around every corner. From rainbow roller skates and vintage, second-hand books, to ice-cream baklava and fresh sea urchins. The Market also converts all their organic waste into garden fertiliser, which you can buy at the Market Office, along with live worms for the avid home gardener!
Got any exciting changes in store for your market this summer?
In 2020, the Summer Night Market will run on Wednesdays from midday until 9.30pm. Kicking off the festivities earlier means more time to enjoy free live music, workshops, activities and, of course, all the delicious food! The entire market will also be open for late night shopping for the first time – meaning after work grocery runs for those that work full time.
Find South Melbourne Market on the corner of Coventry and Cecil Street, South Melbourne, open from 8am – 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday and 8am – 5pm on Friday. For more info, head to the market website.