Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 3:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Donna D
    Adelaide, Australia177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place
    Loved the markets. Not much open on Friday but easy to walk around. Saturday was very busy but I purchased heaps of meat and fish to bring back interstate with us. Absolutely beautiful food
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • fcajimmytan
    Singapore, Singapore90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winter night market and sat bastille day. At queen Victoria market
    A busy place and many things to see and happen today have morning sat bastille day and also came on wed winter night market. Interesting place with lots of things to see. Enjoy the experience and recommend to come
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Market is a bonanza for foodies
    The Queen Victoria Market, better known to locals as the " Vic Market," is one of Melbourne's top gastronomic attractions. Foodies will love the variety of food and vegetables on offer. The quality of produce is superior, and you can inspect what's on offer. The Vic Market is much-loved by locals and visitors alike.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Spot for Food and Souvenirs
    According to Google the market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays so plan accordingly if you want to see this market. We went on a Tuesday and it was well stocked but some areas did not have vendors and we weren't sure if they normally do or not. The market is full of every souvenir you can imagine and had better prices than the shops we had seen in the cities we had visited in Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can save your shopping for this market if you want those clipping koalas, a hat, shirts, kangaroo ball sacks, etc. It was all plentiful and cheap here. The market has separate areas for produce, meat, seafood and food. You can get a quick bite to eat here or grab something to make at home. Do keep in mind that it closes at 3 pm and the vendors are starting to pack things up close to 3 but we suspect some stick around later than that because there was so much stuff here. The Queen Victoria Market tram stop is just outside and is part of the free area in Melbourne's CBD.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Girlhistorian
    Fort Worth, Texas89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Foodie paradise
    I could have spent days in the food section of Queen Victoria Market. I loved looking at all the regional foods: fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat. Tea, nuts, on and on. My one regret is that, since I was traveling, I couldn't load up and cook a meal! I did buy Australian macadamia nuts--what a treat! And I enjoyed a leisurely coffee. The merchandise section had quite a bit of junk and was much less impressive.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 August 2023
  • obizerokenobi
    Los Angeles, California180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in Melbourne!
    Honestly, if we had more time, money, stomach space, and suitcase space, we’d have eaten our way through this market and then bought more food stuff for later and to take home with us. Though QVM is apparently considered to be the more “touristy” of the two major markets in Melbourne, we didn’t really get that vibe; both of them seemed to be equally welcoming to locals and tourists. The market is located in downtown Melbourne, and contains a multitude of specialist vendors offering food and beverages of all kinds as well as other goods like clothing and accessories that you’d find at traditional markets. We particularly enjoyed Little League (a café), Lunara (a Turkish Delight stand), Caiafa (a bakery), Ripe (a cheese shop), Market Lane Coffee, and Borek Shop. It’s kind of a shame we didn’t get to experience more.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,789 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for seafood
    Nice place for foodies, the seafood particularly enticing. Plenty of interesting shops and stalls to explore. Certain foodstuff e.g. fruits did seem to be a bit pricey so beware.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Travelove58
    15,599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting huge market for gifts, souvenirs, market produce, meat & deli.
    Huge market with separate sections for gifts/souvenirs, fruits & vegetables, and food hall where lots of meat/delicious are sold. Very interesting & wide varieties of products. Walkable distance from CBD/City area. Great place to browse & shop. But prices here for gifts & souvenirs are higher than Paddy Market/Sydney. But more varities & range are available here. A must go to place when in Melbourne. Allocate 2-4 hours for the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • guennie3
    Cambridge, United Kingdom421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great shopping experience
    Went here because it was recommended as a place to visit. Actually shopped for food and wine for a few self-catered meals whilst in Melbourne. Bought some amazing croissants, bread and cheeses, a fab Yarra Valley wine, great fruit and salad, locally blended tea and some unusual Byron Bay Muesli. Great shopping experience. Lovely friendly traders. Well worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Borntraveller55
    Ahmedabad, India171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must place to visit in Melbourne
    Every time we come to Melbourne we visit QVM. This is a nice market for locals as well as tourists. Local products clothes, artefacts, shoes, belts. Women's accessories and jewellery and fruits and vegetables are available. Vendors are sweet and polite. Spare half a day for QVM
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
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Chad K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Ultimate Foodie Tour was better than I expected. Our guide, Irene, had an incredible passion for the spot - it was wonderful to hear how she had grown up with the Market. The place is huge, and so going on the tour was helpful in breaking it down, as well as discovering bites from places I surely would not have stopped by without some guided help. Definitely recommend for solo travelers, couples, family, and friends alike!
