Melbourne University Farmers Market, Food Co-Op, Shuki and Louisa Felafel

Melbourne University Farmers Market

Melbourne University holds a farmers’ market on Wednesdays until October 21st (with no market on September 30th). Melbourne did its weird weather thing where it was raining when we left home, but beautifully sunny when we were at the market– perfect market weather!

This was my first visit to the Melbourne Uni market and of course this meant I would walk around checking out vegan stuff for us all! Let’s start with my lunch, pictured below. When a banner at a stall proudly displays “I make very good falafel” I’m all PLEASE BE VEGAN. You know how sometimes you rock up to a felafel place and they’re all no dude it’s not vegan, and you’re like BUT WHYYYYY. Then I noticed the Shuki & Louisa signs. I’ve seen the Shuki & Louisa dips at markets before but I didn’t realise they made a vegan felafel. I was told that yes it’s an all-vegan felafel so I quickly handed over my $8. The felafels are clearly popular because there was about a fifteen to twenty minute wait, so Arthur and I went to check out the Melbourne Uni Food Co-op. More on that below, but for now let’s talk felafel. Folks, this was a really, really good felafel. The pita pocket was stuffed with fresh salad and the felafel balls were exactly like I’d want my felafel to be. For me, this was well worth the wait. I’d definitely get this again with the wait time:

Shuki and Louisa Felafel

I’ve tried to take photos of vegan-only foods but some of the stalls selling vegan friendly products also sell non-vegan stuff. I tried the jams by both Di and Benny’s Berries and regretted not bringing more money to buy some. There were fresh dried fruits and nuts, oils and olives, apples and pears and lots of flowers:

Melbourne University Farmers Market

Beautifully sweet oranges, lovely sourdough breads (I tried the olive, yum), 5 & Dime bagels (always good!), local handmade corn tortillas by LaTortilleria and lots of fresh vegetables and herbs from a few stalls:

Melbourne University Farmers Market

The Melbourne University Food Co-op is located on the first floor (one above ground floor) of Union House. Just about everything is vegan and there’s a selection of baked goods from Crumbs Bakery:

Melbourne Uni Food Co-Op

I didn’t buy anything as I had to go and pick up my felafel baby. I did however sneak a photo of someone’s lunch. It was on the counter waiting for them, nobody was about so I did this for you guys. On the left there (in a badly configured side-by-side montage…) is a lemon donut by Crumbs. I’ve had these before and they’re sooo good:

Melbourne Uni Food Co-Op

If you’re around Melbourne Uni on Wednesdays, the market is really worth a look. Check out the Melbourne Farmers’ Market webpage for Melbourne Uni to see which stalls are coming up.

11 thoughts on “Melbourne University Farmers Market, Food Co-Op, Shuki and Louisa Felafel

  1. The market is definitely worth a visit, I go there on my lunch break. I haven’t yet tried that falafel but I will next time and yes all those jams and chutneys are good!

    • I always go overboard buying jams and chutneys sometimes (always when I’ve decided to give up sugar!) but these would make nice gifts 🙂

  2. Wow you get to some great places! I buy Shuki & Louisa dips (I just bought 3 at Elwood on Sat where yes, Half Pint Vegan Dairy was too – win win) but didn’t know they make falafels…yum. I haven’t heard of Crumbs before so googling I go. Loving all your blogs thank you.

  3. My son and I love Shuki & Louisa felafels! It’s always the highlight of our trip to the slow food market at the Convent. We’ll have to check out this market one day soon.

  4. Good to see this – I really should make an effort to get there but I could probably not get there til 1.30 so hopefully there would still be enough stuff there – love a good falafel so I am happy to hear about that – I think I know the dips you mean (coburg farmers market?). And I used to help make sandwiches when a member of melb uni food coop – the food is looking more fancy these days 🙂

    • yep I’ve seen the dips at the Coburg Farmers Market and possibly Batman too. I haven’t gone to either in so long though!

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