Updated November 2016
The Queen Victoria Night Market is one of the original summer night markets in Melbourne and this year it’s bringing every Wednesday to life from 16 December to 8 March 2017. New this year, Melburnians get to enjoy the midweek, summer-fun atmosphere with a different theme each week, starting with ‘disco funk’ on opening night.
The energetic buzz and plethora of opportunities to indulge, imbibe and try something new are why I love these night markets. The markets now cover two sheds which means more food, more seating, more stalls and more room to move!
I took Lady AB along for a foodie adventure to see what we could find. There are over 50 street food traders to choose from so it’s always worth strolling around before deciding on your final selections. Nothing worse than food envy!
There are many more dessert options than previous years so if you have a sweet tooth save your appetite. Lady AB loves her giant sweet pretzel while I indulge in doughnut balls doused in Nutella and salted caramel sauce.
Every week there’s also entertainment though not much seating to enjoy it, and in fact I find the people-watching more entertaining generally.
If you’re in need of something alcoholic Coopers are serving a limited edition Amber Ale, Cheeky Rascal Cider will have a dedicated Frozen Cider Bar from 7 December and Froze (frozen rose) will also be hitting the stalls 7 December.
The Queen Victoria Night Market are fun way to make the most of ‘hump day’, whether you’re coming straight from the office or taking the family out. Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast.
- get there as close to 5pm as you can as it gets busier and the lines longer. Peak hour is 7pm;
- if you go early it’s relatively easy to find street parking close to the market at that time if you’re coming by car;
- $10 parking from 4:30pm-11pm in market car park;
- take a tram up Elizabeth St for the easiest access via PT;
- the main market is not open; and
- bring cash, not all vendors accept cards. There are a few ATMs by Therry Street/toilet blocks but with long queues.