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“Great place to start your day!”

Queen Victoria Market
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Small-Group Walking Bar Tour of Melbourne
Ranked #26 of 414 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit Melbourne’s favourite shopping destination where you can wander the heritage sheds for an authentic local experience. Uncover a variety of clothing, jewellery and souvenirs, and taste the atmosphere of the meat, fish and deli halls. Take the 90 minute Ultimate Foodie Tour, a small group walking tour for food lovers and eat the best food the market has to offer.
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“Great place to start your day!”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

On a recent trip to Melbourne, I was taken to the queen victoria market on the second last day of my trip. The only regret was that it was raining and we didn't have another chance to return to the market! Start your day early and be sure to check out the operation hours as the market is closed on certain days as well as time.

There were so much to see and buy here and I think it's worth any one's visit because offers more than just the finest and freshest produce in one place but also the sight and sound of the people, making a living under one roof in this charming, lively marketplace.

I did most of my souvenir shopping here and it was an awesome experience because its a good way to chat up with the vendors and learn the Aussie culture. Besides food section, you can find souvenir stall selling keepsake, wine, pet section,handicraft, accessories etc. The layout strangely reminds me of the chaktuchak market in Bangkok, Thailand.

The fruits and Veg are mostly locally produced and very fresh! If you stay in accommodations that is furnished with kitchen facilities, you can consider cooking as an option, rather than to eat out everyday!

I say make a trip to queen vic, start your morning with a latte and do some grocery shopping and souvenir hunting in this marvelous place.

Visited December 2012
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“Worth visiting”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Just by luck were in town wed night and thought we'll give it a try. Luckily we didn't had a car and if you'r traveller or on holiday's its much easyer to travel with public transport anyways. The market isn't far from city centre. Approx 15min walk. There was massive food servicing and people were everywhere. Bands were about to start with live music. Crab a spanish vine drink for sure!! Enjoy the place with freshly cooked food and buy some suveniers or even get a massage!
Depending what you like, but just browsing there may take 1-2h

Visited November 2012
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“Suzuki night market, just go once”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Never been to this summer night market which is on offer only on Wednesday nights so we decided to give a try. Traffic to go to the city was a nightmare, then you have to look for and pay for expensive parking. Once there, although the atmosphere was great. The place was packed mostly with young people. The queues for the food stalls were very long and for the drinks/booze stalls even longer. There was not enough tables and chairs so we ate standing up. It was a hot and sticky night so walking through crowds was not an enjoyable experience. Food from the international stalls (Spanish, Greek, Malaysian, Korean) was not cheap ($8-12 per dish) but costs of drinks were not too bad. As a market, the items (e.g. soap, candles, etc) on offer were also not that interesting. Bring cash as there were long lines too at the ATMs. Music from the entertainment bands added to the lively ambience but I would not recommend this market for families with young children on strollers. One visit is enough.

Visited December 2012
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“It pays to arrive early”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

As the title suggests, it is far better to arrive fairly early in the morning. As a rule, there are always plenty of parking spaces available before about ten o'clock.
We have been visiting this market for over 30 years. Unfortunately, it has lost some character with renovations, but essentially it is the same. Fresh fruit and vegetables are nearly always far cheaper than the supermarket. some fruit is so cheap, that one wonders what the catch is. As it happens, there sometimes can be a catch. It pays to inspect the fruit, especially if it is a lot cheaper than other stalls. If all a customer is after is fruit for jam making, etc, then that is fine. Many stalls sell fruit by the box, so it pays to look for those bargains.
The meat and fish sections have been renovated, and look smarter for it. Unfortunately, the prices have also gone up quite a bit. Many cheaper cuts of meat that the butchers almost gave away years ago now sell for a exorbitant price. Fish, especially prawns, crayfish, etc are always expensive at this time of the year.
The deli section is always busy. Most of the stalls sell produce not available anywhere else. It is all a case of looking for that cheese that is just that little bit different.
The clothing section is always popular with tourists. They are always busy selling touristy tee shirts, jackets, etc. Most of the prices are still very reasonable.
They hire shopping trolleys, but we have found that many people who wander around with these do not think about others. We are always getting hit on the ankles by these trolleys. We tend to make do with a few shopping bags.
In its infinite wisdom, Melbourne council has increased the parking charges. $6 for up to two hours is rather steep. The side streets have parking meters, but they are the same price, if not more expensive. for those of us not close to a decent public transport system, we have no option but to pay these outrageous charges.

Visited December 2012
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“Great value”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

The best fruit and vegetables I have ever seen, the strawberrys were huge, and only two dollars a punet

Visited December 2012
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