Trading since 1867, this market is an institution, its labyrinthine guts packed with a brilliant collection of stalls selling everything from organic produce and arts and crafts to Indigenous Australian deli products. It's famed for dim sims (sold here since 1949), and there's no shortage of atmospheric restaurants. From early January to late February, the lively South Melbourne Night Market runs from 5.30pm on Thursdays. It's also home to a cooking school. See the website for details.
For Australiana souvenirs and presents, stop in at the Australian Natural Soap Company or Mabu Mabu, the latter an Indigenous Torres Strait–owned deli great for snacking – or taking home jars of lemon myrtle meal worms and citrus ant salt.
Two hours free parking available on market days.