Our first morning in Melbourne, we got straight to business.
Melbourne is known for shopping, and more importantly, its markets. Markets a plenty! Well established, buzzing markets, perfectly undercover, to keep you comfortable from the summer heat, or the very common unexpected showers. The wonderful thing is that they are used still just as much by the locals as ever and where you’ll see young and old, pulling along their trolley baskets, as they do there weekly shop.
The most well known and largest of all is the Queen Victoria Market. Take a walk through the aisles of delicatessens, butchers, fruit and vegetables stalls and of course, clothes and the like. (If you’re after fruit and vegetable, my advise is to head towards the back of the market, where the prices drop a little, but I didn’t tell you that.)
We didn’t visit QVM until a little further into our stay, but where we did go on our first morning was the South Melbourne Market, which possesses all the wonderful array of choices like its big cousin, just on a smaller scale.
Walking there, I got a little snap happy, as I love the old classic Victorian architecture, with some buildings perfectly kept, others a little more left to ruin and all lovely in there own way.
Stepping inside our destination, there was everything you could think of that you might want on a regular, or not so regular basis.
Jewellery and clothes.
A barber, for the gents, while they wait for their shopping crazed ladies. (With a neat opera pun, might I add!)
Pet Grocer. Pig ear anyone?
Furniture and home decor.
Fruit and Vegetables.
Butchers and fish mongers.
Beautiful fresh flowers.
And of course, an Asian food store. It wouldn’t be a market without one of these!
When you’re all shopped out and a bit ‘hangry’, head outside to the string of eateries, with tables and chairs welcoming you on the pavement. There’s a good choice and you can either sit in, or go to the take away stands and pick something up on the go.
I chose the paella, which was rather nice. I’m a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to paella though, as it’s hard to beat Mama Feltoe’s very hearty recipe.
Next stop, I needed a Grace kind of desert…
I came across Clement and I loved the staff and service and the place looked pretty swish as well. The coffee was a bit ex-y, considering there are cheaper places inside, but it was really very good.
Being a hot day, Mama Feltoe took to the lemonade stand and watched the guy quickly make her drink in front of her. He had it down to a fine art, that’s all I can say.
Then we decided to head back to our apartment, get changed and head to the beach!
But I’m not finished there!
On the topic of markets and if you’re in Melbourne on a Wednesday night, from November to March, you must head to Queen Victoria Market. The place transforms into the Summer Night Markets – a foodie summer festival, with lots of international food, music and vintage stores.
So get hungry, pop on a dress, if you wish, and enjoy a bit of mid-week fun!
(Now I’m finished.)