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LezGo to Queen Victoria Market

I’ve been to Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne CBD for about 3 or 4 times. I can’t remember how many times exactly but I love going there. The fresh fruit stalls, the organic produce, the deli shops, and the outdoor souvenir and dry goods market makes you want to spend a whole day there.

Compared to Footscray Market, Queen Victoria Market is more accessible as it is situated in the CBD, so you can easily catch a tram or train to get there. You can easily catch the tram on Elizabeth St. from Flinders Station to get there.

It’s also nice that Queen Victoria Market has an organic produce section that allows you buy anything from the basic herbs such as basil to whole wheat flour. And if you know what produce are in season, you will easily find a good range of them being sold in the organic section at a competitive price. For one, I bought an organic rock melon for $4 apiece when non-organic melons are sold at $3 each.

The variety of deli shops is also mesmerizing. By mesmerizing I mean I’ve seen cheese being sold whose name I can’t even pronounce, and the cuts of preserved meat hanging on the stall windows, I don’t think I’ve encountered most of them. And then there are stalls that offer fresh baked bread, hand-made butter, and the now infamous borek. Fresh butter, how can anyone pass that up?

Fruits too can go for a real bargain with pomegranate sold for $2 apiece, strawberries for $3 for 2 large punnets, and figs for $6 a punnet. The supply and demand can be different on days so you really have to go and see what bargains you can take advantage of.

Basically, what you need is in Queen Victoria Market. However, if you want to easily buy chili leaves, green mangoes, plantains, and other goods that you would usually find in an Asian market, then I highly suggest that you go to Footscray market. Oh, the treasures I find there are truly one of a kind.

For now, here are some items I grabbed during my grocery shopping.

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Different shades of red. Roses $6 for two bouquets, Truss tomatoes at $1.99/kg, and Strawberries at a bargain for $3 for two large punnets

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All organic produce. Potatoes at $2.95/kg, Lettuce at $2.95 apiece, Red Onions at $3.99/kg, and Basil at $2.95 each

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All organic fruits. Golden Nectarines at $5.99/kg, Seedless Grapes at $3.99/kg, Rockmelon $4 apiece, and Bananas at $2.50/kg

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Non-organic but still fabulous produce. Figs at $6 per punnet, Coriander at $2 per bundle, Avocado is $3 per piece, Lemongrass is 60 cents, and Broccoli Leaves is $2 per bundle.

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Seafood fare! Ahoy mates! Prawns at $15/kg, Barramundi at $10.50/kg, and Live Mussels at $6/kg. Also Garlic at $1.50, Butter is $2.10 for $10 per kg, $3 Grated Parmesan, and Lemongrass at 60 cents apiece.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

© LezGoMelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com 2013 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including photos if any, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Lezgomelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Footscray Market

Food is one of the things that I love. It is truly interesting how much joy it can bring, how creative you can get with it, and how each spoonful can be quite simple or complex, and both fantastic. Cooking, baking, and doing the grocery – I can just get lost doing them for hours on end.

So one day, I decided to go on an adventure and go to Footscray Market. It was just wonderful. Shopping for fresh produce, discovering new ingredients, and finding such great bargains, all of it just makes the trip more appealing.

Footscray Market is smaller compared to Queen Victoria’s Market, but it is packed with a great array of produce. You will find a lot of Asian greens, spices, and other items here.

Shopping in markets can be far cheaper than heading out to the nearest grocery store. It gives you a better idea of what fruits or vegetables are in season and gives you a far better range when it comes to variety. Also, you can get some real bargains, especially when you are keen on getting your money’s worth. For less than $80, I was able to haul all these goodies home from my trip to Footscray Market.

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Strawberries $1/punnet, Cherries $8.00/kg, Watermelon ₵79/kg, Seedless Grapes $2.99/kg, and a Melon priced at $2/kg

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Eggplants $1/kg, Squash ₵99, Bittergourd $2.95/kg and Okra is $8.99/kg
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Roughly a kilo of Green Mung Beans $1, Chayote $2.99/kg, a bunch of Bittergourd leaves $1.48, and Chili leaves $1.48

A jar of spicy sardines I had found at an Asian grocery was marked at $4.50. I had bought two but was charged only $3. Why? As it turns out, it was $3 for two bottles. See? I told you I was getting some real good bargains. Anyway, moving on.

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Mama Sita’s Sinigang sa Bayabas Mix $1.20/pc, Pandan leaves $2, Broccoli ₵99/kg, Carrots $1.49/kg, Coriander $1.00, and Mongo Sprouts or Mung Bean Sprouts for roughly ₵78. I also bought a cucumber for $1 but forgot to take a photo of it.

Vegans need to look away at this post and anyone who is squeamish about seeing a whole fish. If you get upset, it’s not my fault. You have been warned.

Anyway, the only upsetting thing that I had bought at Footscray Market was the frozen mussels. They were somewhat dirty but I didn’t mind. At the time, I had thought that frozen mussels was commonplace. But it was a bad idea, bad. They turned out really rubbery. We couldn’t eat a single one at all.

As for pork, I bought some but I don’t think it is essential to post the pictures. The price at the time for Pork Shoulder was $12/kg and Pork Liver at roughly $5/kg.

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Frozen mussels $4.99/kg, Tilapia $4.99/kg, and Taiwan Bangus (Yup, that’s what it said) $6.99/kg.

So there you have it. More than a week’s worth of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables for less than $100. I hope to venture out into other markets and buy more great items. And by then, I would probably have more time to capture pictures of the place.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

© LezGoMelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com 2013 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including photos if any, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Lezgomelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.