When in Melbourne, a visit to the hustlin’ and bustlin’ Queen Victoria Market is an absolute must. It’s a Melbourne institution; a rite of passage; a historic landmark – it’s also the perfect place to get some down-right tasty treats.
Last weekend we popped into the QVM to pick up a week’s worth of fresh fruit and veg, but as they say you should never go to the shops when you’re hungry, so we just had to swing past the famous Boreks shop for a quick bite to chew on while we perused the rest of the stalls. No more than a hole in the wall, Boreks is famous for it’s authentic (and super cheap) filled pastries. I can vouch for the spinach & cheese borek being absolutely delicious and Sim enjoys the spicy lamb.
While we’re on the topic of deliciousness, I also stopped at my favourite Melbourne coffee shop, Market Lane Coffee, for an iced latte. Market Lane is just next to the Queen Vic Markets and I’ve written a full blog post about Market Lane Coffee which you can check out here.
Once we were feeling slightly more nourished, we ventured into the fresh food hall, which is always buzzing with excitement, colourful and LOUD. Every second market stall has an earthy-looking spruiker out the front, simultaneously re-filling their produce while chanting the specials of the day. As soon as I see a spruiker, I always think of The Chaser (any other Aussies know what I’m saying?)
Anyway, back to the market. The fresh produce hall is fairly big and you can get a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables here. I love buying fruit here because it always tastes so much better than the stuff you buy from any major supermarket. Plus, it’s good to support the little guys!
Once we’d filled our market trolley (yes, we’re grannies) with fresh fruit and veg, we visited my favourite part of the market – or as I like to call the cheese, bread and cake hall. In here you’ll find all the specialty meats, spices, gourmet cheese, bakeries, wine and small-batch chocolate shops.
Having satisfied our shopping trolley and our budget, we made our way to the tram to cart our goods home. On the way out, I spotted a gorgeous shop called Angus & Celeste which sells ceramics, plants and jewellery. Their window display is goals and as I’ve just discovered their website is quite possibly the most aesthetically pleasing thing I’ve ever seen.