I'm always surprised how excited people get about markets in Adelaide. There seems to be an insatiable demand for all sorts of markets. Car boot sales, vintage and handmade artisan goods, antique markets, and even produce markets all attract lots of attention, and in the months before Christmas, it reaches fever pitch.
The sedate citizens of Unley are no different. The regular free rooftop Unley Market attracts large crowds, but during the warmer months, things are changing. Why go shopping at market stalls in the heat of the day when the evening is a much more pleasant time to be outdoors?
Unley Night Market Gives Views of Heritage Buildings Like Unley Council Chambers
The Unley Night Market kicks off on Australia Day Friday January 26 from 5.30pm until 10pm, and is followed by two more markets on February 23 and March 23. They will also return later in the year after winter is over, when the nights are pleasant again. The market location remains the same as the daytime market - the rooftop car park behind Target on Unley Road. It's a great place to see Unley's heritage buildings from, and there's plenty of free car parking just downstairs so you won't need to walk far.
Unley Night Market has free entry and actively promotes local and small businesses, artists, makers, designers, foodies and producers. Their market stall holders are carefully hand selected from all over South Australia, offering the best of the best in art, fashion and design. Some makers have specialty backgrounds, training and degrees in what they do, while others are just super creative individuals who are forever surprising us with their creative skills.
Tasty Middle Eastern Pastries from Enfes Delights (Image Supplied)
The list of market stalls for Unley Night Market is still being finalised, but you can expect to see people selling jewellery (both vintage and new), clothing and accessories, hard to find gifts, art and homewares, toys, furniture, gardening and woodwork, delicious foods including preserved and baked goods, and of course beer, wine and cider.
If that has worked up your appetite, then you will get even more enthusiastic about the street food vendors at these new markets in Adelaide. After a hard time shopping, everyone needs to sit down with a refreshing coffee and pastry, or perhaps an alcoholic beverage, while you congratulate yourself on the bargains that you have picked up that evening.
Creative Style From Chatterbox City (Image Supplied)
Some of the traders will have market stalls at every Unley Night Market throughout the year. Look out for Wyverstone Tea, Chatterbox City, Endear soy candles, SilkyFlora, The Red Robin Specialty Coffee, Phoebe Janet, Steven Corfield Design, 27 Filipino Street, Caught Red Handed Wines, Peter Stephens Ceramics, Hitc Clothing and The Studio Room among the regulars to see.
Other market stalls at the Australia Day market include The Cheeky Chocolate Queen, The Bouncing Kangaroo, Designer Snaps, Frances Jewellery, Rosebud Baby Designs, and Oz Indulgence.
For all that you need to know about Unley Night Market, head over to the Unley Market Facebook page or look for the Unley Night Market event listings here. It's so much more fun than shopping across the road at the Unley Shopping Centre, and you get a pretty rooftop view as the sun set.
Kitchen Wares from Peter Stevens Ceramics (Image Supplied)