It may have been established in 1878, but this Melbourne institution is still moving with the times
In Sydney it's Paddy's, in Melbourne it's the Queen Vic. 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 the market's opening hours before visiting (they're 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. Here, the market takes on a new guise as a hub for designers, food trucks and live performance.
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|Venue name:||Queen Victoria Market|
Cnr Elizabeth & Therry Sts
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 6am-2pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 9am-4pm|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Melbourne Central; Flagstaff|
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The Queen Victoria Night Market
Spend your Wednesday nights surrounded by food at the Queen Victoria Market's legendary Winter Night Market. Rows and rows of street food stalls, festival bars, as well as more than 50 art, fashion, homewares and general knick-knack merchandise traders...Until Wednesday August 28 2019 Free
Melbourne Book Market
The famous weekly Fed Square book market shut up shop in 2017, much to the despair of Melbourne's bibliophile community. But the closure was only a temporary one, with the free market now open at Queen Victoria Market every Sunday till August 25. Whether...Markets Sunday July 21 2019 - Sunday August 25 2019 Free
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Shake off your winter blues for a weekend when the Indian Festival rolls into Queen Victoria Market. From July 27 to 28 the famous market will be partying down Delhi-style with authentic food, tunes and entertainment from India. While the full program...Fairs and festivals Saturday July 27 2019 - Sunday July 28 2019 Free
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Melbourne International Dumpling Festival
Not to exaggerate, but dumplings are the most pure food and we as a society are better for having them. They’re so delicious and wholesome you can find them being noshed on in various forms across the world. And you can taste all of them at the Melbourne...Food and drink Monday November 4 2019