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 third Saturday of the month
Time: 10am-11.30am
Cost: $20 includes food samples and a Market bag

Please note: Limit of 4 tickets can be booked per person.

Before booking please make sure you have read our Terms & Conditions.

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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

School Tours


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 back of house areas not open to the public. The guided tours also include tastings so students can experience some of the fresh and exciting produce available at the Market.

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

  • Lower Primary (F – 4)
  • Upper Primary and Lower Secondary (5 – 8)
  • Upper Secondary (9 – 10)

Tours can also be tailored to specific VCE subjects.

Year Prep – 4
Cost:  1 hour  |  $10 per student

Year 5 – 12
1.5 hours  |  $13 per student

Bookings:  Essential

Students will learn about:

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


  • Seasonal fruit or vegetable
  • Exotic/unusual produce (eg edible flowers, various seasonal mushrooms, herbs etc)
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts or dried fruit* (eg local Tasmanian walnuts, Australian dried apricots etc) * Dried fruit only for Years F-4 students
  • Sourdough bread or other specialty loaf
  • Local cheddar or other variety of cheese
  • Local milk
  • Oysters (optional)

Students will also receive a free Market bag

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Private Tours 

Private tours are available on all Market days for groups of 10-14 people.

Please contact the Market Office for more information.