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A charming European feel market in the hipster East End
Since the closing of the East End Produce Market in 1988, the east end side of Adelaide town has changed considerably. From Rundle Mall, head east down Rundle St into the vibrant hip destination it is today.
Soak up the atmosphere with summer nights at Ebenezer Place. Image by Kat May
Ebenezer Place is a small laneway off Rundle St and runs across to meet Union St. Together these three streets make up an appealing area to visit both during the day and night. The streets and back lanes now are bustling with trendy stores, small coffee bars, late night cafes blended with the long-established restaurants. The East End and has now become an essential part of Adelaide's nightlife. It reminds me a little of Lygon St in Melbourne. When I visited the Ebenezer Night Market, I really did feel like I was in another city.
The lane was as pretty as a picture with intimate little stalls and strings of party lights. Some parts were a little too dim. Every stall I came to was different than the next with an exciting mix of wares, both handmade and sensational imports. I chatted with providores on their decadent home baked goodies. Perfect for late night munchies while strolling the market.
Escape to the East End of Adelaide. Image by Kat May
I spotted Regini Dey, Adelaide's all things Indian cookery and spice expert. She was cooking up a storm and had a long queue of eager salivating customers. There is plenty of food and the unusual goods at this market. But suddenly you see something bizarre. In the next moment, you feel as if you are far from home. It is the market to escape to. A perfect venue for a date night and a late night drinks at the Parisienne style cafe-bars.
Ebenezer Night Markets has a sublime summery party feel. Image by Kat May
I could tell you to check the Facebook site with interesting pics and some facts about the stallholders. We would like to know what type of goods they are selling, but alas this marketing opportunity is all missing from their Facebook page. I do hope they update us as the markets go on over the summer and and give us some fantastic photos and real news. It is amazing how Facebook can work these days to get the people in. So do not bother just now. All you need to know is here. Pick a date and go late.
DECEMBER DATES Saturday 8th and 22nd
NO MARKETS IN JANUARY
FEBRUARY DATES Saturday 2nd and 9th Friday 15th and Saturday 16th Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd
MARCH DATES Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th
These nights are very busy with Fringe events close by.
Meet me for a drink and we could visit the market. Image by Kat May
The market is completely outdoors with no shelter. It is perfect for our summer nights after a very hot day cooped up indoors. It's the place to go to get out and breathe some fresh air and walk around a bit. You can now get the Botanic Gardens tram to the last stop at the gardens and walk around East Terrace to Rundle Street. So check the dates into your diary and make a date with someone special or just go by yourself. You won't be all alone, but you will feel far away.