South Melbourne Market
South Melbourne Market
4.5
Flea & Street Markets • Shopping Malls
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Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Experience life at The Village Market. Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner city landmark and a favourite amongst locals and visitors. It is the quintessential village market, a place where people come not only to purchase fresh food, but to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect. Our walls are full of authentic traders who display their wares with pride and passion. Quirky and playful characters are found behind the counters, delivering old fashioned customer service with a smile. We embrace and showcase the local, supporting local farmers, artisans and producers. It’s a foodie’s paradise where freshness, quality and diversity are paramount with food stuffs from land to sea. We celebrate a philosophy of Real Food. Local Life. encouraging you to cook food that is made from great quality, fresh produce sourced from our family of traders you know, love and trust. We are a home to seriously good coffee, specialty tea and a vibrant restaurant precinct for day and night time fun. There’s also an amazing array of merchandise and services with everything from clothing, homewares and second hand books to hairdressing and pet food. With a full calendar of live music, events and activities, the Market is a happy and experiential place that celebrates the senses. Take a trip to the Market, you never know what you’ll find, but we guarantee it will be full of surprise, moments and wonder.
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South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole neighborhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in, a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen utensils completes the scene. Take a break to walk the wide and shady streets and stroll along the Victorian-era heritage terrace houses. But return to the market in time for some paella, simmering in three large frypans on the footpath and served straight onto your plate.
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HahnTravels
Liverpool, Australia1,208 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Loved it here. Very busy and popular but a great vibe. Plenty of food both fresh and cooked on offer so plan to eat. Good coffee. Variety of other stalls from books, to flowers to decent clothing. Well worth spending some time here to watch the stall holders at work, watch people and enjoy the atmosphere.
Written May 30, 2023
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angelC3476SL
Auckland, New Zealand181 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Very busy market, lots of food outlets, produce and other stalls. Nothing out of.the ordinary from other markets but still a nice atmosphere.
Written March 19, 2023
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CoolGuy
Singapore, Singapore709 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
We came here via tram 96.

We first ate the goat curry with rice & pho with duck drumstick @ BABA Vietnamese stall at the corner of the food section. It is by far one of the best food we eaten after Max@ hardware lane.
The goat curry is really tasty n the drumstick is juicy!

We also ate the pistachio almond croissant at Pickadeli which is below my expectation. Long black & cuppacino is ok.

We also bought a set of nice coasters for our friend here.

We find the fruits, seafood, other food items are well displayed, neat & appetising.

Fruits & vegetables all look so fresh, neat & 😋. We bought a freshly squeezed pineapple juice, baked almonds @5.

We may come again tomorrow since its only few stations from our Movenpick hotel. However remember to tap your myki card since South Melbourne Market is out of the free tram zone.
Written February 15, 2023
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Sarah B
Launceston, Australia62 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
I went in with high hopes and we had to park a distance away, so the expectation had built, but when we got there it was terribly crowded and nothing to write home about. There were some nice clothes and things but everything was so overpriced! Much better markets in Sydney.
Written February 10, 2023
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Daffy
14 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
My pick of all the Melbourne markets. Get there early! Free rooftop parking for 2 hours. Excellent food, friendly stall owners. Great for a rainy day outing. Not many seats to sit n watch or eat, the only downside. We love visiting!
Written January 9, 2023
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Jordan
Columbus, OH98 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We stopped off here to grab some snacks for a day trip to Phillip Island. This was a fun, eclectic market. A bit of a different vibe to the Vic Market. You can find clothes, beauty products, flowers, produce, cheese, meat and seafood, pantry staples, baked goods, and other takeaway.

We checked out Mama Tran Dumplings. You pick the dumplings and preparation and they'll finish them on the spot. We also stopped by the Tea Drop. You can buy containers of looseleaf in brightly colored containers great for gifting or taking home. For snacks we got mixed nuts from Delinuts, croissants from Pieno di Grazia, and fresh fruit from Rod's. With more time, a tarot reading at the Cupboard Under the Stairs would've been fun! And we would have browsed the Merchant of Fairness bookshop.
Written January 9, 2023
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Skyebread
Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Dec 2022
This was my first visit to South Melbourne market. As compared to Queen Vic Market that more tourists are familiar with, South Melbourne market is the market that many locals visit - I could see many of them bringing their dogs for walk and stopped by to grab a cup of coffee while others pushed their marketing trolley for their weekend marketing.

There are many many kinds of things that one can find here - food, drinks, deli, homeware, clothes and even books!

My family and I had a great time exploring the market and tried quite a number of good food and coffee.
Written December 21, 2022
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atuguru
Sarasota, FL27 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
There is always some good happening in Melbourne's market place . This time was the beginning of the summer festival when cuisines around the world gather people and tongues to feast on flavors.!
Written December 2, 2022
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Karen W
Kaiwaka, New Zealand118 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Diverse range of stalls with fresh Australian produce and imported deli ingredients from around the world. Fabulous quality so of course not cheap food but good food. Everyone is super friendly. Able to stuff our faces with treats that we can't get back home. 2 hours free parking on the roof. Not liking this market is a 1st world problem. Only thing I would say is that stall owners need to move away from plastic packaging, there's way way too much plastic.
Written November 16, 2022
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SNK
Denpasar, Indonesia7 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Such a great place to try all kinds of food. They also had a section for other things too. Was clean and fun. More seating would have made it better. Be sure to come earlier as we got there a bit too late around 2 or 3 so was abit rushed. They close early.
Written November 14, 2022
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  • Wed - Wed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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