About The Store
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The Essential Ingredient is Australia’s leading retailer of quality gourmet products, cookware and culinary books.

The Essential Ingredient’s Victorian operations commenced in 1990, trading as The Vital Ingredient in South Melbourne. After years of expansion, The Vital Ingredient relocated to a larger site at Prahran Market, Melbourne’s oldest food-only market.

With the success of its Prahran store, The Essential Ingredient opened its second Victorian store in South Melbourne in 2016, the suburb where it all began.

The opening of The Essential Ingredient South Melbourne symbolises the brand’s return to the neighbourhood, a move that has been wholeheartedly embraced by the community.

Public car parking is available at the nearby South Melbourne Market and on Coventry Street
Knife sharpening service: leave your knives in store on the first or third Tuesday of each month. Contact the store for more information.