Queen Victoria Market invites Melburnians back to iconic market

Queen Victoria Market is the first of Melbourne’s major markets and shopping destinations to see the return of specialty retail in its unique open-air trading environment.

Traders from across the Market’s outdoor specialty retail sheds and laneways are returning after being closed for 78 days (lockdown six) and 262 days (since March 2020).

Queen Victoria Market’s cafés and restaurants will also welcome back Melburnians for indoor and outdoor seated dining while traders in the beauty, hairdressing and personal services industries will be able to have up to five fully vaccinated customers indoors.

Diners will once again enjoy the flavours of Café Gilli, known for its Italian-style pastries, paninis, homemade lasagne and porchetta rolls; Brick Lane Brewing’s urban taproom; and Japanese-inspired sandwich bar Meet Sando.

For the hundreds of small businesses, the return to trade presents the perfect opportunity for locals to support the Market’s many family-run businesses and help kick-start the local economy in the lead-up to Christmas.

Queen Victoria Market CEO Stan Liacos says the reopening will see the Market return to an outdoor retail destination in the heart of the city. “Our traders are excited to welcome all Melburnians back to Queen Victoria Market, and we look forward to also seeing the return of Victorians and visitors from interstate in the coming weeks as restrictions ease further and the Market’s full offering returns,” Mr Liacos said.

Melburnians looking to rediscover Queen Victoria Market are encouraged to explore the extensive range of locally and Australian-made products from independent makers, creators and producers – each showcasing unique craftsmanship and authenticity across clothing, homewares, jewellery, skincare, plants, art, books and more.

The much-loved Melbourne Book Market will also make its long-awaited return with a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and second-hand titles, selected and presented by some of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers, authors, illustrators and book creators. Visitors can find Melbourne Book Market in the Market’s L shed on Saturday and Sunday.


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