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Top 5 Must-Sees of the Central Markets

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by Marielle Intveld (subscribe)
I'm a young writer exploring the town of Adelaide. I like food, art, and culture.
Published December 1st 2013
Adelaide Central Markets - the hub of happiness
I LOVE the central markets. Something about the combination of smells, colours, foods, and novelty shops just makes me weak at the knees. I thought it was about time I compiled a list of 5 things not to miss at the markets - check them out next time you're there!

1. Goodies and Grains - this little gem is hidden in the back corner of the markets near the foodcourt, and it is number 21. I'm a big fan of organic clean eating, and this is my favourite haunt for cheap and yummy health foods. Most of the shop is designed as a 'serve yourself', so you can pick up some flour, grains, dried fruit, nuts, or just ask the friendly and attentive staff for a freshly squeezed juice. For all my vegan and gluten-free friends out there, this is your new destination - basically everything available covers these diets. DON'T MISS: the peanut butter machine where you can churn your own organic peanut butter... mmm....

2. The Old Lolly Shop - did I say I liked clean eating? I may come unstuck a little bit here... this beautiful shop (you'll find it at stall 33, just by the escalators) sells a huge variety of confectionery and delicious ice-cream and toffee. Not only covering Australian sweets, there are also international lollies available from a huge variety of different places. The staff are knowledgeable and polite and the products are cheap and come in large quantities! Whether you go for the pick'n'mix' or a bag of fairy floss, don't leave without buying something! DON'T MISS: the mixture of aniseed rings and chocolate bullets... sweet and tangy combine to create a flavour combination made in heaven!
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Exterior shot of the old shop

3. Nanna's Hot Bake - now THIS one takes me way back to my childhood. I still remember approaching the counter on my knobbly little legs, reaching up and asking for a warm cheesy pocket, before being greeted with the most delicious combination of soft bread and melting cheese. I can practically taste it... Nanna's (like most shops at the market) has been around for ages, and it has never lost its appeal. The lovely ladies serve with a smile and the variety of bread is wide and unique. Not only is the quality excellent, it will hardly break your bank with the maximum price $2.80...Enter via Chinatown and look for it on the right-hand side of the entrance. DON'T MISS: the cheesy pockets - you can't go wrong with my childhood favourite, ask for it warmed up...
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yum... how can you go wrong?!

4. The Mettwurst shop - granted, this shop isn't for everyone but located at stall number 22, this tiny shop offers the widest range of mettwurst I have ever seen. Mettwurst is perfect on a slice of bread or fried through a pasta sauce - and this shop will let you taste any kind you like before buying. The staff are lovely and the smell makes my nose tingle with anticipation - it's worth buying a few slabs to take home and relive the experience! DON'T MISS: The bum-burner... crudely named, this spicy sausage will tingle your tastebuds while still tasting delicious and authentic.

5. Providore - oh holy chocolate. Located at stall 66, this shop is devilishly chocolate-y and delicious. Offering a huge range of sweets as well as coffee and muffins, you can't miss it. Marvel at the chocolate fountains, nibble on a home-made rocky road slab or enjoy some gelati while you sit around a table and take in the bustle of the markets. While this is moderately priced, servings are generous and quality is excellent beyond belief. Perfect for starting or ending your market trip. DON'T MISS: The honey crackles - ask for them drizzled under the chocolate fountain! I'll say it again... holy chocolate.
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my tastebuds are tingling as we speak...

The Adelaide Central Markets shouldn't be missed - virtually unchanged since the days it first opened, the people are lovely and the food is outstanding. See you there - you'll find me at the corner of Providore, with my face in a bowl of chocolate fondue...
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Why? Cheap, organic, traditional and beautiful...
When: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (or 10pm on Fridays)
Phone: (08) 8203 7494
Where: 44 60 Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Cost: Anything from $0.50 to $25
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Great article, loved the tips too. Welcome to writing on Weekend Notes Marielle.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11291) 2237 days ago
thanks Dave! Lovely to hear, hopefully you get some use out of it!
by Marielle Intveld (score: 0|8) 2237 days ago
Here is an interesting challenge. What to do with 2 ladies in their late 80s on a Sunday. Both can't walk very far and have early dementia. Yet we have to give them some kind of outing and have run out of ideas. Gets very stressful for us
by roswr (score: 0|2) 2236 days ago
Nanna's cheesy pockets were my favourite food as a kid! (..and still are). Great article :)
by Bonnie McBride (score: 1|92) 2233 days ago
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