Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest undercover produce markets in Australia, selling an abundance of fresh local South Australian delicacies.
By Kris Madden
More than 80 great stalls make up Adelaide Central Market, one of the largest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere which has been serving Adelaide since 1869. Growers from across the state gather here to sell a mouth-watering array of ingredients, from oysters to olive oils to cheeses. You’ll also find some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.
- Join a tour for a look behind the scenes at the market
- Have breakfast or brunch at some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes
- Taste South Australia's best regional produce under one roof
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Top things to do at Adelaide Central Market
Tour the market
A range of tours are available to experience the market. During the Central Market tour you can chat with suppliers, producers and retailers and hear revealing stories about the products you’re tasting. Top Food and Wine Tours offers a market tour followed by the Choco-latte tour of Adelaide’s finest purveyors of chocolate and coffee.
Taste fresh baked goods
Pick up just-out-of-the-oven bread rolls, croissants, savoury and sweet muffins and pastries from one of the bakeries such as Dough, Gourmet To Go, The Bakers Tray, The Market Bread Bar and Wild Loaf, which makes a delicious fig and walnut loaf. Many specialise in preservative-free, organic breads. Providore sells fresh gateaux, tortes, sponge cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, quiches, pâtés and pasta.
Looking for some fine cheese or dips to go with your fresh bread? You’ll be spoilt for choice at Atlas Continental, Con’s Fine Food, Corner Deli and Lucia’s Fine Foods. At Say Cheese or The Smelly Cheese Shop there is an unrivalled range of locally made and international cheeses. Add to your antipasto platter with Spanish-style ham or prosciutto from Sevenhill Fine Food whose products are handmade according to traditional artisan methods.
Quench your thirst
Tony’s Juice Bar whips up fresh juices and smoothies, while T Bar is the place to go for its enormous range of teas and tea making equipment. Feel like a glass of wine with that avocado and fetta smash? Zuma Caffe can serve you an alcoholic drink with its peerless light meals, many of which are gluten free. The Plantation Juice Co creates healthy smoothies, smoothie bowls, juices and coconut water quenchers.
Have brunch at one of the many cafes
There’s no shortage of places for a quick or leisurely brunch. Asian Gourmet serves a variety of hot and cold Asian dishes, and is famous in Adelaide for its laksa. Big Table specialises in baguettes, wholemeal and flat bread rolls and is known for its good coffee. Jamface Central offers a variety of homemade delights from pastries to jams, relishes, sandwiches and is steered by well-known Australian TV chef Poh LIng Yeow. Feast on pizza made according to traditional Italian recipes at Lucia’s Pizza Bar, traditional Greek food at Zedz Cafè, or Russian pies at Piroshki Café. Sunmi's Sushi specialises in sushi and Korean foods, or sample authentic Latvian flavours and Baltic food at The Latvian Lunchroom.
More than good food
It’s not all about food at the market. If you’re looking for some holiday reading, Central Market Books has a variety of great books, magazines and comics by top authors at good prices. Photoco Camera House is the oldest camera shop in South Australia and sells an extensive range of photographic and film equipment. Pick up a souvenir of your visit with an authentic Adelaide Central Market branded picnic rug, apron or cooler bag.
Taste South Australia on a plate
Several stall holders specialise in produce from South Australian regions. Barossa Fine Foods sources some of the best free-range and sustainably-farmed fresh meats from farmers in the Barossa Valley and regional South Australia. The Mettwurst Shop specialises in South Australian Riverland region smallgoods, which are naturally smoked with no artificial colours or flavours. The Kangaroo Island Stall sells an extensive range of KI's best produce, spirits, wine, health and beauty products from more than 50 producers. The Olive Tree has a huge range of South Australian extra virgin olive oils including its own from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
How to get there
Adelaide Central Market is located right in the centre of Adelaide. The City to Bay tram stops on the doorstep or the free City Connector bus has hop-on and hop-off stops located by the market on Grote Street.