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South Melbourne Market

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Exterior of South Melbourne Market
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Time Out says

Pick up fresh produce, locally designed goods and gourmet treats at one of Melbourne's biggest markets

Multiple butchers, bakers, grocers and fishmongers, fortune tellers and snack stands making good use of the produce at hand (hit Evening Star for some fresh grilled scampi if you’re down for a snack) make this one of the best fresh markets in the city. It’s a little more David Jones than Delhi (less yelling, more truffle oil), but come summer, rowdiness galore is to be had at the night markets when bands and booze are on the agenda.

The markets have been running for more than 150 years and, like the Queen Vic, are as much a tourist destination as they are a source of fresh food. One of the market's highlights is SO:ME, a small space for local designers to showcase their finest creations. It works on a rotating designer basis so there's always something new and interesting in stock. 


322-326 Coventry St
South Melbourne
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Opening hours:
Wed & Sat-Sun 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-5pm

What’s on

Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival

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We hope you're hungry, because the Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival is back after a two-year hiatus for a celebration of music and molluscs. On March 9 and 10 from 11am to 9pm, South Melbourne Market will come alive as some of the market's best loved restaurants shell out (see what we did there?) plenty of seafood dishes showcasing mussels. Last year's eateries that got involved include Claypots Evening Star, Simply Spanish, Bambu, Claw and Tail, Mike's Mussels and Gem Pier Seafood. Cecil Street will be closed to traffic, and there'll also be free cooking demonstrations, workshops, roving performers, giveaways and fun activities for the kids. And the festival is once again teaming up with the Nature Conservatory and supporting the 'Shuck Don't Chuck' campaign. Festival-goers are encouraged to dispose of their mussel shells in special bins so that they can be turned into habitats for baby mussels and oysters to grow on.  On the music front, it's all about the city's best jazz and soul musicians, with the full festival program to be announced in January. For more details, head to the website. Wanna get involved? You can apply to be a stallholder here. Starry-eyed for seafood? These are the best fish and chips in Melbourne. We've also rounded up a list of our fave sushi trains.

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