Way back in 2009 (!) when I first started blogging, I documented a visit to the Adelaide Central Market in a series of eight blog posts. Excuse the photos – I had literally been blogging for 2 months at the time! I just returned from 2 weeks in Australia, including a few days in Adelaide with mum and we deliberately set aside a whole morning just so we could tour the market together. It never gets old! It is, in fact a world-class market and I appreciate it even more each time I return.
The first place mum and I always stop is at Lucia’s
Since we were headed back to Sydney that afternoon, our “shopping” consisted mostly of window shopping. We arrived fairly early at the market (before 10am on a Tuesday morning) and, aside from a couple of school groups who arrived later on, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It’s really interesting looking at my photos from this trip to see what caught my eye nine years after I first wrote about this place!
The fruit stands were a sight for sore (winter) eyes for sure!
Had to look these ones up – Ziziphus jujuba (from Greek ζίζυφον, zízyphon), commonly called jujube (/ˈdʒuːdʒuːb/; sometimes jujuba), red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date is a species of Ziziphus in the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae). Didn’t buy any, wish I had!
We did try these though…
Super sweet! Have you ever heard of Sapphire Grapes?
Some of the desserts featured glorious summer fruits too…
I love the “pronounced tang and concentrated apricot flavour” Australian dried apricots have (more like Californian than Turkish). Have you ever tried them? They are great for snacking on!
Did someone say snacks?
Classic Aussie childhood flashbacks….
There are even frozen sweets – artisinal Icy Poles (another classic Aussie childhood staple)
Charlesworth – classic South Australian since 1934…
Fritz. Unapologetically, iconically South Australian. Read more about this luncheon meat (theoretically containing “top-shelf products such as beef, lamb and pork meat trimmings”) here.
And what about some other true blue Aussie dishes for dinner?
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There really is a little something for everyone at the Market – these images (and the ones from 9 years ago) don’t really do it justice at all! If you’re ever in Adelaide, make sure your itinerary includes a few hours here (and make sure to check opening hours – it’s closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday).
Adelaide Central Market
44-60 Gouger St,
Adelaide, South Australia 5000