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Published October 8th 2016
It's no secret that Perth goes crazy for markets. After work, before dinner, on the way to the beach. Morning, afternoon, evening, and night markets. Part of the reason is because they are so versatile.
On what occasion would one want to go to the market? Well, anytime, for any reason, with people or just with your dog. Local markets can be great for a Friday night dinner and accidental meet up with old friends. Some markets are worth trekking all across Perth.
Winter is a dark time, with very few markets happening. However spring is here, bringing with an abundance of markets. I've rounded up the below list, including things ranging across the weekend and weekdays, that way you can spend your entire weekend at markets! I've heard of worse places to be...
1. Twilight Hawkers Market- Fridays 4.30-9.30pm Every Friday night Forrest Chase in Perth will come alive with the smell of a thousand different dishes. Stalls selling authentic street food from all over the globe cater to every taste, and often they're served in small portions, so you can sample many different things. Because of the location in the heart of the CBD, it's a great place to start your Friday night.
2. The Ladybird Market This is a pop-up market, meaning the location changes for each event, as does the time. The Ladybird market features locally made wares and crafts. It's a great opportunity to grab some gifts for Christmas, and support Perth's small businesses. The next event is the 5th of Nov from 9am at Lakeside Joondalup.
Promising a true street market vibe with live music and fresh, authentic cuisine, these markets are held on Beaufort street every week August through March. Being on Mondays, they're a great chance to take the first night of the week off, and pick up some street food after work.
4. Beaufort Street Artisan Market - Some Sundays 9am-1pm or BSAM for short. For something a little different, try out Beaufort street on the second Sunday of every month. They feature the very best of local creative artists and designers. Spend some time perusing the art available, and take the opportunity to chat directly with the artist behind the art. You'll feel great about your purchase when you know the story it comes with.
5. TGIF Hawkers Markets - Friday nights 5-9pm
I personally recommend this tiny little market. I stumbled upon it one day, led by my nose. It's down an alley that usually just leads to the little Vic park IGA. On Friday nights however, the alley is alive with the sound of many happy eaters. People spill out of the alley, as ther are only a few seats available, and the food is totally worth it. There's a great diversity if you like to try different cuisines, and the food is top quality. I recommend getting a Portuguese tart, and if you're into modern food trends, don't miss the decadent Cronut.
6. Growers Green Farmers Market- Sunday Morning 8am-12pm
Get out on a Sunday morning with this lively market at South Fremantle Senior High School. Foregoing the trip around Coles or Woollies you can directly support local growers by shopping her instead. This market has a great selection of animal and plants products- everything from fresh produce to jams, baked goods, plants even organic pet food.
7. Farmer's Market on Manning- 7.30am-12.30pm
Great for a breakfast or lunch, this Farmer's market has been around for a few years, and has only improved with what's on offer. There's fresh produce available, wares from local creatives, as well as plenty of food and drink to enjoy while you're there. There's also a great range of things to sample, and once you have it's hard to resist buying a little treat for yourself. Don't miss the juice stall for a fantastic super food energy boost in the morning.
8. Kyilla Community Farmer's Market - Saturday Mornings 8-11.30am
A focus on community is at the heart of this market. With local entertainers and face painters, it's great for families with kids. The stalls are primarily farmer's markets, but there's also plenty of ready to eat food and drink. It's designed as a place to linger and enjoy the atmosphere, so go for a Saturday breakfast or brunch. All proceeds go toward the Kyilla Primary School
For more info on any of these, including the exact dates they are on, check out their websites. Don't forget to bring your own shopping bags for all your goodies, so you don't need to use plastic ones!