Footscray Market, Melbourne

I bloody love a good market and whenever I’m away I always try to visit them. Big, small, commercial or local, they usually give a good flavour of what the area is about and are always a great place to pick up ingredients you might not find at home.

During our five months in Melbourne, Australia, we moved around a fair bit, staying in airbnbs and housesitting all over the city and suburbs. Probably my favourite (or very close to my favourite) place was Footscray. An inner city suburb just 5 km to the west of Melbourne CBD. We stayed there for a month and one of my favourite places to visit was the market!

Inside Footscray Market, MelbourneFootscray Market MelbourneVietnamese Butchers Footscray

Footscray is one of those places that lots of Melbournians will tell you to avoid. That it’s a bit rough around the edges and you don’t want to be there after dark. Having lived in Stokes Croft in Bristol before we went to Australia, I can totally see the similarities. There seem to be a lot of homeless people there though. And I’ll admit that after dark there are a few unsavoury types hanging around.

These days, however, much like Stokes Croft, Footscray is on something of an upward trajectory. There is a huge Vietnamese population there too. The streets are full of amazing places selling pho and bakeries full of steamed buns and delicious cakes. There is also the best bubble tea place in the world (Bubble Cup). A life saver on hot days!

And of course, back to the point of this post: The Market. Full of places selling incredible herbs, spices and South East Asian veggies. It’s always bustling with life and on one of our visits, even the stage for a Chinese New Year dragon dance display!

Fresh Mangoes at Footscray Market

There is also a sizable Ethiopian community in Footscray and we enjoyed some delicious food during our time there (more to write about later). At the market, there were a couple of places selling coffee and coffee accoutrement and we picked up some excellent Ethiopian coffee there as well as a phin so we could make our own Vietnamese drip coffee at home!

Coffee for sale at Footscray Market, Melbourne

To finish this post, I’m just going to leave these photos here. I’d love to hear about your favourite markets around the world (see more of mine here). Why not share your experiences in the comments below!

Rambutan for sale at Footscray Market Bugs for sale at Footscray Market, MelbourneFresh fish at Footscray MarketBitter Melon and Greens at Footscray Market


  1. 16th August 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I wish I could tell you what my favorite markets around the world are, but I certainly can’t remember the names! I know we visited an awesome market in Singapore that had all sorts of wonderful goodies. I do love a good market, there are always so many interesting food choices and fresh options. Vancouver also had a really great one! Greta pics BTW.

    • 17th August 2017 / 10:01 am

      I’ve always wanted to go to Canada, not made it over there yet. Totally agree re: Singapore such a great place for markets of all kinds! 🙂

  2. 18th August 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I adoooore food markets too, both produce ones and street food ones. I loved loved loved the ones I visited in Canada (particularly Jean Talon in Montreal) and I also loved the Tai Po Wet Market and the outdoor market shops in Tai Po Market neighbourhood of Hong Kong. Oh and the night markets for street food in Taipei recently. Oh oh oh and of course I go a little bit crazed and excited at the food markets in Japan…

  3. 20th August 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I love a good food market , look at the exotic fruits! this one looks lush. The last one I visited was in Savoie Mont Blanc -in Chambery – oh my the cheeses were to dye for!

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