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Adelaide Central Market: A Foodie Paradise "Down Under"

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Posted by : Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite, Wed, Jul 28 2010

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Some of my greatest childhood memories involve trips to The Adelaide Central Market in South Australia - I guess I must have been a foodie in the making even way back when! Mum used to bring me and my sister there in the school holidays and for me, it was like being a kid in a candy shop (literally and figuratively!).


We would slowly make our way down each aisle, checking out all the goodies (sweets and baked goods) mentally deciding what we would choose for our treat at the end of our visit.


On a trip home last year (my first in seven!), I was pleased to see that not much about the market has changed since those trips with my mum! The Market opened as the City Market in 1869 with a crowd of about 500 people shopping at a handful of market garden stalls.  January 22, 1870, marked the official opening of the Market, which operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays with 50 to 100 produce carts, selling vegetables, fruits, hay, fish and game meats. On February 8, 1900, the first stone was laid to build the current façade.


Today, the Market has over 80 stalls and is one of South Australia's most visited tourist attractions.  From meat pies to Minties, Frog Cakes to Fritz (a type of manufactured meat product sold in Australia and New Zealand), the Market really does have something for everyone and is a foodie's paradise when seeking out fresh produce and foods from all over the world. 

Selling mostly fruits, vegetables, meats and small goods, baked goods and deli foods, the Market also offers tours, live music and cooking demonstrations. Open every day except Sunday and Monday, it is a true destination for the food-loving traveller, both young and old, but also a place where locals go to do their shopping, as they have for nearly 150 years.

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Adelaide Central Market
Gouger St,
Adelaide, South Australia 5000,
Australia?

Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher and part-time food blogger based in Toronto.  Her blog, eat.live.travel.write  focuses on culinary adventures both near and far because she travels as often as she can!

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Posted: Wed, Jul 28 2010 by Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
Filed under: Markets, Shopping

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