Food, fun and friendliness are found at Fremantle Markets
Fremantle Markets is an amazing venue to visit for both tourists and locals. People have been flocking here since 1897. You come as a stranger but leave feeling that you are a part of the community.
More than just food is found here. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays (and public holiday Mondays) there are over 150 unique stalls located in this restored building. The markets are situated opposite the Fremantle football oval. On both sides of the entry below are paintings of players, and purple Fremantle banners hang proudly from the roof inside.
The BEST coffee in Perth is sold just inside the entry gates of the market. Otis Espresso is the first stall I go to. Walking around with a perfect hot coffee is a great start to each visit. I then head for the taste tests. Debra from Bunni Beez has a huge welcoming smile every time I see her. Their fresh, warm cinnamon buns just melt in your mouth. The Popcornery sells delicious gourmet craft popcorn. The salt and vinegar popcorn is my must buy here.
There are plenty of stalls selling items to tempt even the sweetest tooth. One of my favourite Perth businesses - Mondo Nougat has a stall here, right next to the Fudge Factory. (click here to read my story of Mondo Nougat) Fremantle Candy sell lollies and drinks from USA, UK, NZ as well as Aussie favourites. Take home some flavoured coffee beans from Coffee Connections. Their beans are roasted daily in Western Australia.
There are many stores that sell items other than food. Studio potter Judy Nastov has her gorgeous hand made creations available. Afro Blonde recycles old canvas and tyres used by trucks and road trains into unique durable and comfortable clothing such as: headwear, footwear, belts, wallets, bags, backpacks and jewellery. Tricky Timber makes wooden Jarrah chopping boards that turn into baskets. The Jarrah tree is only found in Western Australia and can grow up to 40m high with a 3m diameter. They can live for up to 400 years.
Pick up some candles, buy your Aussie souvenirs and even clothing. There is something to suit everyone. These markets are a great place to buy gifts for almost everyone.
As my hair has grown longer this past year, I was delighted to find these stylish butterfly clips that hold your hair in place, and a much better alternative to elastic hair holders. I did treat myself to one on my last visit. In the middle of the markets is a food hall that sells a wide multi-cultural selection to choose from.
Even if you have been here before, there is always seems to be something there you haven't noticed before.
At the rear of the building is the farmers markets with rows of incredibly fresh and delectable fruit and vegetables. Other companies promote their products here, such as Sin Gin from the Swan Valley, and locally produced smallgoods from The Mettwurst Shop. The incredible tastes of Western Australia are definitely worth visiting the markets to purchase.
Buskers have been entertaining people at the markets for years. John Butler was busking at the markets in the early 1990s, before he became famous. Fremantle Markets is known for discovering talent early and supporting local artists.
Whenever you visit Perth pop along to the Fremantle Markets and spend a few hours wandering around and enjoying this delightful place which both tourists and locals love.
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