At 3.15am on January 23, 1869 a bunch of market gardeners set up shop between Gouger and Grote Streets for the first time to sell their homegrown produce. They sold out by 6am. This was the birth of the Adelaide Central Markets.

These days this historic undercover market houses 80 traders spanning fresh fruit and vegetables; seafood; smallgoods; nuts; meat and poultry; cheese; breads; and health foods. From Tuesday to Saturday visitors to the lively hub of globally influenced foodstuffs can pop in for coffee and their weekly grocery haul, or linger to dine at the clutch of cafes and eateries ranging from sushi to pizza to Latvian and Algerian fare.

The market is a go-to source for native-Australian ingredients, and often hosts cooking demonstrations, workshops and seasonal festivals (think truffles).

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Updated: March 13th, 2018

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