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.
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.
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.
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.