Tours

To Market to Market Tour

Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner city landmark and a favourite amongst locals and visitors. It's a unique experience – a melting pot of real food, entertainment, creativity and culture.

Discover all of this with a guided tour where you'll sample the delights, meet specialist traders and have a Market adventure that is unrivalled and unforgettable.

Date: Every second Saturday of the month. Click here to view upcoming dates
Time: 9.30 to 10.30 am
Cost: $18 includes food samples and a Market bag

Private Tours

Private tours are currently on hold. If you would like us to let you know when they are running again please email erin.quin@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

On Market days we can conduct tours for groups of 10 to 12 people. For more information, contact the Market Office.

Guided School Tours

School tours are currently on hold. If you would like us to let you know when they are running again please email erin.quin@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

South Melbourne Market guided school tours are a fun, engaging way to help students gain information and develop understanding across a range of AUSVEL curriculum assessment criteria.

Our experienced guides will provide students with a behind the scenes insight into the workings of the Market, introduce them to our stallholders and allow access to the back of house areas not open to the public. The guided tours can be tailored to specific VCE subjects and include tastings so students can experience some of the fresh and exciting produce available at the Market. Each student will receive a free Market bag.

Available for groups of 10 to 25 students, these tours are available for:

School yearTour lengthCost
Primary (year 1 to 6)1 hour$12 per student
Secondary (year 7 to 12)1.5 hours$16 per student

Bookings are essential.

Students will learn:

  • The history of the Market
  • The Market’s sustainability practices
  • Food production and the consumers’ role in this
  • The benefits of seasonal, local, cultural and sustainable food
  • How the Market is supported by the local and wider community

Students will taste:

  • Seasonal fruit or vegetable
  • Exotic or unusual produce
  • Chocolate
  • Local Nuts or dried fruit* (* Dried fruit only for Years 1 to 4)
  • Sourdough bread or other specialty loaf
  • Local cheddar or other variety of cheese
  • Local milk
  • Oysters (optional)

Testimonials

"Best tour ever with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. The food was amazing and the stallholders friendly and know their product. Definitely coming back!"
- Leanne and Melva

"Thank you for all you did to help me arrange this morning’s tour. All my friends were absolutely delighted... Huge thanks to the tour guide for a wonderfully engaging manner and providing us with all sorts of facts, historical information, cooking tips and stories. We all left planning our next visit!"
- Denise