Prahran Market really is an institution in the Chapel Precinct. Established way back in 1864, this is a foodie destination you don’t want to pass up. Back in the day, Prahran was famous for its small farms and market gardens, all that was missing was a central marketplace to have it all in the one place. One of the best things about Prahran Market is that it’s not on one Saturday of the month, every fortnight or even just on weekends, Prahran Market is open everyday except Mondays and Wednesdays, so shopping spree addictions can be fed regularly.
Somewhat of a ‘food theatre’, at every stall you will find quality products, made with love and staff with a true passion for what they are offering. Prahran Market prides itself on community with various stalls being family owned businesses, some that have been around for generations.
It’s incredibly difficult to pick the ‘best’ from an array of such quality. So, here are just some of the incredible stalls you should visit at everyone’s favourite, The Prahran Market.
Perfecting coffee for the city that love to drink it. Market Lane Coffee is a specialty roaster and café dedicated to sourcing superior beans from single estates. Beans are roasted on site and can be tasted through espresso, pour over and Clover. There’s also a broad range of beans and equipment for making coffee at home, plus you can join their coffee club to make sure you never run out of beans again. Pop in for free coffee tastings on Saturday mornings (10am-11am) or to check out the infamous mushroom burger stand out front.
Cause who doesn’t love fresh blooms? Flawless Flowers has everything fun, bright and botanical. Next time you need to brighten up someone’s day – pick them up a bunch of Flawless Flowers best. You’re guaranteed success.
Take a seat and watch your delicious meal be cooked right in front of you. This unique sumibiyaki bar in the middle of Harvest Hall serves up tantalising Japanese cuisine cooked by head Japanese chef Ikeui Arakane (Kinsan). Savour the succulent twice cooked pork belly bun or the Japanese beef-style burger cooked to order, over hot coals right in front of you. This is a must-try!
A hole in the wall bread bar serving baked goods so tasty you’ll feel transported back to Paris. Q le Baker is an artisan bakery specialising in sourdough bread. There’s savoury and sweet, and each product is unique in its own way. Locally milled flour is provided fresh each week, and exceptional local provedores provide ingredients that ensure each and every loaf, pastry and baked good, shines.
Famous for their huge (over 100) selection of homemade ‘a-dip-tive’ dips, everything at Naheda’s Choice is made with pure love. Whether you’re after the number one best-selling olive dip, pomegranate Turkish delight with gold leaf or an assortment of handmade sweets, you’ll find it all and more at Naheda’s Choice. Be sure to ask for a sample of The Bomb when you arrive – it’s delicious!
Libertea reign supreme in the loose leaf tea department. Specialising in authentic Chinese tea, organic stone-milled matcha, magical butterfly pea blue tea, fresh masala chai mix and many more varieties. Teas are sourced from all over the world, and have no artificial enhancers such as sugar, flavourings or colourings. Tea tastings are hosted daily and you can also experience Chinese tea ceremony and regular tea appreciation meetups within the stall.
Shop Neutral is an environmentally friendly store specialising in everything natural for the home and body. Offering unique eco-friendly gifts, including organic beeswax candles, Neoflam ceramic cookware, Frank Green products and locally made make-up. Shop Neutral’s products are sourced locally from Australian companies, which share the same ethos. Be sure to try their environmentally friendly cleaning products – BYO container and they’ll fill it up for you!
School of Synthesis was established to bridge a significant gap in the Australian music market for unique, high-end and highly personalized short courses in music production. Using popular modern technology, some of their courses include Mixing and Mastering, Modern Music Theory and Arrangement. Check them out.
Trading from a beautifully restored French food cart in the Harvest Hall, Maker & Monger is the brainchild of world class cheesemonger Anthony Femia. Tempting shoppers with the theatre of oozing raclette and stringy cheddar. Maker & Monger is famous for its all-American grilled cheese sandwich and the traditional Swiss raclette served over potatoes and pickle. With a rotating seasonal offering and Mork iced chocolate on the menu, there’s more than enough cheesy goodness to keep you satisfied all year round.
Discover the very best in organic chicken and game meat from the experts in game meat and poultry. John Cester’s has seasonal in-store specialties, like crocodile, camel and emu plus a great selection of gluten and fructose-free products. Be sure to try the handmade chicken sausages or peking duck mini pies. Yum!
Your one stop shop for all things organic! Ripe the Organic Grocer is committed to stocking only the best Australian grown certified organic produce. With a mammoth offering of grocery items, including freshly baked bread, preservative free wines and a delicious range of fresh dairy. There’s more than enough to stock your pantries.
These guys know meat. Hagens is one of Melbourne’s most prestigious organic butchers, with over 20 years of experience and a focus on ethically farmed meat.
From popular grass-fed dry-aged Angus to delicious saltbush lamb, free range Berkshire pork, wagyu sausages and hormone free chickens, Hagens works closely with Victorian farmers to get only the best quality organic and biodynamic meats on your plate.
One of Prahran Market’s longest running traders, Claringbolds is well known for its extensive selection of quality Australian seafood. Claringbolds has everything from southern rock lobster to wild Alaskan sockeye salmon. See a whole fish that you like? Ask one of the friendly staff to clean and fillet it for you ready to take home. Be sure you try something from the amazing sashimi and sushi bar – we recommend the yellowfin tuna!
Picture the breeze in your hair and shopping bags tucked safely in the boot, as we glide you past the cars and pedestrian traffic along Chapel Street.
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Grab a buddy, a pal, or even a BAE and get your brunch on! Bright, bold & beautiful. A farm to fork mantra sets the tone for the brunch menu, which has everything from fruit filled bircher to scrambled eggs & seaweed.
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Before this article had even started, we could feel the Melburnian eyes of judgement piercing through their screens. Coffee is quite possibly THE most important part of our lives, closely followed by #fashun and eating at every new restaurant before it’s reviewed by Broadsheet.