The freshest produce is at the heart of South Australia's food culture. Take the time to wander through the Adelaide Central Market.
Explore Adelaide’s markets
When Adelaide does something well, you won’t find a better comparison. Our markets are a perfect example. The Adelaide Central Market is our most visited tourist attraction. It has more than 80 stalls, cafés and restaurants and is unchallenged as Australia’s best market. You won’t find this variety of food under one roof anywhere else.
Many market businesses are family owned. Forget breakfast and feast on free samples as you browse for a bargain. Customers really do come first.
Delicious, home-made produce at The Market Shed on Holland in Adelaide's city centre.
The Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market has quickly become an Adelaide institution. It’s the best way to spend a Sunday morning. Sip a coffee as you buy fresh fruit, vegetables and produce directly from the farmers, growers and producers. Savour the flora flavoured ice cream, in flavours such as wattle seed, lemon myrtle and macadamia. It’s an experience to write home about. Don’t worry about the kids. They can sign up for cooking lessons or learn how to start a vegetable garden.
Heading to the Barossa for the weekend? Peruse the Barossa Farmers' Market at Angaston. Hear the real stories behind traditional delicacies, like wood-oven breads, smoked wursts and olive oils. If you're heading south, pop in at the Willunga Farmers' Markets on the Fleurieu Peninsula where you'll find fantastic organic produce. It’s on the way to McLaren Vale, Victor Harbor and Goolwa and is perfect as part of a weekend getaway.
There’s another fabulous farmers’ market 25 minutes from the city along the freeway at Mount Barker. The Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market is a community market where the producers have one aim: to put the fun back into buying food. All the food is seasonal and not genetically modified.
Stirling’s award-winning market, just 15 minutes from the city centre, is held each month in conjunction with local businesses. With around 80 stalls and a closed street, you’ll enjoy the village ambiance of one of the Adelaide Hills’ prettiest towns.
Vintage and fashion
Attention fashionistas! Don’t miss the Gilles Street Market in the city. Held on a Sunday, once or twice a month, the market features vibrant designer samples, fashion clearances, jewellery and accessories. It has lots in common with the Bowerbird Bazaar, which is held twice yearly at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Groove your way around the stalls to the resident DJ’s chic soundtrack. Bowerbird Bazaar sells arts, crafts, interior design and homewares.
Curiosities and collectables
On selected Fridays in summer, Ebenezer Place, just off Rundle Street in the city, turns into a summer extravaganza with markets, bands, street performers and entertainment. The Adelaide Night Market is held on North Terrace on the last Sunday of each month. You'll find street food from around the world, gifts, jewellery, live music and much more.
If you're heading to Port Adelaide, make sure you stop at the Fisherman’s Wharf Market. It's open on Sundays and you’ll find CDs, craft, antiques and collectables. You might even see the Port River dolphins in the Port River nearby.
One thing you will find that all these markets have in common is fresh produce and artisan crafted products.
Add a market session to your South Australian must do list.