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When I am travelling overseas I tend to find that the main shopping areas often have a “sameness” to them. More so when you go to Australia because many of the stores are also present here. That is not the same when it comes to markets. The major market in Melbourne is the Victoria Market that occupies over an entire city block. I have visited every time I have been to Melbourne and this time I could look at it in my own time without other people either getting bored or wanting something off every stall.

The market operates five days a week with different hours each day, and even within that different sections have different hours. It is actually several markets in one area selling everything from seafood and meat, fruit and vegetables to clothes and tourist items. I actually got there just after it opened which is often a good idea as it avoids a lot of tourist crowds that can come later in the day.

Meat Alley

Meat Alley has a full selection of different meats and seafoods. 

Each area in the meat section seemed to have qualified butchers and the building had rails to allow the dead animals to be brought in

Each area in the meat section seemed to have qualified butchers and the building had rails to allow the dead animals to be brought in

Inside of a shop only selling exotic coffee blends.

Inside of a shop only selling exotic coffee blends.

The deli areas consists of a large numbers of small shops still in the original kiosks from early last centuries. Everything from breads, pastas, dairy products, wines, cured meats, teas and coffees was on sale

The deli areas consists of a large numbers of small shops still in the original kiosks from early last centuries. Everything from breads, pastas, dairy products, wines, cured meats, teas and coffees was on sale

You can even buy birds either for laying eggs or for the pot

You can even buy birds either for laying eggs or for the pot

The third part of the market is given over to fruit and vegetables.

The third part of the market is given over to fruit and vegetables.

The final part of the market sells a wide range of goods.

The final part of the market sells a wide range of goods.

Many of the items on sale are imported from China

Many of the items on sale are imported from China

While others are clearly locally made. This guy was producing very intricate designs burned into the wood

While others are clearly locally made. This guy was producing very intricate designs burned into the wood

On Sundays there are two artists markets. One is located in the city by the Arts Centre while the other is on the promenade at St Kildas Beach. Both markets have a policy that the goods on sale have to be local work so in many cases you get to talk to the people who are producing the items.

Anyone need to know the time

Anyone need to know the time