One of the best things about Melbourne is the Queen Victoria Market. One of the best things about Melbourne in summer is the Night Markets.
Held every Wednesday from November to March the Night Markets are a complete sensory overload in the best possible way.There is food and drinks and music and food and market stalls and food. Deciding what to eat is definitely the biggest challenge. Well that, and parking. Public transport is the way to do it. A smoky haze under the roof. That’s the best smelling smoky haze you are likely to encounter, believe me.
Before you start the walk through the food options, some refreshment is in order. At least it was for us… Sangria. There was a white wine version too, but my friend and I decided to be traditional. I’m not a huge drinker anymore, but this was incredible! Light and not too red winey. Perfect for a balmy summer’s night. What to eat? What to eat? The food stalls range from Vietnamese pancakes to South American BBQ and everything in between. I was seriously tempted by a Mediterranean grill and American chicken wings. But in the end opted for the Phat Brat. A bratwurst sausage topped with pulled pork, some kind of magical sauce and a cabbage and apple slaw. Boom. It was spectacular. And surprisingly paired quite well with the sangria. There are stalls to suit almost any Christmas list and more. There is even massage, psychics, clairvoyants, palm readers… I was tempted to get my Tarot Cards read. What’s a good market without a barefoot gentleman or two playing folk music?
I am already planning what I will eat on my next trip!