The Markets; often overlooked as just a place to visit when your relatives are in town once in a blue moon; there is a lot of value to be gained from visiting your local market on a weekly basis. A lifestyle alternative to rushing through artificially lit supermarkets with there cold isles of ambiguous branding, it is surely much more enjoyable to meander leisurely at your local market on the weekend, soaking up the sun and the atmosphere. From local handmade clothing and leathers to local produce, we have listed our five favourite markets from Fremantle to Kalamunda.
Fremantle Markets – Corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle, Open 8am-8pm Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday
The famed Fremantle Markets are an icon of our port town; an indoor market teaming with beautiful colours and smells from local farmers stalls, you can find anything from the finest French Brie to the ripest seasonal fruit. The building has been around since 1897, with original patrons arriving on horse and cart, there to buy wholesale food and produce. One of the joys of the markets today is sampling everything whilst browsing your way through its stalls, from the delicious Bao at ‘What The Bao,’ coconut soft serve from ‘Whip It Good,’ or the best doughnuts in Perth from ‘Levi’s Doughnuts.’ You can pick up anything from organic soaps, handmade leather or decorative Indian imports all at very affordable prices. As supporters of ethically sourced Indigenous art, the Fremantle markets is a great place to pick up some local art for the living room, whilst listening to the sounds of buskers throughout the markets – many of whom have become famous since there early days busking in Fremantle, like Freo local John Butler.
E Shed Markets – 11 Cliff St, Fremantle, Open 9-5 Friday to Sunday
Housed along Victoria Quay, people come to this waterside market for a beer with a view or a bite to eat at the food court that sells a range of international cuisine. There are market stalls selling souvenirs, handcrafted local wares and a massage stall for those who need to de-stress after a long week. With live music provided by local talent, the wharf is buzzing with atmosphere inside and out. The E Shed building is a piece of history in itself, constructed in 1929 as a cargo store, it has been around Victoria Quay for 100 years. A great place to have your morning coffee, whilst watching the ships roll by.
Kalamunda Farmers Market – Open Sundays 8am-12pm
The true definition of a farmers market, there is very little that you won’t be able to find at The Kalamunda Village Markets. Located at the Central Mall, the markets are open every Sunday from 8am to 12pm, selling an abundance of everything you could possibly need. There is an enormous range of top quality and fresh, local and seasonal produce; from fruit and veg, the best cuts of meat from the butcher, ground coffee beans, herbal teas, wild flowers, honey, cheese, biscuits, cakes and a bakery – this is your one stop shop for all things fresh and delicious. You can even find more specialty items from soil solver products, avocado oil, green sprouts, marinades, chutneys, pet treats, jerky, pastes and gluten free products. Showcasing the best WA has to offer in our native cuisine, as well as a large array of international food, from Thai, Japanese or Turkish – spend your morning soaking up the atmosphere and grabbing a bite to eat. What an ideal way to get your grocery shopping done for the week, this definitely beats trips to the supermarket.
Subiaco Farmers Market – 271 Baggot Road Subiaco, Open 8am-12pm Every Saturday
When the skies are blue and the sun is shining, the Subiaco Farmers Market is a beautiful way to soak up the good weather. Situated at Subiaco Primary school, locals come with their weaved baskets ready to pick up the best of WA produce and linger for a coffee and a spot of breakfast or lunch from the variety of stalls selling hot food, including delicious baked goods, NY-style baguettes and authentic Moroccan food. With a variety of specialty services and goods on offer, from knife sharpening, eco-friendly and all natural beauty products, handmade soaps, organic produce, sustainability management stalls and organic cheese – the list of discoveries awaiting you is endless. Aham Vritti Herbal and Odd Fodder Creations are dedicated to educating passers by on the world of unexplored plant based nutrition – including weed salad mixes, wild weed pestos and tapenades and hand maid healing ointments, is just one example of the unique produce you can find there.
Growers Green Farmers Market – Lefroy Street Beaconsfield, Open Sunday 8am-12pm
Perched on the beautiful green garden of South Fremantle Senior Highschool, its usual bare fields transform every Sunday into an atmospheric hub of the best local offerings. As you walk through the grassy markets, laying eyes on everything from vintage wares to colourful rugs, live music will hit your ears, as the smell of home cooked food travels through the wind enticingly. If you let your nose lead you, you’ll happen upon endless options for breakfast and brunch – just some of them being hot soup in a crusty bread bowl from Suppa Club, delicious savoury crepes, and cuisine from El Salvador including papusas, tamales and corn flour tortillas filled with red beans and cheese. Yum! Sit down on the grass with the brunch of your choice and watch the band play on a Sunday morning – the perfect end-of-week ritual.