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Queen Victoria Market

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published December 12th 2013
Grab a bargain
Queen Victoria Market has over six hundred stallholders, set on seven hectares, and has been operating for over 130 years. It is no wonder people come in the thousands to purchase the freshest produce in the district. Pick up great bargains and, of course, sample the international cuisines held here every Wednesday nights.

Sign of the markets...

It is the largest and original of all the retail markets in the metropolitan area of Melbourne. It also has national and international significance as a historic open market.

The market has been in the heart and soul of Melbourne for over a century and is a must visit if you are in Melbourne, regardless if you live here or just visiting.

There are around ten different sectors of the market, ranging from the food halls and organics to general merchandise and street shops.

People queuing up to try the cuisines

They have seasonal fruit and vegetables and seafood, a deli hall filled with a huge range of cold meats, dips, pates, preserved meats, local and imported cheeses, game meats, venison and all ranges of meats. Of course they have not forgotten sweet tooth people by selling mouth watering chocolates, pastries, cakes and many more sweet goodies.

There are around ten fishmongers, a meat hall filled with specialty cuts of meats ranging from offal to sausages, fruit and vegetable stalls with both Australian and exotic produce. Queen Victoria Market also offers a huge range of organic produce.

Some of the many stalls...

Now for all the great bargains you cannot go past, the general merchandise stalls, which range from clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories, leather goods, manchester and fabrics, flowers, electronics, the list goes on...

When you think that is all, there is still more. There are Street Shops too, which are charming specialty boutique stores. In 1887 they were opened as specialty stores and have remained that to date.

When you decide to take a break from all the excitement of shopping for produce and merchandise it is time to fill up your belly at the Food Court, which offers a huge range of international and Australian cuisines.

Enjoying the Wednesday Night Markets with the international cuisines...

Every Wednesday night the market opens its doors to present us a little bit of everything, from exotic foods to clothing. It is definitely worth a visit, it is opened every Wednesday night from 5pm-10pm regardless of the weather conditions.

The sign for the Wednesday Night Market...
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Why? Best way to sample great foods and grab a bargain
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Weekend (closing & opening times vary depending on days & sections- check website) & Wednesday night from 5pm - 10pm
Phone: (03) 9320 5822
Where: Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne. Enter the market from Elizabeth Street, Victoria Street, Peel Street or Therry Street
Cost: Free to visit, unless you make purchases
Your Comment
Prahran market is older - it was operating when the Queen Vic area was still a cemetery.
by avoca (score: 0|2) 2072 days ago
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