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Queen Victoria Market

If you are planning a picnic at Birrarung Marr or the Botanic Gardens or just looking for some affordable souvenirs, head to the Queen Victoria market, one of the largest open-air markets in the Southern Hemisphere, with almost 50 percent of the market dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood, cold cuts and cheese. A popular meeting place for locals and foreigners, this cosmopolitan market is best visited on a Sunday when adjacent Queen Street is closed down and converted into a sidewalk café area, where buskers entertain passers-by and children's rides are available. Officially opened in 1878, the Queen Victoria Market has been affectionately frequented by Melbournians for more than 125 years and still proves to be the best place for perusing a myriad of clothing, shoes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, antique and toy stalls.

Address: Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Street

Website: www.qvm.com.au

Telephone: (03) 9320 5822

Transport: Catch any tram heading north along Elizabeth and William Streets. Stop at either Franklin or Victoria Street corner

Opening times: Tuesday and Thursday: from 6am to 2pm; Friday: from 6am to 5pm; Saturday: from 6am to 3pm; Sunday: from 9am to 4pm