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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 performance.

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

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After a two-year hiatus, the popular Summer Night Market will return to the open-air sheds of the Queen Victoria Market on January 5 for a 13-week season. What could be better than spending a balmy summer night filling your belly and quenching your thirst from a selection of global street food stalls, carts, trucks and festival bars? Bring several mates so that you can try a little bit of everything, including the famous halloumi chips by the Cypriot Kitchen, the smoky barbecued meats by Bigger Than Texas, melted raclette by Frencheese and mouth-watering flavoured doughnuts by Taki's Balls. Wet your whistle with freshly pressed sugarcane juice from Coconut Hub or a cheeky Apple Strawberry Mojito from Antagonist Spirits.  On top of food and drink, there will also be heaps of shops and activities on offer. Drop by the Spirit Zone, a designated space featuring some of Melbourne's leading clairvoyants, fortune tellers and psychics, or shop goodies from local and independent artisans. Book lovers can explore new and pre-loved books and records in the Book Nook. You can also expect live music each week across a DJ stage on Queen Street and an acoustic stage in the sheds. With free entry and a convenient location in the heart of the city, it's the perfect stop for unwinding after a long day at work or having an easy catch up with friends. Head to the QVM website for more information. 

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