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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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.