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.
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?