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    Posted by Krystle Aunger April 15, 2014 - 775 views - 2 comments - 0 likes - #food  #adelaide  #Market  #Central Market  #The Markets  #Cheap 

    The Markets, as the locals affectionately call them, are every foodies dream. The biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere there’s a raw, bustling feeling about Adelaide Central Market that just can’t be replicated in a supermarket. From patisseries to bakeries, cafes, confectionary and fine coffee, nuts, continental goods and gourmet cheese, fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry and more there’s every kind of local South Australian fresh produce you could want at The Markets.


    The best time to get amongst the atmosphere is Friday night or Saturday morning. Friday night at The Markets is filled with all kinds of people pulling their market carts, searching for a bargain, and tasting delicious food from the market stall tasting stands. It’s a great time to grab a cheap, fresh dinner. There’s usually free live music on a Friday night too. If Saturday morning is more your time of day, breakfast is the meal you’ll want to treat yourself to. The freshest produce and coffee can’t be topped. Towards the afternoon on Saturday the fruit and vegetable stallholders will start to clear their stock by yelling out to the crowd their best price. When a bunch of stallholders get vocal with their best prices a frenzy usually erupts and the atmosphere lifts to another level.


    Besides the food, there’s also some great graffiti art on the internal walls of The Markets that is definitely worth checking out.


    The best way to get to The Markets if you’re in the City is by tram (which is free terrace to terrace). Alight at Victoria Square tram stop and head West 200m on Grote Street. The Markets will be on your left. You can’t miss the big old red brick façade. If you’re travelling by car at one of these peak times you’ll have the challenging job of parking. Street parking is lucky to come by at peak times, and The Market car park fills quickly with the 'full' sign often being illuminated. The car park, like the market, is a maze. I find the hardest part to understand is why building support poles are placed in the middle of parking spaces. Usually, after circumnavigating the car park several times, you’ll think you’ve struck gold and found a vacant space, only to turn in and find a pole in the middle of the space. I find at least a third of the fun I have going to The Markets is parking the car!

    • Rebecca Winter
      Rebecca Winter The graffiti art looks great!
      April 16, 2014
    • Krystle Aunger
      Krystle Aunger I agree! Kab101 and Vans the Omega, both Adelaide artists, have sprayed some amazing murals in The Markets.
      April 16, 2014