There’s nothing better than walking through the food markets’ stalls, isn’t it? Smelling the scent of the various spices, emanations of coffee and baguettes cooking, flavours of cheese… Added to that, the vibrant atmosphere with the clamour of market dealers, the cultural and culinary diversity you can feel, and the music you can have the opportunity to hear sometimes, you can be sure that spending a morning at a food market is always a wonderful experience! Do you like it? Is it something you are used to doing? Personally, it’s my weekly treat, and I definitely can’t do without it! Whether you’re a local or just passing through, no trip to Melbourne is complete without a browse and a bite to eat at these world-class food markets. Here are the 3 best Food markets in Melbourne. They each have something special, let’s discover it!
1. Queen Victoria Market
This iconic food market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for 140 years. There are more than 600 stalls, selling fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food.
In Queen Victoria market, you’ll appreciate local producers, enjoy amazing coffee, delight food trucks’ food, and all sorts of tasty things to eat.
For summer in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market offers fantastic food nights to enjoy this amazing time of year, called Summer Night Market. Explore over 100 global street food and shopping stalls, try the freshest summer drinks, and enjoy free live local entertainment. It takes place every Wednesday evening from November to February and is one of the best food markets in Melbourne.
2. South Melbourne Market
1867, here is the date of creation of South Melbourne Market, an emblematic place for the city’s inhabitants and visitors. People come here not only to buy fresh products but also to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect.
At South Melbourne Market, traders embrace and cherish the local, supporting farmers, artisans, and local producers. Freshness, quality, and diversity are paramount in food products from land to sea. Food lovers can rest assured, here, we eat healthy!
A little paradise for epicureans, the market offers healthy food for your next meal as well as quality coffee and tea. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants where you can eat yummy dishes day and night from all over the world. For those with a sweet tooth, you can also enjoy the many pastries on offers at the Market. Fresh croissants at Agathé, cannoli at Cannoleria, macaroons, and cupcakes at Flour among others, the variety and quality of the products offered at the Market are a reference here in Melbourne. With a full calendar of live music, events, and activities, the Market is a place of fun and experience that celebrates the senses. Take a stroll through the Market, you never know what you’ll find, but you’re sure to have a great time!
3. Prahran Market
Prahan Market is the oldest market in Australia, and is a real gourmet food lover’s paradise. Although land was sold throughout Prahran in 1840, it wasn’t until the gold rush days of the 1850s that the community really began to grow, leading to Prahran’s first Council being elected. Prahran was famous for its small farms and market gardens, and goods were sold or bartered locally or carted into Melbourne. What was needed was a central market place in the municipality of Prahran. In 1864 this was organised by the Prahran Council and a smaller Prahran Market, Melbourne’s oldest Market was born. It wasn’t until 1891 that the Prahran Market that we now know and love opened in its current location on Commercial Road.
Prahran Market has a fantastic community of highly skilled traders and specialty stores. The Market works closely with local communities to collaborate and host many ‘foodie’ events and is constantly partnering with well-known chefs and industry experts to provide shoppers with quality cooking demonstrations workshops.
It constantly strives to achieve an atmosphere of ‘food theatre’ throughout the Market, introducing new and interesting traders, visible preparation areas and spaces where shoppers can sit, soak up the atmosphere and pig out at the delicious range of food, from sushi to empanadas or amazing drinks like coffee, tea and wine.
Have you other lovely food markets to suggest? Don’t hesitate to share with me your ideas or suggestions 😉
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