Salamanca is very well known throughout Australia for being such a great marketplace and being situated right on the waterfront between Hobart and Battery Point it’s location is well sought after. The markets run every Saturday, rain, hail or shine and are always extremely busy with tourists and locals alike. During the summer months a heap of cruise boats also dock in Hobart which adds to the crowds so be prepared if you aren’t a fan of the market shuffle.
There is always a whole different array of items on offer from local produce, pottery, wood and metals works, clothing and plenty of coffee, food, flowers and buskers which makes the atmosphere bustling.
I usually head down there every second weekend and I’ve found a few favourites which sell mixed mushrooms, eggs, amazing fruit which the shops just can’t compete with and the flowers, cheese, doughnuts and vegetables on offer make me appreciate living in this beautiful state.
Venturing off into the alleyways away from the markets you can find some hidden treasures. The Bruny Island Cheese Co. are set in the Salamanca Arts Centre and have a great little store and delicious cheeses that you can taste test before buying. Because yes you will be buying after you taste how good it is. I selected the Otto which was a cows milk soft cheese wrapped in prosciutto. I also picked up some sea salt for my cooking and they are very willing to have a chat if you want to learn more.
There are a number of shops hidden away and the one below, The Maker, really had some lovely items for sale. They had homewares and clothing by a local Japanese designer, pottery and jewellery and I’ll definitely be back for another visit.
When I do head down to the markets I prefer to park at the waterfront and wander along the river before venturing into the madness of the markets. Today there were still a few wooden boats around from last weekends Hobart Regatta festival and with the sun shining it was a perfect day for a wander.
My last stop before heading home was to buy some seafood from my favourite little hut on the water. The fish man always has a great selection and the oysters are my weakness. I ordered half a dozen for lunch and some fish which I’ll steam for dinner this week. Although tempted to buy prawns, scallops and even more oysters I headed back to the car and headed home. Another successful trip to the markets that everyone must experience for themselves one day.