Queen Victoria Market all-day guide

There’s never any shortage of things to do at the Queen Victoria Market. To really discover this iconic Melbourne attraction, give yourself a full day to go exploring. Here are some pointers to get you started.

A man is leaning on a market stall counter and smiling.

Treat yourself to a day of exploring the historic Queen Victoria Market

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. Nibble through a big breakfast with a difference (there’s black pudding), 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.

Hunt & Gather Food Tour

From the early-bird hour of 6am through to the afternoon, the market never stops. A must-do for foodies is the Hunt and Gather Food Tour. Tastings typically include oysters, grilled peppered kangaroo, local goats-milk cheese, and hot jam doughnuts. The tour departs at 10am Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A market stall displaying many different cheeses.

The Hunt & Gather Food Tour is a must-do for foodies

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. Once you’ve polished off lunch, choose a cake or biscuit (good luck) 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 through.

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 which houses gorgeous fashion and home wares at reasonable prices. If you need some pampering, head to Eye Am Hair, a quirky hair-dressing salon set up in a caravan. The Andrew Bertuleit Photography pop-up, which moves around every Tuesday, Thursday and weekend, is also a great spot for gifts. Choose to buy images mounted, framed or print posted depending on its purpose.

After all this walking, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up at Market Lane Coffee is essential. 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.

To find out more about these and other retailers, head to the Queen Victoria market website.

A woman putting a necklace on a display in a market stall

There’s much more than food to be found at the Queen Victoria Market

Drinks and dinner to finish

On Friday and Saturday nights, Simply Spanish serves up tapas, paella and share plates until late. If you’re hankering for a classic pub meal, head to Captain Melville on near-by Franklin Street.