Melbourne is a city bursting with great culture and sumptuous food. From low-key eateries to the finest of dining establishments, there are cafes, coffee shops and restaurants dotted everywhere to tantalise the taste buds of both locals and visitors to the Victorian capital. Heading to Melbourne with the kids is bound to be an exciting time and there's no better way to introduce them to the delicious fare that the city has to offer than by heading along to some local markets.
Prahan Market is heaving with colours and flavours and is the oldest continuously running produce market in the nation, running since 1864. You'll be able to find unique specialities that you might not normally stumble across, as well as plenty of tasty treats, which the kids will love too. The market is located on Commercial Road in the suburb of Prahan. Many suppliers focus on seasonal produce, so you know you're getting the freshest quality fare out there. While there's an impressive range of fresh produce, Prahan Market is also the ideal place to take the kids for breakfast or lunch. Aroma Bakery offers decadent pastries, while Anatolian Gozleme Kitchen serves up an intoxicating selection of cuisine, from stuffed capsicum to zucchini fritters and moussaka - a rich, baked eggplant dish. Prahan Market is open every day except Monday, Wednesday and public holidays.
Queen Victoria Market has been running since 1878 and is a short walk from Melbourne Central Station, which is ideal for visitors to the city. From fresh produce to a range of clothing and craft stalls, kids will love the bright atmosphere. Andrew's Bread Shop offers handcrafted sourdough breads, wickedly dense bagels, pastries - and more! Freshly made savoury borek pastries, gooey cheeses, antipasto offerings, baked potatoes and fresh juices are all part of the Queen Victoria Market experience. Head along to either of these stalls with the family and an empty stomach!
To schedule in more great activities during your trip to Melbourne, review our Melbourne City Guide.
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