Five must-visit stalls at the South Melbourne Market

Whether you’re a regular visitor to the iconic South Melbourne Market or just pop in occasionally to stock up on artisanal and seasonal produce, there’s always something new (or old) to to taste, to discover and to take home. Here are some must-visit stalls to visit in the coming months, now that we are catching up on lost time after the lockdown.

Mama Tran dumpling
Booth 35, Deli Alley
Mama Tran serves over 20 varieties of handmade dumplings. On the menu you will find shumai and shrimp dumplings, sweet and savory barbecue pork buns, steamed and fried dim sims and sesame shrimp toast. Run by Tran (the eponymous Mama Tran) and her husband Dieu Ky, the couple launched Mama Tran Dumpling in the early 80s. The market is their second home, and their son Andy Ky and his wife Em will soon take over the institution. for a long time. Find the stand for a snack in the middle of the store, or grab some of their takeout packs to steam or fry at home.

terrarium laboratory
Booth 67, Aisle B
Michael Samarasinghe has been selling these beautiful little miniature gardens on the market since 2015. He offers leafy plants, cacti or succulent terrariums, as well as hanging kokedama plants. All require some level of maintenance, like pruning, watering, and sunlight — but that’s part of the fun, and there are plenty of different sizes starting at $50. You can even BYO a ship or ask Samarasinghe to make you something to your liking. Very clean.

freckly ollie
Booth 79, Aisle B
Diana Chen designs, cuts and makes Freckly Ollie’s clothes at her Victoria-area studio, producing pieces for children aged three months to seven years. Each piece is made in limited runs from natural linen, vintage cotton and fabric surplus – think rompers and bloomers in brick tones, sandstone stripes and florals. Freckly Ollie also offers a curated collection of Australian labels with the same ethos, making it a one-stop-shop for sustainable outfits, toys, shoes, bath and feeding accessories and interior pieces.

The center
Booth 45 Coventry Street
La Central is both a delicatessen and a bodega, much like you find in the Spanish markets of Barcelona and Madrid. Chatting with owner Alberto Andres in-store, you’ll learn all about the history behind the food and wine he sells as you pick up olives, anchovies, cheeses, jamon iberico, and Serrano cured hams. There are also freshly burnt Basque cheesecakes from local maker Senor Simon and croquetas from La Croqueteria. On the menu side, there are warm empanadillas and bocadillo rolls with a selection of toppings such as thinly sliced ​​serrano jamon and traditional manchego cheese. Stick around for a drink to pair with traditional tapas and platters of charcuterie, cheese, and other accompaniments.

Luna & Soul
Booth 155, Espace So:me
What you wear should not harm the environment. Luna & Soul Founder Raja Soltani-Parker is a yoga teacher who believes you can look good and move just as well in a sustainable and ethical way. So much so that she launched her chic brand of yogi warriors after working for 10 years as a fast fashion product developer in London. Using only natural fibers such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton and toxin-free vegetable dyes, Luna & Soul manufactures yoga pants, bras, jumpsuits, tank tops and sweaters for women. The stand also offers everything you need for a zen and mindful yoga room or practice, such as palo santo, crystals, yoga mats, rollers and accessories.

This story is produced by Large format in partnership with South Melbourne Market.

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