Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to quality produce. After all Melbourne is also dubbed as a foodie paradise kind of city. Forget the supermarkets when you can buy some fresh, tasty produce from friendly vendors at farmers markets and other fresh food markets alike.
It can feel like a tug-o-war game at times between these two different markets. Both of these markets pave the way for friendly vendors, and an easy, fairly convenient tram ride from the city.
One Melburnian favours one of these markets, while another Melburnian goes to the other market without fail. There is rarely (if ever) an in between here.
One of these markets runs a series of food tasting events and a Suzuki Night Market in the summer; while the other market prides itself on its popular Style After Dark sessions. Both of these markets run intimate cooking classes, and both boast an impressive history.
I am for both teams and I find both the Queen Victoria Market and the South Melbourne Market to be great choices for fresh produce. For vegetables, I would opt for the South Melbourne Market, while the Queen Victoria Market is fabulous for fruit. Great meat and antipasto dips (freshly made on the premises) is also a joy at the Queen Victoria Market. Those American Doughnuts are also a hit, and not surprisingly they sell out, especially on any given Sunday.
The seafood at the South Melbourne Markets is terrific, especially the mussels and some of the fish varieties such as whiting and salmon.
Both places are just as great to eat out at as well. Beef burgers at the Queen Victoria Markets, and cake at the South Melbourne Market.
That is my take on Melbourne's fresh food markets, and it is those 18 months I spent living in foodie paradise down south are those I thoroughly enjoyed. What do you think? Whereabouts in Melbourne can you buy the freshest food? It can be anything, it doesn't have to be produce. Looking forward to a Melbourne fresh food discussion on this topic, and who knows it could be the 'catch of the day.'
I think you've overlooked several sensation food markets, three that immediately come to mind are the Prahran Market loyally supported by the locals which is quite a bit more expensive than most but offers excellent produce and hi-end and artisan meats and produce. Two markets that provide excitement and exotic choices as well as well priced produce are the Footscray Market with both asian and african influences and the Dandenong Markets. Both influenced by their ethnic diversity offer very cheap high quality produce and cater to a wide range of cuisines. The excellent thing about shopping in these areas are the culturally diverse restaurants and cafes surrounding them! And of course theirs Victoria Street Richmond - Little Saigon! Beautiful fresh green leafy vegetables, fresh and cheap glossy eyed fish, and cuts of meat not found in your local butcher. And thats just the tip of the iceberg! Wander out into the older established suburbs and your will find influences from around the world. Melbourne is so rich with ethnic and cultural diversity it starts with the foods people eat and filters into daily lives.