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by Graeme Fanning (subscribe)
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Published May 1st 2022
The five senses of the Adelaide Central Market
The Adelaide Central Market is one of the great places to visit, whether you are a local or a visitor from interstate or overseas.

The market dates right back to 1869, after a small group of traders broke away from the original East End Markets, due to their dislike of some of the rules and regulations governing trading, and started up their own market.

Ironically today these markets are still thriving, whereas the original 1860s East End Markets closed in 1988.

Our market in Adelaide is believed to be one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere and boasts over 70 traders, all diverse in their offerings and tempting delights.

Particularly on a Friday and Saturday, the market is abuzz with patrons along with all of the associated noises and smells you would expect to find in this type of environment.

Bustling Adelaide Central Market
Bustling Adelaide Central Market


Here are 9 experiences I discovered on a recent visit:

1. The Turkish Delight

The Turkish Delight Mediterranean Sweetery, as the name suggests specialises in Turkish Delight as well as other sweets.

The business is run by a mother and son and has been since 2018, which is now also sending their products not just locally but also interstate.

A great range of flavours are available judging by the colour fest on display as you walk past their shop. For example, they offer Chocolate Turkish Delight in a 4 pack for $20 or 8 pack for $30.

A mixed classic box, which includes tempting flavours such as Passionfruit, Lemon, Orange and Strawberry and two other flavours will set you back $20. If you are more into the traditional rose Turkish Delight, then the Classic Rose Box is the one for you, also for $20.

Apart from the square blocks, you can also buy Turkish Delight in Logs. The Turkish Delight shop has also introduced a bite-size range that is exclusive to South Australia.

For those of you who also like the contrast of nuts with Turkish Delight, then you can buy Pomegranate flavour with Pistachios for $15 or Rose with Roasted Almonds for the same price.

A feast for all you sweet tooths!

The Turkish Delight Shop is at Shop 8 in the Central Market. They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am - 5 pm, Wednesdays 9 am - 3 pm, Fridays 7 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 3 pm.

The Turkish Delight Shop
The Turkish Delight Shop


2. Gewurzhaus

For all things herbs and spices, you won't find a better place at the market than Gewurzhaus, who are Herb and Spice Merchants.

Originating from Melbourne, the business offers a range of more than 350 single-origin spices, herbs, salts, peppers, teas and sugars from around the world.

Gewurzhaus's very own mills produce around 100 exclusive small-batch brands and have been operating as a business since 2010, with stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.

One of their points of difference is the interactive self-scoop facilities available for customers to select their own types and size capacity of products.

The great thing about their store is their capacity to inspire and nurture cooking at home, and their website displays a wide range of recipes to enhance preparing meals and enjoying them with family and friends, utilising their products as flavour add-ons

Some of their more popular products include Wild Harvest Porcini Salt, Quick Butter Chicken Blend, Garlic Lover's Spice, Bavarian Roast Chicken Spice as well as Guacamole Spice.

The great thing about their website as well as the advice that the well-informed sales assistants will give you at the market shop is that they will recommend which spice will go with which dish you might be preparing, such as Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pork, Vegetables and Legumes etc.

You may also be preparing a type of cuisine and are not sure which spice to use - both the website, as well as face-to-face staff, will assist you to make the best selection.

If you are a lover of tea, then Gewurzhaus also caters for you, with a really exotic range of teas, including Moroccan Mint, Organic Gingerbread, Velvety Vanilla Chai, Apple Pie and Easter Bun teas.

How about a Lemongrass and Ginger Organic tea, or a Cold and Flu Tea? Or is an Alkalise and Detox Tea more to your liking?

All up a huge range of produce for you to choose from, most of which will tweak the senses!

You will find Gewurzhaus at Stall 43 in the Central Market and they are open Tuesdays 7 am - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 9 am - 3.30 pm, Thursdays 9 am - 7 pm, Fridays 7 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 3 pm. (Closed Sundays and Mondays).

Gewurzhaus Herb and Spice Merchants
Gewurzhaus Herb and Spice Merchants


3. Les Deux Coqs

Upon arrival at this stall, you are transported to the Charcuteries and Patisseries of France. Les Deux Coqs was founded in 2017 by Bastien and Katia in McLaren Vale, the French name of the business meaning "The Two Roosters". Their growth stemmed from selling their homemade Rillettes, Terrines, Tapenades, and Sweet Spreads at Farmer's Markets.

