During the months of July and August, Queen Victoria Market plays host to Luna 1878 Night Market, which is another gem in Melbourne. The night market is held every Wednesday night from 5pm until 10pm.
There are 20+ food stalls specialising in street food from all over the world. You’ll have a difficult time choosing your dinner – I know I did!
My friend and I settled on Malaysian roti bread with chilli and satay sauces (AUD$6.50) and chicken & sweet corn soup served in a small bread cob (AUD$12). SO delicious!
If you come here with friends, I would suggest going ‘tapas style’ with each of you choosing something from your chosen stall, then sit together and share amongst each other.
There are other stalls selling handmade items, photos, clothing items, sauces and a few more. For those who enjoy music, there’s live bands playing throughout the night. You’ll also see a flock of people coming in dressed up straight from the set of Game of Thrones! I didn’t get to take a photo of them because I was too gobsmacked!
There’s ATMs available within the market square, so you won’t have to worry when caught short on cash 😉
The String Bean Alley consists of stalls selling unique homemade items, and there’s also a couple of food stalls on the alley. There’a also the Silent Disco, where you’re given a pair of headphones and you dance away to your heart’s content. $5 entry, I think.
At the end of the String Bean Alley, there’s this cool pallet sculpture standing in front of a piece of street art.
If you go outside the entry to the market, you’ll see a large sign saying MELBOURNE. It was recently installed, and people have put those keyring thingies where you leave a note inside the plastic locket thingie – please excuse while the name of this thingie escapes me 😉
The market is easy to get to – there’s plenty of tram stops nearby – you can easily catch the City Circle tram from Flinders Street or any other stop around Melbourne CBD. Alternatively, you can catch 57 tram from Flemington; 59 from Moonee Ponds; and 19 from Brunswick.
Melbourne Central and Flagstaff stations are both within walking distance. From Melbourne Central, walk up north on Elizabeth Street, then turn left into Therry Street. From Flagstaff, head north on William Street.
There’s also the free Melbourne Visitor Shuttle bus – you have to get off at Stop 8.
Car parking is also available nearby.
Atmosphere is amazing at the Luna 1878 Night Market, and it’s certainly worth getting out of the house on a Wednesday night during the colder months. You can easily head there straight from work if your office is in the CBD or surrounds.
It finishes on 27th August, so you have the rest of this month to check it out. Don’t fret if you miss out, there’s the summer night market coming in November, which will finish in February.
I’d rate this 4.5 out of 5 😀