If it’s summer and a Wednesday night in Melbourne Australia then chances are you’ll find yourself at Queen Victoria Summer Night Markets along with thousands of others. With over 150 street food vendors to choose from, everyone in your group can satisfy their cravings making this the perfect Wednesday night meet up.
The night markets can be deemed a global feast. No matter what genre of food you’re in the mood for you will surely find it here. From BBQ to Thai, Italian to Chinese you name it, they have it right in the heart of the market.
Many here at the market will start off with a cup of cold sangria to beat the summer heat as they stroll through the aisles listening to the live music and looking for what stand will catch their eye that night.
If you’re looking for some insight in regards to what food to choose let me fill you in on what I have opted for. Always eager to try new foods and expand my pallet the past two times at the market I have tried something unique to me. First I tried pineapple-fried rice. This dish included Thai fried rice served in a pineapple boat with caramelized pineapple, raisins, and cashews. You can get this vegetarian or with chicken. I was very pleased with my first night market food choice as well as stuffed beyond belief!
The following Wednesday night I indulged in El Rincon’s seafood paellas with aioli for a little taste of Spain. Never having tried paella before I didn’t know what to expect. After my first bite however I can whole-heartedly say I was hooked.
Once you have decided on a meal take it to the communal seating picnic tables or opt for a seat on the grass where you can challenge your company to a friendly game of connect four.
After finishing your meal don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Your sweet tooth won’t go unsatisfied here with options ranging from salted caramel stuffed pretzels to fluffy Nutella stuffed doughnuts. On my most recent trip to the market I got a box of macaroons to go. My selections were double Belgium chocolate, crème brûlée, passion fruit and chili, salted caramel, peanut butter and jelly, cherry coconut, and authentic tiramisu. Each one was equally as delectable as the next making picking a favorite near impossible. However, if I was forced to choose I would say the authentic tiramisu is a must have.
Upon finishing dessert make sure to digest your food with a few more laps around the market as you check out the artesian designer’s booths and all their offerings!
I hope if you are in the area on a Wednesday night this summer in Melbourne that you will make the night market one of your dinner destinations for a relaxing night of food, entertainment, and some shopping. Accompanied by the right people, you can’t go wrong with this place.