We are all familiar with Salamanca Market. It’s a Hobart institution and attracts visitors from right across the state, across Australia and indeed around the world. There is nothing better than browsing through the wide variety of food, arts and craft and other stalls on a warm sunny Hobart morning, with a coffee in one hand and homemade donut (insert your favourite indulgence here) in the other! However, there are a number of other markets that we like to regularly attend and that we’ve listed below, in no particular order.
- Farmgate Market Hobart – No matter the weather, this popular small market operates every Sunday morning in Bathurst Street between Murray and Elizabeth streets near the Hobart Library. This market is all about fresh Tassie produce and being able to speak to the farmer who planted, cultivated and picked the produce. This market, that started off very small, has grown into a Sunday ritual for many locals and is arguably one of the top farmers’ markets in Australia. And a hint, if you are after fresh cherries (when in season) – get there very early!
- Harvest Market Launceston – we love this market! Again, it has grown in popularity over the time it has been running and now features a variety of fresh and cooked foods, delicious coffee, fresh cut flowers and much more. They also have live music featuring young Launceston talent. Another feature of this market are the many cute dogs that attend, and that congregate in the area designated to tie up your pooch. The market operates every Saturday 08:30am until 12:30pm in a carpark at 71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston, which is just opposite the Albert Hall. You can’t miss it, just sniff the air for fresh cake and coffee.
- Hobart Twilight Market – This market is slightly newer, but is gaining in popularity. The Hobart Twilight Market operates on Friday evenings from Long Beach in Lower Sandy Bay from October through to March, on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. The market showcases Tasmanian eats, drinks, design and music and is a great way to finish off a busy work week – especially on a warm Hobart summer evening with your favourite bevvie in one hand, and a delicious treat from a Hobart food van in the other.
- Penguin Markets – For people living on the north-west coast of tasmania, or for visitors to the region, make sure you check out the Penguin Markets. This market, in the beautiful Tasmanian seaside village of Penguin, operates from the corner of Arnold & King Edward Streets every Sunday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and lays claim to being Tasmania’s biggest market.
- Oatlands Market – Oatlands is some 87 kilometres from Hobart and 115 kms from Launceston and is bypassed by most travellers driving to or from both cities. However, we recommend a stop to not only explore Callington Mill, but also to visit the traditional farmers’ market. The Oatlands Market features locally grown vegetables, jams, sauces, homemade cakes, freshly baked breads and a selection of arts and crafts. Held monthly, this market typifies the Tasmanian community lifestyle and spirit.
- Evandale Market – No list of favourite Tassie markets is complete without listing the Evandale Market. This market has been running for longer than we can remember and operates every Sunday from 8:00am until app. 1:30pm. These markets are located in Falls Park, on Logan Road and feature fresh and interesting local produce, pre-loved books, food vans, arts, bric-a-brac and local crafts.