Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets is open four days a week from Thursday to Sunday. It is a popular market for meeting friends at cafés, picking up a few essential ingredients for dinner or a full grocery shop.
The markets are actually permanent shops set out in a "U" shape with a large carpark in the middle. Due to its popularity, there is a busy vibe to the markets as people shun the large supermarket chains and buy their fresh bread, fruit, meat, fish and fresh produce direct from small local businesses.
The location of the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets is where Canberra's first "farmers markets" began back in the 1960's. Farmers, many of them Italian and Greek immigrants, would gather in the block where the markets are now located and sell their produce off the back of a truck. By 1967 the government made the block a permanent marketplace and in 2012 it was updated to the markets that we see today.
On weekends there is live music to enjoy whilst sitting back at one of the many cafes there are to choose from. They also run school holiday activities for the kids to keep them entertained before or after the family food shop.
Our family have been to the markets several times, particularly at Christmas when we come to order seafood at Sea Harvest. It is one of the most popular seafood outlets in Canberra and it is best to order ahead at Christmas to ensure you get the quantities you want.
Only one wall in Sea Harvest Seafood with a huge variety to choose from.
There are a number of popular Bakeries in the markets which stock delicious fresh bread, pies, cakes, pastries and croissants. Bean and Grain has a beautiful range on offer and also has a popular café with items on the menu such as Yellow Duck Curry and Homemade Gnocci.
Our family also enjoys Crust for its range of bread sticks and the choice of 12 chunky pies at lunchtime (rated by friends as the best pies in Canberra!).
If you want to stop for a coffee, cake or lunch to get you through the rest of your food shop, there are several cafes to choose from. A popular choice is Deli Planet delicatessen which sells a range of savoury sausage rolls, quiches, frittata's, lasagne, pizzas and sandwiches. Their café area is always busy, so you need to be quick to grab a table or a seat at their communal bench.
Whilst at Deli Planet, check out the amazing range of cold meats and deli items on offer with the largest selection of cheeses in Canberra. We always enjoy our visit to Deli Planet to wander the aisles and try new and interesting foods from this traditional Italian/European Deli.
Mikes Meats is a popular butcher, with friends and family around Canberra recommending them time and time again. There are also other butchers to choose from at the markets including those who specialise in organic meat.
There are three large fruit and vegetable shops with grocers walking around calling out the specials in the traditional style. They also offer taste tests of their fruit, which is always popular with the kids.It is good to know that every Sunday when the markets close many of the stalls donate any excess food to local charities.
With such a variety of foods to try and choose from in one place, one thing is for sure - you won't leave empty handed!