Melbourne Market Delights

Gastronomic delights for the discerning!

Melbourne boasts a myriad of markets, catering for all purposes from the freshest foods, to a range of fashion and jewellery, not to mention great atmosphere.

Here are some of my favourite markets, with each one serving a unique purpose:

Prahran Market

This is Melbourne's oldest continually running market since it opened its doors in 1864. Trading from Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, Saturday is its busiest day and the most entertaining.

The best way to start your gourmet experience is to enter from Commercial Road, and sample your way through the gourmet corridor which leads to the main undercover fresh food area.

Grab four items for $10 from Cleo's deli where the friendly shop assistant offers tastings of their signature honey yoghurt, homemade dips and prosciutto. Make your way to the Fresh Pasta Shop and sample mouth-watering homemade pasta before satisfying your tastebuds with some olives and a range of olive oils from Yarra Valley Pasta. For those with a sweet tooth, let Monsieur Truffle mesmerise you with an array of fudge varieties - perfect for presents and self.

Best time to visit this gourmet paradise is early to mid afternoon on Saturdays where regular stands of dollar specials are melodically voiced. For those with a penchant for cooking, visit the Miele Interactive Kitchen to see your favourite chefs in action, including renowned chef, Gabriel Gate.

Tuesday & Saturday dawn - 5pm, Thursday & Friday dawn - 6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.

Queen Victoria Market

Home to Melbourne's first Bratwurst store and finest deli's of Polish delights, cheeses from around the world and lollies, the Queen Vic is an open-air market that houses myriads of stalls from fabrics, home-grown produce to Australian sheepskin products and the freshest foods in an Old World charm of a way with a definite European influence.

Millions of visitors have come to this vibrant and pulsating market over the last 130 years not just for the food but to be entertained by the buskers, especially the Hula-Hoop Man outside the indoor deli area.

Open Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, there is also the Suzuki Night Market which commences November to February annually, as well as an Electrolux Cooking School for foodies and aspiring chefs.

Gleadell Street Market

Richmond's Gleadell Street Market is open every Saturday (except public holidays) from 7am-1pm, and it's best to arrive early for some amazing fresh produce.

Trading since 1873, Gleadell Street Market still remains as a traditional farmer's market, selling fresh market produce of fruit and vegetables, along with bread, nuts and many other delicacies.

Similar in style to Santa Monica's renowned Farmer's Market, Gleadell boasts its own uniqueness in the eclectic mix of store holders and variety of products for sale.

Head down the Bridge Road end and visit the one fishmonger there - look for the white truck with the long line of patrons ready to snap up some fresh fishy bargains.

Finish off with a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers to last you 'til your next visit the following Saturday.

Open every Saturday (except public holidays) 7am-1pm


To see what markets are open on any given day in Melbourne and country Victoria, simply select a date in the Markets Calendar.

Melbourne Markets - gastronomic delights for the discerning!
by Monica

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