Queen Victoria Market

Offering all sorts of fresh and quality products, jewellery and handmade crafts, Queen Victoria Market is a true Melbourne icon. This story began 140 years ago, and it has a somewhat colourful and controversial note to it.

  • The Old Melbourne Cemetery – 1837 – the first settlers, including John Batman, were buried on the same spot where Queen Victoria Market stands today. As the first official burial site of the city, over 10,000 people were buried there.
  • Hay Market – 1846  – the Market Commissioners in 1841 designated a small space of three-quarters of an acre as a future market site. In the beginning, it was a hay and corn market. However, on the 1st of August 1846, it was officially proclaimed as a general market. That’s the same site of today’s St. Paul Cathedral.
  • The Market Town & Western Market – 1848 – one of the things that distinguish Melbourne is the city’s long-standing tradition as a Market Town. In fact, the Melbourne City Council was in part created to manage all the markets in the settlement. Queen Victoria Market was the first fruits and vegetable market established in Melbourne, and it operated in that manner and place for more than 90 years.
  • Lower Market – 1867 – or livestock and hay market.
  • Upper Market – 1878 – was repurposed as a location for a school and a drill hall.
  • The Raids – 1960 – are the infamous part of the market’s history. During this time period, the “Honoured Society” was created and operated in and around the market. The case was later investigated for price fixing.
  • Protecting the Market – 1970 – this was a time of urbanisation when the plan was to turn Queen Victoria Market into a trade centre and a hotel complex. However, the public outcry prevented this process, and the buildings on the site were listed as historic buildings.
  • The Hall Remodel – 1975 – allowed for access to hot water, which doubled the size and space of the stalls. Furthermore, the first overhead rail system was installed for meat deliveries, and the same one is still used today.

Queen Victoria Market occupies 7 hectares within the Melbourne Central Business District. There are 140 leasehold premises and over 600 periodical licence stallholders. It is a well-known historical and cultural icon for the City of Melbourne, and it’s the largest and most original retail market in the metropolitan area.

The Best Fresh Food Market in Melbourne

The Market is, in fact, a fresh food market, but giftware and souvenirs have become an important part of the setup. These often hand-crafted trinkets have a particular appeal to interstate and overseas tourists. This year, the Market expects to have approximately 10 million or more shoppers visiting the site, making it an important Melbourne institution. However, the most impressive thing about the market is that you can find almost anything there.

One of the places you shouldn't miss while visiting Melbourne is Queen Victoria Market. Moreover, since Hotel Lindrum is located within walking distance, that makes it the ideal place for accommodation. You can turn your room into a CBD area home base from which you can explore all the incredible and iconic sights in the city.