Aussie Markets

Aussie Markets

One of the things I miss most about home is my local farmers market.  Not only is it associated with all the food I long for on the road but the friends I would go to the market with.  Heading to the market was the perfect weekend activity.  The live entertainment, great food, fresh vegetables and sometimes an addition to my wardrobe were something I looked forward to all week.  While on the road I’ve visited a lot of markets, but Australia was the first place where they reminded me of home.

Sydney – Paddington Market

Sydney is about more than just the beaches and a place I could easily live, with the Paddington Market replacing my local farmers market at home.  The funky and fun neighborhood is reason enough to visit this Saturday market.  But don’t get too distracted to miss the main attraction as the market offers tasty food, beautiful bouquets and vintage clothing.  I had to resist buying the handmade underwear and I could have eaten three meals there as well as outfitted my whole bathroom with wonderfully scented products.  Come with cash and enjoy the offerings, don’t forget to save some money for the neighborhood boutiques.

Visit their website

395 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
(02)9331 2646

Melbourne's Wednesday night market at Queen Victoria is a culinary delight!

Melbourne – Queen Victoria Market

If you find yourself in Melbourne on a Wednesday night it would be silly to miss the biggest to-do in town, the Suzuki Night Market.  If you love to eat than consider this market the State Fair.  They have everything from kangaroo burgers to curry and paella.  Cold beer is available on tap and the entertainment is excellent.  I couldn’t help but dance to the band along with everyone else.  The market is a busy place, so plan for crowds, but don’t let that turn you off as this is the best budget night out in the city.

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513 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03)9320 5822

Adelaide's Central Market is the perfect place to make a wine tour picnic

Adelaide – Central Market

Most people head to Adelaide for a visit to the nearby wine regions and the best place to pack your picnic for the day is the Adelaide Central Market.  The wide array of crusty breads, creamy cheeses, fresh fruits and crispy vegetables will leave you spoilt for choice, as the Aussies say.  If you’re not much of a cook there are also plenty of prepared food and tantalizing pre-made sandwiches.  You can’t go wrong with anything you try and the prices are easy on the wallet.

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44 -60 Gouger Street
Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
(08)8410 2222

Great entertainment and excellent vendors makes Salamanca a great market for visitors!

Hobart – Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market in charming Hobart is just another reason why I love this city.  The lively atmosphere of the Saturday market makes for a great start to your weekend.  Fresh flowers, aromatic soaps and vibrant veggies pack the stalls just next to Princes Wharf along the waterfront.  The people watching provided excellent entertainment along with delightful sideshows such as the pajama brothers.  I would definitely be a regular at this market and wouldn’t miss it if I were in town.

Visit their website

Salamanca Place
Hobart, TAS
(03) 6238 2711

Markets from the small island of Tasmania to Vietnam, where we began this trip, have offered a glimpse into daily life.  In Australia in particular they were highlights. I encourage you wherever you are traveling next, check out the local markets and get a pulse on the regional culture.  If you are headed Down Under you won’t be disappointed by the winning markets or their wares.

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» BKA :
May 21, 2012

The queen Victoria market was more festival/carnivalesque than market, me thinks……one you wouldn’t want to miss and we would have, without your due dilligence and Matt’s excellent public transportation skills….as a hometown sidebar, the mill city market is packed and Aaron says hello….good call!……be safe ….love dad

» Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) :
May 21, 2012

Goodness do those markets look wonderful! I’ve seen a few programs that have highlighted the Queen Vic market in Melbourne and I can honestly say that based on that alone I’d love to visit that city! I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising that a country with as nice weather as Australia would do so much of its living outside, but it’s really great to see just how vibrant these markets are!
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LOCAVORista Reply:

Steph, the markets in Australia are wonderful and as you can read are highly recommended! The Queen Vic market was probably my favorite, but it would be hard to pick just one.

Nothing like a good old strole around the markets. There always seems to be good food and for some reason I always leave with something I didn’t plan to buy. The markets in Adelaide seemed to be more focussed on food – which is fine :) but I thought the Paddington market was better for souvenirs or gifts
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LOCAVORista Reply:

Rob, Paddington market was probably my favorite in Australia, but you’re right the food focused Adelaide market is delicious!

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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