Melbourne has entered stage-three lockdown (again), which means only food and drink operators will be allowed to open at the city’s markets for six weeks.
Until Wednesday August 19 at 11.59pm – when lockdown 2.0 is reviewed – Melburnians can shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and pantry staples during trading hours, or opt for pick-up or delivery, depending on where they live.
Here’s what the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne, Prahran, Preston, and Melbourne Farmers markets are doing.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is open but not quite as usual.
“Queen Vic Market will continue trading because it’s essential that people have access to fresh food and vegetables,” Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp said in a statement. “The general merchandise traders will need to close again on the advice of health authorities.”
In April, the market launched pre-order and pick-up, allowing customers to shop directly from more than 50 market traders by phone, email or online, then drive through the designated pick-up zone on Queen Street to collect their purchases at an agreed time.
You can also order speciality items online, including the market’s iconic hot jam doughnuts, freshly roasted chestnuts, indoor plants, coffee beans and books.
Pick-up is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 2pm; Saturday from 8am to 3pm; and Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Find the full list of traders here.
South Melbourne Market
South Melbourne Market’s food and drink stalls are open (including cafes for takeaway), as well as hairdressers and barber shops, which are classified as "essential".
The number of shoppers allowed in the deli section will be capped at 150 to ensure there’s enough space for physical distancing.
Orders can also be placed with some traders directly to pick up on Thursdays in the York Street car park from 2pm to 6pm.
Others are doing delivery, including cannoli shop Cannoleria, spice shop Gewurzhaus, and craft beer and wine sellers Swords Select.
Find the full list here.
The grocery and deli sections of Prahran Market are open (though some retailers are closed), but it’s also launched online marketplace Food Lovers’ Direct, which recently expanded its delivery zone to include several suburbs to the north, east and south.
There are 39 traders on the platform, including a bunch of eateries, meaning you can grab a couple of Portuguese tarts, a family-sized quiche, or a pizza to pop in the oven.
Cheesemonger Anthony Femia’s self-proclaimed “chapel of cheese”, Maker & Monger, is still open for business, but you can also order a Dairy Essentials Pack (which you may remember from lockdown1.0) for delivery. The packs include milk and yoghurt from Gippsland micro-dairy Butterfly Factory, a stick of salted French butter, sourdough, leeks, and a range of topnotch cheeses imported from around the world.
All orders placed with Food Lovers’ Direct before 4pm are delivered the next trade day.
North side, Preston Market’s food and drink stalls, takeaway-ready cafes, and hairdressers and barber shops are staying open.
The market has made a list of traders with online shopping, pick-up and delivery options, including some of the retail shops forced to close.
For example, you can order gozleme via Uber Eats and Menulog; buy a succulent from the nursery online; or get hard-to-find Asian grocery items home delivered.
Melbourne Farmers Markets
Like last time, Melbourne Farmers Markets, the not-for-profit that operates farmers markets across the city, will continue to run its weekend markets in the coming weeks, selling seasonal produce from Victorian farmers to urban communities.
The markets – at Carlton North Primary School, Coburg Primary School, Collingwood Children’s Farm, the Abbotsford Convent, Gasworks Arts Park in South Melbourne and Melbourne Innovation Centre in Alphington – have adopted new measures to help keep shoppers safe.
Its online shop, Melbourne Farmers Marketplace, has seasonal produce, staples such as dairy and eggs, plus coffee, sweets and honey.
Order online by 2pm Monday to collect at the Alphington site on Wednesday or Sunday between 3pm and 5pm. Order by 2pm Thursday to collect on Sunday afternoon. Find more information and the full list of upcoming markets here.