A perfect marketplace very close to the heart of Melbourne. A must visit if travelling to Victoria Australia
LUCKILY ,I was in Melbourne and looking for some early morning exercise before heading to the airport. My opinion is that these markets are on par with the Central Markets in Adelaide, (which i will review in detail once another visit is made) , why do they stand out, because they manage to capture the culture and the personality of the region. Melbourne has a very large Italian community, and its so apparent when talking to the wonderful people that make up this marketplace. Unfortunately I only had 1 hour to absorb as much as I could , with my camera to record as much as time allowed, so i have added commentary from the official website of the QVB interspersed with my images .
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
The Market is open five days a week—Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday.
Also known as the Dairy Produce Hall, the Deli Hall retains many art deco features including the original marble counters, which were the equivalent of today’s refrigerated cabinets.
The range of produce available includes a huge variety of dips, pates, terrines, cured and preserved meats and one of the most extensive ranges of local and imported cheeses found in Melbourne. There is also a range of dressed poultry, the chicken shops also offer a variety of game meats such as crocodile, rabbit, kangaroo and venison, as well as rotisserie chicken. For the sweet tooth, a selection of mouth watering continental cakes, pastries, nougat and chocolates are available.
One product i did try was an amazing pure Australian honey from Bullfrog Creek,. Complete in its own honeycomb,
With 10 fishmongers, Queen Victoria Market seafood section offers the best range of quality fresh fish and seafood in Melbourne. The range includes fresh whole fish, fillets (both fresh- and salt-water varieties) and myriad crustacean species.
Fruit & Veg
Located in A & B sheds and H & I sheds, you can find Australian, Asian and exotic produce all under the one roof. Exotic fruits, the newest releases, and the range of product makes this a ‘must see’ area of the Market.
Queen Victoria Market offers the widest range of organic produce available in Melbourne. I Shed, which is dedicated to organic and biodynamic produce, is situated near the corner of Therry and Queen Streets.
As well as its 3 certified fresh fruit stalls, an organic dry goods outlet, and Victoria’s first certified organic butcher (located in the Meat Hall), the Market offers quality organic products through its delicatessens. Various delis offer a selection of certified organic produce including breads, cheeses, yoghurts, chicken, eggs and coffees.
You’re guaranteed to be able to buy genuine organic and biodynamic produce at Queen Victoria Market.
Offering a shopping experience like no other, The Market has become highly regarded for its amazing and impressive array of general goods. The variety of merchandise at the Market could keep you on your feet for hours, from clothing & shoes, jewellery & accessories, leather goods, manchester & fabrics, fresh flowers & indoor plants, CDs & DVDs, mobile phones & electronic accessories, handicrafts, authentic Australian artefacts & souvenirs,
Victoria Street Shops
In 1887, the two storey shops on Victoria Street were opened, and in 1884 and 1890, the single storey shops were opened. You’ll fall in love with these quaint specialty shops, each beautifully restored, offering a range of boutique items and quirky one of a kind finds
Elizabeth Street Shops
From the whimsical delights of Ambiance to the renowned coffee roasting café, Coffea, these shops were built in 1884.
F Shed Laneway
Originally constructed in 1878 along the southern boundary of the upper Market to divide the Market from the cemetery, this row of shops was initially used as stores. Today, these shops offer a wide range of merchandise with particular appeal to younger shoppers, as well as a dining precinct where patrons can enjoy cuisine from South America, Italy, Malaysia and Japan.
Vic Market Place Food Court
You just have to sample the food when you visit the Queen Victoria Market. Situated between the Meat Hall and the Victoria Street Shops, the Food Court caters to almost every visitor’s taste. The range includes Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, as well as fish and chips, sandwiches and vegetarian food.
The Food Court offers take-away foods, but also offers ample seating for over 400. The space is heated for those chilly Melbourne mornings and is well protected from the rain and wind. The modern fabric and glass canopy provides a stark contrast to the surrounding Victorian buildings.
String Bean Alley
String Bean Alley is the Market’s newest retail precinct, made up of a series of repurposed shipping containers transformed into artisan workshops and stalls.
String Bean Alley trades every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during the Night Market Season.