Holidays in Queen Victoria Market

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Queen Victoria Market showing signage, street scenes and markets

Soak up the atmosphere and bag yourself a bargain at this popular Melbourne institution.

Queen Victoria Market has been the number one open-air shopping destination in Melbourne for over 130 years. This historic market is built over an old cemetery and is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, comprising more than 600 stalls.

The market, which is open every day except Monday and Wednesday, is famous for its fresh produce, including fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat and dairy products. If you shop here, you’ll be in good company – many of the city’s top chefs source their supplies from the local traders. Mornings are particularly busy, with early-bird shoppers hunting for the best value and freshest quality and stallholders competing good-naturedly for trade.

When the morning rush starts to subside, it’s a good time to wander round some of the other stalls. The market is a magnet for fashion-lovers, who enjoy hunting for pre-owned pieces or rummaging for bargains among the rails of vintage and modern clothes, designer items and hand-made accessories. This is a great place to find unusual gifts or souvenirs to take home, at prices that will help to make your pennies go further too.

During the summer months, the market stays open late into the evening, selling deliciously tempting street food from a huge variety of vendors. Make friends with the locals and enjoy the heady atmosphere and appetising smells of one of Melbourne’s favourite al-fresco eateries.

First-timers who find the vast market a bit overwhelming are well advised to take a guided tour. This will help to familiarise you with the layout and give you valuable insider tips for spotting the best bargains, while also discovering a little more about the market's fascinating history. Tours can be booked on the Queen Victoria Market website, where self-guided tour information can also be downloaded for those who prefer to create their own itinerary. The market is easily reached on foot or by tram to the main entrance on Elizabeth Street, and there is a car park in Franklin Street to the rear.

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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
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3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$107 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$127 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
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W Melbourne
5 out of 5
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$359 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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4.4/5Excellent! (38 reviews)
"The hotel was amazing"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

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Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
707/534 Flinders st, (Enter via 7 Katherine Pl), Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$85 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$127 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$107 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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W Melbourne
5 out of 5
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$359 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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4 out of 5
8 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$86 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$118 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$91 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$309 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
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Park Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
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The price is AU$315 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
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