The Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne’s winter highlights and every year it gets more and more popular. This year The Winter Night Market is on every Wednesday until 29 August 5-10pm.
It’s fun to revisit it every year though as there are always new stallholders and food stalls to try.
A stroll around the market uncovers lots of opportunities to eat, drink and shop with over 30 street food vendors as well as 50 designer and artisan stalls. I am invited to take the kids along for a foodie adventure to sample our way through some of the many highlights.
Pizza by 400 Gradi is a sure-fire favourite with my kids – try a margherita fresh out of the pizza oven ($12).
We are also big fans of Wonderbao’s fluffy gua baos with a choice of classic Chinese roast Pork Belly with pickled cucumber and hoisin sauce or the finger lickin’ goodness of Korean Fried Chicken with sweet and spicy sauce and pickled radish.
I try the delicious mess that is a HSP – Hawaiian Snack Pack by Digging For Fire BBQ. I can’t even tell you exactly what’s in it, but just know that the chips and the smokey meat are both excellent!
We dive headlong into sweets, with a churro ice cream sandwich from Churro Kitchen (who looked like they were going to be stampeded by crowds judging from the early lines)…
….Butterlake pancakes (or Japanese ‘imagawayaki’) filled with chocolate, nutella, peanut butter and coconut instead of the traditional red bean…
…Extravagant ice cream sundaes by The Sundae Market….
…and decadent cinnamon scrolls doused in Nutella by newcomer Cinnamon City (too messy to photograph, sorry!).
There’s a regular calendar of live acts and performances every week. We enjoy roving musicians, magicians and clowns and live music on the stage.
The Queen Victoria Market’s Winter Night Market is a great mid-week winter ritual whether you’re coming straight from the office or taking the family out. My pro tip is to get there as close to 5pm as you can to avoid queueing and at that time it’s relatively easy to find street parking close to the market. When I go with kids I park right by the Therry Street entrance for 1 hour ($5.50).
- Pram access;
- Change facilities in public toilets;
- playground across the road at Flagstaff Gardens if you want to have a play before the market;
- Arrive as close to 5pm as possible to avoid lines;
- If you’re going with a group you can book a private table;
- Bring cash as ATM lines can get long (don’t count on stallholders always accepting card);
- Paid then free parking in surrounding streets (check street signs, I’ve been caught out before!) and the main market carpark is a flat rate of $11 from 4.30pm to 11.00pm on each Wednesday that the Night Market runs;
- Take the free City Circle tram. Get off at the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth Streets and walk north to the Market. Catch any tram heading north along Elizabeth or William Streets – Take the 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 55 to Stop 9, Peel St.