Staff of La Central in South Melbourne Market

Melbourne's first Spanish deli-meets-bodega has opened at South Melbourne Market. Conceived by Spanish-born Alberto Andres and Rufino Ramos, formerly of Chez Phat and The European Group, La Central is both a market deli and a bodega, where customers can sample much of what they can see on the shelves of this unique market space.

In Spain, a bodega is a local cellar or wine bar where you can stop by for a drink or pick up a bottle of wine to take home. La Central is also a deli, so market-goers can sit in and sample a selection of tapas, as well as Jamon Iberico, Spanish cheese and olives straight from the deli.

La Central specialises in Spanish produce, beer and wine. It also stocks a vast selection of local produce, made using traditional and contemporary Spanish processes – think cured hams and chorizo.

“We felt the idea of doing your shopping in a market place and taking the time to meet up with friends over a bite to eat and a quick drink would resonate with Melburnians,” says Alberto.

La Central is at Stall 45, South Melbourne Market, Coventry Street, South Melbourne.

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