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Take the Autumn Trail

Melbourne’s oldest permanent market, South Melbourne Market welcomes eight new traders this autumn and is celebrating their arrival with an Autumn Trail experience that will run throughout the month of May. Market-goers are being encouraged to download a map of the Autumn Trail and set off on their own adventure to discover the new stalls – where they can find the freshest produce, pick up unique wares, experience personalised service and meet friendly Market traders.

Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner city landmark and a favourite destination among locals and visitors. It is the quintessential village Market, a place where people come not only to purchase fresh food, but to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect. The new stalls are part of a plan by Market operators, the City of Port Phillip Council, to adapt to meet the needs of the community whilst also staying true to its unique identity.

Contemporary eatery Proper & Son recently opened by owner/chef Eugene Lavery, is the suggested starting spot for the Autumn Trail. Proper & Son offers a “fast food service with a slow food ethos” – a modern take on the traditional carvery. The seasonal menu includes items like the corned Waygu brisket with pickles, cabbage and mustard hot roll, salads, breakfast, coffee and sweet treats.

Tea Drop brew bar and retail store promises to give coffee-crazed Melbourne a run for its money. Tea runs in the blood of owner/operator Ashok Dias, whose family own a highly regarded tea plantation near Galle in Sri Lanka. Tea is sourced from all over the world for Market-goers to enjoy. Take home some of the local favourite South Melbourne Breakfast or savour a micro-cold-brewed nitrogen genmaicha iced tea.

Co-owners of Catch (No Bones About It) Michael Samiotis and Nathan Demellis have fish and markets in their blood – their fathers have more than 80 years’ experience in the seafood business. Their seafood stall is the newest addition to the Market, and guarantees an extensive, diverse and completely boneless seafood range. Stock up on your omegas while on the Autumn Trail or try their lunch options including sashimi, oysters Kilpatrick and fish chowder.

South Melbourne Fresh Fruit Centre has branched out into organic produce as consumers demand answers about where their food comes from. This autumn, owners Ray and Kevin have launched a dedicated organic aisle that offers a diverse range of fruit and vegetables grown without any nasties.

The arrival of Boisdale Best heralds a new era in fresh produce, leaving the farm gate and arriving ready for your plate in mere hours. Boisdale Best supply Market-goers with handpicked vegetables and fruit from their farm in Gippsland with the aim of reducing food miles and encouraging a more sustainable food system.

Florist Michael Pavlou is enjoying his first autumn as the owner/operator of Azalea. His passion and knowledge for flowers comes from some of the industry’s best – working with his father as he built a wholesale empire and his step-mother at the iconic Flowers Vasette. His range is diverse, from classics such as coral peonies to exotic tropical blooms and specialty Australian natives.

The Australian Natural Soap Company products includes handmade soap classics, novel soaps, liquid soaps, facial cleansers, a men’s range, a pet’s range, a laundry range and soap-on-a-rope range. All products have no colouring, no artificial fragrances, they are accredited cruelty-free and vegan, and all soaps are also proudly 100% palm oil-free.

Finish the Autumn Trail with a pamper at Miss Nail Bar. The newcomer has proven to be a hit with locals who enjoy the opportunity to relax amongst the hustle and bustle. Miss Nail Bar operates from a beautifully designed space that specialises in express beauty – manicures, pedicures and gel polishes.

The Autumn Trail starts on May 1 and runs until May 31. Your trail map can be found here:
Autumn Trail Map 

Publicity: Greta Donaldson Publicity | 0427 658 638 |

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