South Melbourne, VIC

266 Coventry Street
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Phone: (03) 9827 9047

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About the store
Cooking school (Prahran)

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southmelbournestorefront-websiteStandard opening hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm


Parking: There are several multi-story public car parks in close proximity to the store, with street parking also available.



Cooking School: The Essential Ingredient Cooking School Prahran is only a 15 min. drive from our South Melbourne store. See our upcoming classes here…

The Essential Ingredient, Melbourne’s leading specialty food and cookware store, is thrilled to announce that their second site in South Melbourne – the suburb where the empire began – is open.

In a space that allows us to concentrate on what we do best, The Essential Ingredient at  266 Coventry Street, South Melbourne has been designed by architect Ian Wilson from Wilson ID.

He has created a warm, contemporary space founded on blues and greys, with striking light fittings – dressed with beautiful copper cookware – and the room is finished with textured tiles. There is also a completely refurbished, breathtaking facade.

Learn more…

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Latest news


Preserving the bounty of the season

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Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots piled high; tomatoes, plump and plush, sending their sweet perfume through the market stalls.

It’s late summer and

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Chat with a Chef: Casey McDonald, group head chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants

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In our second Chat with a Chef, we talk with Casey McDonald, Group Head Chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants which include, Cutler & Co., Marion,  Cumulus Inc and

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Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

This famous quote is from writer Harriet Van Horne and it began her article Not for

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Chat with a Chef: Jarrod Di Blasi, Ezard

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At The Essential Ingredient, we create beautiful retail experiences and sell quality products but did you know we also have a strong wholesale arm of the business and sell much

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Baking Starts Now: Glace Fruit

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Glace – or crystallised fruit – is such a delightful, delicious and pretty addition to Christmas baking. The fruit adds colour,

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Upcoming Classes and Events...

For upcoming classes and events in Melbourne, view our The Essential Ingredient Prahran Cooking School listings