Whether you like to shop for fruit, veggies, second-hand clothes or home-made home decor and jewellery items, you’ll find what you want or need at one of the various markets of Adelaide with free entry.
The city of Adelaide is full of markets whether they are permanent or just pop-up ones. It is always enjoyable to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables while smelling many good odors. In other markets, you would find lots of handmade crafty things. Or if you are a fashionista, Adelaide is teeming with vintage shops and markets. Let’s go for a tour of Adelaide markets.
Adelaide Central Market
Heaven of fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese and other condiments, the Central Market is located in the heart of the city and is always a good reason to hang out and eat healthy food. You’ll definitely find cheaper fruits & veggies there. You can even treat yourself with a proper meal from Australia, Asia, Africa, well from almost everywhere. It is unfortunately closed on Sundays (terrible commercial move!) and Mondays so it is usually crowded on Friday nights and Saturdays until 3pm (seriously who implemented these trading hours?!).
The Central Market also organizes regular events for families and kids, and some ham/bacon/sausage making classes. It promotes local producers and products from SA. Wandering about the Central Market is a real delight for your senses! It hosts a few music bands during lunch.
Adelaide Farmers’ Market
Opened only on Sunday mornings, this market is the home of regional fresh food and is half-in / half-out within the Showground where other shows are being held. The Adelaide Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 8th anniversary today and hosts around 40 stalls offering diverse local products. I’ve been surprised to see many bread stalls competing with each other while the others sell tarts, pies, ice creams, syrups, yoghurts and many other delicious treats. To enjoy discounts on every stall, you can get a membership card to reduce every purchase by 10%.
Many people will go there to get their fresh and seasonal produces for the week or simply enjoy a breakfast or lunch in a chill atmosphere with live music, picnic tables and kitchen demonstrations. When I’ve worked with Boulangerie 113 (Domi speaking), I used to work there on Sunday mornings and I experienced a really friendly environment of work between stallholders and with the market team.
Market Shed on Holland St
This one is also opened only on Sundays until 3pm. Located in the South of the CBD in a former motor engine building, the Market Shed gathers a few organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free stalls. You can feel that these marketers really care about their products that they mostly grow themselves. Take some time to have a seat to enjoy a food break with a piano as well as an outdoor area to grab a bite.
Even the most little condiments you can use for cooking – nuts, spices – are for sale there. If you stop by the Market Shed – and you must! – do not miss their amazing fresh juices (the beetroot one is amazing!), a peppermint hot chocolate, and Turkish coffee with baklava as well as a brick oven pizza made right in front of your eyes.
Gilles St Market
Fashionistas will find everything they ever dreamed about. This outdoor pop-up market is installed within a school playground what will definitely relax visitors even more. Hundreds of clothes on racks, shoes and bags on tables under tents are being displayed and for sale at a really affordable price (from $2). These outfits are either vintage, pre-loved or new fashion.
Gilles St Market also hosts home decor, jewellery, accessories, food and drink stalls. How was my surprise when I discovered “La Crêperie” stall offering sweet and savory crepes to treat your palate with “a touch of France”.
Flinders St Market
This undercover market, set up in a parking spot, is opened every Saturday and Sunday on the East side of Adelaide CBD. It offers Adelaide-made books, artistic crafts, vintage goodies, and handcrafted jewellery. This community market is quite small but could definitely help you find the unique gift you’re looking for.