Summer in Melbourne causes somewhat of an explosion of events. There's pop-up stalls, food trucks, twilight cinemas, festivals and, my personal favourite, the night markets. The atmosphere of celebration, the wafting scent from hot grills, the colourful array of clothing stalls... It's a feast for the senses - particularly at the Queen Victoria Night Markets.
Home to humble fruit and vegetable stalls (and a donut truck!) by day, each Wednesday evening until early March, Queen Vic is being transformed into a buzzing hub of food and festivities. And, to prove just how good it is, it's in its 19th year - so that's gotta tell you something.
We arrived around 6pm and it was already packed. With our priorities clearly in order, we headed straight for the sangria stall. Delish.
An initial stroll around had us taking in homewares, jewellery, clothing, gelato, waffles and copious food stalls. If you're the indecisive type, good luck to you. This will be tough.
In the end we opted for an international mix. Pulled pork buns from Wonderbao (which I would definitely order again!) and chicken gyros with feta chips from The Cypriot Kitchen. Cue contented sigh.
I was definitely eyeing off the waffles all night, but refrained in favour of my attempted (yet failing miserably) healthy January diet.
The perfect way to break up the working week, be sure to make it on down to the Queen Victoria Night Markets before autumn hits. Get the waffles and tell me just how good they were...
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Photos by Krissie.