South Melbourne Market External Food Hall

We’re enhancing your dining experience at the market with a new undercover seating area.


South Melbourne Market, Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne


This project is funded by the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Why are we doing this?

South Melbourne Market is a well-known destination for delicious food. As demand continues to grow, it becomes more difficult to accommodate all of our customers.  That’s why we are building a great new outdoor seating area to increase our capacity, improve safe movement around the Market and accommodate our hungry customers.  To ensure the area is usable all year round, we are building an undercover structure over a large part of the seating area.

The impact

The existing alfresco space only accommodates a small number of people. At the moment, it is not fit-for-purpose and does not provide an inviting space for customers to spend their time. This project will provide patrons with a suitable dining area and make their market experience even more enjoyable.


The objective of LRCI-funded projects is to deliver infrastructure and public space changes that will help us improve safety, access and amenity throughout our City.

Next steps

Construction was scheduled to commence in September 2021. The start date has been pushed back due to delays arising from the Victorian Government construction shutdown. Lookout for updates on this page for construction start dates.