Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Queen Victoria Market Reviews: 4.5/5

Queen Victoria Market
4.5
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Queen Victoria Market is an authentic, bustling, inner-city market that has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for over 140 years. Home to over 600 small businesses, it’s a great place to discover fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing. Shopping at the Market has always been one of life’s great pleasures. It’s not just the abundance of fresh food, it’s the friendly banter with the traders, the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere, the special events and festivals, and the sense of belonging that comes with it. Queen Victoria Market is also home to the Night Market on Wednesday nights, showcasing global street food, live music and entertainment, festival bars, specialty shopping and a great Melbourne night out. Be sure to take the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a two-hour, guided walking tour where you’ll indulge in some of the best food the Market has to offer. Bookings essential.
Suggested duration
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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Maree Collins
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
I've always loved Victoria Markets. Meeting some really great people, shopping for bargains and also finding some great local artists and unique wares.
I was saddened to see the markets half the size of pre covid, but still enjoyed myself. Still a great atmosphere, and happy friendly vendors.
This year I had the pleasure in meeting a local artist, Ben, who creates beautiful coasters, plate boards and more using alcohol ink (my pictures included for reference). I chose mine because my favourite colour is yellow. It was great to bring back a part of a unique Melbourne artist.

Victoria Markets will always be my Sunday day out, a tradition I started many years ago.
Written January 10, 2022
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Andrew Goh
Singapore, Singapore6,366 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
A great place to visit in Melbourne. Love the variety of the shops that sell all kind of daily stuffs. You can find all in one here. Especially love the market where I can find unlimited fresh shucked oysters. It is really value for money and good bargain fresh seafood ! We also found place to get our fresh ground coffee, fruits are a gem that sell mussels pot! The mussel pot has been here many years and cooked really good mussel pot. Do try the spicy one with coconut cream and chili. Dipping in with bread made your day!
Written December 26, 2021
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Josh S
Hoppers Crossing, Australia4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Great place in Melbourne to eat and shop highly recommended when in Melbourne. You will definitely find some quality bargains and great food
Written December 25, 2021
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Gary712
Adelaide, Australia81 contributions
Dec 2021
The tour was a great education about the market, its history, and the chance to meet some wonderful stallholders.
Our guide Irene was very accommodating in answering our questions and we were impressed with her knowledge of the market.
We were probably expecting to try some of the more unusual stall holder foodie offerings as some were relatively common foods we already regularly use, but overall the tastings were very good and generous for a morning tour.
We visit this market every time we visit Melbourne from Adelaide, and again on this trip adding the tour was well worthwhile. The gift from the skin care business was an added bonus and again very generous.
Written December 5, 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hello, Thank you so much for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour. Cheers, Bettina
Written December 7, 2021
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Mel
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Brilliant tour of QV market this morning! As a local who regularly shops at the market I figured I knew the place, but our tour-guide Carmel taught us so much more about the buildings, people and produce. The store owners were generous with their time and tips for cooking, and of course the tastings were divine. Highly recommend!
Written November 25, 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hello, Thank you so much for your review. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Carmel and that you enjoyed the tastings. It's great to have a local on our tour. We look forward to seeing you at the Market again. Cheers, Bettina
Written November 28, 2021
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Faleafda A
9 contributions
Nov 2021
I suppose things are yet to pick up after the long C19 lockdowns. It was unexpected quiet for Vic Market. I'm more familiar with the very busy jostling that goes on. Love it anyhoo
Written November 23, 2021
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Robert H
Melbourne, Australia116 contributions
Nov 2021
Excellent tastings and chatting to vendors. An informative and well guided tour, a variety of stalls and quality tastings. Plus vouchers, bag etc, all combined to make it time and money well spent.
Written November 21, 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you back at the Market one day soon! Cheers, Bettina
Written November 22, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,256 contributions
Nov 2021
Nothing stands still forever and since the burst of activity following the lifting of the lockdown, the venerable Queen Victoria Market has shown signs of change, for the better. The variety of fruit and vegetables has improved, and prices are more competitive. Also, there is a more extensive range of organic fruit and vegetables, which appeals to a younger cunstomer base. It just shows that there's always room for improvement.
Written November 11, 2021
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia3,895 contributions
Nov 2021
Not as busy as i thought it would be with quite a few of the stalls still to reopen. There were plenty of empty car parks. We checked in with the QR code but there were no checkpoints to ensure we complied. About 70% of the shoppers were wearing masks but surprisingly only about 10% of the stall holders were - even some of those selling masks decided that they didn't need to wear one. I assume it must be classed as an outside location. We bought moccasins, runners and a personalised number plate for our grand daughter's toy car. Across the road to check out the deli section and pick up a kilo of diced goat for a vindaloo. It was good to be out and about again.
Written November 7, 2021
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Pieters
Condom, France8 contributions
Sep 2021
Sadly time change and will happily change again.

Suggest before going, check the security situation of the area - it is dynamic and can be very disturbing. Police vs protester.

Heavy 'militarized' policing on approaches to Market.

Calculate to be 'vigorously' questioned by nervous police - uniformed and plain clothed. You must have photo ID and 'not talk back' or be 'smart' - explanations that you are a tourist just wont cut it.

Anticipate sighting riot squad publicly deployed nearby, and possibly to get a waft of teargas on a bad day.

Although not illegal, you might attract attention pointing your camera or 'selfie' shooting in the area.

Recommend staying away from any stationary crowds, even if they are socially distancing. Do not approach armored vehicles, stay on the footpath at all times. .

Cannot recommend taking children, a potentially distressing situation that can be avoided.

Was a much loved activity (American donuts are a lifelong obsession) and normally a wonderful experience; but times change, and happily will change again.

The market office is always helpful - +61 3 9320 5822
Written September 24, 2021
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Queen Victoria Market is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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