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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
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Published July 18th 2019
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Launched on July 19, Melbourne's newest laneway String Bean Alley at Queen Victoria Market is now open.

Melbourne's newest laneway experience, featuring twenty-six independent traders in bespoke shipping containers, now call String Bean Alley home and provide a uniquely Melbourne shopping experience in the heart of the city's favourite market.

Queen victoria market melbourne, string bean alley
Now open at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market, String Bean Alley..


The name dates back to the 1930s, paying tribute to the laneway where green beans were once sold. Twelve new businesses have joined existing traders to offer a variety of locally designed, sourced or produced fashion, vintage, jewellery, art, craft, skincare, toys, books and more.

The Alley was officially opened by Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, who said the revitalisation of String Bean Alley, located between L and M sheds, is part of the City of Melbourne's $250 million renewal of the Queen Victoria Market precinct. "String Bean Alley is the new place to find Melbourne's best independent makers, creators, designers and artists," she said.

"We expect the unique shopping experience and facilities to attract more customers to this part of the market, as well as provide weather protection and storage for traders."

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The new area of the market will feature 26 sellers showcasing the best in locally made, designed for sourced products.

"More than nine million visitors come to the Queen Vic Market each year for its traditional open-air market experience and this magnificent new precinct will be a drawcard for new and existing customers.

"This is the latest project we have delivered to improve the experience for customers, traders and visitors to the Market. We've also installed new seating, fruit trees and umbrellas in the new pedestrian plaza on Queen Street, along with our red coat volunteers at the Visitor Hub."

Stan Liacos, Queen Victoria Market Chief Executive Officer, said that the revitalisation of String Bean Alley was crucial to encourage new visitors to the Market while celebrating the rich history of the Market. "The String Bean Alley precinct represents a new era for the Market," he said.

"This section of the Market is now acting as a small business incubator, providing a platform for specialist traders offering products and services that are locally designed, sourced or produced."

Visitors can expect to find a wide range of traders including bookshop Mary Martin Books, all the way to handmade cards and gifts from The Paper & Wood Co., unique clothing from Miss Brown Vintage, and artisan chocolate makers Melbourne Cocoa.

String Bean Alley traders are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Wednesday evenings during The Night Market event series.

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Why? Explore some of Victoria's best local shopping
When: Open on Fridays8am-3pm, Saturdays8am-3pm, Sundays9am-4pmand on Wednesday evenings5pm-10pm during The Night Market event series.
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, 3000
Cost: FREE
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