It may not have quite the pizzazz of some others of its ilk, but Psarakos Market has a few things going for it that makes it well worth the drive to Thornbury. Located in Clarendon St, just off bustling High St, Psarakos Market offers shoppers a range of fresh produce, convenient services – and a liquor department stocked with a few treasured gems.
Part of the fruit and vegetable section at Psarakos Market.
First stop upon entering the market is the butchery, deli and fish counters, manned by friendly staff who know their stuff and filled with a larger and more appealing array of meats, seafood and specialty items than you will ever find in a supermarket (in other words, no half frozen lumps of fake crab). But that's the norm for a market. A little less expected is an entire section devoted to nuts, which stands next to the booth where customers can have watch batteries changed and jewellery fixed and cleaned while they wander through to the huge fruit and vegetable department.
Crate upon crate of fresh goods are packed into this warehouse style part of the market, interspersed with old fashioned market scales for thrifty shoppers keen on a bargain, while bags of bulk produce line the back wall.
This section leads into the liquor department, selling beer, wine and spirits at competitive prices, including a few rare imports. Psarakos Market is one of the few places in Australia – one of the few places outside of Europe – that stocks Smirnoff North. The iridescent blue of this triple distilled vodka, flavoured with Nordic berries, is a shining beacon to anyone who has tried it once and made it their mission to hunt it down again.
While Psarakos may be a less up-market market, it caters to anyone looking for fresh food at a low price, with the added bonus of an army of workers at the ready and the convenience of a free car park on site.