Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia


Let’s mix things up a little with something from Melbourne since I haven’t written much about the place in the last months (not that I have written much at all anyway).

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Queen Victoria Market (I will abbreviate as QV for your reading ease)… quite a popular tourist attraction, where you not only can buy groceries, but a heap of other useful and potentially useless items as well. Despite having already seen the market back in 2008, I decided to pay another trip the other day. Getting there is fairly simple: if you’re already in the city centre, you’ll need to take the tram up Elizabeth Street until you reach the tram stop right in front of the market. If you’re coming in from the suburbs, just grab the train line that gets you to either Flagstaff station (on weekdays) or Flinders Street (on weekends) and follow the tram line from there.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s trams network is quite extensive, so for inner-city dwellers, you’re in luck to have plenty of public transport options (I myself live outside the tram zones and am left to the trains and buses (still convenient, but there is a sense of loss) ;)

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

If you enter that brown building you saw in the first picture, you’ll come across the butchers (vegetarians beware if you’re not accustomed to seeing lots of meat in the one place). The market essentially has a few major areas: butchers, grocers, a market for dried foods (e.g. cheese, sausages, etc.) and the larger area of stalls at the back. To get the best experience, I suggest you wake up early.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

If I lived closer to the city, I wouldn’t actually mind shopping here on weekends as you can definitely get some good deals on food…

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

… there’s also the food court just next to the butchers where you can grab a morning snack, which was what I did.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

The choices range from Asian to Western, savoury to sweet. The pastries and sandwiches just look appetizing! Makes for a difficult decision!

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Plenty of signage to confuse guide you. :)

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Yes, call me a pig, but I was hungry. You also cannot NOT have a coffee!

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Tried the Asian “fast food” back in 2008 when I visited QV market, tasted not bad (nothing beats eating Asian food in Asia), but this wasn’t at all bad. Others might have different opinions. I generally am not picky with food.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Cafe Verona’s coffee was not too bad. Just seeing the name Verona reminded me of my trips to Italy (Venice you will have seen, Florence I’ll write about VERY VERY soon!)

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

After eating, it was time to hit the market. Located just outside the food court, simply cross the road and you’ll have plenty of shops to look at. You can buy a lot of different things: plants, clothing, shoes, souvenirs, random gifts and memorabilia, snacks (at the local stands) and a lot more.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

This guy’s plant stand caught my eye, he had plenty of mini-cacti for sale.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Bonsai-cacti anyone? ;) hehe…

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

I believe this was the first time I saw real Venus Flytraps (botanists, correct me if I’m wrong). They were also quite tiny (at least I believe that they do come in larger sizes).

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

There’s plenty of souvenir shops here, so if you cannot find the ones in the city, you are guaranteed to find them here. Just have fun browsing through hundreds of stalls.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

The hall is pretty much decorated with products from floor to ceiling and you can walk around each store, each of which has about a 2x2m area occupied with plenty of stock.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Never tried Ugg boots, anyone can recommend them? They look quite difficult to wear, was thinking of settling for house slippers made from the material.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Memorabilia galore, the picture frames aren’t really my thing, but the canvas works at the back would probably be something I’d look at.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

This abstract multi-canvas piece caught my eye, looks pretty cool, but certainly isn’t cheap. I wonder if it’s an actual painting or simply a print.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Plenty of fun t-shirts for the tourist. I remember myself buying t-shirts as I worked my way around the world last year.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

QV Market, since 1878 and still going strong, promoting an environmentally sustainable market. There’s also a map for you to look at in case you’re lost (but it is honestly quite difficult to get lost).

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Italian goods, 50% off, reminded me of the shops I saw in Italy.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Here’s a little cafe near the stalls, nicely designed shack for a quick coffee stop.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

As an engineer in water systems, it would be quite un-geeky of me to not take a picture of this information board about their water harvesting and reuse system. With the amount of roof that QV market has, it is not surprising that it would make harvesting of rainwater for toilet flushing feasible!

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

As you work your way through the market, you are still reminded that you are in the CBD. Plenty of tall buildings around!

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

If you’re planning of taking your time to look at every individual stall, then I suppose you may need at least 2 hours at the market, but if you’re interested in checking out what QV Market is generally about, then an hour is sufficient. Just be sure to visit the actual grocery areas and not simply the stores.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

There’s plenty of parking available. A giant carpark next to the stalls has quite a few spots and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a spot even closer.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

To help the market atmosphere, you will find buskers, sometimes in larger groups.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Headed back through the grocery section to the exit. Stopped to admire the produce…

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Plenty of fruits to choose from and they are very fresh.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Mangoes were in season recently, but have increased in price recently. These cherries look very interesting, but AUD30.00 a box isn’t something I’d readily buy. I’m not a big cherry fan anyway.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

You can get honey and other jarred/canned/dried produce in the market hall next to the butchers. Cheese and sausages are also available.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

They also sell a lot of other nice things to satisfy your hunger needs! :)

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

If you care for a little alcohol, you can also stop by to pick up a few bottles of wine.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Overall, QV market is a good mix between grocery shopping, souvenirs for tourists and a good dose of weekend relaxation and “Ambiance”.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia


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  1. #1 by Guangzhou Travel Guide on February 15, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Went to the Victoria markets when I was in Melbourne for the weekend and had a lovley time. There fresh produce is world class, with evrything you could possibly want from fresh fruit and veg to every variety of meat and deli items, also fresh pasta. Everything looked so good.

  2. #2 by Viet Luu on January 10, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    hi… do you think you could send me the full size of this image? http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterbach/6789197675/

    i’m trying to identify one of these plants. if i could get a bigger picture of it i could ask my biology teacher.

    it’s not that big of a deal but.. it’d be awesome. i was there in australia… and i really liked that plant, it’s the reddish flower looking leaves close to the edge of the right side of the picture.

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