Adelaide Central Market

I grew up in South Australia, and went to High School in the Adelaide Hills. Most of the time the weather is pretty good, but the Hills are renowned for being a little wet. The clouds travel over the water of the Gulf St Vincent and the ancient flood plains of Adelaide, and are then pushed up by the topography of the hills; entering thinner and cooler air they dump their water on the hills.

Every Friday afternoon I  would catch the bus from the Hills down the very wiggly Freeway (the tunnel came later!) and into the city. I would hang out in Rundle Mall and visit my favourite record shops (Ray Records and Andromeda) to pick up some second hand cassettes, then walk to the Adelaide Central Market where I would meet my parents in the middle of the Market by the bottom of the escalators.

My sister and I were given a few dollars to buy our dinner whilst our folks did the shopping and picked up green scraps for our pet rabbits. I always had a mango lassi, some Charlesworth Nuts and some deep fried batter / honey puffs from a mobile vendor.

The market itself has been operating for over 100 years: the first market was in 1869, and all the stock was sold out by 6am – so there has obviously always been a need for a market in Adelaide. Today the market has more than 80 stalls and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of South Australia.

It still sells the same fresh produce that it would have done in 1869, but today there is also a huge variety of different cuisines and other food products.

Recently we went home to visit family in Adelaide, and we booked a hotel as close to the Central Market as we could – one morning I got up and photographed the empty Market waking up for trade, and over the space of a few hours the markets filled with life. Some of the logos have gone a bit hipster, but in all that time since High School, nothing much has really changed.

It’s the sort of set-up I would love to see in Cornwall, although we do have some great food festivals and events as well as weekly markets. Epic.