A friend of mine came down from Sydney last weekend, which created the perfect opportunity to do some of the 50 Awesome Melbourne Things on my list. As our morning adventure had left us feeling a little peckish we made our way towards the Queen Victoria Market, opened in 1878 and still drawing a crowd, for a legendary treat.
Located at the rear of the food section of the market is the American Doughnut kitchen, churning out fresh, hot, jam doughnuts all day. As you wait in line (yes it’s popular enough to generate a line) you can watch the employees busily crafting doughnuts by hand.
At 6 for $6 you can’t really go wrong either. We began to tuck into the morsels as we wandered around the rest of the market. Unfortunately the doughnuts we had were really lacking jam, which was disappointing. Perhaps we’d got the ones at the end of a batch of jam. I don’t remember them being like that before, so we must have been unlucky.
We wound our way through meat and fish, with spruikers shouting their specials. Past steaks, and sausages, through fish and crustacean to the deli hall where you’ll find all sorts of goodies, such as cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats.
We picked up a few snacks for the rest of our day, a lovel turkish bread, some fresh dips, and three different cheeses to munch on, plus a bottle of wine that was decided upon after a generous tasting. All purchases ended up tasting delicious. Nothing compares to fresh produce.
If you’re after a bit more than food, the rear half of the Queen Victoria Market is an assortment of everything, arts and crafts, clothing, furniture, toys, you name it and you can probably find it. You could spend hours wandering the aisles looking for bargains.
We didn’t have hours, but we certainly had a good time, stopping off for another iconic Melbourne thing before leaving- coffee.
The Queen Victoria Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and if you’re buying from the meat and dairy hall, bring your own bag, as plastic bags are now banned.
Ghost Hunters may also find something interesting at the market, a portion of the location is built on top of the old Melbourne cemetery that housed John Batman’s remains. On top of this there are a number of reported ghost sightings including a young girl who wanders the crowd, bumping into people, and strange noises from the car park.