About Dandenong Market
Founded in 1866, Dandenong Market is Melbourne’s second oldest and second largest market.
The Market is the centre of community life, bringing together 150 different nationalities under one roof. It’s here you will find an amazing variety of fresh local produce, fruits and vegetables, spices, rices, lentils, beans and nuts. Dandenong Market is a haven for bargain hunters, a utopia for treasure seekers and paradise for food lovers of any description. Dandenong Market is a wonderful one-stop destination for all your shopping needs, with everything you need.
Dandenong Market has five main areas:
- Fruit & Veg: Fresh, local and organic, seasonal and exotic, we have the best of everything. Score a bargain and chat with our Fruit & Veg traders about what’s in season.
- Meat, Fish & Deli: Specialist cuts and styles of meats, whole fish and fillets, exotic seafood, spices, dips and flavours.
- The Pantry: Delight the senses with sensational coffee, nuts, exotic breads, chocolates, cakes and gourmet food stalls. Stock up on every ingredient you can imagine - not to mention some you might never have dreamed of!
- Market Square: The perfect place to take a break and indulge your pallet: what tickles your fancy? Gözleme? Dims sims? Burek? Dandee Donut? Market Square is also a great place to watch our free cooking demonstrations and enjoy live music.
- The Bazaar: A shopping mecca of clothing, shoes, accessories, jewellery, handbags, toys, plants and flowers. Discover a treasure in every stall: it’s all about hunting down those amazing finds and ultimate bargains.
Dandenong Market has 200 market traders, including:
- 16 fruit and veggie traders
- 4 bakeries and 3 delis
- 3 seafood traders, 3 butchers and 1 chicken shop
- 19 ‘produce’ traders (including honey and nuts)
- 16 ready-to-eat traders (everything from hot jam donuts to Vietnamese spring rolls)
- 119 general merchandise traders (including clothing, jewellery, fl owers and books)
Many of our traders have been here a long time. The longest running stall in the Market is in the fruit and veggie section. Luppino Fresh have been at the Market for 54 years.
The traditional owners of the area of Dandenong are the Indigenous people of the Woiwurrung tribe. When the Europeans first came to settle in the area in 1840, they needed a meeting point to trade cattle and buy fresh food. In the 1850, two acres of land was set aside for a cattle yard and farmers market.
Dandenong Market was officially opened in 1866. The market sold beef and dairy cattle, chickens, horses, as well as fruit, vegetables, eggs and household items. Dandenong was an important area for people travelling from Gippsland to Melbourne and became known as the “Gateway to Gippsland”. When the market first opened, it only traded on Tuesdays. In 1976, the Market started to trade on a Friday. In 1982, the Market started to trade every Saturday and in 2013, the Market started trading on a Sunday.
In 1926, the Market located to its existing site on the Corner of Clow and Cleeland streets and in 1956, the livestock section of the market moved to another site in Dandenong.
Dandenong Market is one of Victoria’s oldest markets. We will celebrate our 150th birthday in 2016.
Commitment to healthy eating
Dandenong Market provides free Food Discovery Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the Food Discovery Tour, visitors can join chef Russell Bald for behind-the-scenes insight into the tantalising aromas and exotic flavours on offer. Tour participants can how to identify in-season produce, learn the art of bartering for the best price and discover how a working market operates.
Dandenong Market also offers free cooking demonstrations at The Kitchen, in Market Square. At The Kitchen’s demonstrations visitors can learn how to quickly and easily transform a wide range of fresh market produce into healthy, budget-friendly and delicious meals while picking up expert tips, tricks and techniques from our resident chefs Russell Bald and Jamie Ward. Our free demonstrations are held in the Market Square on Tuesdays, Fridays and select Sundays from 12pm-1pm.
Every year, Dandenong Market recycles:
- 655,200 litres of meat, chicken & fi sh off al.
- 406.3 tons of green waste.
- 2,040m3 of recycled water for toilet fl ushing & high pressure cleaning.
- 462.13 tonnes of paper and cardboard.
- Polystyrene which is manufactured into pods, installed as building foundations.
- Pallets and milk crates are manufactured into seating, notice boards and market decorations.
- Dandenong Market also provides a home for the Rotary Club’s soup kitchen every Tuesday night. On
- average there are 150 attendees.
Visitors to Dandenong Market
49% of Dandenong Market visitors speak a language other than English at home. The top nationalities of visitors to the market (after Australian) include:
- Sri Lankan
- New Zealander.
The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse locality in Victoria: Greater Dandenong’s residents come from 156 diff erent birthplaces. 38.1% of people in Greater Dandenong were born in Australia. Of the people born overseas, the most common countries of birth were Vietnam 8.7%, India 7.4%, Sri Lanka 4.3%, Cambodia 4.0% and China 2.5%. (2011 Census data).
City of Greater Dandenong
Dandenong Market is proudly owned by the City of Greater Dandenong.
Policies and Guidelines
Online induction training must be completed by all traders and contractors using the Dandenong Market site.