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Free Food Discovery Tours

Free Food Discovery Tours at Dandenong Market.

On the Food Discovery Tour, visitors can get exclusive, behind-the-scenes insight into the tantalising aromas and exotic flavours on offer.

On this hour-long tour, you will visit select traders for sumptuous tastings and insider secrets from experts. Learn how to identify in-season produce,  the art of bartering for the best price and discover how a working market operates. 

Food Discovery Tours are perfect for:

  • Foodies passionate about food provenance
  • Foodies passionate about multicultural produce and spices
  • Locals seeking behind-the-scenes market secrets
  • Visitors to Melbourne seeking an authentic market experience
  • Coach tours and groups visits
  • School groups interested in nutrition and healthy eating
  • Work trips for team-building exercises

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

When: Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours take place on select Tuesday and Fridays.

Duration: Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours commence at 10am and run for one hour.

Cost: Dandenong Food Discovery Tours are free.

Groups: Private and tailored tours are available on request (max 15 per tour).

Booking: Booking is essential. Call Dandenong Market Office on 03 9701 3850 or email info@dandenongmarket.com.au for more information and to book. You can also book online.

Free goodies: All Food Discovery Tour participants receive a free Dandenong Market shopping bag and delicious samples. 

Allergy advice: Free food samples may include nuts, eggs, dairy, gluten, raw fish and/or other products. 

Accessibility: The Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours are walking tours throughout the market. We can accommodate specific needs such as individuals with limited mobility, blindness or vision loss or other special requirements. However, we request you contact us directly to discuss your specific needs so that we can most effectively accommodate you.

Bus and tour groups

Bus and tour groups are warmly welcomed to Dandenong Market

Tour operators are encouraged to contact Dandenong Market to discuss your specific needs and requirements.

All visitors to the Market who arrive via a pre-organised visit will receive a $5 Dandenong Market voucher.

To arrange a visit please contact Market Management on
03 9701 3850 or via info@dandenongmarket.com.au.

 

INFORMATION FOR TOUR GUIDES AND BUS DRIVERS

When: Dandenong Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Parking: Coach parking is available at 40 Cleeland Street, outside the Dandenong Market Management Office.

Accessibility: Dandenong Market is accessibility-friendly with ramps to the underground car park, as well as a lift. Accessible toilets are also available for visitors.

Booking: Booking is essential if tour or bus groups would like pre-arranged market bags and $5 market voucher.

School groups

Dandenong Market welcomes all school groups to visit the Market as an excursion.

The Market is the ideal destination for kids of all ages to learn about fresh food, produce and the opportunity to experience the different cultures of the people and foods that make up the Market. Rich in history with strong cultural links, students can discover the role the Market has played in the history of Dandenong, as well as understand firsthand about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.

All students visiting Dandenong Market as part of a school group will receive:

  • A piece of fruit supplied by a Dandenong Market trader.

To arrange a school visit:

  • Please download the “School Group Information Pack (below) and complete the enclosed Booking form”.
  • Any questions, please email us at info@dandenongmarket.com.au or 03 9701 3850.

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Self-guided tours

Markets are made for exploring

Everyone from around the world feels at home here, so you will too. It’s like strolling around a souk, meandering through a hawkers market or blending into a bazaar. Dandenong Market has six main areas:

  • Fruit & Veg: fresh, local and organic, seasonal and exotic.
  • Meat, Fish & Deli: specialist cuts of meat, seafood, spices, dips, olives and cheese.
  • The Pantry: nuts, freshly baked bread and confectionary and world food.
  • Market Square: a hawker’s market of world street food cooked for you as you watch.
  • The Bazaar: a shopping mecca of clothing, shoes, jewellery, handbags and toys.
  • The Terrace: delicious pub food in our outdoor dining area. 

We have created a self-guided tour with highlights and information about our market traders. Download the Self-Guided Tour below.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Parking: 
With 1000 parking spaces, including ample undercover spots, there is plenty of cheap parking at Dandenong Market. The car park can be accessed from Clow Street or King Street. Charges and time limits apply.

Disabled parking areas: There are accessible parking spaces located in all car parks off Clow Street and King Street, including the multi-level car park where lift and ramp access is available. The 12 accessible parking spaces are free providing the correct sticker is displayed.

Toilets: There are public toilets at the south end of the Market in the General Merchandise Hall, and at the north end of the Market near the Northern Food Court.

Market map: Market Directories featuring a map of the market, a list of traders and locations of facilities (including toilets) is available. These are located in Directory holders throughout the Market.

Free water refills: Drinking fountains for bottle refills are located in Market Square.

Market bags: Reusable market bags can be purchased from the Market management office at 40 Cleeland Street. Market trolleys can also be purchased from a number of market traders in The Bazaar.

 

Art Tour

The surprising new home of Melbourne’s street art

Dandenong Market is the new home of Melbourne street art – transforming into an 8000 metre square gallery of modern street art.

A number of renowned street artists have made their mark at the market, including celebrated muralist and fine artist Heesco, designer and artist Bonsai, former illustrator and now large-scale muralist Kaff-Eine and newly emerging artist Kenz. 

We have created a self-guided tour of the art featured at Dandenong Market.

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ARTWORKS AT DANDENONG MARKET

Year of the Wolf: Five panel mural by street artist Heesco. 

A Colourful Past: Mural replicating historical photograph by artist Heesco.

Rising Phoenix: Large-scale mural by street artist Bonsai.

Childhood Dream: Three-level artwork by emerging artist Kenz.

To Market, To Market: Artwork depicting the cattle drives through Dandenong town to market by Kaff-Eine.

In Bloom: an artwork inspired by Australia’s flora, by Heesco.

M is for Market: Bronze sculpture on concrete plinth by sculptur Anne Ross.

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