M.F.K Fisher once said ‘First we eat, then we do everything else.’ And I’ll be dammed if I ever hear anything that applies to us more. As a family, we have our differences, we don’t always agree, but if there is one thing that seems to bring us all together, it’s the pursuit of good food!
So when we first went to Melbourne a couple of years ago, naturally the first thing we all asked was ‘Where can we find great food?’ The list we were given was never ending. Restaurant after restaurant. Café after café. Hole-in-the-wall after hole-in-the-wall. It was amazingly overwhelming, we were spoilt for choice. Amongst all the suggestions, the one that seemed to reoccur the most was the Queen Victoria Markets. It soon became priority one.
And it did not disappoint!
The Queen Vic Markets are an absolute cultural hub, full of food and flavour and an atmosphere that is like nothing else. Home to the best produce in Melbourne, the marketplace is truly foodie heaven. On top of its amazing range of food and local produce, it is also home to amazing handmade products and speciality stores! You could literally take anyone there and find something that would easily entertain them.
Obviously for us the most entertaining thing of all was the food, especially the food in Deli Hall! Beautiful cheeses and meats and olives and baked goods, as far as the eye can see, in every direction. Spices and homemade jams and chutneys and just mountains of deliciousness!
I will not disclose just how much money we spent, or how much food we ate, or even how long we spent there (from dawn to dusk), but I will tell you this … What we’ve come to realise in the years since, is that a trip to Melbourne is never quite complete without an excursion to the Queen Victoria Markets. Another one to add to that foodie bucket list!