The Queen Victoria Night Market
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Melbourne's iconic Queen Vic Market opens its doors after dark for a bustling bazaar of food, drink, live entertainment and more
Spend your Wednesday nights surrounded by food at the Queen Victoria Market's fantastic Summer Night Market.
Expect rows and rows of street food stalls and festival bars as well as art, fashion, homewares and general knick-knack merchandise traders – there are 130 stalls to explore in total.
Food stalls will be cooking up delicious snacks all night long, with plenty of wine, beer and cocktails also on the menu. New traders for this season include Portuguese tarts from Casa Nata, chilled chocolate drinks and desserts from Mork Chocolate, African barbecue from Tasty Suya, traditional Filipino cuisine from Kuya's Simply Pinoy and Israeli falafel pita pockets from Falafel Arayes.
The highlight of the 2019/2020 summer season will be the Gin Springs Bar, a pop-up watering hole inspired by Palm Springs and filled with giant pink flamingos, desert plants and fruity perfect-for-summer cocktails. It's here that you can grab a gin cocktail made with Melbourne Gin Company gin, as well an adult version of the classic spider (they're made with Coldstream Cider). The summery fun continues with a full-sized beach volleyball court popping up within the market. You can play a match with your friends (or complete strangers), watch professional players in action or take part in a volleyball tournament or workshop.
The summer night market will farewell Melbourne on Wednesday, March 11 with a live (and free!) performance by Ella Hooper. Hooper made waves in the late 1990s as the frontwoman for Aussie rock band Killing Heidi, but has since struck out on her own as a solo artist. Expect to hear hits like 'Monkey Mind', 'Data Dust' and 'Wild Stallionz'.
Right in the heart of the city, the markets make a great dinner stop for anyone coming from work, or tourists looking to experience the famous markets after dark. The markets have a reputation for multiculturalism so no matter what cuisine you fancy, you're likely to find something that sets your mouth watering.
The Queen Victoria Summer Night Market is on every Wednesday from November 20 to March 11 (except Christmas and New Year's Day).