Food and shopping

Melbourne has a good reputation as a highly diverse multicultural society that offers a wide variety of cuisines. There are several supermarkets, discount department stores, department stores, Asian and European groceries, open aired markets and many retail outlets.

Melbourne is well known for the variety of cuisines it can offer. There are many places where you can buy various types of food. This includes supermarkets, specialty grocers, butchers and open air markets. Cafes, restaurants, food courts and convenient stores also operate across Melbourne.

There are also a variety of top end department stores and designer or branded stores, discount department stores, retail and factory outlets around Melbourne.

The amount you spend on food depends on what you include in your shopping basket. You will find fresh fruit and vegetables, grains and pulses, meat, fish and poultry in supermarkets, specialty stores and in many fresh produce markets in Melbourne.

Queen Victoria Market is one of the large and centrally located fresh produce markets - locally known as the Vic Market. Food and goods in the Vic Market is very competitively priced. The Market is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are many other markets in Melbourne. Some may only open on certain days of the week, so you need to check before you go.