A shopping institution for visitors and locals alike, Queen Victoria Market has been a favourite Melbourne site for more than 130 years. The “Vic Market” is located at the Northern end of Elizabeth St in the CBD and is the most popular tourist destination in all of Victoria.
Opened in 1878, Queen Victoria Market is an historic landmark, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as the only 19th century market in the CBD. Today, it is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, sprawling across seven hectares and housing around 1000 traders.
The market is made up of several precincts: The Deli Hall, Elizabeth St Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, the Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria St Shops and the Wine Market. In addition to produce, visitors to the market will find just about anything else they might need, including hardware, Manchester, clothing, jewellery, arts and crafts, shoes and souvenirs.
This vital and vibrant centre of trade is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; guided tours run most of these mornings. For a great night out, visitors can head to the markets on Wednesday evenings throughout summer. The “Night Markets” feature dining, wine, regional food, health and lifestyle displays, free live entertainment and – of course – shopping.
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