Make a day of it: Carlton Farmers’ Market

Carlton Farmers’ Market is a great start to a family day out. On the first Saturday of every month, the grounds of Carlton Primary School fill with 35 stallholders offering ethical, local food including meat, fruit and vegetables, nuts, eggs and cheese.

Accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association, you can be sure you’re buying fresh, sustainable produce direct from Victorian farmers.

Vegetables on a stall at Carlton Farmers' Market

Produce on offer at the market

And it’s not just takeaway – there’s plenty on offer if you want a morning caffeine fix or a hearty breakfast.

If you come later in the morning, bring a picnic blanket and set up for an early lunch! Get a feel-good start to your weekend by cutting down your food miles and knowing that you’re supporting local producers.

Make sure you pay a visit to Ivy of The Good Seed Kefir while you’re there – the lovely Ivy and her fabulous produce can be seen starring in our current poster campaign.

Icy poles made from coconut water.

Coconut water icy poles from The Good Seed Kefir

Make a day of it

If you haven’t filled yourself up at the market, make a stop at Seasons Provedore for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

If you book for dinner during summer, you’ll receive a free sorbetto at the end of your meal.

Coffee machines on the counter at Providence Cafe.

Providence Cafe

Providence Café on Rathdowne Street sources its seasonal produce from farmers’ markets all around Victoria and their kids menu is available all day.

If it’s a caffeine pick-me-up you’re craving, head over to The Vertue of the Coffee Drink at Raffa Place. Premium green beans, roasted to perfection for you, babycinos for the tiny ones.

Carlton isn’t just food and drink – there’s plenty to do while you’re there.

Burn off some excess energy with a visit to Carlton Baths, (the pool reopens on Monday 1 February and celebrates its 100th birthday with an epic pool party on Saturday 13 February) or lie back and relax in Carlton Gardens.

If that’s a touch sedate, Melbourne Museum and IMAX are just steps away.

A person shaping an ice-cream cone.

Scoop sculpting at Helados Jauja

And of course, no trip to Carlton would be complete without making a stop for gelato. The choice is endless but Pidapipo, Gelatissimo and Jauja are good places to start.