The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne. At around seven hectares it is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Queen Victoria Market was officially opened on 20 March 1878. The centrally located Queen Victoria Market replaced several smaller markets situated in different parts of the city. The site was developed in stages from 1867 through to 1936 when the site was fully developed.
The Queen Victoria Market is the largest, and most intact surviving 19th century market in the city.
Today, it is a major Melbourne tourist destination, adding to its social and cultural significance. Many of the original market structures remain intact, presenting visitors with nineteenth-century streetscapes and a working marketplace.
The Market is open every day of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays. Since 1997, on Wednesday evenings during the summer months, the night market offers dining, bars, live entertainment and a variety of other stalls. It offers both local and international visitors a variety of fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, and seafood as well as specialty delicacies. It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, souvenirs and handmade arts and crafts.
For further information and news about special events visit the Queen Victoria Market website www.qvm.com.au!