The market is a place I feel I understand the most anywhere in the world. It's where intentionality, interaction, and thoughtfulness converge. I often get overwhelmed at the market but I also feel so alive in the best ways when I'm wandering through the stalls looking for the best deal on leeks, finding the stand who is having trouble selling that day and interacting with the ones who are quick to give me a sample. So it was with great happiness I found the big market in Melbourne was a quick walk from my work. It became a frequent visit for me during my lunch break to grab a few ingredients for my dinner or just simply to peruse and soak up all the life. I'm partial to the smaller neighborhood markets but due to it being winter, and my proximity to this one, I grew to love the Queen Victoria Market.
Another great aspect of the Queen Vic (as we locals call it) is that on Wednesday's during July and August they have the night market. Food stalls replace the fruit and vegetable stands, lanterns are strung to keep the winter darkness at bay and stages with various music can be found on either ends of the covered building. I visited the night market with friends several times and never left disappointed. These were great times for me to share a meal and listen to music with new friends. In spite of the cold and dark winter, the night market was always packed with people. And that's what I love about markets, no matter the time, they are full of life, food and people building relationships.
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