At the northern,
top end of the city (bounded by Victoria, Elizabeth, Peel and Franklin streets), is Melbourne's famous Queen Victoria Market, a carry-over from
the Victorian times. Queen Victoria Market has a rich history and was officially opened in March 1878. Many of the buildings date back to around that time, The Meat Hall, 1869, the Sheds, 1878, The Two Story Shops on Victoria Street, 1887 and the Single Story Shops on the same street, 1884 and 1890.
This is a working market with meat, fish, bakery
and delicatessen sections as well as scores of fruit and vegetable
vendor's stalls and general merchandise. There are more than 1000
stalls, most of them set up outdoors under tin roofs with iron gables.
The market has a separate meat hall and a delicatessen area renowned
for Greek, Italian and Polish food.
On Sundays there is a wine market. Cafes and restaurants pop up around the market. Most times of the year there are season events. Pop in to the Market Office in Elizabeth Street before you start your tour/visit and pick up a brochure to check out what's on. The Market also runs regular daily tours which an opportunity to enjoy all the colour, excitement and history.
The market is open Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00am until 2:00pm, on Friday
from 6:00am until 5:00pm (general merchandise to 4:00pm), on Saturdays from 6:00am until 3:00pm, on Sunday from 9:00am until 4:00pm. On Sundays more general merchandise and bric a brac stalls pop up around the market. A huge variety of food stalls are available throughout the market.
From November until March, the "Suzuki Night Market" opens from 5:30pm - 10:00pm. where the emphasis is on food stalls, music, art and craft and natural health products.
There are many other markets scattered around Melbourne and its suburbs selling produce, craft bric-a-brac and much more.
Jump on a No.55 tram in Elizabeth Street and it's a short tram
ride. Ask the driver to tell you when you reach the Queen Victoria
Market. You can also catch trams 57, 50, 19 and 59. If you're coming by Train then get off at Melbourne Central or Flagstaff Station and walk north down Peel Street or Elizabeth Street respectively.