One Melburnian weekend: Chapel Street and Queen Victoria Market

March 10, 2014 12:50 PM

Two weekends ago I had nothing planned so I decided to do the touristy thing and visited two places that are always on people’s lists of what to do in Melbourne: Chapel Street and Queen Victoria Market.

I knew Chapel Street was known for its shops, bars and restaurants and I will go back again and explore it more.

Coles on Chapel Street in Melbourne

But the Saturday that I was there, I was looking out more for the historic buildings and architecture.

This particular building caught my eye. The place, despite its ornate exterior looked dilapidated inside but there was one guy sitting on the balcony, having a drink and looking down at the street below. What is this place? I don’t know.

I would have liked to have taken some photos of the nice interiors of the bars and restaurants too but next time. 🙂 One disappointment though was The Jam Factory – it wasn’t as filled out or as interesting as I thought.

The next morning, I walked a few hundred metres from my apartment to Queen Victoria Market. My aim for the day besides taking some photos was to try the doughnuts at American Doughnuts that people apparently lose their shit over.

Alas, no such luck. The queue was v. long.

I love doughnuts (donuts?) but I don’t love it that much. 😛

I spent some time scouting out the meat, seafood and vegie prices. Very reasonable and unless you are buying organic, most were cheaper than the supermarkets.

There were more than one seafood stall that looked like this. I drooled.

And I loved the interior.

Around lunch time, I had a few options. South American BBQ …

Sicilian grill …

Or Filipino …

I went with the South American one but meh. It wasn’t that good – the beef skewers were too tough and the salad was way too salty. At least the drink was good. I love me some Guarana Antartica.

4 thoughts on “One Melburnian weekend: Chapel Street and Queen Victoria Market

  1. Faith

    That guy on the ornate balcony with a drink, looking below? Probably an artist. I think the upper floors of the Prahran Arcade were converted into artists’ studios 🙂 Those lovely, ornate beams look far less haunted during the day than during the night haha

    Welcome to Melbourne. Come see the penguins at St Kilda…same as the ones on Phillip Island but free 😉

    1. mooiness Post author

      Ah awesome! Thanks for enlightening me! I agree – that building will look creepy at night. Hahah!

      Penguins at St Kilda? Ok that I never knew and I must go check out now! 🙂

  2. Sherbie

    I was in Melbourne for a conference in Feb and I do agree staying the city does have a lot of convenience. There are supermarkets and restaurants everywhere. Try hardware lane, they have quite nice chillout places. 🙂 I would love to go back Melbourne again. Happy staying in your new apartment. 🙂


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