Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market history on eatlivetravelwrite.comWay 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

Lucias Pizza at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com…because, breakfast…

Breakfast at Lucias at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comSince 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!

And don’t forget the juices!

Fresh Juice at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comSpotted some more unusual offerings too…

(aren’t these gorgeous?)

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…

And let’s not forget the dried fruits:

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?

Uh huh. Back in my old stomping ground amongst the lollies (that would be candy or sweets)…

Classic Aussie childhood flashbacks….

The. Best.


Uh huh. All of that was what I grew up on (well, not really but you know what I mean…)

(aka: candy floss/ cotton candy)

There are even frozen sweets – artisinal Icy Poles (another classic Aussie childhood staple)

Icy Poles at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAlso, all the roasted nuts you could possibly ever want…

Charlesworth Nuts at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comCharlesworth – classic South Australian since 1934…

And more…

Carousel Nut Bar at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere’s more coffee in case you need a pick me up…

The Coffee Bean Shop at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’re shopping for more substantial food, there’s plenty of choice. You definitely won’t go hungry…

Eggs, Cold Cuts, Cheese at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com The Mettwurst Shop at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Smelly Cheese Shop at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Bacon, Cheese, Dips at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comFritz at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comFritz. 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?

Emu Pie at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Something Wild sausages at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com(I mean….)

Red Snapper at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s a great place to shop for edible (and drinkable) souvenirs too:

The Olive Tree at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Proudly Kangaroo Island at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd as we were there near Easter, there were some beautiful seasonal souvenirs too…

Praline eggs at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf bread or baked goods are your thing, the Market has you covered too:

Dough at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com JamFace at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com(Jam Face is owned and operated by Poh Ling Yeow, runner up in the first season of Masterchef Australia)

Need something to read?

Central Market Books at Adelaide Central Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere 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


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7 Responses to Adelaide Central Market

  1. Mr. Neil March 28, 2018 at 08:02 #

    Market looks lovely – I don’t remember it being so BIG when I was there.

    (And can I just say, in the morning, making me mightily hungry.) 🙂

  2. Christine March 28, 2018 at 08:14 #

    This Market looks amazing.
    I’m also agreeing with Neil….. it’s making me hungry as well 🙂

  3. Cakelaw March 28, 2018 at 16:13 #

    Loved this post. I have only been to the Adelaide Market once, about 5 years ago. I really want that custard and apricot tart from Lucia’s! And I would love to visit Jam Face because I watched Poh build it on Poh & Co and I like her style.

  4. Cathy Batley March 29, 2018 at 16:46 #

    Hi Marnie, thanks for promoting Adelaide! Shame you couldn’t time your trip for Tasting Australia next month.

    • Mardi Michels March 29, 2018 at 17:07 #

      Hi and thanks for reading. I’m a full time teacher so that just wouldn’t have been possible, I’m afraid!

  5. Pam Michels March 31, 2018 at 23:15 #

    Just wish I could go there regularly like I used to. But it was especially good go with you.

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