Festive shopping at String Bean Alley

Get set for Christmas with a uniquely Melbourne shopping experience at our city’s newest laneway: String Bean Alley at Queen Victoria Market.

Named after the laneway where green beans were sold in the early 1900s, String Bean Alley is now home to 26 independent traders in bespoke shipping containers offering vintage clothing, artisan chocolate and more.

During your visit, check out the new pedestrian plaza on Queen Street. With plenty of new seats, umbrellas and fruit trees, it’s a great place to sit, eat and relax on your shopping trip.

The revitalisation of String Bean Alley and Queen Street Plaza are among many projects driven by feedback from customers and traders, delivered as part of our $250 million renewal of the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Stan Liacos, Queen Victoria Market Chief Executive Officer, said the revitalised String Bean Alley is attracting new visitors to the market and celebrates its rich history.

‘The String Bean Alley precinct represents a new era for the market,’ Mr Liacos said.

‘This section of the market is now acting as a small business incubator, providing a platform for specialist traders offering products and services that are locally designed, sourced or produced.’

Plan your visit
Located next to the car park, String Bean Alley is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It is also open on Wednesday evenings during the Summer Night Market season from 20 November.Queen Victoria Market is Melbourne’s one-stop Christmas shop to stock up on seasonal food favourites, gift ideas and stocking fillers from the wide variety of fresh produce and specialty merchandise traders.

For more information, visit String Bean Alley.