Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is located on top of the Old Melbourne Cemetery, with more than nine thousand bodies still buried beneath the sheds and carpark
“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 (17 acres) 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.
Today, the Market is a major Melbourne tourist destination, offering a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and deli foods as well as specialty delicacies. It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes,jewellery and handmade art and crafts.The market is also known for the hot doughnut van which has operated for over half a century and become part of local tradition, being known for its jam donuts.The Market is open every day of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays. On Wednesday evenings in the summer months, there is a night market which offers dining, bars, live entertainment and a variety of other stalls.In January 2010, the Herald Sun reported that city planners wanted to transform the market into a “”gourmet hub”” by introducing upmarket food stalls. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he brought up the idea after visiting London’s Borough Market, which has a “”boutique”” feel that could work in Melbourne.”