June 13th, 2009
Author: Walter Lim
Celebrating its 140th year in business, Adelaide’s Central Market is located between Grote and Gouger Streets, which is between Victoria Square and the Adelaide Chinatown neighbourhood. Like Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, it boasts of a wide selection of fresh daily produce like fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, cheeses, candies and lots of other goodies. While the market seemed to be slightly smaller than the Victoria Market, it does appear to have fresher and slightly more affordable produce which hail from the sprawling South Australian rural countryside.
Apparently, the market is so distinctive as a tourist destination in the city of Adelaide that there are tours which you can book to learn more about its history, stories, sights, sounds and scents! As usual, any visit to an Australian market is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.
First, a photo opportunity outside the entrance featuring Ethan and I.
These organically grown fruits and vegetables look plump, colourful and luscious. I am sure that they taste as good as they look!
Take your pick of coffee beans any which way you like them. There must be hundreds of varieties to choose from here.
One can also choose from the wide spread of cheeses, dressings and dips available for sale.
Here’s Ethan and Tina fascinated by the fresh kangaroo meat offered for sale. Hopefully, they are not the same cute ones which we saw earlier!
More fascinating fresh meats for sale, this time hailing from the seas near the South Australian coast.
We were pleasantly surprised by this very Chinese style grocery shop, which closely resembled one you can find in Singapore. Heck, the owners even spoke in Singapore-accented English!
Tina picking up some eggs to be cooked for our breakfasts at the hotel.
Talking about eggs, these Easter hampers seem to be running out quickly. Better hurry and get some for gifts back home!
All in all, a nice way to spend an hour or two in the City. Now that we are stocked up, our next destination is back to catching more native Australian wildlife…
Tags: adelaide, adelaide central market, family vacation