Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

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Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9320 5822

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    Vic Market

    by aussiejen Written Feb 2, 2006

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    The Queen Victoria Market is locally known as the Vic Market. It was officially opened on 20 March 1878. Many of the buildings date back to to this time.
    The market is only a few minutes walk from the city centre or catch a tram along Elizabeth St or William St.

    The market is divided in two by Queen Street......upper and lower. The lower is dominated by the Meat Hall, which sells fresh fish as well. It is a real experience to enter this hall and listen to the traders yelling out their specials. The Dairy Hall is well stocked with delis, bakeries and poultry shops. Plenty of yummy lunchtime food available too.
    The upper market is renowned for it's variety and quantity of fruit and vegetables. This is where you will also find a huge array of clothing, leather goods, manchester, fabrics, jewellery, handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Trading Hours:
    Tuesday & Thursday.......6am-2pm
    Friday................................ 6am-6pm (general merchandise to 4pm)
    Saturday............................6am-3pm
    Sunday..............................9am-4pm

    Check the website for details of special events that are held here. At certain times of the year a Wednesday Night Market is conducted.

    It is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Side entrance to Vic Market
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    Food, Fun, Fashions, Fish & Fetish

    by ray_d Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Queen Victoria Market

    On any weekend, this market is open for Tourist and Local alike. Brimming with an amazing amount of odd, cheap, useful, useless and edible items.

    This Market lies over a few acres of undercover stalls and resides just Northwest of the Central Business District, no more than a Kilometre from the Centre of Melbourne.

    On either side of a road, that is closed to traffic when the Market is operating, teems with bargains, food and fruit
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    The tourist has choices of unbelievable complexity:
    No Vt thongs, but have seen some with a map of Australia (hanging on the racks).
    Tens of stalls carry a shipload of toys of every variety.
    Leather jumps up at you and clothes span the bedroom frolic-ware to the late nightgown.

    Bags from every copied Designer ever existing and shoes from countries yet to be invented.
    Didgeridoos, boomerangs, spear, message and magic sticks. Paintings, prints, caricatures, photographs, cards, books…this is too much.

    The best thing about it is that you can load yourself up with $50 worth of stuff and you have enough souvenirs to cover your imediate and distant family on both sides.

    Ooops..Have to go. Just saw a miniature, plastic, Pan flute-playing Monkey that will look great on my Coffee table! And it is only 2 Bucks…. Wowwww The heads nods!!!!!

    Enjoy.

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    Queen Victoria Market

    by ATXtraveler Written May 29, 2005

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    If you are looking for the best place to get that souvenir when you are in Melbourne, or if you are just the Steve Irwin of "Bargain" Hunters, then you will enjoy your time at Queen Victoria Market. QV is the home to many local area tradesmen/women who are available almost at all times to pawn off their inexpensive swap meet type memorabilia from Melbourne.

    Originally used as a meat market, the QV has now been transformed into an all week long swap meet of goods.

    If you are interested in getting a stuffed wallabie, Crocodile Dundee hat, or a Digiridoo, then this is the place for you.

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    Melbourne: Queen Victoria Market

    by Intrepidduck Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    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!

    The meat market, not for vegetarians to venture in
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  • The Big Vic Markets

    by grantravel Written Mar 7, 2005

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    The Queen Victoria Markets are the biggest in Australia.

    These markets offer many bargains for the astute shopper. You'll find that the items are repeated through each aisle, so if you are looking an item that is being sold in another stall you can bargain with them. I just enjoy just walking around soaking up the market atmosphere, having a wander around and picking up a bargain here and there.

    The meat hall and delicatessen areas in particular are renowned for fine Greek, Italian and Polish food.

    The main items sold at the markets are clothing (especially leather jackets), shoes, toys, jewellery and food.

    Not everything at the markets are cheap, so make sure you shop around and get prices before you spend up.

    Trading hours:
    Tuesday and Thursday: 6am – 2pm
    Friday: 6am – 6 pm
    Saturday: 6am – 3pm
    Sunday: 9am – 4pm

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    Cheap cheap cheap stuff on Sundays!

    by sweetie_inc Written Sep 17, 2007

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    Tips: -
    1. Best to go on Sunday morning
    2. Buy your souveniers here, it's cheaper by at least 50 cents.
    3. Have a hot chocolate from the stall in the middle of the market

    Queen Victoria Market is Victoria's premier open-air market. The friendly competition between stallholders, and their concern for customers, is what gives the Market its Old World charm and the addictive power to draw millions of visitors each year.

    Visitors, who come not only to shop, can be entertained by buskers who perform on the surround. The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melburnians for more than 125 years.

    The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.

    The remainder of the Market is used for variety and speciality goods, with Sundays being the most popular day for this category. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children's rides and other activities.

    Market Trading Hours:-
    Tuesday: 6am - 2pm
    Thursday: 6am - 2pm
    Friday: 6am - 6pm (General merchandise closes at 4pm)
    Saturday: 6am - 3pm
    Sunday: 9am - 4pm

    Closed every Monday and Wednesday, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

    QVM entrance Retail shops Sunday market Fresh vege Hot Chocolate

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    Everything You Ever Needed, Plus Weird Fruit

    by Lacristina Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Need a purse, cheap? Find it here.

