Queen Victoria Market
Polish sausages, Italian panforte, Dutch cheese, Greek homemade dips and sauces – you can find it all at the Queen Victoria Market.
Half of Melbourne’s population seems to gather here on Saturday mornings to stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and seafood.
Passionate vendors compete with each other by loudly announcing current banana prices or praising the quality of their mushrooms while fussy shoppers thoroughly examine oranges and tomatoes.
Tourists are attracted to the wide range of clothing, arts and souvenirs that are displayed in a separate section. On Sundays most stalls sell jewellery, shoes and clothing – this is the day that the busy, bargain-hunting grocery shoppers are replaced by families and tourists leisurely strolling along the stalls.
The market has a colourful and lively history of 130 years. During this time the site has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market, while retaining its old-world charm as the years pass on.
If you are visiting Melbourne during the summer months, don’t miss the Suzuki Night Market with live music, international food and a colourful mix of alternative clothing, jewellery and crafts.
Queen Victoria Market Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 6am - 2pm
Thursday: 6am - 2pm
Friday: 6am - 4pm
Saturday: 6am - 3pm
Sunday: 9am - 4pm
Suzuki Night Market Opening Hours:
Wednesday during summer from mid November to late February, 5.30pm to 10.00pm