The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is famous for its seemingly endless fresh food stalls. During this 2-hour walking tour, your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the iconic food precincts and offer you a slection of tastings from the market stalls. Tastings are dependent on what is fresh on the day but usually include Coffin Bay oysters, grilled peppered kangaroo, pickled octopus, a selection of local cheese, fresh dolmades and Victorian olives. Discover the heritage and culture of the market and listen to stories about the traders who have shaped the market since 1878. This small-group tour is limited to 12 food-lovers per guide.
Meet your small group at a prearranged spot in Queen Victoria Market. The historic landmark, whose nicknames include "Vic Market" and "Queen Vic," was established over two city blocks in 1878. Five days a week, vendors set up shop in the laneways. Organic produce bursts from crates labeled by region, and stands overflow with honey, spices, and other local goods. Pates, cheeses, and dips fill Deli Hall, also known as the Dairy Produce Hall. Around every corner, there's a sight to see, and your guide will point out details easy to miss in the bustling market throughout the 2-hour tour. While most of the market is filled with tables and stands, you can also find specialty shops. Gourmet breads are sold over at the bustling M&G Caiafa, nuts, dried fruits and grains abound. For a sweet treat, head to the American Doughnut Kitchen, where you can indulge in famous hot jam doughnut. For handmade pasta of all shapes and sizes, step into the Traditional Pasta Shop. At the end of your guided tour, enjoy a fruit platter! Sample tasting menu, subject to change: • Coffin Bay oysters • Hot jam doughnuts • Grilled peppered kangaroo • Pickled octopus • Local goats’ milk cheese • Fresh dolmades • Victorian olives Please note: Tastings are seasonal and dependent on what’s new and currently popular at the market.