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Adelaide Central Market is one of the most popular attractions in the city, but unlike most other touristy sights, this market is also popular with the locals. In fact, many locals consider the market to be the centre of food, culture, and lifestyle in Adelaide. That’s a big statement for what seems to be just another produce market!

We stopped over in Adelaide on our way to Barossa Valley earlier this year and after being lured in by the big promises of “foodie heaven”, we simply had to check out what the Central Market is all about. But I’ll be honest, we didn’t really do it justice. We arrived at the market late on Friday, hoping to explore and grab a bite to eat before heading out on the town.

Adelaide Central Market Opening Hours

Adelaide Central Market, Opening Hours

The market features 80 specialist stalls, making it the biggest fresh produce market in South Australia. The stalls range from baked goods, to meat and seafood, to nuts, cheese and more. Walking down the colourful aisles, we quickly realized, we were just a bit too late. There was lots to see to taste, to try, but with only an hour left until closing, everyone was already wrapping up for the day.

Laneway inside Adelaide Central Market

Laneway inside Adelaide Central Market

Turns out, the market is at its very best on Saturdays. With entertainment for both kids and adults, it’s a perfect spot to start your weekend.  A variety of classes and activities take place at the Market on Saturday. Check out the Small Goods Appreciation Class, presented by Barossa Fine Foods, or the Sausage or Ham & Bacon Making Class, put on by Feast Fine Foods.

Vibrant seating area at the back of Adelaide Central Market

Vibrant seating area at the back of the market. Perfect place to sit down for a quick meal and a catch up with a few friends.

Bagels at the Market Bread Bar, Adelaide Central Market

Bagels at the Market Bread Bar

Stall sign at Adelaide Central Market

The Big Table Cafe

A number of companies also offer food tours and coking classes at the Adelaide Central Market. Top Food and Wine Tours and Central Market Tour offer a variety of tours ranging from $55 to $95 per person. Most include a guided walk around the market and generous portion of tastings and samplings.

However, you don’t need to sign up for a tour to taste the best of what the Market has to offer. Simply join the Market Traders every Thursday, Friday & Saturday for a sample of their produce ranging from variety of cheese, to fruits and desserts. The details of the small tastings schedule can be found here

The Smelly Cheese Shop, Adelaide Central Market

The Smelly Cheese Shop

Mettwurst Shop, Adelaide Central Market

Meatwurst Shop, Adelaide Central Market

Nut shop at the Adelaide Central Market

Nut shop at the Adelaide Central Market

The Central Market is heavily influenced by the multicultural flavours of Adelaide.  You are bound to come across some odd and wild things along with basic veggie stalls, sugary treats stalls and other offerings. There is even a section for gifts and clothing items.

Game meat at Adelaide Central Market

Camel sausages at the Something Wild Stall

Wild boar sausages by Something Wild

Wild boar sausages by Something Wild

Croc sausages on sale at Something Wild stall

Croc sausages on sale at Something Wild stall

Fruit and Veg stall, Adelaide Central Market

Fruit and Veg stall

Sugar donuts at Providore Shop, Adelaide Central Market

Sugar donuts at Providore Shop…mmmmm

Providore Shop, Adelaide Central Market

Cookies at the Providore Shop… mmmm x 2

Home made truffles at the Providore Shop, Adelaide Central Market

Home made truffles at the Providore Shop

Delightful macaroons

Delightful macaroons

Make your own yogurt at the Yogurt Shop

Make your own yogurt at the Yogurt Shop

Ice cream toppings or nut mixes? Why not both!

Ice cream toppings or nut mixes? Why not both!

Hippy bags for sale at the market

Hippy bags for sale at the market

Despite our short stay, we really enjoyed our time at the market. So whether you are passing by Adelaide or are staying for a while, consider visiting this vibrant South Australian “hot spot” for a taste of the freshest and the best this region has to offer.

Essential Travel Info

When to go: Adelaide Central Market is opened Tuesday to Saturday. For exact Trading House click here

How to get there: Adelaide Central Market is located on Gouger St in the heart of Adelaide city. The City to Bay Tram stops right on our doorstep in Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga.  Any city bound public transport will get you in the vicinity of the Central Market. [Source]
If you are driving, parking is conveniently located right above the market.

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The Adelaide Central Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Adelaide, famous for its fresh produce and vibrant atmosphere.