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Published September 22nd 2017
Explore more with the four best Markets around Freo
We love Fremantle for so many different reasons including the old buildings, the funky shops, and the unique culture. One thing that is above all quintessentially Fremantle, is markets. Hawking anything from fresh fruit and veg, to local artisan jewellery and giftware, these stalls are lined with free samples, and visual displays of their wares. But there's more than just one market, and we're proud to bring you the lowdown on a variety of markets in and around Fremantle.
The main markets, known simply as The Fremantle Markets, are the longest running - since 1897. The Market Hall is set in the heart of the tourist precinct and provides a great focal point to visiting Fremantle. With multiple entry points it's easy to find yourself absorbed into the bustling mass of stall holders and eager shoppers.
Keep an eye out for a boomerang being cast over the tops of the crowds, and free samples of honey cake, tea, and many other things. These Fremantle Markets are divided into two main sections. The Hall has plenty of giftware and collectibles from some Australian and West Australian local makers, while others are imported.
A large archway will lead you to the food markets. There is a diverse range of options from Turkish Gozleme through to different Asian favourites. There are also favourites like jam donuts and locally produced cheeses.
The second section of the Markets, the Yard, mostly sells fresh fruit and veg, including some more exotic varieties.
These markets are open 8am- 8pm on Friday, and 8am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The E-shed markets are lesser known, and to find them you'll have to wander away from the thoroughfare of the tourist strip. These markets have a unique position overlooking Fremantle's working harbour, and so make a great option for dining, with a view of the ships coming in and out and the sun setting over the water. The Markets are also close to Fremantle Train Station, as well as the Maritime Museum, and the Rottnest Ferry terminal. A tour of Fremantle sites just wouldn't be complete without stopping in to browse the local handicrafts, antiques and fashion. The general market is open 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The food court area is open until 8pm, allowing visitors time to enjoy dinner overlooking the harbour. Check out their website to keep updated on the latest events and updates.
The South Beach Sunset Markets are seasonal markets held on the grassy areas of south beach, five minutes south of the Fremantle CBD. South Beach is a popular swimming beach, and makes the perfect venue for markets, with a big parking lot, joined to the white sands by a grass area with a cafe and amenities. The South Beach Sunset Markets will take place every Saturday from 4-9pm, during the summer months, with plenty of tasty food choices and entertainment, and of course the stunning sunset over the water. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on when they will be reopening for another season.
Growers Green Farmers Market is a great alternative to supermarkets featuring local growers and makers, but it also has another purpose. Funds from the markets go towards improving amenities at the school, and their various sustainability programs, from bush regeneration to growing veggies for the kitchen. So as you peruse the stalls and support local businesses, you're also helping out the wider community. Every Sunday they are open 9am-12 noon, with live music, fresh coffee, and local produce. The first Sunday of every month is known as Big Market day, where there's a variety of vintage, handmade and pre-loved clothing, jewellery, accessories, books, craft, and gifts.
For great local cheap and fresh fruits vegetables and meats head to Stock Road Market off Port Pirie Drive. Open Thurs Friday Saturday Sunday a
The Schidz chicken wholesaler near these markets has amazing Chicken offers too.