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Time Out says

It may have been established in 1878, but this Melbourne institution is still moving with the times

The open-air Queen Victoria Market is loud and proud, packed with veteran stallholders who are passionate about fresh produce (and are happy to tell you about it). It's popular with locals as their go-to for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and an outstanding variety of dairy and small goods, but has also become something of a 'must visit' for tourists. 

And why not? With a huge number of stalls selling clothes, accessories and other bric-a-brac, the markets have evolved into more than just the place to get your weekly shop. Cafés line the market's outskirts and are usually heaving with brunchers every weekend. Be mindful of Queen Vic's opening hours before visiting (it's closed Monday and Wednesday) and be sure to get a hot jam doughnut before you leave. 

In summer and winter, be sure to visit the Night Markets, held every Wednesday evening. Here, the market takes on a new guise as a hub for designers, food trucks and live performances.

RECOMMENDED: How to do Queen Vic Market like a pro.

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse

Details

Address:
Cnr Elizabeth & Therry Sts
Melbourne
3000
Transport:
Nearby stations: Melbourne Central; Flagstaff
Opening hours:
Tue, Thu 6am-2pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 9am-4pm

What’s on

The Queen Victoria Night Market

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Picture this: a balmy summer night spent filling your belly and quenching your thirst from a selection of global street food stalls, carts, trucks and festival bars. If that sounds right up your alley, then mark November 23 in your calendar, because that's when the Queen Vic Market's much-loved Summer Night Market returns.  This year, more than 125 shops, stalls and bars will light up the open-air market sheds across a bumper 15-week season. Highlights include street tacos by Mr Miyagi, flambéed camembert by Ripe Cheese, hummus bowls by Mr Yes and Mr No, souvas by the Cypriot Kitchen, Portuguese tarts by Casa Nata, Jamaican street food by the Real Jerk and cartoon-themed treats by Son in Law.  When you get thirsty, Antagonist Spirits will once again be on deck mixing up a range of fresh and fruity cocktails, and resident brewers Brick Lane will be pouring its amber nectars. As always, you can expect roving performers and a rotating line-up of homegrown talent playing live music on the market's main stage. After sipping and snacking, be sure to explore the dozens of stalls selling locally-sourced and handmade products including jewellery, art, skincare, books and homewares.  Looking for more things to do? Check out our round-up of the best things happening in Melbourne this week. Time Out's 100 Days of Summer calendar is here to help you plan your entire summer in Melbourne.

Saboteurs

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If you haven't heard of Among Us, it's quite possible that you've been living under a rock, so let's get you up to speed. Released in 2018, the online space-themed game has players working as astronauts; most players are crewmates, but a few are imposters tasked with slyly killing crewmates and bluffing their way to being the last ones standing. It's an addictive game of social deduction, and now a real-life version called Saboteurs has made its way to Melbourne.  Just like its inspiration, Saboteurs is set on a moon base replete with features like a decontamination unit, medbay, sleep pods and mining tools. Complete tasks like watering the plants, mining moon opals, tuning communications and establishing shields while also keeping an eye out for the imposter amongst the crew. Survive, detect and eject them before you die.  The game has launched at Testing Grounds in the Queen Victoria Market Precinct and can be played daily from 8am to 10pm. Sessions can host up to 15 players and last 40 minutes (including a ten-minute induction). Bookings are essential and can be made here. Looking for more fun in the city? Check out our top picks of things to do in Melbourne this week.

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