In Prestons on a Sunday and Wednesday the sprawling 'Grand Bazaar' compound comes to life. And it's no boastful claim - the space is perhaps the most bazaar-like market I've ever seen - the buildings, as you can see are delightfully in character.
The Bazaar is an open air market offering a home to many an interesting item. The Grand Bazaar is made up of a range of stalls that operate on tables, from the backs of vans and laid out on tarps on the ground. But the low prices on so many items more than make up for the unsophisticated presentation.
Like with most markets, there are many that have a wide range of potted plants for sale. The Grand Bazaar is no different, except that there were a few more unusual plants there, that you don't find as easily at some other markets.
There are a couple of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls and their prices are often ridiculously low. It's a good idea to show up a little later in the day and buy lots of whatever is cheap - and plan your meals around that. You will often get better deals if you wait until stall holders are packing up for the day.
You can get some hot food onsite - but this depends upon the stalls that show up. At varying times there is hot corn, thai food, gozleme and your regular chips and burgers. However, it's important to note that there are no ATMs on site and as with the other vendors, the food sellers tend to only accept cash.
The 12 hectare site allows for a huge amount of parking spaces - far more than ever seems to get used up, so feel confident that you will be able to get a park.
However, being held out in the open the Grand Bazaar will often be cancelled or closed early if the weather is rainy- so keep this in mind when planning a visit. It is usually better to arrive earlier so you don't miss out. The Grand Bazaar is held by 'Trash and Treasure', who also have markets at a number of locations in Victoria.