In 2018 they opened outlets both at the Central Market as well as at Prospect, which the latter location closed a couple of years ago. The Charcuterie part of the business offers such fare as Cured Ham, Pepper Pork Fillet, Aniseed Saucisson, Duck Mousse, Duck Terrine and Foie Gras.

As for the Patisserie side of things, what mouth-watering treats you will find on offer including Double Chocolate Tart, Raspberry and Almond Tart, Creme Brulee, and Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Tart.

For bread, the wonderful crunchy Baguette de Campagne will go well with a selection of South Australian cheeses or hams. There are also Croissants and Chocolate Twists.

Les Deux Coqs is at Stall 2 in the Central Market and are regularly featured at local markets including Cittaslow Goolwa Farmers Market, Willunga Quarry Market and Stirling Laneways Market.

Les Deux Coqs Charcuterie and Patisserie
Les Deux Coqs Charcuterie and Patisserie


4. Grind Roast Masters

When you add the wonderful aroma of fresh coffee to the Central Market ambience, you can't go past Grind Roast Masters, a South Australian family-owned roastery and cafe, operating since 2005.

Their main outlet is at 61 - 65 Tapleys Hill Road, Hendon where it all started, but they also have other outlets at Unley, Findon and Norwood, as well as the Central Market.

You are almost overwhelmed by the range of coffees available including their Supa Crema, Australian Blue Skybury, Colombia Supremo, Ethiopian Mocha Djimma, Mexican San Caterina, as well as ranges from Peru, Sumatra, Italy and Guatemala. For 250g of Supa Crema, for example, it will cost you $15.

Grind Roast Masters also have a good range of Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade Organic Coffees for those of us with strong feelings about sustainability and the environment.

Some of their flavoured varieties include Hazelnut Vanilla, Swiss Chocolate, Macadamia Cream, Chocolate Almond, Irish Cream, and even Grand Marnier.

Their speciality/rare coffees such as Hawaiian Kona will set you back $50 for 100g.

The store also sells a wide range of coffee pods, as well as a great selection of teas, including Black, Green, White, Herbal and Fruit Infusions, Flavoured Teas and Rooibos.

Many accessories for both tea and coffee drinkers are also available in their stores, including the Central Market.

Grind Roast Masters can be found at Stall 14 in the Central Market and are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 am - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 9 am - 4 pm, Fridays 7 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 3 pm.

Grind Roast Masters
Grind Roast Masters


5. Happy Little Clucker

Love the name of this business, which as you might have guessed is connected to Hens and their Eggs.

Back in 2017 Happy Little Clucker opened an outlet in the Central Market and they pride themselves on their free-range organic, quail, chicken or duck eggs. The eggs are locally produced at Mount Pleasant (via the Natural Egg Company) with a ratio of 27 chooks per hectare. You can buy varying quantities of eggs, up to cartons of 30, if you go through a lot of eggs!

You will find Happy Little Clucker at Stall 34 in the Central Market and their trading hours are as follows:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 am - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 9 am - 5.30 pm, Fridays 6 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 6 am - 3 pm.

Happy Little Clucker
Happy Little Clucker


6. Smelly Cheese Shop

For all things Cheese, it's definitely worth a pop in to the Smelly Cheese Shop at the Central Market, which offer some unique flavours and blends, run by a lady who was born in Normandy, France.

Valerie Henbest moved to Adelaide over 20 years ago, bringing with her a love for traditional and artisanal cheeses. The shop opened in the market back in 2001 and today it is synonymous with cheese culture in Adelaide.

The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the varying products and can recommend a good cheese which will complement both savoury, sweet and other discerning palates, not to mention pairing with your favourite wines and beverages.

The store caters for all tastes in cheese, from fresh cheeses, goat's cheese, washed rind, white moulds, semi-hard and hard cheeses to blue vein and everything in between.

Their cheese boxes start from $55 for a Raclette Box which comprises 200 gms of French Raclette cheese, together with cornichons, crispbreads and your own portable cheese melter - a Partyclette.

The more expensive include the Cheese and Beverage pairing box for $120 which includes a white mould Camembert Cheese, Cheese wheel, Blue Vein made with Cow's milk, crispbreads together with Apple and Pear Cider, Champagne and Honey Malt Liqueur.

You can also purchase all of the accompaniments that compliment cheese as well as accessories including cheese knife sets.

You will find Smelly Cheese Company at Stall 44 in the Central Market and their opening hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 am - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 8 am - 4 pm, Fridays 7 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 3 pm.

Smelly Cheese Shop
Smelly Cheese Shop


7. Jamu

If you are a Smoothie, Super Bowl, or Cold Pressed Juice fan, then you shouldn't go past Jamu without stopping to try some of their delicious treats.

Health and Wellness are the key ingredients you will find upon visiting Jamu. Smoothies are priced from $6.50 for a small one and $11 for large. With 9 flavour packed varieties, there is bound to be one that appeals.

A Coco Berry smoothie, for example contains Strawberry, Coconut, Cashew Butter, Vanilla, Maple Syrup and Coconut Milk.

Their vegan super bowls include varieties such as Oats, Chia, and Granola, which will set you back $16.

To wash it all down, they also have 6 types of cold pressed juices, including Eclipse, which comprises Orange, Carrot, Pear, Ginger, Turmeric and Cayenne.

Small sizes are $5.50 and large $8.50.

Their home made Icy Poles are also nicely displayed as you approach the shop and they will cost you $4 and Mini-Pops $5.50 each.

Jamu is located at Stall 69, Central Market and is open Tuesdays 7 am to 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 9 am to 3 pm, Thursdays 8 am to 5.30 pm, Fridays 7 am to 9 pm, and Saturdays 7 am to 3 pm.



8. Con's Fine Foods

Con's Fine Foods has been a market favourite for over 60 years and offer a great range of gourmet foods including dips, smallgoods and sliced meats. Pretty much the one stop shop for all of your entertaining needs.

Con's is a family owned and operated business, starting up in 1959 by Con Savvas and today operated by brothers Alex and Ross Savvas.

While you are salivating over the big range of gourmet foods, you can munch on a freshly cooked Kransky sausage, or perhaps you'd prefer a hotdog also made fresh.

Platters for entertaining filled with prosciuto, fresh meats, olives, cheeses, fruits and pates are available and on top of that even have a home delivery service for your next gathering of family and friends.

Con's were voted as the Central Markets favourite trader last year and in 2020 were inducted into the City Awards Hall of Fame. It's one of those institutions you just keep coming back to because of their quality products, wide range and friendly staff.

Con's Fine Foods are located at Stall 18-19, Central Market and are open Tuesdays 7 am - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9 am - 5.30 pm, Fridays 7 am - 9 pm, and Saturdays 7 am - 3 pm.

Con's Fine Foods
Con's Fine Foods


9. Mushroom Man

For all things Mushroom related, the Mushroom Man is a must visit, having been established back in 2002 and run by Marco Marinelli and his wife Bec. From the basic white and brown varieties through to Asian gourmet types, it is all on show here.

Mushroom Man were the first to supply commercial quantities of wild Porcini from the Adelaide Hills, the first in Australia. They work with some of the best growers of mushrooms in Australia.

For 100g of Adelaide Hills Porcini mushrooms, it will cost you $10, considered to be the most highly priced of the edible fungi, much valued for their meaty and nutty flavour.

Other examples of varieties available include Black Fungus, Golden Enoki, King Brown, Pink Oyster and Shitake, amongst many others.

Truffles normally grow deep within the soil in forests and are difficult to find, let alone cultivate. They are hunted by specially trained dogs who sniff the tubers out and then guide the hunters to their prize. These truffles come from all over the world including Italy, France, Argentina, Chile and Australia.

There are also associated truffle products available including truffle butter, salts, oils etc. Mushroom Man's website also have a good range of inspiring recipes to create some delicious home cooked meals.

You will find Mushroom Man at Stall 68, Central Market and are open similar times to the other market traders featured in this article.

Mushroom Man
Mushroom Man


These are but a small taste of all that the Central Market has to offer. Really a one-stop place that will easily fill your pantries, fridges and bellies.
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