A visit to the deli section of the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne is one of life’s pleasures. The combined scent of ground coffee, cheese, salami and fresh pastry fills the air as you do your best to decide what’s on the menu for the day. Most of the family businesses here have been going for generations and there is a large range of produce from across the globe available to try.
I pace between stalls and watch the locals to get tips, after all, deciding what to eat is the hardest part of coming here. The Turkish borek stall is doing the swiftest trade, followed by the bratwurst place. As I’m not suffering from a hangover, I give the bratwurst a miss and toss up between the Burek at Drago’s or the all popular borek. Burek, Borek, what’s the difference? Not a lot, both have Turkish roots but Burek is the version popular in the former Yugoslavian countries while borek is Turkish. I decide to buck the trend and go for the Burek at Drago’s. Unlike traditional Burek, it is made in long rolls that are easy to eat on the go from a paper bag. I get the cheese and spinach. It is fresh, light and at $2, a bargain. I decide that one is never enough and head back for more.
Delights from around the world can be found at the Queen Vic
The Aussie Deli
It’s specialty … Yep, you guessed it
A coffee at the Queen Victoria Coffee Merchants is a great start to a Sunday