Founded in 1869 Adelaide Central Market claims to be the largest undercover produce market in the Southern Hemisphere. On Saturday 23 January 1869, a group of market gardeners made their way to the site to sell their produce. By 6am, thanks to over 500 people, all stock was sold out. Some 144 years later the market is now home to 80 stalls and is visited by over 8 million people each year.
Produces ranges from fruit and vegetables to meat, cheese, baked goods, confectionary and even coffee. The first stall to have a cash register, Old Lolly Shop, is still intact and well worth a visit, as is the stall with the chocolate fondue fountain. The chocolate-coated coffee beans from The Coffee Bean come highly recommended – likewise the Mettwurst from the aptly named Mettwurst Shop.
Take a break from taste testing at Zedz Café, where the owner Frank sources all ingredients from the market for each day’s menu. You can also buy an extra cup of coffee or soup and leave it for someone who needs it more than you to collect.
Whatever else you do, make sure you don’t miss out on visiting the Haigh’s store. Still run by fourth generation Haighs, it is the oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturing retailer in Australia and is, most importantly, delicious!