Winter Night Market | Melbourne
Yet again, Melbourne has been awarded as the most liveable city in the world, the seventh time in a row. What makes it so good that year after year this city has been able to secure its spot? The city has great infrastructure, great climate, great schools, and to keep its lively spirit going – great events continue to procure their places throughout the year.
One such event is the Winter Night Market of Melbourne. Winter can be long and dreary in Melbourne (at least for summer babies like me) but the Winter Night Market makes sure that Wednesday nights throughout the winter are warm and comfy. As dusk hits the edge of the city’s skyline, the decades’ old Queen Victoria Market converts into a thrilling experience waiting for you to devour it. The exhibit is filled with fascinating live music, slavering food stalls from over 25 countries, cold beers and warm buttered lemonades, illuminating lights, silent discos, global merchandise stalls, and so much more.
This year, the dates for this exhilarating market are from 7th Jun to 4th October. During these months, Winter Night Market takes place every Wednesday at the Queen Victoria Market from 5 pm to 10 pm. I got to visit the Winter Night Market a few days back and it was nothing short of an enthralling experience. I made sure I had my camera ready with me to capture the vibes of this place so I can share it all with you, my lovely readers.
One more thing that adds to Melbourne’s upkeep is the provision of free trams within the CBD (central business district). It saves you huge bucks while giving you the liberty to explore the city at your pace. Queen Victoria Market is located within the free tram zone; thus, making the whole experience even better. Once I alighted my free tram at the Elizabeth Street Stop 7, I walked for about 3 minutes to reach the façade of the Winter Night Market. It was gleaming with neon lights and invited me to experience this saga of food, drinks, lights, and fun.
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As soon as I entered, I could see a huge area that looks like a shed, bustling with people. Everyone standing in queues in front of their favorite food stalls waiting to get their tummies filled up. I wandered between various aisles and made my first stop at this Hot Buttered Lemonade stall by ‘Those Girls’. I’m always up for anything warm on a cold night so this seemed apt for the moment. Since I had never heard or tried this before I was quite intrigued and excited as well. I have to admit, I loved it.
Next stop of the night was this live cheese fondue stall that looked and smelled too good to be missed. I’m not a huge fan of cheese but I guess that’s when winter plays its role; anything warm – bring it on. It was finished before I could click a picture.
This stall called ‘The Soup Factory’ was probably one of the most famous and busiest stalls in the whole market. On sale were warm and flavorsome soups (vegetarian as well) served in hearty bread bowls, does that sound like winter to you? It does to me. I went for the lentil soup - seasoned with so many spices - that tasted super delicious.
There were so many other things and activities to do in the Winter Night Market apart from food. There were numerous stores selling merchandise, some of the best handmade soaps and candle, paintings, and the like. You could also indulge in a turn of Jenga or chess with your friends or groove at the beats of the silent disco.
Take a look at the photographs I clicked that evening, which shows how my evening was spent.
When and How to Reach Winter Night Market
Access: Take the 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 58 to Stop 9, Peel St. OR 7 min walk from Melbourne Central station.
Address: Queen St. & Therry St. Melbourne VIC 3000
Timings: 5 pm to 10 pm
Day open: 7th June to 4th October; Wednesdays only
Tip: Carry some cash as some stalls will not accept cards.
ATM: ATMs are available but there always seems to be a huge queue, so it's better that you get cash from an ATM that at some other location or be prepared to spend some time in queue (less if you are lucky).
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Finally, my time at the Winter Night Market came to an end and I came back home with a million memories and a bunch of pictures. Have you ever been to Winter Night Market? Do you have something similar to share with me in the comments? I’d love reading your stories.
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