Melbourne Queen Victoria Market Review

Queen Victoria Market – A Haven for Fresh Produce

Melbourne Queen Victoria Market Review

What cant you find at the Queen Victoria Markets? A haven for fresh produce, this seven-hectare market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Open for 5 days a week, Sundays are especially bursting with life, from tourists and locals alike. The ‘Vic Market’ as it is affectionately called by Melbournians, is a local icon and a historical landmark in Melbourne’s urban landscape. Housing over 800 traders, you can find anything from fresh fruits and vegetables grown organically without chemicals or pesticides to various Australian arts and crafts.

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Munch on the infamous delectable Turkish borek for $3 in the Deli section or choose between 25 varieties of fair trade coffee beans or 50 varieties of tea at McIver’s, they know their stuff! The organic section can be found at the corner of Queen and Therry Streets along with the sweet and savory Spanish donut truck parked right in front. Walk into Shed M and browse through shipping containers turned into local artist and designer workshops and stalls.

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During summer (between December to February), the Victoria Night Market transforms the market’s old world charm into a multicultural culinary experience not to be missed along with music and night shopping.

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What: Queen Victoria Market

Where: corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets. Trams from Elizabeth Number 19, 59 & 57

When: open 5 days a week 6am – 3pm (5pm on Fridays), closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Local tip: Bring cash, as on busy days, the line for the ATM can be quite long.

 

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South Yarra – Most Desirable Neighbourhoods to Live

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There is a universally acknowledged notion out there among Melburnians that once you stay on one side of the Yarra; you hardly cross over to the other side of the river. As a matter of fact, the south side has an affluent air to it, consisting of suburbs leading to the bay, ocean breezes, bombshell blondes and lots and lots of places to flash your cash. Enter South Yarra, 6 kilometres from the CBD bordered by the banks of the Yarra River and it too, is no exception.

Popular, stylish and fun, encompassing iconic shopping districts with vast open emerald green parks, South Yarra has long held the mantle of one of Melbourne’s most desirable neighbourhoods. And the visitors who flock over to people watch from their perch at their favourite café or shop in chic designer boutiques certainly know it.

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South Yarra is a sustainable suburb in itself supported by the quintessential Chapel Street with its upmarket retail outlets and boutiques and diverse collection of restaurants and cafes suited for all palettes. From early morning coffees to cool chill in the afternoon, the street is buzzing with atmosphere. When the sun sets, Chapel Street will make your head spin – with cool clubs, pubs and bars to crawl after another. The iconic Jam Factory, originally a (surprise!) jam factory is a local landmark and a premier hub for entertainment for locals and visitors with a wide variety of places to eat, trendy shops like TopShop and TopMan as well as Village Cinema for blockbuster movies.

Many of South Yarra’s residential areas are concentrated around attractive tree-lined streets adorned with well-kept Victorian terrace houses along with clusters of art-deco apartments and new developments coming up makes her a densely populated suburb. Part of her perks for making up for that is also sharing her skirts with the Botanical Gardens; a popular jogging track. Add in Fawkner Park into this equation and you have large open spaces and parklands frequented by residents and visitors alike.
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It is little wonder how South Yarra evolved into one of Melbourne’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live, explore and play in. Find out which side you’re on in this culture war: are you North or South?

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Hawthorn – Eastern Melbourne Favorite Suburb

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It’s easy to see why the eastern suburbs are so favorable in Melbourne; the roads widen and you’re flushed with luscious, leafy emerald canopies and Edwardian Gothic style brick dwellings and heritage homes. An affluent neighbourhood, a mere 6kms from Melbourne’s CBD, Hawthorn boasts a unique blend of heritage prestige and new age charm.

Education seems to be the theme here and Hawthorn’s location is set on a private school belt, providing good geographical access to many educational institutions. Home to Scotch College, one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in the country and Swinburne University of Technology, which offers TAFE and undergraduate courses. Melbourne University also has a campus here with an IELTS centre and Monash Caulfield campus is a short 15-minute drive on Burke Road.

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Well connected through public transportation, you can hop on a train at Flinders Street Station and arrive at Glenferrie Station; in less time it takes your iPod to shuffle through three songs (that is 10 minutes, people). Alight at the Glenferrie Station and you find yourself at the heart of Hawthorn, also famous for being its main shopping district, Glenferrie Road. Major supermarkets, fashion boutiques and chain stores are interspersed in between a plethora of cafes and restaurants on Glenferrie Road and residents here are spoilt for choice. Yummy mummies in designer workout outfits stroll this strip with their adorable tater tot babies while students shuffle about quickly to and from classes.

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Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the quiet lull of Auburn Village instead with its clothing boutiques, bakeries and independent home ware stores. End the day with a hop over to Fairview Park – a favourite among residents and visitors alike for its location just on the Yarra River Banks with jogging and bike paths along the river. With BBQ facilities as well as a sporting ground, it is hours of sunny, healthy, Vitamin D filled entertainment for everyone – no technology required. Hawthorn is a well-off suburb and damn rightfully so as well, its come a long way from the Gold Rush but do not be intimidated, you’ll find out soon enough that you do not need the moolah to enjoy it.

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Melbourne “the three-thousand”

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If Sydney is your sophisticated, flashy and fabulous supermodel then Melbourne is her cultured, edgy younger sister. She is a melting pot of contrasts, shaped by a dynamic multicultural population and much more laid back then her established sister. Both young and old. Rough, dingy and yet stylish. Voted most liveable city, Melbourne is enigmatic and vibrant in her frenzy but her residents’ move at a lovely, easy-going sedate pace. Cycling is the preferred mode of transport here and trams lull on intricate, silver laid tracks from central Melbourne to its fringes.

The Melbourne CBD is a maze of secret gothic laneways leading you to a treasure trove of luscious bars, exclusive restaurants and stylish fashion boutiques. Bars are either perched high on rooftops facing the skyline or are hidden within the tiny nooks and crannies of graffiti-laden backstreet alleyways. Follow the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to Hardware Lane where cheerful waiters beckon you into their quaint Italian eateries to dine alfresco. Or slum it at a café in Centre Place and Degraves Street, with a latte in hand while you go on a hunt for Banksy graffiti.

The CBD shares its playground with the financial district located mostly around Collins Street; therefore residents are mostly young professionals and international students. Melburnians share an intense almost smug love for coffee and it’s because we are spoilt for choice. Any corner will take you to a decent cup of Joe. Brother Baba Budan on Lt Bourke Street is an excellent start.

Fresh produce calls out at the vibrant Queen Victoria Market – a pulsating lively hub for fresh fruits and nuts and vegetables as well as specialty goods. Green lungs and parks are scattered around the city and the Botanical Garden, Melbourne’s favorite running track, borders her skirts to the south. Be arty and visit the National Gallery of Victoria but remember that Melbourne’s art and cultural landscape is also borderless. So toss out the map, wander and lose yourself in the city’s arcades and roam around its labyrinths. Whatever you are into, Melbourne always has something incredible to offer.