Adelaide has been ranked for three years in a row as the most liveable city in Australia. It is a city known worldwide for its festivals and sporting events. But it is also gaining traction as a shopping destination, thanks to a handful of great markets and centres.
Of course, Adelaide’s best shopping centres are well known.
These include the Marden Shopping Centre, the Myer Centre, Harbour Town, and Rundle Mall.
But what about the slightly more ‘humble’ places to shop?
Here’s a round up of some Adelaide markets you should visit:
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide’s Central Market has been a hub of food and culture for over 150 years. It packs 80+ traders under a single roof, making it one of the largest undercover markets in the southern hemisphere.
This is the place to come for fresh food, vegetables, meat and cheeses. The stalls are bursting with colours and aromatic flavours.
Note: May 2016 is a month of unadulterated cheese celebrations. See you there!
You’ll find a number of small cafes and eateries in the market. Around 8.5 million visitors pass through these hallowed aisles every year.
If you are a foodie fanatic, you really should be paying a visit.
Location: Central Market, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
The market is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Flinders Street Market
Flinders Street Market is a boutique mix of local crafts, food wares and clothing that is only open on weekends.
The market spills out of a large blue shed on Flinders Street, all the way in to a car park that can be found bustling with local vendors and brightly decorated stalls.
This is a great place to spend your morning on a lazy weekend, flitting between coffee and snacks, scouring for bargains and taking in the friendly buzz of entrepreneurism.
Got something to sell?
You can book a standard stall (3×3 meters) at Flinders Street Market for $40, or $25 for a mini-stall (2×2 meters).
Location: 230 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Market is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm.
Adelaide Farmers’ Market
The Showground, run by the Adelaide Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in South Australia.
It was founded in October 2006 as a non-profit organisation that would support small family farms, agricultural diversity and fresh, regional and seasonal choices for consumers.
Every Sunday over 6000 tourists and locals cram in to the Showground Market to taste some of the finest foods in the area. This is a treasure trove for those looking to stock up on organic goods.
Be sure to stop by the Market Kitchen where you can watch some fun (and educational) cooking demonstrations as local chefs serve up drool-worthy dishes.
You can see who’s appearing next by visiting their This Week’s Market page.
Location: Leader Street, Wayville
Market is open Sundays, 9am-1pm.
Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market
The Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market (AHFM) prides itself on being a ‘true farmers’ market’ – a market built around sustainability, with focus on regional, fresh and seasonal products sold directly from those people that grow them.
The stalls here offer a selection of green and field vegetables, herbs, nuts, fruits, seeds and anything else that can be grown or made from primary products.
You’ll find around 25 stalls at the market, often decorated with colourful tents that draw in the customers off Mann Street on busy Saturday mornings.
This is a market for all seasons — rain, hail or shine!
Location: 23 Mann Street, Mt Barker
Market is open Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm.
Torrens Island Market
The Torrens Island Market is pitched on the banks of the Port River — around 30 minutes outside Adelaide — and can be found bustling with customers early on Sunday mornings.
It has around 40 stalls; the majority selling fruit, veggies, or freshly caught fish direct from the boats.
This is a fairly low key market with minimal food vendors (in case you didn’t want to wait before eating!), and a solitary drinks van.
It’s not the place to come if you are seeking gourmet delicacies.
But it is cheap — and for seafood fans, about as close/fresh as catching the thing yourself!
Location: Moorhouse Road, North Arm, Gillman, SA, 5013
Market is open Sundays, 6am-1pm.
Wild at Hart: Fresh Food Market
The Wild at Hart Fresh Food Market offers locally sourced, seasonal, fresh produce and delicious foodie stalls.
These foods are either organic or with minimal use of spray.
It is a friendly community market started by Steph Taylor, a Port Adelaide resident who says simply she is ‘doing something for a suburb she would die for‘.
You’ll find a number of stalls catering to specific requirements, like: raw vegan, natural pet nutrition, seed based foods, whole foods.
Location: Mundy St, Hart’s Mill Precinct, Port Adelaide
Market is open Sundays, 9am-2pm.
What is your favourite market from above? Have we missed any you want to see added?
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