28 April 2009

Queen Victoria Market - Shopping, Food,and Souvenirs

A trip to Melbourne is not complete without visiting Queen Victoria (QV) Market. The extensive 17 hectare- market houses dry goods aside from the usual groceries like fish, bread, vegetables, fruits, and meat. The dry goods area is like a tiangge or flea market with lots of clothes, UGG boots, souvenirs, hats and caps, and so much more.

Clothes such as blouses, coats, and dresses go for as low as AUD 10.00 to AUD 100.00. Most of the items I saw were made from China but there are boutiques that sell Australian made garments for higher prices.

What's nice to buy in QV Market are coats, cardigans and jackets since the inventory moves fast especially this winter season. More styles are available to choose from.

I bought this wrap around cardigan/jacket for only AUD 35.00

UGG boots in many colors, shapes, and sizes

Tourists here search for the popular UGG boots. These boots are ultra comfortable with replaceable soles and soft sheep wool inside. UGG boots costs from AUD 25.00 to AUD 125.99

Aside from clothing and shoes, the market is the best place to buy your souvenirs from. Choose from key chains, pouches, bags, caps, boomerangs, mugs, and t-shirts. Most souvenir items go for 3 for AUD 100. Compared to department stores or mall prices, these are a lot cheaper.

And here is the historical doughnut van, it's been around for half a century now. They sell American Doughnuts but see how it looks different:

These doughnuts have jam filling inside. They are called Jam Donuts. 6 pieces for AUD 5.