Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market
4.5
6:00 AM - 3:00 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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  • Girlhistorian
    Fort Worth, Texas94 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, California193 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, China2,786 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
  • Lisa
    Toronto, Canada285 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okayish
    It’s been 29 years since my last visit and really not too much has changed. Lots of touristy souvenirs and high are actually great prices. The rest of the products you’ll find are not cheap, very little difference to shop prices. For fresh food, some fruits and veg a little cheaper than coles/woolies but definitely fresh. The famous donuts are not as good as I remember. They come 5 in a bag for $10, not cheap and not as hot as they used to be.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 November 2023
  • MattSt
    London, United Kingdom308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great market if you know where to go
    The food parts of the market are outstanding. You have to walk all the way through the tourist goods stalls to find the good stuff - which might explain some of the negative reviews. When you get to the fruit and veg and flowers turn right and walk down to the meat and fish, then go through to the deli, coffee and cheese area - this is the fun part. All the traders I spoke with were really friendly and it was a lot of fun tasting and grazing as well as buying cheese, olives, bread etc for a picnic.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Jestaurant-reviews
    Wellington, New Zealand58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday Funday market excursion
    We are visiting Melbourne from NZ and have heard good things about this market. We headed there via tram from Docklands late morning and got there just before lunch. The place was bustling with people, there was a huge range of stalls of things for sale. Some of it was cheap and touristy stuff, but there were some goodies in amongst it. The food selection was really good too. There were some young kids playing violen and piano for the crowds, and they were amazing. I got some of the crepes and others in my group got Asian friend rice and kebabs, all of the food was highly rated. The whole area was well maintained, toilets and facilities were clean and tidy and the market was set up in an easy to access and walk around way. Recommend to anyone that is new to Melbourne and is wanting to experience a cool market
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 November 2023
  • jeanboz
    Old Lyme, Connecticut36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delicious brunch at QVM
    My wife and I just loved this tour around the market. Irene was a terrific guide who shared all sorts of details on history of the market and many of the shop owners with whom she obviously knew very well. We tried so many delicious samples of seafood/meats (shrimp, awesome oysters, kangaroo, chicken and various cured meats) cheeses, pastries, chocolate and wine that we were glad not to have eaten breakfast and we weren’t hungry for hours after. The cloth bags we got came in very handy as we stayed for some shopping and found very nice sweaters for only $13 US.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 December 2023
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BigPazz
Attwood, Australia100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Fresh Produce and Meat market is good and prices and quality are good too. However general market selling nic-naps and clothing are a waste of time. It’s like a whole lot of $2 shops all selling the same thing under one roof.
Heaps of Chinese made Australian souvenirs or printed t shirts all selling the same thing! Not really worth the effort.
One thing I can recommend is the American Donut van . They are the best!
Written 16 February 2020
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Hi there, we're pleased to hear you love the fresh produce on offer here at the Market (and the doughnuts, of course). We're disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy the specialty shopping however we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Thank you for your review. - the team at Queen Vic Market
Written 23 February 2020
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SCBill
Aiken, SC144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We've been to many European markets and the Queen Victoria Market matches the best. There's the normal rows of stalls selling everything and a large food market. The restaurants sold reasonably priced cuisine from every nationality in SE Asia. It's easy to get to using the free tram system in the central business district.

Note: All of the trams in the central business are free, not just the City Circle tram. Go the the Melbourne tram website to check the routes out and see where the free area stops.
Written 14 March 2020
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Thanks for sharing your review!