Written 9 June 2024
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Caz M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Irene our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much about the history of the market and the individual sellers whose stalls we visited. There was so much food on the tour, no need for a snack before the tour. We tried fresh oysters, lovely cooked and cured meats and cheeses, pasta, olives, capsicums, fresh bread, doughnuts, and incredible refreshing hot Chai on a cool day. Absolutely fantastic tour and I wished I'd been able to extend my stay in Melbourne so we could've spent more time at the market.
Written 8 June 2024
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AChee74
Kuching, Malaysia1,290 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great big area. Nice place to walk around and embracing the culture within the city. Lots of things for you to explore and try on
Written 4 June 2024
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The vibe 😉
Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a cute place to shop! With a lot to choose from. On offer was things made in Australia and lots of local cafes to from. 😊
Written 2 June 2024
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Lisa B
New Zealand219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great place for food. If you live in Melbourne I have selection envy. You would be able to get any ingredient you need for anything you decided to cook. Some stalls with takeaway food are expensive but others are quite cheap. Awesome toasted reuben sandwiches. Loved the vibe, really busy though!
Written 27 May 2024
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Kathleen s
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand315 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It was certainly worth the time we spent although there was a lot of repetition in some of the stalls. we did find some good crafty items tucked behind the amazing selection pf fruits and vegetables. We managed to find something interesting and yummy to eat for breakfast and lunch but the pigeons were a real issue (for someone who doesnt like birds) . Interesting but small book market and a tremendous collection of posters which we will be going back to have a proper look. I would definitely recommend going but more for a general look / experience rather than a shopping opportunity.
Written 25 May 2024
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S K
Singapore, Singapore406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We found this market quite different from the South Melbourne Market. The latter was bustling with visitors and had a wide selection of cooked food stalls. Queen Victoria Market was relatively quiet , very few cooked food stalls but the raw meat , seafood , vegetable and fruits stalls were great! Unlike other markets, there aren’t many local arts and craft stalls and most sold imported China products and copies. Personally, we find South Melbourne Market to be more interesting in terms of variety.
Written 20 May 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Victoria Market is diverse, it has everything from seafood and meat to a wide selection of fruit and vegetables, We bought beef and pork mince so we could make bolognaise, and mature tomatoes to go with the meat when it was cooked. It's worthwhile going to the Vic Market, we also bought firm bananas and ripe kiwifruit, which was very sweet. There's a wide range of just about everything you need to make your life worthwhile, at a bargain cost.
Written 11 May 2024
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Sarah Swan
Tamworth, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide, Carmel, was so knowledgeable and was able to engage our children (11) by involving them throughout the tour. We loved learning about the history of the markets and we got so much more out of our experience than what we would have if we had gone independently. My favourite food was the Greek platter, my husbands was the cheese and meats and the kids was the donuts and fruit. Thank you to Benny for making my daughter’s day by cutting up a watermelon for her to try. Highly recommend for families or those that love delicious, fresh food.
Written 11 May 2024
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Peter M
Rostrevor, Australia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The market lived up to its reputation. If you go line up for the doughnuts. Especially the jam ones. Don't be put off by the line it goes very quickly. A huge range of stalls. A must visit.
Written 5 May 2024
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