With more than 600 traders, 'Vic Market' is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Visit early morning to shop for fresh produce, accepting tasters and dodging the booming cries of spruiking stall holders. The wonderful deli hall with art-deco features is lined with everything from soft cheeses and Polish sausages to Greek dips and kangaroo biltong. Check if the Wednesday Summer Night Market or Winter Night Market are on for hawker food, bars, entertainment and shopping.
Saturday morning is particularly buzzing, with market-goers breakfasting to the sounds and shows of buskers. Clothing and knick-knack stalls dominate on Sunday; they're big on variety, but don’t come looking for style (if you’re in the market for sheepskin moccasins or cheap T-shirts, you’ll be in luck).
The market has been here for more than 130 years; before that, from 1837 to 1854, it was the old Melbourne Cemetery. Remarkably, around 9000 bodies remain buried here from underneath Shed F to the car park leading to Franklin St. There's a small memorial on the corner of Queen and Therry Sts.
Controversial redevelopment works are planned that are likely to run for several years – if they ever commence.
Various tours are run from the market including heritage, cultural and food tours; check the website for details.