Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market, or the Vic Market as its popularly known, is a huge open air market in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). It opened in the 1850s and was built on top of a burial ground. Seriously. There are still about 9,000 people buried under the sheds and parking lot.

If you want to be a tourist, go to the Vic Market. You’ll find all kinds of souvenirs and the food selection is great. If you want to be a traveler, skip the the Vic Market. It’s full of tourists and souvenirs such as Australia T-shirts and plastic¬†key chains. To be clear, locals do shop here for food, but the rest of it is a massive tourist trap.

The market is also known for the hot doughnut van. These are jam doughnuts covered in sugar and they don’t look or taste like what Americans would call a doughnut. I don’t think they’re good.

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A jam doughnut.

For more information about the Queen Vic Market, including hours, stall lists, and what’s on, please visit the¬†website here.

Have you visited the Queen Vic Market?

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  1. OMG the prices … scary! But I love the Crocodile Dundee hats and the Ugs LOL Are those rain sticks??? I love them too! But ouch on the food prices! o.O

    • Yeah, everything in Australia is more expensive and these are cheaper prices. Markets tend to be cheaper than supermarkets and other types of stores. And those are not rain sticks; they’re didgeridoos, an Aboriginal wind instrument.

  2. Yeah Vic market isn’t a great travel destination, probably the low-light of our Melbourne trip. But as you say, good for plasticy souvenirs.

    • It’s probably something to see because it’s so big and such a landmark, but it doesn’t make for the best shopping. Thanks for your comments!

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