Each market or ‘agora’ or ‘mercato centrali’ or ‘souk’ reveals to the first time visitor what the populous of the area
eats, drinks, and wears or fancies a bit of nonsense.
The last surviving 19th century market within the CBD of Melbourne, the ‘Queen Victoria Market is one such place.
It was originally set aside in 1857 for a fruit and vegetable market due to over-crowding and congestion at the Eastern Market.
Stacks of middle-eastern flat breads. Bundles of crisp baked Italian pane in all its guises are dispensed with speed through ‘old school’ large steel shop windows.
In other windows the eatable delights such as vegetable antipasti gleamed like colourful gems.
All colour and movement. All hassle and bussell.
There is a camaraderie in this space where everyone shares the same secret pleasure…good food.
The paintings found on the windows above the store fronts are naive and charming.
Don’t know the history of them, but gee their are an integral part of it market’s atmosphere.
And how about the broad range of typographic treatments. ..Script, sans serif, mono-stroke, geometric, all in gold.
Love it all! Melbourne rocks.