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Visiting Adelaide Central Market

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The Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 and has been considered as one of the biggest food and culture market in Australia.

Visit and see the freshness of Adelaide Central Market

Visit and see the freshness of Adelaide Central Market

The history of Adelaide Central Market

The history of Adelaide Central Market

Before the Central Market was built, a group of market gardeners sold their products on a site between Gouger and Grote street on 23 January 1869. In the first day, they managed to attract more than 500 people, and their products were sold out just within 3 hours. A year later, the City Market was officially opened for public with up to 100 produce carts. Then in 1900, the first stone of the current facade was laid, and a 40 metre veranda was added later. The name Adelaide Central Market was just introduced in August 1965 and replaced its former name, the City Market. The Market underwent a major development from 1965 to 1966, unfortunately a fire damaged a major portion of the site in 1977. Refurbishment was then done from 1977 and was just finished in 1983. In 2012, the Adelaide Central Market Authority was formed with the purpose to maintain and enhance the iconic Market for the benefit of all stakeholders and South Australians.

Walk around as you taste the fresh baked goods

Walk around as you taste the fresh baked goods

Have fun in the market as you walk around the Adelaide Central Market. Don't be shy and start talking to the traders inside the market to know their stories and their produces. If you are joining a tour provided by third parties, you will also get the chance to taste some produces before you decided to buy them. When you are getting hungry, then you can stop to one or several bakeries and pastries inside the market. They serve wide choices of sweet and savoury bread and pastries that are fresh from the oven. Most of them also use preservative-free, organic breads. If you are looking for cakes or pies, then you can head to a shop named the Providore.

Try the cafes inside

Try the cafes inside

Not just bakeries and pastries, Adelaide Central Market also has some cafes that can be a great choice if you are looking for places for a quick or leisurely brunch. The cafes also have their own specialty which give you a good chance to taste the culinary from various countries. If you are looking for Asian dishes, then you can go to Asian Gourmet that is famous for its laksa or you can try Sunmi's Sushi that specializes in sushi and Korean food. For pizza lover, you can try the traditional Italian recipes at Lucia's Pizza Bar. Other choices are Zeds Cafe that serves traditional Greek food and Piroshki Cafe that is known for its Russian pie.

Take your cup of coffee

Take your cup of coffee

A walk through the market can be fun and tiring at the same time. To quench your thirst, you can try the Tony's Juice Bar that sells fresh juices and smoothies or The Plantation Juice Co, a place for healthy smoothies, juices, and coconut water. Adelaide Central Market also has a special place for tea lovers, that is T Bar. Here, you can look for a wide variety of tea and tea making equipments. You can also grab a cup of coffee at the Big Table that is also selling baguettes and flat bread rolls. As for a sip of wine, you can go to Zuma Caffe. Not just alcoholic drinks, the cafe also serves light meals, most are gluten free.

Buy some souvenirs at the market

Buy some souvenirs at the market

Adelaide Central Market has some stalls that are specialize in produce from South Australia. You can look for meat at Barossa Fine Foods or The Mettwurst Shop, or extra virgin olive oils from The Olive Tree. Inside the market, you will also find a stall that sells produces from the famous Kangaroo Island, from wine to beauty products. You will also find some stalls that sell cheese both from Australia and other countries. After looking at all the food in the market, it is time to hunt other stuffs. You can buy books or stuffs related to photography in the market, or buy yourself stuffs with an authentic Adelaide Central Market brand.

Adelaide Central Market Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You don't need tickets to visit the Adelaide Central Market.

How To Get Around?

To get around the Adelaide Central Market, you will have to walk. For the disabled, the market has a wheelchair that is free of charge for the visitors. All the market stalls are accessible by wheelchair and there are accessible toilets as well for visitors with wheelchair in the Gouger Dining Area.

What Should I Wear?

There is no recommended dresscode for visiting Adelaide Central Market. However, as the market can be very crowded, you might consider to wear comfortable clothes.

Adelaide Central Market Facts

Best Time to Visit

The busiest hours in the Adelaide Central Market is between Friday night and Saturday morning, which is also the best time to go. However, if you are looking for cheaper price, you can go on Saturday afternoon.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You don't need a guide to visit and explore the Adelaide Central Market. Though you can also join a guided tour provided by third parties.

How To Get There?

If you are going by tram, you can use the city to bay tram and stops on Victoria Square or Tarndanyangga that is located right on its doorstep. If you are going by bus, then you can go with the Free City Connector and stops on Grote Street, while if you are driving a car, the Central Market has its own parking space that can cover up to 1.000 cars.

Additional Info

The Adelaide Central Market is closed on Sunday and Monday, and on public holidays. The market is also opened a little later on Wednesday and Thursday. For the complete trading hours, you can check on the official website.