Wow, where to begin with Prahran Market. Perhaps I should start with… this is one of the best city markets I’ve been to in that you can walk around without being overwhelmed by a squash of people and an assault of sounds and aromas as tends to be the case for me with others. The market has been around since 1864 but the renovated indoor area known as Harvest Hall was commemorated in 2013.These markets are a great way to spend a leisurely Sunday, picking up supplies needed for the week or just wandering around and taking in the sights before buying something to lunch on and people watch. More on that later…
The fruit and veg as you’d expect, were bright shiny and tempting and I’m always surprised to see something new I’ve never seen before. Prahran market also has an extremely popular practice going on that saw a patient line of people waiting with empty boxes which they had purchased from Pino’s Fine Produce for $15 and could then fill up with fruit and vegies from selected tables. Some items had limits on them but otherwise a brilliant idea to stock up for the week in one fell swoop.
For me it’s very hard to go past the cheese displays and even the gorgeous flower bunches but they had me at Turkish Delight.
Then there are the foods that have you intrigued by their labels or others that leave nothing to the imagination.
And then after a busy day of market wandering and senses overloading there’s nothing better than sitting down to a hot freshly cooked meal while you rest and people watch. There are some excellent Asian food options or perhaps freshly cooked Mussels are your style.
This is Melbourne so we did spy an ex AFL football player, perhaps not surprising but I was absolutely gob smacked to see two of the finest actors in, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, walk in together and breeze by. Too flustered to do anything but stare wide eyed and pinch myself my normally fast camera trigger finger seized up and they were gone. I later found out that they were in town to promote their latest movie together, ‘Palm Beach’ which opened in cinemas in Australia on August 8th.
This is one great market to experience on Tuesdays or Wednesdays through to Saturday from 7am to 5pm or on Sundays from 10am to 3pm. Their website has all the details prior to visiting and also lets you know of any special events coming up. http://www.prahranmarket.com.au/
Oh and keep your eyes open, you never know who you will spot at this popular market.