One step inside the Adelaide Central Market is all that it takes to immediately understand the reason for its popularly. Senses are overrun with sights, smells and sounds, and the options are almost too many to process. Fresh produce is plentifully available and the fruit and vegetable stalls seem to go on as far as the eye can see. Meat and poultry, seafood, bread, cheese, nuts, oriental spices, baked goods and a healthy dollop of stores dedicated entirely to the sweet-tooth make it the kind of place where, once you step in, you don’t want to leave.
The Adelaide Central Market, between Grote and Gouger Streets, is the place to be when it comes to finding a special ingredient, doing a fresh-food shop or simply taking in the atmosphere by relaxing in one of the many gourmet cafés. An iconic landmark and multicultural hub for tourists and locals alike, the Adelaide Central Market first opened its doors in 1879, when it was known as the City Markets. Constructed with wood and iron, the markets were originally open every Tuesday and Sunday, housing between 50-100 carts of available goods. It quickly grew and prospered, the early 1900’s seeing the now-legendary red brick face being laid, electricity and refrigeration being added and arcade shops being constructed.
The market has continued to grow and evolve; now housing over a hundred stalls of goods that vary from unique fashion trends to health foods and memorabilia. Surrounding the markets are Chinatown, the Market Plaza and the Market Arcade. The history and cultural diversity that make up the Adelaide Central Market make it a pivotal landmark in the Adelaide City and a necessity for any tourist, food connoisseur, café-junkie or fresh-food shopper.
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