corner Clow & Cleeland Streets Dandenong
Tuesday & Friday 8 am - 4 pm Saturday 8 am to 2 pm
Dandenong Market (just known to the locals as 'dandy market') is
probably the most comprehensive of Melbourne's suburban markets. Although
not as large as the Victoria Market,
it has a wider range of wares on sale. Everything from carpets to stuffed
The vegetable section is large and well priced, there are some great nut
shops as well as the usual meat and fish. Close by are good Middle Eastern
and Indian food stores. Every now and then you will see a stall run by
uncomfortable looking youths who look as though they are ready to pack up
and move on at a moments notice - I'm sure the goods are legal.
The Dandenong area is home to a large number of ethnic groups, and the
atmosphere in the market reflects this.
It is hard to see why anybody shops at the nearby mall.
The official publicity reads:
"Dandenong Market is situated in the heart of Dandenong
and embraces many cultures. Operating since 1866, the market
provides a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere. With friendly
service, an amazing range of fresh produce, including a newly
refurbished fruit and vegetables section, the market has
something for everyone. Currently undergoing a major
redevelopment, the new General Merchandise hall opened in
October 2009 offering shoppers over 130 stalls featuring
fashion, footwear, homewares, electronics, jewellery, toys and
giftware. The new produce hall offers a fabulous range of nuts,
dried fruits, exotic spices and grocery items, plus a bakery and
wine shop. The new Meat, fish and deli hall, due to open in
early November will offer shoppers a fantastic array of
butchers, poultry and seafood shops, deli’s and honey.
The market attracts a diverse range of customers from
local shoppers to overseas visitors and tourists from Victoria
and interstate. Visitors come to the market for unusual items
that cannot be found in conventional supermarkets and shopping
centres. Offering consistent quality at bargain prices
unrivalled in South Eastern Melbourne, the market provides
shoppers with a highly personable shopping experience."