Daniel Machuca is an inner city resident and a lover of all things food, pop culture, science and history. He is also the man behind Melb Town, a blog where he shares his top places to eat, drink and have fun in Melbourne. Daniel is a regular shopper at Queen Vic Market and shares some of his favourite places to shop.
To Market, To Market: An insiders guide to Queen Vic Market!
I’m a big fan of the Queen Victoria Market, more specifically the Deli Hall. Yes the fresh produce is great, but it’s the deli section that really makes this place special.
My first place to visit when I arrive at the Market is the Borek Shop. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but when you’re there early in the morning, a lamb borek will absolutely hit the spot. My little four year old boy still prefers his muffins from across the way.
My next happy place is Pavilion Select Produce, more affectionately known by my son as “The Cheese Place”. It’s a great place to load up for when we have visitors coming over, and they have a great range of award winning cheeses. Again, the four year old just cares that he can have something tasty to munch on for the rest of our shopping trip.
Our last happy place is The French Shop, which doesn’t get an alias since its name already says it all. It usually has all kinds of excellent produce, but this past weekend i was especially happy as they had jars of little cornichons on sale, which are normally impossible to find.
The fresh Fruit and Veg section is always great, but rather than going to just the one stall my wife and I prefer to browse all of the stalls, we like to explore the stalls to find new produce, it’s the best way to try new things and to compare prices. Same goes for the Meat Hall, although we usually try and get there a bit later when there’s some heavy discounting on different cuts of meat, its a great way to save and bulk buy.
View all of the photos from Dan’s recent shopping trip.