Queen Vic Market

Getting up early wasn’t written into my gene code. If you prefer snuggling under the covers with Rufus, the enormous ginger stray who took up residence in your one bedroom flat while you weren’t looking, or stretching out lazily next to Mr Till-death-do-us-part until seven minutes past ten on a Sunday morning there are still a myriad of activities for you to partake in. Hanging out at the Queen Victoria Market is one of them.

This Melbourne icon has been around for 130 years and shows no signs of retiring gracefully. If handpicking the freshest of produce to make Sunday night’s grilled kofte with flatbread, spinach yoghurt and spicy tomato sauce is your priority then grab a couple of environmentally friendly reusable bags and head straight for the many fruit and veg stalls followed by the meat hall. Foodies beware, the pennies in your purse will be itching to part ways with you.

One hundred and one types of stuffed olives, fish you never knew existed, scores of hanging salami and other strange meats, mouth watering pastries, delicate chocolates, gooey Australian honey and golden coloured cheese is just the beginning of what you’ll find in this market. And if you want to hark back to ye old days of the 1980’s where one would spend their Sunday afternoon wandering the aisles of the general merchandise stands there are plenty of bargains to be found. That is if quality isn’t high on your list. For something a little more upmarket watch out for the cute shops that surround the market.

Tue: 6am - 2pm
Thu: 6am - 2pm
Fri: 6am - 5pm
Sat: 6am - 3pm
Sun: 9am - 4pm

Suzuki Night Market
Celebrate the passing of hump day with a selection of tasty dishes from around the world, free live entertainment and late-night shopping. Held each Wednesday from 14 November, 2012 to 27 February, 2013, 5.30pm to 10pm.
Location: Queen Street
Cost: free!

Free printable vouchers


How to get there:
513 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC 3000

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Food image: © Suzanne Trew 


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