Experience No.023 in Australian Traveller’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences
Always go to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market hungry. It’s an unbelievable place to simply wander and taste test – and a visit to the Wholesale vendor stalls is a particularly great way to start the day. Cheese, fruit, breads, cakes and more will be shoved under your nose for a sample.
In the 1960s the markets were the site of several shootings by the “Honoured society” – a group trying to muscle illegal Italian immigrant growers out of money.
Market precincts include Fruit and Vegetables, the Deli Hall, Meat Hall, Organics, Elizabeth and Victoria St shops and the Wine Market. Only closed on Monday and Wednesday each week, it’s any given Sunday that sees the market open up for more bric a brac items, with plenty of authentic Australiana souvenirs available.