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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


Cnr Elizabeth & Therry Sts
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

  • Markets

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 22 in your calendar, because that's when the Queen Vic Market's much-loved Summer Night Market returns.  This year, more than 100 shops, stalls and bars will light up the open-air market sheds across a bumper 16-week season. Highlights include the famed chocolate covered strawberries from It's Off Tap, That’s Amore Cheese launching their indulgent new 'Mozzaburgers’, hearty dishes from Nepal Dining Room, Filipino feasts from Hoy Pinoy and delicious serves of Aussie dessert fave, pavlova – with topping choices!  When you get thirsty, head to the Happiness is Mojito bar for refreshing mojitos in loads of different fruity flavours or chill out in the Brick Lane Beer Garden and soak up the sun with an ice cold Lagerita or alcoholic Ginger Beer Slushie in hand. 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.  The first four weeks of the market will be a festive wonderland to spread the holiday season cheer, with a Christmas tree forest, a roving Santa Claus, festive entertainment including carollers and of cours

Turkish Pazar Festival

  • Fairs and festivals

Feast on borek, gozleme and Turkish delights this March when the Turkish Pazar festival returns to Queen Victoria Market. This year marks the 16th year the Pazar rolls into town to celebrate Turkey's rich culture.  Held over the first weekend of March, the festival replicates the atmosphere of an authentic Turkish bazaar right in the middle of Melbourne. At the pazar you'll discover the vibrant tastes, colours and sounds of Turkey through food, music, arts and crafts and cultural displays. Numerous food stalls will entice taste buds - with delicious plates of gozleme and kebabs as well as sweet treats like Turkish Delight and like baklava, plus authentic Turkish coffee.  There'll be live acts and traditional entertainment, including The Australian Ottoman Marching Band, the first of its kind to perform outside of Turkey. During the weekend you can also browse Turkish arts and handicrafts, plus learn more about Turkish culture from stallholders. There will even be ebru demonstrations – the art of paper marbling.  You can visit the Turkish Pazar at the Queen Victoria Markets on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 from 10am to 4pm. All ages are welcome and entry is free. Looking for more things to do in Melbourne? Here's our guide to what's on this week. 

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