24 April 2016 - Well, A lovely Sunday morning, and we took a taxi to Queen Victoria Market,the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. What you gonna get in Queen Victoria Market?
Exotic fresh food, ranging from of course the home grown Australian breakfast, followed by Italian, Asian, cafe, dutch pancakes, Spanish food, and so much more. you can have your food from the food stalls, food trucks, food court, and cafes.
The interesting Mussel Pot, as the food truck, so cute! I was like I wanna get fresh mussels rightaway, argh...but it was the early morning, not craving for mussels yet.
See the breads piling up at the corner like a brown mountain? That shows how crazy soup in the bread bowl can be....
We went to the food court, and ordered the morning big breakfast, turns out it was 11 Aussie dollars, giving you The Mr Sunny-Side-Up working on our breakfast like crazy. It comes along with bacon, sausages, nice!
So this is the big breakfast! grilled tomato, mushrooms, 1 sausage, bacon slices, 2 sunny side up, on a piece of bread toast, served you hot and sexy, oh yeah~~~
First time seeing egg tarts in Italian cafe Verona, quite new for me, but didn't try.
But the cappuccino in Cafe Verona, emmm emmm....enriched cappuccino tastes as it is!
Finally I just ordered vegetables rolling but it was really cold, and I don't like the taste at all, yuck! I was like eating the roast pumpkin in the morning and later on in the airport, I was like telling hubby: "No more pumpkin for me in this trip please!"
Finishing our breakfast, we continue walking around the big open-air wet market. Under the market precincts category, you ought to shop for delicacies, fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, delicatessen, organics, liquors and many more, all to fill up your fridge and in order for you to get ready to cook at home or f&b outlets.
It's just caught my attention how beautiful the minced meat was arranged, like a sponge cake, haha!
You won't say you can't get any kind of meats, as they have all the things you want.
This was gross for me. Who will eat beef tongue as a dish? yuck!
All kinds of fresh seafood, and the seller claims they are not frozen, fresh as the shellfish still breathing as you stick them on the glass. First time me seeing such a big abalone!
Just a glimpse on how it looks like at the market area.
Next, we go nuts for 'The Nut Guys'. My sister reminded me that I must buy macadamia nuts as they are expensive back in Malaysia. Bought 300g at 13 Aussie dollars. However, I forego my GB nougats as they do not have smaller packet for me, sob sob...my nougats!
I would say this will be the dry market area, where you shop for souvenirs, herbs, spices, home wares, clothes, animal skin like kangaroo or sheep, leather goods, flower and garden supplies, health and beauty (especially I love hand-made soap), hard wares, toys, etc etc. so what gifts or souvenirs I would recommend you to buy when you are in Australia?
Kangaroo and koala bears toys for those who fall in love with soft toys.
Australian Opals - special blue stone only in Australia, a special jewelry.
Beautiful blue stone.
This are all kinds of animal skins.
Some antiques for you to keep as memory or as collection.
Camel for sale? nah, joking...camel ride for 10 Aussie dollar. Basically, just for you to have a short ride on the camel. The kids would love this, well, now you no need go to desert for camel ride! just imagine the road is the sand!
Pass by this amazing street music performers using special musical instruments of flutes and guitars to entertain the people.
Ah ha, so Queen Victoria Market has been established since 1878. wow, such a history. Some fun facts I get from their website:
- the largest market in Australia and one of the largest in the world.
- Covering 7 hectares of land within the City of Melbourne
- 1917 Melbourne General Market Lands Act passed enabling Market to be expanded on Old Cemetery land. (Shocked!!!!)
Well, I did buy some cheap and nice souvenirs in QVM.
Queen Victoria Market
Add: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Australia 3000
Tuesday: 6am - 2pm
Thursday: 6am - 2pm
Friday: 6am - 5pm
Saturday: 6am - 3pm
Sunday: 9am - 4pm
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ivYPYcdRuPz
After that, we rushed back to hotel for the quick check out around 11am. And we continue with our city walk.
Came back to the Melbourne's Arcade.