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Melbourne's Brand-New Dumpling Market Is Popping Up by the Yarra for 18 Delicious November Days

This openair food extravaganza promises an array of dumplings from around the globe, live entertainment and a selection of drinks — all at Birrarung Marr.
By David Allegretti
October 24, 2023
By David Allegretti
October 24, 2023

Important food news: Birrarung Marr is set to turn into a dumpling lover's paradise for 18 delectable days this November. That's right, Downtown Dumpling Market is coming to town, making its debut on Thursday, November 9 and running through to Sunday, November 26.

The openair festival will boast an array of vendors ready to steam, fry and sizzle their way into our hearts (and stomachs). With a hefty number of choices ranging from traditional pork, Japanese gyoza and Polish pierogi through to the more adventurous butter chicken and even a white chocolate variety, there's a little something and dumpling for everyone — even your four-legged friends, as this market is dog-friendly.

Downtown Dumpling Market Melbourne

The market isn't just about the dumplings. There's a whole array of other dishes to dig into including noodles and Filipino chicken skewers. Pair these with a drink from the dedicated sake bar or a refreshing yuzu spritz cocktail, and you've got yourself a feast. If beer is more your vibe, there's plenty of Sapporo and Coopers to go around.

As for the vendors, expect some heavyweights in the dumpling game to be on show. We're talking ShangDong Mama, Oriental Tea House and Pierogi Pierogi, to name a few. Other standouts include Bao+, Bubble Tea Story, Wonderbao, IScream & Juice Bar and Hoy Pinoy. It's a good thing the market runs for the better part of a month, as you'll definitely want to return to try it all.

The market is more than just a feast for the tastebuds; it's a feast for the senses, with nightly live entertainment in one of the most picturesque parts of Melbourne. So, mark your calendars, text your mates and come hungry. And here's the best part — entry is completely free. Lovely.

Downtown Dumpling Market Melbourne

Downtown Dumpling Market Melbourne

The Downtown Dumpling Market runs from Thursday, November 9–Sunday, November 26 at Birrarung Marr, operating from 4.30pm on weekdays and from 12pm on weekends. 

Published on October 24, 2023 by David Allegretti
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