Suzuki Night Market

Posted on | December 5, 2012 | 9 Comments

Full disclosure: most of our eats were funded by Taz, who won a competition for “VIP” access and food vouchers. Thanks for sharing your competition winnings with us, Taz!

What are you doing tonight? Do you have plans? If not – why not head to the Suzuki night market?

Run every summer at the Queen Victoria Market on Wednesday nights, the night market has hawker style food stalls, craft stalls selling clothing and jewellery, plus live entertainment.

I hadn’t visited the night market for a couple of years and it seems to have gotten bigger and busier – certainly it felt like half of Melbourne was there last week. It helped that it was a gloriously balmy night.

As soon as Alastair and I walked into the market, we were seduced by the call of a spiral cut battered deep fried potato dusted with chilli powder ($6).

All carbed and deep fried up, we were then enticed by fresh coconut juice ($6). Mhmmmm. Yeah, we are easily seduced.

With Hazzie in tow, we wandered around a little, checking out all the different food stalls. All kinds of cuisines were on offer: a couple of stalls were making massive pans of paella.

There was Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Latin America food.

There were people hard at work making Turkish gozleme, as well as a stall serving Polish pierogi.

There was pork served all different ways: in rolls, as sausages, as meatballs, and American style ribs.

And there was lots of desserts: big pancakes, ice cream, gelato, honey dumplings and crepes.

In addition to food, there were drink options: cocktails, sangria, lemonade and fresh coconuts.

It seemed that almost everyone had a big cup of sangria, and I was sorely tempted… until I saw the line. It was one of the biggest queues – the sangria stall was very popular.

I settled for a lemonade slushie instead ($6).

After scoping out all the stalls and the lines, we picked out some food to eat. I selected pierogi (3 for $7) – Polish dumplings stuffed with cheese and served with sour cream and bacon bits.

While I was getting pierogi, Alastair stood in line for meatball sliders (2 for $10).

Mhmm tasty.

The pierogi and meatball sliders were fairly filling, but I decided we could fit in one more savoury dish and wandered back into the crowds to get a lamb and spinach gozleme ($10). Unfortunately it was really doughy and meh. It didn’t help that I ruined it with the chilli sauce (it appears I found the one savoury item that doesn’t taste better with chilli).

Oh well. We were quite full anyway so moved on to dessert.

When I spotted the taiyaki during our earlier scoping out session, I became obsessed and wouldn’t shut up about it.

“Afterwards we can have taiyaki”

“We have to have taiyaki.”

“I want taiyaki.”

“Did you see the taiyaki?”

“Taiyaki taiyaki taiyakiiiiiiii.”


The options were red bean, custard or chocolate – naturally I choose red bean ($4). A fish shaped pancake with red bean filling – what’s not to love?

Our second dessert was honey dumplings with ice cream ($7.50) – balls of warm bready dough, covered in honey, with a scattering of sesame and cinnamon.

Share this! It’s a big serve.

It’s a fun night out, however if you’re not into crowds, try and get there early as it became really busy later in the night. Also it’s best to go with a group so someone can save a table while others go buy food.

I’d also recommend taking plenty of cash with you – the market has ATMs but the line for the ATM was almost as long as the queue for sangria.

And my final tip: line up for sangria first. The line doesn’t get any shorter. :p

Suzuki Night Market
Queen Victoria Market – enter via Queen, Therry or Peel Streets
Dates: Every Wednesday night during summer from 14 November 2012 to 27 February 2013 (excluding 26 December 2012)
Time: 5.00pm to 10.00pm


9 Responses to “Suzuki Night Market”

  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    December 5th, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    YAY :) you did a post about Suzuki night market! I have been meaning to go for the LONGEST time, but never find the time >_<

    Everything looks so lovely!! Lucky Thanh for winning VIP tickets and you get to try everything YAY!

    I want everything especially the HONEY DUMPLINGS!!!!
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    Agnes Reply:

    Haha. The honey dumplings were nice. But you need to get the taiyaki!


  2. Hannah
    December 6th, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    Taiyaki taiyaki! I can have the wanting of that yes indeed!
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    Agnes Reply:

    I knew if anyone would understand the taiyaki wanting, it would be you. ;)


  3. Fire Box
    December 11th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm


    Thank you very much for visiting us!

    Lots of love,
    Fire Box Team xoxox


  4. Jackie
    December 11th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    We’ve been twice now so far (only live around the corner). We got a really nice meatball dish from the….meatball place (points for paying attention1).

    The sangria line is always long, but we’ve found it moves pretty quickly. After all, they only sell one thing so they have buckets of the stuff.


  5. Thanh
    December 28th, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    It definitely got super busy that night but it was fun, especially in our VIP tent hehe.
    Thanh recently posted..Cacao – Great Gingerbread Houses, Macarons and Salted Caramel Spread


  6. msihua (@msihua)
    January 13th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    I had forgotten about our cocktail… Oooo…
    msihua (@msihua) recently posted..St Ali North @ Carlton North, VIC &#8211; Melbourne&#8217;s &#8220;Coffee King&#8221; Heads North


    Agnes Reply:

    Haha it wasn’t that memorable. :)


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