A few extra Melbourne highlights

When we went to Prahran for breakfast we arrived early and went for a walk, which unexpectedly took us to Prahran Market. I had the feeling I had read about it somewhere and suggested we had a look. Gladys agreed.

Prahran Market

Prahran Market

Trading hours

Trading hours

The first part of the market is full with deli-type stalls, packed with good cheeses, smallgoods, you name it.

Deli

Deli

Cheeses

Cheeses

Smallgoods

Smallgoods

Some offer homemade dips and pickled goodies (including baby octopus!).

Dips

Dips

Pickles

Pickles

A glass door separates the deli and produce sections. Produce ranges from Paddy’s Market grade to top-notch organic.

Produce

Produce

Organic food

Organic food

After breakfast we went for a walk and back to the market for a coffee. I noticed a couple of coffee places there; this time we tried Market Lane Cafe. They sell beans from all over the world, as well as equipment, crockery, “cáscara tea” (flavoured coffee bean peels that are used as an infusion), etc.

Market Lane Cafe

Market Lane Cafe

They do tasting flights and cold drips but we had our usual long blacks, which were good and robust but a little too acidic for our taste. The Hardware Sociéte remained our top coffee choice of the trip.

Long blacks

Long blacks

While walking around St Kilda for lunch we spotted a taco truck. I haven’t had tacos in ages but I’d be curious to try these out and see if they’re as good as Mexican street tacos.

Taco truck

Taco truck

There was a shop a block away from the Buddhist centre. Judging from its exterior I’d say it’s been there since beginningless time. I often saw locals sitting at the alfresco tables, chatting over coffee. The entrance had those plastic strips typical of butchers and delis that look so unhygienic to me.

Outside

East Melbourne General Store

Entrance

East Melbourne General Store

One day I stepped inside. At the front of the store they have the usual suspects: chips, bread, and all sorts of packaged “food”. A glance at the dairy refrigerator revealed Gippsland double cream, a promising sign. The best part was at the rear of the shop: refrigerators containing boutique ciders and beer.

Boutique cider & beer

East Melbourne General Store: Boutique cider & beer

Boutique cider

East Melbourne General Store: Boutique cider

While I didn’t explore the wine section (I was too busy thinking about the cider), I’m sure they’ve got some good bottles.

Wine

East Melbourne General Store: Wine

Prahran Market
163 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC 3141
(03) 8290 8220
www.prahranmarket.com.au

East Melbourne General Store
53 Hotham Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
(03) 9417 2871

7 thoughts on “A few extra Melbourne highlights

  1. You know, for all the numerous visits I’ve made to Melbourne I’ve never quite made it to Prahran Market. I walked past the building once many years ago but never walked inside. Next time. And maybe to try that taco truck?

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