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Preston Market has long been known as the Victoria’s Market poorer cousin, but we chanced upon it for a bit of a brunch crawl on Saturday morning.
I love the Preston Market. I do reach saturation point after a bit with it’s high-frequency sensory overload, but if you’re in the mood for a chaotic clash of Asia and Europe, it’s worth a trip.
We started at the Dutch Pancake place (does it even have a name?) – 12 dutch pancakes (tiny pillows of pikelety goodness) with maple syrup and butter for $7.50. The 4 of us polished off about 24 of them. It’s lovely and warm inside, a bit of an oasis from the madness of the market, serving up surprisingly good coffee also!
Of course, 24 pancakes weren’t nearly enough for Melbourne Mum and her hungry ferrets, so we moved onto Yum Dumplings. F.u.c.k m.e. that shit is GOOD. I’ve travelled throughout China and Japan and have eaten probably a continent worth of dumplings in my time, but these were up there. UP there. A standard fried beef or pork dumpling is $1.10 – we had about 14 of the juicy, tasty buggers, but only because they were so freakin’ brilliant – I could have stopped at 6, but really, why would you???
Little Inky (youngest daughter, right) polished off quite a few of each offering, but was heard loudly requesting of her father; “Moremore marshmama???” Unfortunately for Inky, her latest marshmallow obsession could not be sated at either place, so clearly, there are still some learnings that Yum Dumplings and the Dutch Pancake place can take away from Northside’s impossible princess.
On one-hand the market is clearly kid-UNfriendly. You need to keep a tight eye on your kids or you’ll lose ‘em for sure. The crowds can be a bit much for little ones – it’s very noisy. And there are no highchairs in sight. But there are ride-on vehicles (Inky spent 20 minutes on one particular aeroplane pretending to be a pilot) and lots to see (and plenty to eat!).
- What was the bill?: Brunch for 4 + coffee for 2 – $40
- Where is it? Preston Market, between Cramer St and Murray Rd, Preston
- How kid-friendly is it? 5/10. Great for food, atmosphere and things to keep the kids amused, but rather average for high-chairs, ease of pram access etc. It doesn’t promote itself as a kid-friendly food destination, though!