South Melbourne Market
South Melbourne Market
4.5
Flea & Street MarketsShopping Malls
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
About
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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Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
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 neighbourhood 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, Australia1,216 contributions
    Cool market
    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.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • janine m
    New Plymouth, New Zealand65 contributions
    Great markets with delicious food!!
    We visisted these markets in June and really enjoyed our time there. They are quite a bit smaller than QVM, but just as busy and the food court was great! There was so much food selection and the prices were very reasonable. The stand out for us was Market Borek and we both had a spicy lamb and cheese Borek for about $6 and it was delicious!! They had a queue but it was fast moving and the service was very speedy. I also had the best brownie at a bakery that is located on the right hand side, as you walk in. Amazing!! They had lots of different stalls and I got a couple of cool pieces of decor for the house. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • mrc282
    World7,831 contributions
    south melbourne market is the best of them all
    visited 1. south melbourne market 2. queen victoria market 3. st kilda esplanade market 4. prahran market choose #1 if you only have time for one. consider #4 if you want a low-key high-end cozy vibe. #2 is kinda haphazard imo, while #3 is a pass to me.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
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Sue A
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Best market in Melbourne. I enjoyed buying good quality gifts, have lunch followed up with a coffee. It has a great vibe and super clean. The vendors are happy, helpful and friendly. I will visit again very soon.
Written 4 December 2023
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Have A Rest Thai Massage
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Friends
A Relaxing Place nice and clean friendly staff
Feel very good after long day walk
Recomment place to visit
Cheer
Written 27 October 2023
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Ellie B
Wellington, New Zealand75 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Loved this market. Lots of different stalls - a lot of food/deli//cafes but also clothing/homeware/gifts/flowers. Very vibrant and fun. Bakery items were so good, had an amazing pistachio croissant.
Written 18 September 2023
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mrc282
World7,831 contributions
Aug 2023
visited
1. south melbourne market
2. queen victoria market
3. st kilda esplanade market
4. prahran market

choose #1 if you only have time for one.

consider #4 if you want a low-key high-end cozy vibe.

#2 is kinda haphazard imo, while #3 is a pass to me.
Written 21 August 2023
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katie2055
Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
Aug 2023
Fantastic market always get what I want but do not go to the little wine shop so expensive I got a bottle from her when she told me it is hard to get went into Liquor land and Woolworths wine store and it was half the price there I was shocked
But the rest of the market the food hall is a great place to eat so much choice the Italian food is bliss i aso had a take away Lasange It was yummy the coffee is one of the best I have had from here the fish stalls meat stalls never had one bad item of food from any of them the fruit and veg so much to choose from also clothes and shoes stalls are great go just for the experience will be trying the Spanish bar just by the entrance next time always packed never get a seat too much too choose from had a pállela from a Spanish food place outside it was lovely stall holders so friendly and funny just what you want when the weather is yukky outside
Written 16 August 2023
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obizerokenobi
Los Angeles, CA171 contributions
May 2023
Honestly, if we had more time, money, stomach space, and suitcase space, we’d have eaten our way through this market and then bought more food stuff for later and to take home with us. Though the South Melbourne Market is apparently considered the less-touristy of the two major markets, we didn’t really get that vibe; both of them seemed to be equally welcoming to locals and tourists. This market is located a bit farther from downtown Melbourne, but still very much within metro Melbourne. It’s accessible by the Route 96 tram; just make sure you actually pay for your ride, because the Transit Police definitely established a fare evasion checkpoint at the South Melbourne Market light rail stop when we were there. The market contains a multitude of specialist vendors that offer food and beverages of every kind, as well as other goods and services like clothing, a watch repair place, a barber, and more. We enjoyed the Cannoleria, K-Sein French Fromagerie, Tea Drop, Pick-a-Deli, Small Town Pie Co., and Pieno di Grazia (a café). Too bad we didn’t get to experience more of it!
Written 12 August 2023
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,773 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Design wise, aesthetically pleasing, bright and airy.
Good range of goods and produce. A terrific wander as couple.
Food a bit pricey but quality shines. Will return for seafood.
Nice food court area. Parking requires patience when arrive.
Written 7 August 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,440 contributions
June 2023
This is a very popular covered markets with locals and visitors alike, we loved the food odours wafting from the stalls, however, a little on the pricey side for our tastes, go early as it gets really really busy, during lunch time.
Written 14 July 2023
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janine m
New Plymouth, New Zealand65 contributions
June 2023
We visisted these markets in June and really enjoyed our time there. They are quite a bit smaller than QVM, but just as busy and the food court was great! There was so much food selection and the prices were very reasonable. The stand out for us was Market Borek and we both had a spicy lamb and cheese Borek for about $6 and it was delicious!! They had a queue but it was fast moving and the service was very speedy. I also had the best brownie at a bakery that is located on the right hand side, as you walk in. Amazing!! They had lots of different stalls and I got a couple of cool pieces of decor for the house. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 21 June 2023
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,421 contributions
June 2023
Looks to be more upmarket than Queen Victoria and there's a lot to see of higher quality - however, I'm totally biased because the first dozen oysters were absolutely delicious - the second dozen were just as good but others in our party helped themselves and I was limited to a measly 4 oysters. I'd go back just for these! Found a couple of books we'd been after at a really good book shop. More local people than Queen Victoria and less tourists which was good - obviously many do their household shopping here. Highly recommend - hint - try the oysters!
Written 17 June 2023
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