Queen Victoria Markets

March 16, 2004

Queen Victoria Markets

The Queen Victoria Markets are a popular day out for visitors and locals alike, who spends hours trawling the stalls, and bagging a bargain. Last year around 8 and a half million people did just that. But to really get the most out of your visit to this historic shopping precinct, why not while away a couple of hours in the company of some serious gourmets, on the Foodies Dream Tour?

A two hour guided walk of the markets gives you a fabulous behind-the-scenes peek into this 120-year-old centre of trade. For $25 you and a small group of self-confessed foodies, will be regaled with expert commentary, tantalised many tastings of exotic produce and a presented with a well earned complimentary coffee at the end. You’ll learn which butcher sells the best in offal, and who has the tastiest gourmet sausages, try organic fruits like the pretty but plain tasting Dragon Star fruit, or simply stock up on super cheap picnic essentials like wheels of oozing brie, smoked meats and crunchy baguettes! It’s all here. For bookings and more information telephone (03) 9320 5835.

Across the road from the food markets you’ll find the covered market stalls selling everything from the once daggy but now cool sheepskin ugg boots, to candles, body products and more! This part of the market was once home to Melbourne’s first cemetery. When the city decided the bulging market perimeters needed expanding, they looked to the nearby graveyard. Decedents of those buried there were offered relocation of their ancestor’s remains – but it is believed that only 500 families took up this offer. The cemetery was reclaimed and the markets built over the top…A fascinating history and a fabulous place to shop!

Queen Victoria Markets
Victoria St (Cnr Elizabeth St)
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Getting there
By Tram: Catch any tram heading north along Elizabeth and William Streets.
By Train: Easy walking distance from either Melbourne Central Station (Elizabeth Street exit) or Flagstaff Station (cnr Latrobe and Williams Streets) and walk north along Elizabeth or William Street.

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