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Published October 24th 2015
A Traditional Indoor Market Experience
Although without a single name the stalls are labeled above the entrance to this warehouse marketplace.
The Stalls at this Marketplace
The New Brickworks Marketplace opened a few months ago with large atria and shiny shops boasting designer clothing stores interspersed with various grocery stalls and food outlets offering a range from Chinese dumplings and pastas to burritos and ramen. The opening was greeted with mixed emotions; on one hand a gleaming light filled edifice, a long awaited update, a superstructure reminiscent of similar malls like Burnside Village. On the other hand, the characterless and bleached veneer of yet another quotidian temple to consumerism.
The Entrance at the junction of Grange Road and South Road in West Hindmarsh
If you're searching for a more traditional market, with cement floors, mystery fruits and a unique range of items, look no further than the junction of Grange and South Road in West Hindmarsh, only a short drive away. In an old warehouse shared with a Persian rug store is an indoor market with astonishing variety. Opening hours are Thursday to Sunday 9am to 5pm and the market is also open on public holidays.
Enter the warehouse and immediately to the left is a selection of fresh seafood, with unusual choices including Carp and Skate. A frozen seafood section is also present to the side. Framed paintings of a religious nature add an eclectic vibe.
Immediately adjacent to the Fresh Seafood section hangs a sign "Indian Grocery Shop" where shelves are stacked with muruku, gulab jamun, spice blends and mixes, and a staggering selection of unique food items and condiments.
Kaleidoscopic Collection of Goods at the Indian Grocery
Behind is a stall labelled Aus Star Meats, where an array of meats and poultry is being sold including, one man proudly proclaims, free range chickens sourced from Victoria.
The Meat Section
In the centre of the warehouse lies tables groaning under the stacked weight of fresh fruit and vegetables, all at very reasonable prices. As is usual in markets of these kind, it doesn't take long for unidentifiable fruit/vegetables to be found such as a trayful of Chayote and some unique melons. The impressive size of the sweet potatoes proved equal parts amusing and intimidating.
Bottles with a selection of olive oil are stacked on a shelf in one corner.
It doesn't have an official "name" other than the various sellers above the entrance and is far from shiny and new, but this marketplace is a perfect find for anyone who wants to do their grocery shopping in a more traditional environment. From the popularity of the place, if you're one of these people, you're far from alone.