The food market is a staple of Australia, it’s found in towns and cities across the country and is the best way to find local produce. In most cases, you’ll also find local artisans happy to share their stories and talk about how the product is created.
It is so much more interesting than visiting a supermarket and you’ll get fresher food.
Of course, you’ll want to support your local market. But, it’s always good to have a change and the following five inner-city food markets are worth traveling for.
It should be noted that if you’re looking at markets in a specific region, such as Melbourne, you should find out what’s on in Melbourne and plan your trip to include the local festivals. It will make the experience even better!
1. Prahran Market in Melbourne
Melbourne is a delight to explore and you’ll want to visit this indoor food market which has been trading since 1891. Thanks to its age there are plenty of stalls run by the third or even fourth generation of the family, still maintaining the family traditions.
You’ll find fruit, veg, meat, truffles, and even edible flowers. It’s an experience not to be missed.
2. Carriageworks in Sydney
The Carriageworks market site is a large building of historic significance. It’s worth taking a moment to admire it, perhaps with a cup of carbon-neutral coffee.
Inside this market, you’ll find plenty of locally grown produce, including rhubarb, carrots, and even cauliflowers if they are in season. When you’re done, try some of the sausages and get some hand-churned butter. It’s hard to get better.
3. Central Market in Adelaide
The Central Market was first started in 1869, making it one of the oldest in Australia. This market is large and has a distinctive buzz. The vibrant atmosphere will instantly make you feel at ease as you check out the local oils, home-produced wines, and some of the best cheese in Australia.
It’s also worth taking a look at the potatoes, you are unlikely to ever have seen such a wide selection.
4. Capital Region in Canberra
This market is only held on Saturday morning but it is the best place to get the freshest fruit. What will surprise you more is the selection of fruit available.
Of course, it’s not just fruit. This local Farmers' market has seafood, nuts, an array of baked goods, and some gourmet recipes that will bring you back week after week. There are also plenty of plants and flowers to check out.
5. Noosa Farmers Market
This market is held outdoors every Sunday regardless of the weather. While there is an impressive array of fresh fruit and vegetables to look at and even try, the real star of this market is the olives. You’ll find a wide array of flavored and stuffed olives, olive tapenade, and even some great olive oil, all of which are homegrown and handmade.
In short, it’s time to pick a market and enjoy a day trip. One thing is certain, it’s worth it.