It’s official!  Melbourne has just been named the world’s most liveable city by The Economist for the seventh year running, once again beating perennial rivals Vienna and Vancouver. While Melbourne received full marks in the important categories of healthcare, education, and infrastructure, we got to thinking about what attributes of Melbourne truly elevate its liveability compared to other cities in this nation.  Personally, we love Melbourne’s cultural institutions, quality restaurants and bars, trams, and proximity to such diversely beautiful regions as the Mornington Peninsula and Goldfields.  But above all, we love her inner-city markets!

For 150 years now, South Melbourne Market has been an integral part of the fabric of Melbourne’s food culture. It is the quintessential village market that is not only a very pleasant place to pick up fresh produce and top-notch seafood, but it’s also a go-to for morning flat whites, afternoon pastries and paella at night.

Here is a list of our top 5 gourmet food experiences at South Melbourne market:


Agathé Pâtisserie

Agathé Pâtisserie
It’s hard to miss the aroma of warm croissants made fresh on site at Agathé Pâtisserie – the ultimate allurement smashing best made diet plans in its wake. And while there invariably will be a queue, you can watch the pâtissers work their magic while you patiently wait. We love the almond croissants and escargots.

Claypots Evening Star
When it comes to seafood, how can it get any fresher than Claypots? Utilising produce sourced from the market fishmongers and cooked right there in front of your eyes, it’s a contender for Melbourne’s best seafood. Located on the corner of the market allotment, the eclectic internal dining area is essentially a long bar with stools and on a warm summer’s evening is reminiscent of a bustling Galician seafood house.
The menu is simple, fresh, and delicious with daily specials scrawled on a chalkboard. And as if you needed to be enticed, the ridiculously fresh Coffin Bay oysters are a steal at just a dollar a piece.

The Cheese Room at Emerald Deli

The Cheese Room at Emerald Deli
One of the market’s best-kept food secrets is tucked away in a cool room at the back of the popular Emerald Deli. The impressive walk-in cellar has rustic wooden shelves stacked high with some 200 rare and exotic cheeses. Giant wheels of Comté and Camembert adorn the walls and deli owner, Maria, is often on hand to provide a sample of something new to push your boundaries. And if cheese is not your thing, the deli has an impressive range of macarons to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Atypic Chocolate
The new kid on the block, Atypic Chocolate, is creating quite a buzz. Established by French trained pastry chef-turned-chocolatier Charles Lemai and his business partner Chi, Atypic Chocolate is handcrafting single-origin, small batch chocolate from bean-to-bar in an innovative new stall.
Customers can watch it all – from roasting, dehusking also known as winnowing, and grinding the nibs, to refining the balance of flavour and texture (conching) and moulding the chocolate. The large viewing windows allow shoppers to see every detail, but nothing can contain the sweet chocolate aroma.

Atypic Chocolate

Simply Spanish Paella
South Melbourne market is not only the home of a famous Dim Sim – it now also can lay claim to the tastiest paella, outside of Spain. In late 2016, market favourite Simply Spanish’s humble seafood paella won the championships at the annual Concurso Internacional de Paella held in Valencia, the home of the famed rice dish. Watching the chef prepare the house special paella underneath his street side marquee is a colourful and mouth-watering experience with huge pans of steaming seafood, chicken, and spicy rice tempting passers-by.

 

Acacia Luxury Private Tours features the delights of the South Melbourne Market in its Melbourne Lifestyle Tour. It would be our pleasure to share a local’s knowledge of this culinary destination with guests.