Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Melbourne, Australia Part 3: The Queen Victoria Market

After getting a general feel of the Flinder's area, hubby and I decided to go to the Zoo and see some kangaroos and koalas. Afterall, what's an Autralian trip without these animals, right?

We make our way to a tram station thinking that we thought would pass by the zoo directly. Long story short, we got lost in a suburb somewhere. But it was fun getting lost, we saw some really nice cottages along the way, some stores and other interesting buildings. We didn't mind getting lost. If you do get lost, just hop on to the tram the goes the other way and retrace your steps.

As we were re-tracing our route, we came across Queen Victoria Market. I've read about it and it was part of our itinerary for the day anyway so we hopped off the tram and explored it. The market is a happy combination of food shops, meat shops, clothing shops and souvenir shops rolled into one big area. We arrived there during a Turkish Festival so the area was packed and very lively.

I had a grand time exploring the food, fish and meat kiosks. The cheese selection alone is worth the trip. Every imaginable cheese is there.

Queen Victoria Market, essentially, is a sosyal version of their Palengke. What a great way to shop for fresh food and produce. Libre tikim :-)

The Market opens at 9:00am to 5:00 pm daily except Mondays and Wednesdays.

After the Market, we trudged our way back to Williams street where the tram that goes to the zoo passes by. Little did we know that the same tram passes behind Queen Victoria Market as well. Oh well...

When we managed to ge to the Melbourne Zoo, it was almost closing so we decided to go there so other time. Shops and attractions close early in Australia because labor cost is high.

With dragged our sleep deprived, middle-aged bodies back to the hotel to recharge, freshen up and rest.

Before reaching our hotel, hubby wanted something warm to eat, we had some burgers at Burger Edge, just across from our hotel. They were giant burgers with Autralian Beef grilled to your liking and the buns are freshly baked daily.

I had the Greek Burger with Feta Cheese, pesto and pine nuts. It was nothing spectacular. Hubby had the cheeseburger. I didn't think he was up for any experimentation. The burgers were huge and we managed to eat only the burger and half the bun.

1 comment:

ericbau said...

Nice markets. Too bad they close very early.