Written 30 April 2020
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balijazz
Jimbaran, Indonesia204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This was a fantastic experience and it is an amazing market and well worth a visit. If you enter from the top the first part you come to is the clothes and souvenirs section which was OK but not what we was interested in. As you go down you hit the middle section which is basically fruit and vegetables. Here it was amazing to see so much choice and all brought in fresh every day. We went several times morning and afternoon and just before closing all the sellers are frantically pitching and selling their produce at extremely cheap almost giveaway prices because they do not really want to take it away as all will be new tomorrow. The final section is more closed in and is full of meats, cold cuts, pates and fine cheeses. There are several options for food and food stalls around if you are feeling peckish. The selection is mind boggling and this is just a great way to spend several hours
Written 14 July 2020
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danielbI4620JN
Adelaide, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Really enjoyed these markets on Saturday. Mix of clothes/toys and food markets. The food markets were a real highlight with some great lunch options and all considerably cheaper then eating at a cafe or restaraunt. Also great coffee from Market Lane Coffee. Easy place to spend a morning
Written 6 January 2020
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Jen
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoy a visit to the QV markets a few times a year but unfortunately its not as good as it could be. Its also a little embarrassing taking visitors to Melbourne who expect an authentic experience only to find cheap Asian made products at high prices. Seriously Melbourne we have so much to offer in local products and produce yet we continue to allow crap in our tourist destinations.
I give props to the wonderful stores at the city end of the market who are selling some unique, quality, handmade items...this is what QV needs more of.
Please QV market get rid of the cheap souvenirs and prolific sales of fake designer TShirts/apparel and add more local stuff...you will be on to a winner.
Written 9 February 2020
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ray raposo
Miami, FL1,339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We stopped at the Queen Victoria Market and check out the open-air, but covered, huge spread of stalls with clothes, hats, souvenirs, as well as meats, fruits and produce. It's an eclectic place for sure. There's a corner with street musicians who take turns singing, playing guitars, etc. There are some stands that sell snacks and drinks. They also have public toilets available near the street. It's one of the stops of the Hop-on Hop-off bus, so you can easily spend an hour or two checking out the area. The area is crowded with both locals and mostly tourists.
Written 2 February 2020
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Hi there, thanks for sharing your review! - the team at Queen Vic Market
Written 23 February 2020
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Paul stephen B
Melbourne, Australia442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
What more can one say about vic market except that you can buy just about anything here.
Its very easy to find the freshest cheap and expensive vegetarian products through to meat, seafood and even hardware and clothing and shoes.
As I visit Victoria markets quiet often I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for some great food to cook or just for a look.
The food court and specialist shops in the deli section are also have the best range of Cheese, bread and wines too..
5 out of 5.
Ps a good tip is to go early in the morning for a no crowd shopping experience.
Written 22 January 2020
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Hi Paul, you got that right! We are very proud of the huge range of items available here at the Market. Some sound advice, thank you for sharing your review. - the team at Queen Vic Market
Written 23 February 2020
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Gemma De Lissa
Tibooburra, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
It was a good place to shop goods. However, the parking rate is too high for a market. It will take at least 6 dollars to enter after 9:00 am.
Never enter the car park after 16:00, it will charge you more than 30 dollars even when you leave at 17:00. There is not any notice at the entrance to warn you that.
Written 30 March 2020
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Hi there, we would like to know more information so our team can follow this up. Please send full details to feedback@qvm.com.au.
Written 30 April 2020
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Karen G
Lamb Island, Australia1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
My friend and I are in Melbourne for this week. We were told of and went to the first of the seasonal night markets on Wednesday 22. We enquired about a wheelchair as I have a gimpy leg and long walking is difficult. We were told there was only one. At the time we asked if had already been borrowed. (600pm) The nice man (Steve) in the Traders Hub offered to call me when it was returned if we were still there. He did call about half an hour later. We probably would have left any time around that call. We ended up staying another 2 hours with my dear friend pushing me. We had a lovely time. We now have more great memories of our holiday.

I’d just like to suggest that more wheelchairs be available so other people with anything gimpy can also enjoy the markets without ending their night in a world of pain. Or not bothering to go at all. It really is an experience to enjoy.
Written 23 January 2020
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Hi Karen, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We really are so glad that you were able to (comfortably) enjoy the night market, and we thank you for your feedback. - the team at Queen Vic Market
Written 23 February 2020
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Luckytina11
Leicester, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
What a great market! We had food and loved the experience, from the live band to the stalls. I bought a personalised bag especially made phone covers and more. Only open Wednesday nights 7-10pm in summer months
Written 3 March 2020
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