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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2014
The regular market Melbourne needed to have
Talk about freshly made

I wrote recently about the opening of Melboune's newest market the Batman Market in Coburg. At that stage it was pre-writing as I hadn't yet been. It was really just alerting people to the fact that an exciting new market was coming their way.

So I went along to the opening and was pleasantly surprised. This market was much more active than I had imagined. The buzz had got out there through WeekendNotes plus other places.

You can get to this market so many ways especially given that it is right next to Batman Station (on the Upfield Line.) I drove but didn't have any problem parking with plenty of spaces in surrounding streets.

This was surprising as11,500 people turned up for the inaugural market (the market now runs every Saturday and Sunday in the same location.)

While, no doubt, the market will change with time I think the biggest drawcard here at present is all the great ethnic food stalls.
Hot spots for great weekend lunches.

It is especially good for families who might be shopping at nearby Bunnings or on their way home from the kids' weekend sporting activities. Come in and do some serious lunching.

The market is free to enter and most of the food is quite cheap, varied and provides some tantalising treats for the tastebuds.

You certainly get to experience food you might not get your mits on elsewhere in Melbourne. At least not all in one place.

If anything it is like a smaller more intimate version of the Victoria Night Market.

I chose to eat at Drums that sells authentic southern Indian and Sri Lankan food. While I had eaten at Drums in the Queen Victoria Market this was a whole new approach.

There was no colour added to this photo. The power of turmeric

I guess there is something about the street food scene that brings out the showmanship in vendors.

There was so much colour noise and vibrancy at Drums. The chef was putting on quite a show with his knives and choppers whipping up the dishes on the hot plate.

And yes, it sounded exactly as if he was drumming calling us all to lunch.

And the cones of chickpeas were a novelty and as delicious as they look. And at $3.50 they were an affordable price to try something that bit different.

It was a hot day and there were a number of ice-cream and gelato sellers. I particularly liked the N2gelato as you got to see them making it in haze of dry ice which always has the wow factor.

It came with a shot of salted caramel as shown in the photo. Decidedly delicious!

St Kilda's Woodfrog bakery had a stall. I've included a picture of one of their trays just to show you how popular they were. Guess they will be baking a lot more for future markets.

You really have to come here regularly to try all the foods on offer. Sadly one can eat but one lunch.

The guys from Overdosa were serving up Indian street food at their vibrant yellow stand. Their dosas are spectacular. A dosa is an Indian savoury crepe made from ground rice and lentil batter and then filled with great fillings such as potato masala, smoky eggplant with peas, and spicy tamarind pumpkin.

There was Mexican fare such as tortillas filled with Frijoles Negros (Black Bean), Frijoles Refritos (Refried Bean) and Margarita style fillings to create mouth watering quesadilla.

Seņor BBQ was also on hand with this Argentinian bbq food.

Pamir Kebab from the northern part of China (sold by Chinese people from the northern part of Xin Jiang - and so they have the appearance of being Russian but speak fluent Chinese, and sell Chinese kebabs -an unusual fChinese food).

You'll a can also find mutton skewers from the Southern region of Italy, Abruzzo, by Grill on Stick L'Arrosticini and the ever popular Gozleme. A new van coming up for the next market is Little Mushroom Co a solar powered food truck that makes a mean mushroom burger.

On the inaugural weekend it was hard (although not impossible) to find a place to sit down to eat but since then the organisers have added lots more seating areas.

There is also lots of kooky stuff to buy. This is going to be a great market for sourcing unusual Christmas presents.

There were Raleigh Made terrariums, Made by Nature candles, For the Love of Vintage accessories, the Humble Bundle florist, Impala & Peacock tea,

At the time of writing there is no ATM but they are working on getting one installed.

There are over 40 trucks at his new market so that should keep you well fed on weekends for quite some time

Every weekend the entertainment is different. When I went there was a colourful lion dance and gospel choir.

This side of the city really needed a market like this. Let's hope it grows and develops.

For now it is certainly the place to go to enjoy great street food from every corner of the globe.

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Why? For great multicultural lunches
When: Every weekend 9-3
Where: cnr of Gaffney St and Sydney Rd in Coburg
Cost: Free entry - other money spent at your discretion
Your Comment
Is this Sunday or Saturday?
by sah57 (score: 0|5) 1818 days ago
I looks like a really interesting market.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 1823 days ago
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