Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Queen Victoria Market Reviews: 4.5/5

Queen Victoria Market
4.5
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 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.
Suggested 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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Mel
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
The tastiest of tours
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Brilliant tour of QV market this morning! As a local who regularly shops at the market I figured I knew the place, but our tour-guide Carmel taught us so much more about the buildings, people and produce. The store owners were generous with their time and tips for cooking, and of course the tastings were divine. Highly recommend!
Written 25 November 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hello, Thank you so much for your review. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Carmel and that you enjoyed the tastings. It's great to have a local on our tour. We look forward to seeing you at the Market again. Cheers, Bettina
Written 28 November 2021
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Faleafda A
9 contributions
Relaxing and fun
Nov. 2021
I suppose things are yet to pick up after the long C19 lockdowns. It was unexpected quiet for Vic Market. I'm more familiar with the very busy jostling that goes on. Love it anyhoo
Written 23 November 2021
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Robert H
Melbourne, Australia116 contributions
Fun, interesting and top tastings
Nov. 2021
Excellent tastings and chatting to vendors. An informative and well guided tour, a variety of stalls and quality tastings. Plus vouchers, bag etc, all combined to make it time and money well spent.
Written 21 November 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you back at the Market one day soon! Cheers, Bettina
Written 22 November 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,934 contributions
Popular market shows signs of improvement
Nov. 2021
Nothing stands still forever and since the burst of activity following the lifting of the lockdown, the venerable Queen Victoria Market has shown signs of change, for the better. The variety of fruit and vegetables has improved, and prices are more competitive. Also, there is a more extensive range of organic fruit and vegetables, which appeals to a younger cunstomer base. It just shows that there's always room for improvement.
Written 11 November 2021
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia3,879 contributions
Always a Fun Shop
Nov. 2021
Not as busy as i thought it would be with quite a few of the stalls still to reopen. There were plenty of empty car parks. We checked in with the QR code but there were no checkpoints to ensure we complied. About 70% of the shoppers were wearing masks but surprisingly only about 10% of the stall holders were - even some of those selling masks decided that they didn't need to wear one. I assume it must be classed as an outside location. We bought moccasins, runners and a personalised number plate for our grand daughter's toy car. Across the road to check out the deli section and pick up a kilo of diced goat for a vindaloo. It was good to be out and about again.
Written 7 November 2021
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Pieters
Condom, France8 contributions
VERY CAREFUL with your personal security.
Sep. 2021
Sadly time change and will happily change again.

Suggest before going, check the security situation of the area - it is dynamic and can be very disturbing. Police vs protester.

Heavy 'militarized' policing on approaches to Market.

Calculate to be 'vigorously' questioned by nervous police - uniformed and plain clothed. You must have photo ID and 'not talk back' or be 'smart' - explanations that you are a tourist just wont cut it.

Anticipate sighting riot squad publicly deployed nearby, and possibly to get a waft of teargas on a bad day.

Although not illegal, you might attract attention pointing your camera or 'selfie' shooting in the area.

Recommend staying away from any stationary crowds, even if they are socially distancing. Do not approach armored vehicles, stay on the footpath at all times. .

Cannot recommend taking children, a potentially distressing situation that can be avoided.

Was a much loved activity (American donuts are a lifelong obsession) and normally a wonderful experience; but times change, and happily will change again.

The market office is always helpful - +61 3 9320 5822
Written 24 September 2021
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Kayla
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Good but over priced
Jul. 2021 • Couples
My hubby and I were very excited about this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly which made the experience memorable. The information about the market and having the opportunity to chat to stall owners was cool. We would have loved to learn more about the fruit and veggie aspect, but did love the fact that the tour was tailored to suit the specific group audience - amazing! A disappointing aspect was the price. It is very steep for what you get. It is definitely a great experience and every Melbournian should do it, but the price is just too costly. Please consider lowering this price nd having children free. They should not have to pay. In doing this we do think you would be flat out each day the market is open which is how it should be!!
Written 1 August 2021
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Joni W
9 contributions
A very delightful 2-hour QVM Ultimate Truffle Tour
Jul. 2021 • Solo
What a delightful, informative 2-hour tour! We were guided through the market by our beautiful and experienced guide Irene, it was lovely meeting some very friendly stall holders, and thanks to them for the generous tasting offers.
Written 10 July 2021
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Lynette W
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
A great way to spend two hours and learn about our City
Jul. 2021
What a great 2 hours we spent exploring the Queen Vic Market with our experienced guide. She was so knowledgeable and explained the history of the market from it very beginnings and how it had changed over the decades. The tastings were very varied, with some very unusual offerings! It was a small group of 8 people which made it easy to ask questions and interact with the other participants.
Written 2 July 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hi Lynette, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour. Cheers, Bettina
Written 4 July 2021
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jchant78
2 contributions
A must do.
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Excellent. Highly recommend. Irene our tour guide was lovely and very informative. All the vendors were friendly and happy to share their stories which we loved. Food tastings superb. Would do the tour again.
Written 28 June 2021
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BettinaGuide
Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour! We would love to see you again! Cheers, Bettina
Written 30 June 2021
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Queen Victoria Market is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue - Tue 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu - Fri 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
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