The South Melbourne Market reminds me why I love markets – fresh produce and flowers, quality food, unusual knick knacks and the odd bargain buy.
Located on the corner of Coventry Street and Cecil Street in South Melbourne, Victoria, 3006 it takes up enough street space for you to be able to notice it immediately. The market is the whole yellow block pinned in the below picture.
The market is only open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm. There is rooftop parking above the market which is accessible from Coventry Street and is free for 2 hours. There is also other parking around the area including York Street. Regardless of where you park it’s a nice stroll through South Melbourne with a lot of interesting little shops.
We took the pram with us through the market and there was plenty of space to manouver it and a lift to access the market from the allocated parking.
We visited on a rainy Friday afternoon and although we only spent an hour or so there we still managed to buy a beautiful muslin blanket for the littlest, a Spider-Man watch for our 3 year old, flowers, quality Italian pre-cooked meals and have a coffee. (I know how to shop, I could go into a pressure shopping situation where you have to buy things within a short time and I would win, I’m certain.)
This is a great family activity when the weather isn’t great outdoors and you’ve had enough of noisy indoor play centers.
I reckon you could have lunch at the market after a stroll through all the stalls, just be careful with little fingers because there are a few toy stalls which tend to attract little people.