Discover the Cultural Charm of the Queen Victoria Market

Boasting more than 600 shops and stalls, the Queen Victoria Market is more than just a shopping precinct. In fact, it’s the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and is the cultural heart of Melbourne City.

Filled with famous food halls, dining spots, and live performances, the market is the place to be if you’re on the hunt for a bite to eat with a difference.

The market itself sprawls out over several blocks in Melbourne and showcases the diverse cosmopolitan nature of the city, selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to imported gourmet food, vintage clothes, handmade goods, and general merchandise.

For artisan cheese and meat lovers, the Deli Hall is the finest attraction in the market. Set against a backdrop of beautiful art deco design, it boasts stalls piled high with soft cheese, Greek dips, truffle oil, kangaroo biltong, and everything in between.

Then there’s the Meat Hall, which does exactly what it says on the tin. You can pick up fresh, local meat here, as well as buy cooked food to takeaway and snack on while you browse. The Fruit and Veg Hall is packed full of local and exotic colours and flavours, while the Organics section serves up an exciting menu of coffee, wine, and organic produce.

Around the market, you’ll find open-air street markets in Victoria and Elizabeth Streets that sell a mishmash of clothes and crafts.

Make the Most of it

While you might be perfectly satisfied just strolling around and gawking at the market stalls, you can always take things one step further to really make the most out of your visit to the Queen Victoria Market.

Check it Out on a Sunday or Wednesday Evening

On Sundays, the market comes to life in a colourful carnival atmosphere. Entertainers and performers keep the crowds busy, while live music adds to the laidback, cultural vibe of the market. It’s on these days where people watching with a cup of coffee is the most exciting activity.

Wednesday evenings are special at the market. Between November and February, a summer market takes place with additional food stalls, open-air bars, and dance performances to enjoy, while winter brings another market with hearty foods, warming drinks, and seasonal gifts.

Take a Guided Tour

On several days of the week you can take a Hunt & Gather Food Tour around the market, where you can take in the vibrant bustle of the market while learning more about the food and its history. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for tasters, and you’ll get to know the stories that imbue this cultural hotspot.

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