Photography by the Modern Con & Jesse Marlow on behalf of SMM (where specified, including feature image)
In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a LOT going on in Melbourne this Summer. There is absolutely no reason to complain that there is nothing to do, and this is especially true on Thursday evenings between now and end of February because the South Melbourne Markets have kicked off their ninth year of the Night Markets, filled with food, live entertainment and some fantastic stalls that are worth a look.
The atmosphere on launch night was energetic and pleasant and there was a great balance of groups, families and even pooches wandering the market grounds (although our furry friends stuck to the perimeter). Food offerings include scrumptious hand made pasta in the form of beef ragout from Pasta Face, chewy calamari sliders from Sliders on Tyers and a deliciously fresh seafood paella from Simply Spanish (winning best paella outside of Spain at a Valencia International Paella Competition this year). Amongst our favourite dishes at the market has to be the Raclette from Frencheese, though. Raclette cheese melted atop a bed of potatoes and meat? Yes please!
Photo by Jesse Marlow
Photo by Jesse Marlow
On a hot night Colonial Brewing Co offer up some quirky-packaged beers to quench the thirst (think small batch, pale ale and cider, where the entire top of the can come off for the beers!), and COCOFIX offered up some delightfully refreshing coconuts as a non-alcoholic option.
Dessert is, of course, catered for with some darn good Nutella crepes by Crepes for Change, and some very delicious gelato by Bibelot (think authentic matcha / green tea gelato, Caramel, Macadamia & White Chocolate Fudge Gelato amongst others). It is worth mentioning that Crepes for Change is a non profit social organisation that gives 100% of the profits to support the alleviation of Melbourne’s some 40,000 homeless youth. So… the calories in all the crepes you eat don’t count, right?
The differentiator for this Night Market is that it’s not all about food – there are some darn good stalls and stores open if you’re looking to treat yourself. SO:ME space showcased a range of quality local designers selling things from men’s leather bags, to adorable baby wear, luxury pottery and other general homewares / giftware. Azalea florists were also opened, selling a beautiful array of flowers for your home, paint ’em succulents for the kids and even evergreens and indoor plants. The stalls circling the perimeter of their markets were largely handmade jewellery and other small lifestyle trinkets.
The South Melbourne Night Markets has a little bit of something for every one of every size. Queues do start building up as the evening gets on, so we suggest you get in early and enjoy shorter wait times at the food stalls before wandering around the lifestyle stalls.
The important stuff:
Every Thursday from now until 23 February 2017, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
South Melbourne Market
Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne