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5 Favourite Products to Buy from the Adelaide Central Market

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by Bettina Buechel (subscribe)
I am a writing Novelist from Austria - - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard -
Published July 15th 2012
The Central Market in Adelaide's CBD is one of the biggest and most famous markets in Australia. Located in the well-known Gouger Street with its many Asian style restaurants very close to Chinatown, the market is a popular destination for tourists and especially foodies. If you put high value on fresh produce, then you must visit this incredible place. Under one roof you will find an extensive range of fruit and veggies, bread and cakes, meat and seafood, gourmet cheeses and many more. By the way, there is an excellent parking spot in their own car park and you do not depend on weather conditions, since all 80 stalls are covered. Let me show you my five favourite products, that I often buy at the market:

1. Cheese

The selection of various local and international cheese is marvellous. Especially rare cheeses, like Swiss raclette cheese you can obtain here. Very important for us, because we like this Swiss specialty a lot. There are more than hundreds of cheeses available, made from cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk. But be aware that prices vary at the different stalls.

2. Seafood

Seafood at its best you definitely find in one of the two big seafood counters in the Central Market. Starting with fresh whole fish and fish fillets, oysters, prawns, scallops and squids, you can get fish heads to prepare a fresh fish soup. Also smoked or frozen seafood and fish are available. The seafood counter is really a special experience on a Market Day, particularly on Fridays and Saturday mornings.

3. Coffee

You are the barista at home and want to taste different styles of coffee beans? Then get yourself down to the Central Market. Two stores that specialise in coffee and tea can be found there. The range of origin, estate grown, fair trade and blended coffee beans is large. Also that of the tea leaves. In addition, you can buy associated equipment for brewing coffee and tea.

4. Meat

Are you a meat lover? Meat of the highest quality and from well-known traders can be found on the Central Market. Starting from SA's best branded beef, the Coorong Angus Beef, to excellent lamb, chickens, ducks, geese and game birds. Not to mention Wild Oz, which specialises in wild game meats, like kangaroo, venison, rabbit and much more.

5. Sweets

Here you will freshly baked German bread. If you are more into sweets, then the numerous pastries, tortes, cakes, chocolates and confectionery are perfect for you.

You will find these shops not only inside the Market Hall, but also in the Arcade. Other specialties are the Nuts Shop and the Old Lolly Shop.

Eat and drink:
If you are tired and hungry from the long walk through the market, then take a break at one of the cafes and bars inside the market hall. With a range of cuisines on offer - including Chinese, Japanese and Italian, you are sure to find something that takes your fancy.

The Central Market offers not only a place for shopping, but also a variety of events, cooking classes, tastings and a lot of fun for kids.

Opening Hours:
Tues 7-5:30 / Wed 9-5:30 / Thurs 9-5:30 /Fri 7-9 / Sat 7-3
On Sunday and Monday are the doors of the Market closed.

Go there and enjoy the place of real food for real people.
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Why? To buy fresh and healthy produce and have fun.
When: From Tuesday to Saturday
Phone: (08)8203 7494
Where: 44-60 Gouger Street Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Depends on your shopping activity
Your Comment
I don't understand why the BEST market around is not open on a Sunday? When you think of a good market think of weekends. Maybe it's just me but a visit to The Adelaide central market would be so so good on a Sunday morning.
by missb (score: 0|2) 2472 days ago
yes.. I wish the market was also open on Sundays.. business would double ..why dont they try it for a month or two.. I just love the market, and make parking FREE on Sundays as well.
by makar (score: 1|38) 2234 days ago
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