Eat Your Way Around Europa Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Melbourne just can’t get enough of city night markets! So in between the massive seasons of the Summer Night Market and the Winter Night Market, Queen Victoria Market hosts the Europa Night Market.

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The night market at Queen Victoria Market is a 6-week extravaganza of all things European. This year, it’s running from Wednesday 27 September to Wednesday 25 October 2023. 

Enjoy a weekly line-up:

  • Wed 27 Sep: Italian Night
  • Wed 4 Oct: Bavarian Night
  • Wed 11 Oct: French Provincial Night
  • Wed 18 Oct: Iberian Night
  • Wed 25 Oct: Mediterranean Night
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At the Europa Night Market you can expect your favourite European street eats under Melbourne’s iconic sheds at Queen Vic Market, making it a great all-weather night out.

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While it is smaller than the Summer Night Market and the Winter Night Market, you’ll notice that many of the food vendors are familiar faces.

In previous years we’ve enjoyed 400 Gradi pizza…

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….pillowy, calorific gelato-filled donuts (the kids still talk about this years later)…

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…and plenty of other savoury and sweet European delights from the Mediterranean to Eastern Europe.  

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I highly recommend the giant pans of paella for a filling feed! I also encourage you to BYO reusable containers and cutlery to avoid adding to single-use waste going to landfill (or recycling).

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Every stallholder I bought from was happy to use my containers. 

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As well as eating your fill browse the art, craft and design stalls and there’s a weekly calendar of live entertainment, from kitschy Eurovision-style acts to traditional music. Disco dancing anyone?

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The Europa Night Market is a fun way to break up your weekday routine and it’s an easy place to take the family out as there’s something for everyone. Entry is free – just bring money for your food and drinks.

If you’re going with kids my big tip is to get there early at 5pm (or even 4:45pm!) to take advantage of easier parking, shorter lines and more seating.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”]Tips for Europa Night Market:

  • get there as close to 5pm (or even 4:45pm) 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;
  • $15 parking from 4:30pm-11pm in market car park;
  • take a tram up Elizabeth St for the easiest access via PT;
  • you can now book a table for a group of 6 and reserve your spot for $10 per person here;
  • the main market is not open; and
  • bring your own container, cutlery and reusable napkins to avoid single-use items going into landfill or recycling.


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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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