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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    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.

    Address: Northwest of the Central Business District

    Directions: From G.P.O. North on Elizabeth, past Lonsdale st. keeping Motorcycle Dealers on Left and Melbourne Certral on Right . Left to Franklin St. and fall over the Market.

    Enter and get the purse ready

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    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Victoria & Elizabeth

    Directions: Catch any northbound tram at Elizabeth & William Streets.

    Phone: 03 9320 5822

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    Queen Victoria Market

    by TarjaH Updated Jan 18, 2011

    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

    Address: Elizabeth and Franklin streets

    Website: http://www.qvm.com.au/

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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.

    Directions: Corner of Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street

    Phone: 9320 5822

    Website: http://www.qvm.com.au

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    Shopping

    by pattypoo Written Jun 3, 2009

    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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    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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    ? A must see - not too sure

    by PierreZA Written Dec 8, 2007

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    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).

    Address: Elizabeth Street

    Directions: Take the Flagstaff Gardens tram stop. It is an easy walk to the market

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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

    Website: http://www.qvm.com.au

    QVM entrance Retail shops Sunday market Fresh vege Hot Chocolate

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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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    casual walk to Victoria market

    by athena10x Written May 1, 2007

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    Depending on where you stay in the city, you will find it easy to locate Victoria market on a innercity map. I think that I went at least 5 or 6 times to the market because I prefer fresh fruits, deli items and coffee. At the VM it tends to be less expensive than coffee shops and good quality.

    Directions: Between William and Queens street. Northern part of downtown

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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

    Address: Corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

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    Queen Victoria Market.

    by a5floor Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    At Queen Victoria Market you can buy all kind of stuff: fruit, vegetables, meat, souvenirs... Really nice to walk around here.

    Faxnumer +61-(0)3-9328-2710

    Market Trading Hours:
    Tuesday and Thursday 6am - 2pm
    Friday 6am - 6pm (general merchandise to 4pm)
    Saturday 6am - 3pm
    Sunday 9am - 4pm (general merchandise from 8am

    Address: 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000

    Phone: +61-(0)3-9320-5822

    Website: http://www.qvm.com.au

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    Do your souvenir shopping here

    by lisha74 Written Oct 21, 2006

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    Before buying souvenirs at any of the shops in the city, I really recommend checking out the Queen Victoria Market. You'll find most of the same things here, and at much lower prices. Very fun experience either way.

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    Visit the Queen Vic Market

    by bsfreeloader Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Opened in the 1870s, the Queen Victoria Market remains a quintessential Melbourne experience. The market is at once quaint and boisterous, with nearly everything imaginable on sale. The food section is my favorite, with stall after stall of seafood, meat, bakery items, cheese, and fruits and vegetables on display and for sale. And as good as it is for food, it is equally good for people watching.

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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 ;-)

    Address: 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

    Website: http://www.qvm.com.au

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