    Need a cappuccino? Find it here.

    Need a didgeridoo? Find it here.

    (Well, perhaps no one ever truly NEEDS a didgeridoo. Still, they are kind of cool. My Melbourne friend says when it's played right, it feels like a thousand flies buzzing behind your head and on all sides!)

    Need veggies? Meat? Fish? Cheap souvenirs? THIS IS THE PLACE!

    Is there a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in Melbourne, than browing and munching your way through the stalls?

    "Weird" fruits are also available - see my travelogue on the subject - here:

    WeirdFruits

    Fruit Vendor at the Victoria Market
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    A bit of everything at the Queen Victoria Market

    by allikat Updated Oct 3, 2006

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    The Queen Victoria Market is vast, and there is a bit of everything here. Hundreds upon hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, clothes, flowers, toys, souvenirs, homewares - it's a market-lovers paradise (I guess, I'm not a market lover, but this market impressed even me!). There is entertainment too - buskers, music and of course the stall holders hollering out their wares. Outside there were even kids camel rides - somehow I hadn't quite expected to find a couple of camels in the middle of Melbourne! (I was even more suprised to be offered ten bucks by the mother of two toddlers who thought I was an official photographer).
    The market has its own comprehensive website, and it seems to have quite a bit going on - check there for up to date opening times and details of current special events.

    Go on - you know you want a didgeridoo ;-)

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    The best Wurst east of Germany

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    Although Queen Victoria Market is famous for its food stalls you can also buy other stuff there. It is closed on Monday and Wednesday. Trading hours are:

    Tuesday: 6am - 2pm
    Thursday: 6am - 2pm
    Friday: 6am - 5pm (General merchandise closes at 4pm)
    Saturday: 6am - 3pm
    Sunday: 9am - 4pm

    Check out more about the market here:
    http://www.qvm.com.au/home.php

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    Queen Victoria Market

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Before I planned or came to Melbourne, all I knew about Melbourne was this Queen Victoria Market. Malaysians would recommend me to stop by here to buy fruits and other things. Now I know why, because this place is very similar to those open markets in Malaysia. The only different is that it is much cleaner and organised. To me, this is just an open market like in Asia, I will not purposely stop by here to buy fruits and things.

    This may be a good place to shop for souvenirs.

    I will go to their food stalls for snacks again if I come by here. They have varieties of international foods like pizza, burritos, pasta, noodle, pan-cakes, you name it... almost everything...

    Complicated trading hours:

    Tuesdays, 6am to 2pm

    Thursdays, 6am to 2pm

    Fridays, 6am to 5pm (General Merchandise to 4pm)

    Saturdays, 6am to 3pm

    Sundays, 9am to 4pm

    The Market is closed Mondays, Wednesdays and the following public holidays: Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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    Something for Everyone!

    by fishandchips Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    The Queen Victoria market is an open slather affair with everything from fresh produce to knock off copies of big brand names. Located around the corner of Victoria and Elizabeth streets the market is quite large and it will take you at least a couple of hours to see it all - especially if you are with a keen shopper!

    The market has been here for many years. It was officially opened on 20 March 1878 and has operated in some form in varying forms prior to that date. Over the last 125 years the site has had everything from a cemetery to a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. In fact when the market expanded over what was the cemetary, more than 900 bodies were exhumed and buried in various other cemetaries around Melbourne. Of the rest, under what is now the large carpark rest more than 9000 early settlers!!

    It isn't really one market but rather several markets each with their own identity and name (eastern, western, hay, lower and upper). The market is closed every Monday and Wednesday, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. When open it's normally only until 2pm with Fridays until 6pm.

    To have a virtual look at the site see the site map

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    A big market in Melbourne

    by muratkorman Written Aug 15, 2009

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    Queen Victoria Market is a must-see in Melbourne. The history of this popular market goes back to 1878. However, the area has been used as a cemetery in time. This is the right place for getting your souvenirs. You will see many stalls selling all types of goods you can imagine. You can do some bargaining and you will definitely get the best rates for the items. Food options are also immense and you can get lost around the tempting smells. The market is open from 6 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 am to 6 pm on Fridays, 6 am to 3 pm on Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm on Sundays.

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    Queen Victoria Market

    by Kate-Me Written Feb 17, 2003

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    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.

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    Queen Victoria Market

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Budget shopping & others

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    If you're traveling on a budget and want to bring home some local craft or souvenirs, the Queen Victoria's Market is the place to go. There are many stalls here selling all sorts of made-in-Australia souvenirs & food. You can also get the cheaper apparels, some made in China, like T-shirts, pants & leather jackets at very reasonable prices

    The building itself is nothing posh, nothing like the QVB in Sydney, more like an open air market reminiscent of some Asian markets in Thailand or Vietnam

    Besides shopping, the QVM is also a great place to people watch, have some grub & drink coffee.

    Market Trading Hours

    Tuesday: 6am - 2pm
    Thursday: 6am - 2pm
    Friday: 6am - 6pm (General merchandise closes at 4pm)
    Saturday: 6am - 3pm
    Sunday: 9am - 4pm

    Closed every Monday and Wednesday, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

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