Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Victoria

Typical isle in the Queen Victoria Market

Typical isle in the Queen Victoria Market

Today Alex and I are visitng Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Market, located at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street since 1878. 

We are taking Alex’s mum out for the day for a bit of retail therapy and given the market is spread over 2 city blocks, there should be enought to look at. 

Today is also a Turkish Pazar at the Queen Victoria Market.  This means there is a selection of Turkish foods and wares available to buy.

Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne icon and top tourist destination.  The market is popular at weekends as well as weekdays, with a range of foods available in the meat hall or the deli hall or the fruit and vegetable precinct…take your pick.  Also available are a variety of tours, ever changing featured events and night markets.

While handy to the city by tram, we are driving today and it is pretty easy to find some parking in the carpark located next to the market…happy days.

With our first coffee in hand we set off up and down the many isles selling general merchandise, all located undercover of the original sheds.

The types of goods for sale under the sheds include lots of clothes, ugg boots, fragrant soaps, leather goods, pictures etc etc etc. 

Clothes and prints for sale at the Queen Victoria Market

Clothes and prints for sale at the Queen Victoria Market

The variety of items availalble to purchase is good but I can’t see anything that we “need” to buy.  Our trip today is more about taking Alex’s mum out for the afternoon…right Alex?  Yet still Alex manages to find some shoes for himself to buy for a good price.  Alex’s mum also makes a purchase.

Located between the sheds and the food halls, we reach the “Turkish” component of the market which comprises some market tents selling food, turkish coffee and something called “Turkish Magic”. 

We sample the Turkish Gozleme with baby spinach and feta cheese.  I have to say this seems expensive at $10 each.  The grilled corn on a cob seems more reasonable at $3 per cob.

We finish our circuit of the market when we come across the Turkish musicians banging drums, obviously playing and singing in Turkish.

Turkish musicians

Turkish musicians

I can’t understand any of it…its all Turkish to me. 

We decide we are officially done for the day and make our way back to the car.  Our parking has frustratingly just ticked over (by 4 minutes) to the 3 hour mark.  The extra 4 minutes of shopping now translates to a parking cost of $11.00 ($8 for the first 2 hours and $3 for the next hour).

If you would like to learn more about what’s on at the Queen Victora Market check out their website.