The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing,gifts, wine, specialty food items,homewares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a short five minute walk away so we made this a regular stop to get some snacks for our hotel room.
The Market is divided into a number of Market Precincts; the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market. The market reminded me of a casual version of the food halls in Harrod's. My wife and I so enjoyed looking at all the tempting food items especially the fruit, cheese and seafood selections.
My wife and I love markets such as these and fully enjoyed shopping here for souvenirs, gifts, as well as some delicious bread, pastry, cheese and fruit to bring back to our hotel as snacks. The food very is very fresh and local which is something the market prides itself on.
The Weekday Hours are:Tue: 6am - 2pm Thu: 6am - 2pm Fri: 6am - 5pm
The Weekend Hours are:Sat: 6am - 3pm Sun: 9am - 4pm
What to buy: We bought a few souvenirs for the people back home as well as for ourselves. As for food we bought several mangoes which are my wife's favorite fruit (they were also in Mango season in Australia when we visited), some Roquefort cheese, a large loaf of organic chiabatta bread, a Lamington and some cherries. We also visited the food court where i indulged in some spring rolls which were quite nice.
Hi Friends, we loved "queen victoria market" because it represented everything that was great about melbourne -- busy, friendly, a little edgy and full of fab bargains -- from sunnies to candles -- it had it all. Central, local markets across Australia prove that Australia is still the most eclectic, beautiful place on earth.
Current hours as of 5 June 2012...Tuesdays 6am - 2pm, Thursday 6am - 2pm, Friday 6am - 5pm, Weekends: Saturday 6am - 3pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm
Ph: 03 9320 5822
Almost 1,000 traders sell their goods at qvm in vast open-sided sheds and lofty-roofed halls, five days a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays - Sundays). On Sundays, the whole area takes on a carnival atmosphere. During Summer the Queen Victoria Market also plays host to the award winning Suzuki Night Market.
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.
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
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!!!!!
The Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne's most historical sites, opening in 1878. It began as a livestock market and now has everything you can imagine. You can find literally everything here from fresh fish and fruit to clothes and art. There is also a food court. Night markets are open in the summer, from the end of November to mid-February.
It is also a major tourist attraction. You can take a 2-hour historical tour of the market for AU$16.50.
The Foodies Tour offers a chance to taste some of the fresh foods offered at the markets. It leaves at 10 AM every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and costs $22.
Trading hours are 6 AM - 2 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 AM - 6 PM on Fridays, 6 AM - 3 PM on Saturdays, and 9 AM - 4 PM on Sundays. The market is closed Mondays, Wednesdays, and major holidays.
Check the website for more info and special events.
I trust Queen Victoria Market when I want to have fresh food and soveniers to home.
T-shirts that I've bought from the market have been good quality and lasted long.
Note! Market is closed on mondays and wednesdays
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.
Well most women love to shop and the Market in Melbourne was a real treat to see, there was everything from fruit,veg, flowers, meat, clothes almost something to catch your eye. I was also interested in the way the stall holders transport their good to the market as it nothing like how we do here in the uk.
And the old building itself reminded me of ours here in the Uk, but it was probably copied from overseas as everyone in Australia except the aboriginees came from other lands..
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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:
Some travel guides name this as a must visit, I do not think you will miss much if you don't make it to the market.
The fresh produce market is most probably the best part. In the other part of the market you'll find mostly cheap clothing, t-shirts and other souveneirs.
The buildings, housing the market, is quite interesting.
Open 5 days a week (closed on Monday and Wednesday).
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
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