Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Located on the corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s Central Business District, Queen Victoria Market is one of the state’s most popular open-air markets. Here, you’ll find everything from fresh produce, meats, deli items, and organic products, to souvenirs, jewellery, flowers and clothing. Unlike most markets, where you may find a fruit and vegetable stall next to a jewellery stand, Queen Victoria Market is divided into separate precincts so that all like products are placed together.

This not only makes shopping physically easier for visitors but it allows for more competitive pricing from stallholders. It isn’t difficult to find that perfect handbag, a great slogan t-shirt or even a fresh bunch of bananas as you wander through the different precincts. In fact, it’s as easy as simply strolling through the sheds and seeing all that the stallholders have to offer.

Most of the products are affordable, and there are enough similar stalls around that you can attempt to haggle prices down if you really wish to. If you tire of walking through the (often) crowded market aisles, you can always visit the shops that edge the market, in Elizabeth Street or in the F Shed Laneway.

Likewise, you could stop to eat in the Food Court, where there are plenty of different cuisines to satisfy your tastebuds. History buffs will be interested to note that Queen Victoria Market is more than just a bargain-hunter’s delight.

Officially opened in 1878, the market is one of the largest nineteenth-century markets still running in Melbourne, and most of its buildings are listed on the Historic Buildings Register of Victoria. Queen Victoria Market is open daily (except for Mondays, Wednesdays and most public holidays), and is easily accessible by foot, car, or public transport.

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