Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne
Queen Victoria Market is one of the largest outdoor markets in Australia and, without a doubt, the best market in Melbourne. It is an icon of the city and has been open to the public for more than 130 years.
The main entrance of the Queen Victoria Market is on Elizabeth Street and you can get there from the city center either by tram or walking, if what you wish is to explore the area like a local. There are guided tours inside the Market that not only teach you about the place’s history, but also allow you to taste the unique products and ingredients that are sold there.
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Queen Victoria Market history
Although it's hard to imagine, the market is on top of an old cemetery and it is estimated that about 9,000 remains lay under the sheds and the parking lot of the market. Unbelievable, right? Before becoming what it is today, it was a cattle and vegetable market.
What can we find in the Queen Victoria Market?
Here you will find more than 600 stalls with a large variety of products. From fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to clothes, coffee, souvenirs and vintage items. Some days of the week, there’s also street food, live music and entertainment.
When can we visit the Queen Victoria Market?
Admission to the Queen Victoria Market is free. The place is open every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays. If you want to explore it without too many people, we recommend that you visit in the afternoon. You’ll find yourself in a much quieter atmosphere than if you go in the morning.
Visiting the Queen Victoria Market is not only about fresh food, but also about discovering the essence of the city, being a part of the multicultural environment, and even enjoying the events and festivals that are held there.