The Australian continent has always enjoyed high quality produce and for years, producers in the continent and their efforts have been appreciated and valorised. The distribution of this fresh produce is done through a myriad of farmer’s markets across the continent as well as a complex system of trade. However, for the freshest produce in the city of Melbourne, patrons will be spoilt for choice at the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne and Prahran Markets selling almost any edible goodie one can imagine ranging from freshly brewed coffee and wine to cheese and even clothing and jewellery. For those staying in South Yarra hotels, a suburb of Melbourne or in a resort such as Oaks Pinnacle, the Prahran Market is just around the corner and is one of the most popular produce markets in the area.

Its popularity is partly derived from its history for this market has been selling fresh produce in Melbourne for over 125 years! While it began as a small-scale market, due to the rapid population growth it was moved to its present location and has been in operation since 1881. It witnessed the Great Depression as it became a site where groceries and clothing were distributed amongst the unemployed, as well as the Second World War where women and children purchased and sold produce as the men were conscripted into the Army.

The Prahran Market is known as the ‘Food Lover’s Market’ for a very good reason: the wide range of produce as well as its high quality. In fact, many chefs and home cooks make their way to this particular market to find types of exotic cheese as well as various other produce, vegetables, fruits and seafood that is relatively rare in Metropolitan Melbourne or is difficult to obtain.

The reputation the Prahran Market has developed is indeed well founded and can be visited on any day of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays.


Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.