See & Do

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is a huge open air market in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). It’s a major landmark and the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

Locals call it the Queen Vic Market or the Vic Market. It has a colourful history. Before it was a market, the site was part of the Old Melbourne Cemetery. Between 1837 and 1854, an estimated 10,000 early settlers were buried on the site. In 1917, 914 bodies were exhumed and re-buried in other cemeteries around Melbourne. Around 9,000 bodies still remain buried below the car park of the Market. Can you believe that? Most Melburnians don’t know that.

The CBD once had three major markets. Two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both of which opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. The Queen Vic Market is the only surviving 19th century market.

The Queen Victoria Market offers a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and delicatessen foods. It also has a large non-food related market where you can find clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade arts and crafts. Melburnians do shop there, especially if they live in and around the CBD, but there are other markets in Melbourne plus the supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths. So, if you don’t live near the city, you might not shop there.

The Vic Market is a major tourist destination. You’ll find all sorts of Australian souvenirs here. And it’s a very, very busy place.

Products at the Queen Victoria Market.

Products at the Queen Victoria Market.

Products at the Queen Victoria Market.

Products at the Queen Victoria Market.

Products at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

Food at the Queen Victoria Market.

The market is also known for the hot doughnut van, which has operated for over half a century. These are jam doughnuts covered in sugar.

For more information about the Queen Vic Market, including hours, stall lists, and what’s on, please visit the website here.

Comments

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  • OMG the prices … scary! But I love the Crocodile Dundee hats and the Ugs LOL Are those rain sticks??? I love them too! But ouch on the food prices! o.O

    • Cosette

      Yeah, everything in Australia is more expensive and these are cheaper prices. Markets tend to be cheaper than supermarkets and other types of stores. And those are not rain sticks; they’re didgeridoos, an Aboriginal wind instrument.

  • Yeah Vic market isn’t a great travel destination, probably the low-light of our Melbourne trip. But as you say, good for plasticy souvenirs.

    • Cosette

      It’s probably something to see because it’s so big and such a landmark, but it doesn’t make for the best shopping. Thanks for your comments!