Its now officially the beginning of Spring, and it is time to get out of your apartment and enjoy the sun! Warm and sunny days await us for many months, but time goes by fast and make sure you go out and enjoy of all those activities that need the sunny weather. And there is one option that is not only fun but will also mean one trip less to the usual supermarket, and you might end up saving some cash from your weekly grocery shopping.This last Sunday we had a gorgeous day and i headed to Queen Victoria Market. In the CBD in the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria street, access is not a problem if you don’t own a car, but you’ll want to take some tough bags to carry all that fruit y
ou will buy! But if you do own a car, you can use the Market´s parking.
At times i feel so tired and bored of the unavoidable weekly trip to the supermarket, to buy the same things over and over again, and how unexciting it is. But Market shopping is just the opposite. You will be allured with the smells, the people the variety, and although it feels old style to some, for me its just an experience i enjoy.
So, theres plenty for you to do, and eat. You can start by heading to the fruit and vegetables section, where you will find the freshest seasonal produce, then take a break for a coffee in any of the many coffee shops all around the market. You can then follow trough the deli section, ask to try some cheeses or olives. Make sure you get a nice cheese, not your usual pre-packed sliced tasty cheese. Don’t forget to get some artisanal bread to have your cheese with! Now you’ll be tired again, so you will need to get a snack, so its time for you to try either the Dutch Pancakes or the Korean Potato twists, both sold in the food stalls in the middle grounds of the market. If after all that food you are still hungry you can try the very popular boreks from The Borek Shop. Borek is made from a thin crispy bread with several fillings from spinach and cheese to spicy potato and veggies and also the famous spicy lamb. At only $3.00 each you will likely find a bit of a queue but service is fast and efficient.
Now make sure you do all this slowly, walk, observe all of those nice gourmet offerings we never get the time to take a look at a rushed supermarket visit. Having now fueled up, you can finish your food shopping in the meat and seafood section.
If you are heading overseas to visit friends or family this is the place to get souvenirs from Australia. They have a huge variety at very competitive prices. Whatever else you need you´ll find it there. Clothing, house ware, footwear… whatever it is you name it.
September will also see Market week from the 7th to the 15th they will have a busy program full of events and activities, and this is a great time for first time visitors, or for you to rediscover the Market.
Just take your time, walk around and enjoy! Make sure you have cash on hand as it is the most widely accepted method of payment, and you will find ATMS next to the fruit and vegetable section. If you cant find them, just look for the queues!
The Market is open five days a week: Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday.
For more information on the Queen Victoria Market current events and information click to visit their website here: qvm.com.au