There’s never a shortage of things to do at the Queen Victoria Market. For the best tips on where to go and what to do, stop by the new Visitor Hub on market days. Their local guides have all the expert advice and inside knowledge on what you can find at this iconic Melbourne attraction. Here’s their shortlist to get you started.
Breakfast at Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie
Scott Pickett’s latest takeaway-friendly venture, Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie, is an elegant brunch-to-lunch space showcasing Victorian produce. Plough through an avo smash or Belgian waffle breakfast, or grab something to eat on the go. The Mr P’s thick-cut bacon and egg roll (hint: add cheese) is one-hand friendly.
With your belly full, get amongst the noise and action of the meat, seafood and deli sheds for the full market experience. Many of the stall-holders are family run businesses who’ve been there for decades. Stop and have a chat and sample some of the delicious foods on offer.
Ultimate Foodie Tours
From the early-bird hour of 6am through to the afternoon, the market never stops. A must-do for foodies (as the name suggests) is an Ultimate Foodie Tour. Sample generous tastings along the way as you make your way past specialty cheese, antipasto, seasonal fruit, wine and more. The tour departs at 11am Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9am and 11am on Saturdays.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, stop by Books for Cooks to check out their huge range of cookbooks, new, old and vintage.
Lunch at Coffea Coffee
Snag a spot at the bar window and order up a storm at Coffea Coffee. The rotating menu of Italian-inspired, soul-warming dishes includes paninis, salads, pies and tarts. If you’re already too full for lunch, choose a cake or biscuit with a side of your favourite coffee.
Shop until you drop
Apart from collecting a drool-worthy selection of local produce, there’s also a huge variety of other goods to browse.
If you’re hunting for gifts (for a friend or yourself), Inner Essentials’ luxury candles and chemical-free soaps are a no-fuss treat. Next, head into Annie’s Creation and Collection for gorgeous fashion and homewares at reasonable prices. If you need some pampering, head to Coconut Revolution, for natural, organic hair, skin and body products. The Andrew Bertuleit Photography pop-up, which moves around every Tuesday, Thursday and weekend, is also a great spot for gifts. You can buy images mounted, framed or print posted.
After all this walking, a mid-afternoon caffeine hit at Market Lane Coffee is essential. Grab your take-away and head for the big white van, the unmissable American Doughnut Kitchen. No visit to the market is complete without a bag of their hot jam doughnuts.
If you prefer something stronger, look no further than ReWine. Selling high quality, affordable Aussie wines, all styles are available for tasting before purchase. Even better, they let you bring back empty ReWine bottles to refill at a discounted price.
Drinks and dinner to finish