One of the first things I check out when going to a new place is the local markets. Whether they are foodie markets, or art and craft markets, I love them.
This list is in no particular order, except for number one.
1. Adelaide Central Market
The Adelaide Central Markets is my happy place, I LOVE it. Some of my favourite memories include meeting my Aunt and Uncle at Charlies Café for breakfast, and then wheeling my "happy trolley" (a shopping trolley I painted) around the markets buying groceries. I'd challenge myself to buy all my food for the week without going into a major supermarket, while trying to spend less. Then reward myself with a chocolate frog from Haigh's.
There has been a market between Gouger and Grote streets since 1869. The stalls and shops include cafes, fruit and vegetables, delicatessens, butchers, sweets, international groceries, cheeses, chocolate, books, bakeries, seafood, nuts, coffee and tea, flowers, plants, yogurt ... and well, just about everything else.
What makes the Central Markets such a fabulous place is it’s a full sensory experience, the stalls are a colour explosion and creatively presented. There are busker and often musician's on the stage, and the sellers hawk their goods. Most stalls have samples to try, and the smell of fresh bread, ripe fruit, coffee and the salty smell of fresh fish is delicious.
2. BrisStyle indie Twilight Market
The BrisStyle indie Twilight Market are held in King George Square, Brisbane city (check website for dates). Over 100 stalls of local artists designer and crafter's handmade creations.
I love night markets, and the Chinese lanterns are dreamy.
3. Finders Keepers
Held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Finders Keepers is an independent design & art markets that supports new independent design. Check website for dates.
I been the market when held in Sydney, and recently in Brisbane. The atmosphere is exciting and the stall are innovative.
4. Mindil Beach Sunset Market
I haven't been to Mindil Beach Sunset Market, but as we are moving to Darwin next year, I'm looking forward to them.
The markets are held in the Dry season, from the last Thursday in April, until October on Thursdays and Sundays.
5. Eumundi markets
Eumundi markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday, in the centre of Eumundi on Memorial Drive. Stalls include art and craft, food, home wares, clothes and jewellery.
It’s a lovely drive from Brisbane, and the market is large, so its makes for a nice day trip. Eumundi markets is a colourful, bustling, bright and big.
6. Paddy's Markets Flemington
Sydney Paddy's Market is huge. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, its located at Homebush. It's sell fruit vegetables, clothing, CDs, flowers, homewares, sunglasses, jewellery and souvenirs.
7. Blackwood Street Farmers Markets
Held on Blackwood street Mitchelton, on the first Sunday of the month from 6 am until 12pm. There are lots of yummy stalls, and great local products.
It’s a great place to visit before Sunday breakfast, you can pick up fresh eggs, juice, yoghurt, bread, and fruit.
8. Eagle Farm Markets
My cousin shops here almost every week for her fruit and veg, and I've come along with her once.
It’s a lovely market, with a wide range of unique stalls. The gourmet sausages were one of my favs.
This market is held Sundays, 7 am till 12.30 pm
9. The Rocks Markets
The Rocks Markets winds through Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place. Under white canvas, this is a upmarket market. Beautiful fashion, jewellery, artwork, and unique craftwork.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10am til 5pm
10. Wagga Wagga Farmers Markets
When I lived in Wagga we attended the local farmers market. There is locally grown produce, honey and jams, vegetables and smoked trout. I remember a apricot pie that was fantastic.
The Farmer’s Market is held on the second Saturday of each month, from 8.00am to 1.00pm.
11. Pooraka Sunday Market
Pooraka Sunday Market in an undercover market
open every Sunday from7 am till 1.00pm
Its is a trash and treasure flea market. Preloved and new goods, crafts, food, plants, hardware, and electrical products.
This is the kind of market my husband prefers, where you can find a second hand bargain.
12. Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Markets, in Melbourne, is another market I've never been to, but really want to see.
The Market is in the Melbourne CBD on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets, open Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday.