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A Foodie’s Guide to Melbourne’s Best Fresh Produce Markets

This city is teeming with markets that have served discerning locals for generations. From north to south, residents’ favourite weekend ritual is to head for the stalls and leaf through the rich bounty on offer, returning home with delicious seasonal goods. A foodie destination, a place to meet friends over fresh pressed juices and the perfect morning outing ­– we’ve eaten our way through Melbourne to find you the very best of the city’s fresh produce markets.

Take it from us, these spots are best visited on an empty stomach. 

Carlton Farmers Market

A cheerful celebration of local food, Carlton Farmer’s Market is home to all of your pantry essentials including ethically produced meat, rich pressed olive oil, orchard fresh fruit and veg and moreish organic wines. Here, stallholders from across the state bring city slickers a slice of rural life, creating a personal and very special shopping experience.

First Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm.

Carlton North Primary School, 60 Lee Street, Carlton North.

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market

Melbourne’s first ever farmers’ market is housed in the much-loved Collingwood Children’s Farm ­– a veritable paradise for city kids and their parents alike. What started as a small project to fund the upkeep of the farm, has since blossomed into a thriving award-winning market offering delectable seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread fresh from the oven, eggs, free range meat, dairy and poultry, pasta, sticky sweet jams & preserves, blooming flowers and much more.

Second Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm.

18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.

The Gasworks Farmers Market

Set in picturesque Albert Park, the Gasworks Farmers Market is the go to for fresh local produce, with everything from crunchy sourdough loaves to freshly laid free range eggs and homemade jams. Offering only seasonal home-grown harvest, this much-loved Saturday market operates on a simple philosophy. Namely that the goods are ‘grown, made and known by those who sell them and that the quality of produce is of utmost importance’.

Third Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm. 

21 Graham Street, Albert Park


Queen Victoria Market

Arguably Melbourne’s most iconic market, Queen Victoria Market has been serving the city for 139 years. With a deli section to rival the spoils of the Mediterranean, cavernous food halls and heritage fruit and vegetable sheds where ‘the banter is as fresh as the produce’ – the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere is worth a visit for the buzzing atmosphere alone.

Tuesday from 6am to 2pm, Thursday from 6am to 2pm, Friday from 6am to 5pm, Saturday from 6am to 3pm, Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

South Melbourne Market

Whether it’s grazing on gourmet fare or just the regular old weekly shop –there’s a reason South Melbourne Market has been a local institution since 1867. A mecca for foodies across the city, this community stronghold is home to a wide range of exquisite produce. Whether it’s exotic fruits and veggies (as well as those of the garden variety), steaming paella by the plateful or South Melbourne’s famous dim sims – you dream it, they’ve got it.

Wednesday from 8am to 4pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday from 8am to 4pm, Sunday from 8am to 4pm. 

Coventry and Cecil Street, South Melbourne.

Hank Marvin Markets

Drawing its name from the British Cockney slang for ‘starving’, St Kilda East’s celebrated Hank Marvin Markets offer up a collection of some of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks alongside a carefully curated range of fresh produce stalls. A newer entrant onto the city’s established market scene, here traders of baked goods, fruit and veg, free range meat and more champion issues such as food provenance, responsible farming methods, seasonality and quality.

Every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. 

Alma Park East, St Kilda East.

Prahran Market

In the midst of one of Melbourne’s buzzing arts, culture and dining precincts is a true culinary icon. The ever-popular Prahran Market is home to an extensive line-up of seasonal produce, with fresh from the farm fruit and veg, sustainable seafood, free range meat, an impressive deli section and bountiful fresh produce – all cementing the neighbourhood as a premier foodie destination.

Tuesday from 7am to 5pm, Thursday from 7am to 5pm, Friday from 7am to 5pm, Saturday from 7am to 5pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

163 Commercial Road, South Yarra.