Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Melbourne Markets


There's nothing I love more than to wander around the Camberwell Market on a Sunday morning. Getting there early is the only way to experience it. Check out all the second hand dealers and then pop into one of the surrounding cafes for breakfast. The market is situated in the carpark in front of the Target and Safeway stores. It finishes around midday. If you go to the market in Winter, you may need your torch! It's still fairly dark around 7am. Don't forget to dress warmly!

The backdrop to the market. You could almost be in any European city. This is the only Basillica in Australia, the Basilica of our Lady of Victories. The Our Lady of the Victories building contains much of interest by way of stained glass, a powerful pipe organ originating from Ireland in the early 20th century, and a memorial plaque to Amy Castles - a singer of the calibre of Nellie Melba and considered the opposition to Melba.

Shabby Chic heaven! The best plan of attack when visiting the market is to have one or two items in mind to look for. You need a mission!

Sara and my Mum.

Race day is coming up again!

Sara doing a deal with a vendor for a groovy suede leather jacket. Line dancing anyone?

Isn't she beautiful? A little doll!


Shopping for vegies, meat and deli supplies doesn't get much better than the Vic Market in the city. It's open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. So don't make the same mistake I've made and turn up mid week expecting to stock up your fridge! There are a number of halls selling fresh produce. Also a large hall selling all the yummy things like cold meats, olives, bread, terrines, butter etc. And then the meat/poultry/seafood hall.

This is one of the fresh produce halls.

Olives for Africa!

This is the deli section. Sara and my Dad.

My Dad comparing prices of meat to those in South Africa. The noise level in this section of the market is amazing. The butchers all shouting out their bargains at the tops of their voices. All at the same time!

Wonderful seafood.

No visit to the Vic market is complete without the obligatory Bratwurst with mustard, onion and cheese followed by a skinny latte. Well, we have to make a small concession the the fat consumption!

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