The History and Culture of Adelaide Central Market

The Adelaide Central Market dates back to 1869 and, today, is a bountiful hub of food and culture. Over the past 145 years, it has accumulated more than 80 traders selling everything from fresh fruit and veg, to local meat and poultry, to seafood, seasonal cheeses, and delicious baked goods. It is now one of the biggest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere and promises visitors a journey into the history and culture of Australia through food and drink.

When you’re not browsing the stalls piled high with mouth-watering morsels, you can kick back and enjoy a hot drink in one of the many cafes and eateries that surround the market.

Welcoming more than 8.5 million visitors every single year, the Adelaide Central Market is quickly becoming the place to go if you want to sample the multicultural cuisine of Australia and tuck into some fresh produce.

Adelaide Central Market

The Central Market’s Vision and Mission

The market has set out to become the world’s leading food and produce market, and has dedicated itself to operating sustainably and successfully. It brings visitors a diverse and culturally rich shopping experience that they’d struggle to get elsewhere in the city.

The History of Adelaide Central Market

Having been around for 145 years, it’s safe to say the market has a rich old history in Adelaide.

Founded back in 1869 on Grote Street, it was then known as the City Markets after it was officially opened by Mayor Judah Solomon in 1870.

At that time, the East End Markets monopolised the show between Rundle Street and North Terrace, an area that would soon become the foodie hotspot of the Adelaide Central Market in 1988.

As time went on and more and more traders caught wind of the East End Markets, the overflow had to move to the Central Market.

In 1869, a structure of wood and iron sheets was put together to create the overspill area, which opened its doors for visitors on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Around the edge of the structure, shops popped up selling hot and cold drinks and other goods. Today, the Central Markets still thrive in the lively city centre. Surrounded by the Arcade, Adelaide China Town, and Market Plaza, they promise a multicultural experience like no other.

In the heart of the Central Markets, you’ll find stalls piled high with fresh produce, while the outer layer of shops are predominantly cafes, restaurants, and other kinds of stores.

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