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Published November 25th 2015
Satisfy your hunger at Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market - Feast for your Senses

A visit to Adelaide's Central Market can be compared to an adrenalin rush of the senses offering quality choice for a wide range of fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads and other local produce.

Saturday mornings are a very popular time for visiting the market as I discovered recently and despite the crowds, the atmosphere and ambience was nothing more than electric.

Adelaide Central Market
Fresh Fruit on offer

Spoilt for Choice

The first thing you notice upon entering the market is its size. With over 80 traders under one roof, just about any food you could dream up or imagine seems to be available.

For example, there are about 19 fruit and vegetable stalls alone, offering in-season produce at competitive prices. As you wander past some of them, some of the individual traders call out promoting their wares, which has overtones of yesteryear.

I was also impressed with the 9 or so meat, poultry and seafood vendors proudly displaying a wide range of treats which gives you some inspiration for possible meals.

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Bakery Temptations


A full blown trip to the Market requires stamina and having a choice of 8 or so cafes to refuel makes the experience that much better.

Whether it is simply a coffee, or maybe a snack or as is popular, having breakfast before, during or after your shopping, a visit to the Market becomes much more enjoyable.

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Cafe Cuisine


The central market has been around since 1869 and is believed to be the largest undercover market in the southern hemisphere.

Not only that, but it is centrally located in the CBD of Adelaide, between Grote and Gouger Streets.

Its popularity is reflected in the number of visitors annually - estimated to be around 8.5 million.

Recently at the South Australian Tourism Awards, the Central Market won a bronze medal as a major tourist attraction.

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Spoilt for Choice


Adjacent to the Central Market is Chinatown which offers the ultimate in international cuisine, particularly Asian influences.

You can usually gauge how good and authentic some of the Asian cuisine is, by trialling and tasting some of the dishes on offer - whether it be Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or Indonesian.

If you are interested in Asian cooking at home, there is also a great range of Asian grocery stores within the Chinatown complex which sell anything related to preparation of Asian food, together with utensils, pots, pans, bowls and other kitchen necessities.

You can't help but love visiting the food courts with a wide range of Asian delicacies on offer which satisfy the good old palate.

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Central Market Tours

Food has become a big and important focus of South Australian life these days and what better place to run a food tour than at the Central Market.

Several operators run food themed tours through the market and more detail can be obtained on the following websites - or

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Wide range of produce


The Central Market is open every day except for Sundays and Mondays and opens early on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 am for those of you who are early risers and like to beat the crowds. More details can be obtained from the Central Market website - Adelaide Central Market

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Italian produce

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Why? A central location which offers one of the best quality food markets in the Southern Hemisphere
When: Every day except for Sundays and Mondays and selected Public Holidays
Phone: 08 8203 7494
Where: Adelaide Central Market
Cost: Dependent on your shopping and refreshment plans
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