Established in 1869, now bursting with over 80 traders under one roof, Adelaide Central Market has maintained its popularity as the food Mecca for fresh local produce. The market attracts over 8 million visitors per year, has been recognized by the South Australian Tourism Industry Awards 2016, and offers a huge range of fresh local vegetables and fruits, poultry and meat, seafood, cheeses, health foods, bakery and small goods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular eateries and cafes.
For nearly 150 years this market has been providing a diverse and exciting cultural shopping experience, and strives to be one of the world’s top food and produce markets. It has become a center of attraction of South Australian tourism experiences, a harbor of fine food and wine products, and a second home to food lovers and top chefs.
There are interactive gourmet walking tours with local food experts where participants can enjoy a variety of delicious samples representing the multicultural community of South Australia, and fresh produce harvested from local farms and oceans.
The market is not only a hub for selling and buying food products, but it celebrates food every month ... this November celebrates all things Chili.
The market is a hive of activities with cooking demonstrations at the Community Kitchen - currently creating some favorite chili inspired recipes to add a zing to handmade Harissa or Le Souk. You can eat, shop or share the market with your loved ones with an Adelaide Central Market hamper, while being entertained watching foodies from all over the world, and celebrity chefs showcasing various recipe ideas to create at home.
What to do in Adelaide Central Market?
Shopping – Regardless of the aim of your shopping trip, the Adelaide Central Market offers something for everyone ... aiming to boost the local economy by buying local items, and also to help shoppers to become more conversant about the food produced around them. Most of the producers are also the stallholders here. They always seem to welcome queries about the produce.
Eating – Adelaide Central Market is home to a large number of cafes where visitors can refuel ... or simply relax for yet more shopping. There are eight dining establishments around the market including: Big Table, famous for their delicious breakfasts; Asian Gourmet, serving hot and cold Asian cuisine; Lucia’s offering the best traditional Italian pizza; Sushi Train, specializing in sushi and Korean cuisine; The Perfect Cup, serving up teas, coffees and snacks; Zedz Cafe, offering a outstanding European cuisine; and Zuma Caffe, serving a versatile range of delicacies.
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Tours – The Adelaide Central Market can be a little overwhelming at first ... fortunately, there are a variety of tours to help you truly experience its many qualities.
Classes & Events – The intrinsic ambiance is one reason behind the Adelaide Central Market becoming a popular social center over the last century. The community vibe has been reinforced by the addition of events and demonstrations (ranging from hands-on sausage production to food appreciation) every month. Prices, times and class details vary.
Entry to the Adelaide Central Market is free. The prices of goods vary around the market, throughout the day. Drivers should note that parking at the market is not free.
Saturday Afternoon Discounts – The Adelaide Central Market is closed on Sunday and Monday, so there can be big discounts on fresh foods and produce on Saturday afternoons. If you're looking to save some money, then target this time.
Food Tastings –Thanks to the Adelaide Central Market’s scheduled food tastings, you can try and taste before you buy. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, tastings are held throughout the day.
Nearby Attractions – Adelaide Central Market is conveniently located in the heart of the city, which makes it easy to fit in a few other attractions along with a market tour. You can visit the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Zoo and Art Gallery of South Australia.
How to get there?
Car: The Adelaide Central Market is conveniently situated in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Over 1,000 parking spaces are accessible at the Central Market U-Park and 550 spaces are available in the nearby U-Park on Grote Street.
Public Transport: You can also take the City to Bay tram to the Adelaide Central Market in Victoria Square, but most city-bound public transportation stop very close to the market area.
Bus: The City Connector bus has Hop-On Hop-Off stops on Grote Street near the market. This free service runs on a regular basis throughout the day.