The Queen Victoria Winter Night Market produces an endless amount of food, entertainment and fun every Wednesday night. But sadly it is coming to an end: August 29 is the last night that it will run for the year, until the Summer Night Market that is.
With more than 30 food and drink stalls it is no wonder why The Winter Night Market attracts a large crowd each year. According to Broadsheet Melbourne there were more than 300,000 visitors last year.
There is a range of different cuisines to choose from: food includes churro bowls, soup served in a bread bowl and pasta served from a parmesan wheel. There is something for everyone, as there are food stalls for vegans as well.
However be prepared to wait in line for popular food stalls – the wait can be longer than 15 minutes, so getting there at 5pm is recommended as the queues are not as bad in the beginning of the night.
Throughout the night there is free live music and performances done on stage, which is the perfect entertainment whilst eating a delicious snack.
It doesn’t stop there! Stalls include Book Nook for all you readers out there, Shadow Moon Creations where vegan friendly candles are sold and you can even have a psychic reading done at Rose of Sharon.
If you aren’t catching public transport, parking at the Queen Victoria Market costs a flat rate of $15, which seems expensive but worth it considering how cold it gets at night. Once undercover, there are electric heaters and small controlled fires that will keep you toasty throughout the evening.
If you did miss out or did not have the chance to go after a busy day at university or work, fortunately The St Kilda Esplanade Market runs every Sunday and has very similar stalls to the Winter Night Market, so it’s a great alternative.