Wednesday 6 May 2015


The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, and locally as '"Vic Market"') is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Market is named after Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire, from 1837 to 1901. The Queen Victoria Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district. There were once three major markets in the Melbourne CBD, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. It also forms part of an important collection of surviving Victorian markets which includes the inner suburban Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. I love a good wander around a good market - it helps you get the feel of a place. Great to have one with heritage too #ourworldutesday

  2. Wow that is a huge market, It's great to get to pick your food,
    fresh from the market...
    Good old QUEEN Vic..

    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  3. For all the modern installations, it's that facade that captures the heart. This is a wonderful example of honoring the past while accommodating needs of modern society. Viva la Vic! I remember old buildings in Venice, California, where the architecture was preserved but the inside was a bunch of small shops. Later, they tore it down to make way for some modern monstrosity, and my heart broke. Thanks for throwing my faith a little lifeline today! Amy

  4. Its a beautiful structure, so glad it still is in use. Everything for sale is so colorful.

  5. Looks like this is a HUGE market. I bet it's a lot of fun!
    Thanks for sharing at

  6. What a wonderful place! I would love to explore and shop there. :)

  7. The Market is indeed significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage. My parents used to buy their fruit and veg there, and so do I. Great atmosphere still.

  8. I love wandering around open air markets. If I ever make it to Melbourne, I'll be sure to check this one out. That's an interesting entry way in your top photo. Is the face supposed to be Queen Victoria?
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  9. Such a vibrant part of Melbourne's past and present Nick.

  10. Impressive structure, inside and out!


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