[Melbourne, Australia] For first time travelers to Melbourne, a visit to the iconic Queen Victoria Market is a must. You won’t regret it. Being the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere 7 hectares, it sells almost from fruits and vegetables to clothing, jewellery and arts & crafts.
For food lovers, simply make your way to the Deli Hall starting with McIvers Coffee & Tea. All my senses, especially my sight, were bombarded with the freshest foods, bright colours, big blocks of cheese and good-looking foods. A visual feast.
Make a round first before settling on something. You only have that much stomach room. If you are just wondering, Spanish chocolate churros, American jam donuts, Middle Eastern pide bread, Dutch pancakes, classic pizzas and macaroons are just some of international delights you can find at Queen Vic.
These are three food-licious choices without hurting your wallet.
Borek (Shop 95, Deli Hall)
There are not many places where you can get breakfast or lunch for only AUD$2.50. Probably the Deli’s most popular stall, it sells Borek which is a long Turkish pastry filled with lamb, potato and vegetable, or cheese and spinach. The warm tasty fillings and flaky crust make this real value for your Aussie money.
The Bratwurst Shop (Shop 99-100, Deli Hall)
Choose a sausage – mild, spicy and weisswurst (I would say go for the spicy). Then top it up with one of their ten sauces, and spicy mustard should do just right. Add some caramelised onions and you are in for some old school sumptuous European treat.
Café Ren Shop (Shop 93-94, Deli Hall)
This stall displays stacks and stacks of buns, burgers, rolls, wraps, foccacias and sandwiches made using the freshest market ingredient. The traffic-light colours on the toasted veggie panini are so garden-fresh they look like out of a pencil case. But I simply could not resist the ham and egg burger where the yolk just oozes with savour.
After you grab your food, take a seat outside to enjoy your buys and air, buzzing atmosphere and street buskers serenating you with amazing talents.
Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Phone: +61 3 9320 5822, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hours: 6am – 2pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat), 6am – 5pm (Fri) 9am – 4pm (Sun), Closed on Mon & Wed
Directions: Get on the Melbourne Free City Circle tram and get off at Elizabeth or Queen Street