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!).
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
Adelaide, South Australia 5000,
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!