Constructed in 1863 the Queen Victoria Market is the place to be to experience Melbourne life today. This is really a wonderful place to visit where ever you are shopping or just want to stroll about. Saturdays are the most hectic and are best avoided unless you really need to shop, however this is a most vibrant time for the big city market experience, while Sunday is a bit tacky. You will find every imaginable food item here, fresh, pickled, dead or alive, baked and organic / bio-dynamic. The old Deli Hall is a mouth watering sensation for cheese lovers like my self. Here you will get a good range of wood fired oven breads, olives, anti pasto etc. Anyone who hates shopping will love it here as it's an authetic working market for a hungry city.
Trading hours for the Queen Victoria Market are Tueday and Thursday 6AM - 2PM, Friday and Saturday 6AM - 3PM and Sunday 9AM - 4PM. During summer months in recent years there has been an exciting night maket. You can eat your way around-the-world in one place!
Queen Victoria Market, dating back to 1878, is not just a place for the shoppers, it is also a historical place, worth visiting just for the experience. The market is the largest in Australia, with just about everything.
It was my friend, studying in Melbourne, who brought me to this gigantic open market. It is filled with almost anything you need, from fashion (mens, womens & kids), accessories, make-up, groceries, food and unique tourist items... (for tourist like us)...
There are a lot of fantastic deals at that market.. but do remember that you can do a little bargaining at the market... do exercise your negotiating skills to know when is the limit.... :)
I believe the Queen Victoria market is the oldest market in Melbourne. It is open air, but the stalls are within huge roofed open 'sheds'" so it can be an all weather activity you can easily enjoy in winter too. It is absolutely huge - the largest market in Australia that I've been to.
It sells everything from green groceries to pet birds, fish and ducks etc, clothing,
knitwear, toys, shoes, material, leather goods, and especially Australian souvenirs.
It would be the first place you'd head for if you wanted to buy cuddly soft toy Koalas or Kangaroos (and many other cheapish 'made in China' souvenirs). The souvenirs may be cheap, but not all of them are nasty, though
after you've passed stall after stall of very similar souvenirs, the cute novelty starts to wear off. Still, many Australian souvenirs in regular shops are also made in china, so the market is your cheapest option. Definitely worth a visit.
The Queen Victoria Market is more than just Melbourne’s shopping Mecca. This 19th century market is a historic landmark. The ‘Queen Vic’ was opened in 1878, but the meat market building (except the Victorian facade) operated from 1866.
Fresh is the flavour of the market. More than fresh seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables, the market takes a fresh approach. Find clothing, baggage, toys, jewellery, new-age products and souvenirs at sinful prices.
Every Wednesday night from November to January, the market adopts a 'Bazzar' theme - there is entertainment, bars, food outlets ranging from paella to veggie burgers, unique arts and crafts, eccentric clothing, masseurs, tarot card and crystal ball readers, camel rides, and more.
Queen Victoria is a extremly big market. You can buy everything what you like. You need look around to buy the cheapest one. For exemple an australian keyring can be $AU 8, but can be the same $AU 3 as well.
Queen Victoria Market
This is Melbourne's biggest market, and it is just wonderful! You can find everything from Australiana merchandise, clothes, pets, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and seafood, fresh deli ingredients, all sorts of odds and ends. Put aside about 3-4 hours in order to wander through. Some people in the City do most of their fresh grocery shopping here, it is certainly a lot cheaper and fresher than the supermarkets. A lot of the stuff in the general market is junk, but it's up to you to wade through it and find those great bargains. The vendors also love to bargain - I've never bought anything from there for the price they first ask for. :)
If you're looking for souveneirs, this is the place to go.
There are also some great cafes, and there is even an office (on Victoria St., near the official entrance to the market), that has guided tours and cooking tours of the market.
Go to shopping heaven at the Queen Victoria Markets.
Fresh produce is sold during the week, and on the weekends they open up the real shopping area, where handicrafts, fake designer clothes, leather goods, sporting goods, books and shoes and lots more and sold.
I bought an excellent 3/4 length leather jacket here last year for $120, which is rather good, although not all stall holders are willing to barter with you. There are also a lot of hand made articles and local food and produce. By far the busiest day is Sunday. And Keeweechic is right, don't miss the donuts!! Also, try to take your cash with you if you can, they have 4 ATM's there, but the line ups are rediculous!
Victoria Market. Best time to visit Sunday mornings.
Lots of souvenirs, clothes, leather, bags,hats, in fact everything was there on sale. Huge covered market with aisle upon aisle of stalls. Good way to spend a morning
It is Melbourne's biggest and most exciting market of all. There has been a market on this site since 1859, and some of the old buildings have been restored. The historic market offers more than 1000 stalls of produce and merchandise, including a wide range of sovenirs.
Check out QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET located in the city center. I do see lots of tourists coming here by the bus-load! What amazes me are the lovely fruits (cherries, peaches, apricots etc), food stuffs and clothings on display. They also sell souvenir stuffs here. But come early if you want to get the best-buys. I think we were here at an unearthly hour that morning - 7 a.m. (no wonder I looked only half awake!!). Yawn.
The Queen Victoria market is wonderful.. Anything, almost, can be bought there.. the delicatesson area is a wonderful mixture of cheeses from the world, sauccisson, pasta.. wahtwever you wish to eat... At the meat market the butchers have their meats laid out beautifully and there is a cacaphony of sound as they bark their wares..The fish and fruit and vegetable areas are no less impressive.. last years designer Australian wool sweaters in the most wonderful of colours can be baught in the clothes section, and if a furry koala as a souvenier is waht you wish, it can be purchased hear..
PHOTO:-Queen Victoria Market Melbourne
The Victoria Markets are big and interesting. They have everything from souvenirs, clothes, live birds, cheese etc... You easily spend a few hours just walking around.
The Queen Victoria Market is a fun place. I spent a whole day here looking at all the stuff.
Just about anything you would want is available here.