The wonderful fresh food markets of Melbourne
Ask any of the city’s foodies and they’ll tell you that if you really want to discover quality produce head to one of Melbourne’s markets.
Brimming with the freshest fruit and vegetables, the highest quality meats, and the most delicious deli products, they really do display the wonderful world of food in all its glorious forms.
Below, we provide a little tour of some of this city’s most well-known and most frequented fresh food markets.
Queen Victoria Market
Corner of Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street, Melbourne
The Queen Victoria market is the heart and soul of the Melbourne food scene. All year round, Melburnians head to the historic market to shop for quality produce under its famous sheds and in its buzzing halls.
Along with stocking the best fresh food from around Victoria and Australia, the market is constantly celebrating Melbourne’s cultural and gastronomic diversity. It regularly holds events celebrating the different cuisines that give this city its culinary richness, and none bigger than its night market. Held during both winter and summer, the night market sees foodies, artisans and performers come together to create a festival like atmosphere on the historic site.
163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Prahran Market is Melbourne’s oldest, dating way back to 1864 (though it didn’t move to its current premises on Commercial Rd until 1891). The history of this famous old market very much mirrors that of Melbourne, with its offerings having developed to meet the tastes of Melbourne’s new immigrant communities, specifically those arriving from Europe after World War II. Like its big sister, the ‘Queen Vic’, nowadays the Prahran Market isn’t just a place to buy fresh produce, it’s a place to discover the wonders of food through regular events including demonstrations and workshops. Such is the educational role the market has taken on in recent years that it now considers itself not just a market but a ‘food theatre’.
South Melbourne Market
Corner of Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne
South Melbourne Market is another fabulously atmospheric place to shop for fresh produce and specialty grocery items. Having been in the same premises since 1867, the market rightfully claims to be the oldest continuing market in Melbourne and today thrives as a key presence in the local community.
In addition to its fresh food and deli stalls, the market also has a very good range of retailers selling everything from homewares, jewellery, plants and furniture.
Corner of Hopkins & Leeds Street, Footscray
Five minutes down the road from the Queen Victoria Market, you’ll find the Footscray Market. A large south-east Asian community (predominantly Vietnamese) in the local area has given a distinctly Asian feel to this market. So if you’re in need of some Asian produce such as lotus flowers or cassava root, this is the place to come. Like all of Melbourne’s markets, the Footscray market is a throng of activity on the weekends and when the crowds die down there is always a bargain to be had.
Corner of Cramer St & Mary St, Preston
The big market of Melbourne’s north, Preston Market is a friendly market where you can get outstanding value for money on all your deli goods, fruit & veg, meat, poultry and seafood. Also, with large Greek and Italian populations residing in Melbourne’s north, Preston Market is a hot spot for Greek and Italian delicacies.