I am a Brazilian who writes about Brazilian food and I live in Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) a city I am passionate about. I would like to start my “Chronicles” journey with Hobart’s Salamanca Market article I posted in the fabulous Shades of Cinnamon blog, which is also first contribution I made outside my own blog. Ev Thomas is a recipe developer, a writer, a food stylist and the photographer behind and in front of the fabulous Shades of Cinnamon blog. If you like food, photography, travel and world markets, go to shadesofcinnamon.com to check Ev’s amazing work.
Bird’s Eye View of beautiful Hobart, from Mount Wellington:
Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia and is considered one of the most liveable places in the world. It’s is a city like no other with wonderful and diverse landscape that includes the blue waters of the Derwent river and the majestic Mount Wellington that rises to a height of 1271m.
It’s Saturday morning in Hobart and winter is just around the corner. Even though the cold winds are starting to make their move it is still a beautiful sunny day. I pick a couple of bags and head to the Salamanca market to buy some fresh sourdough bread, fruits and vegetables which is also a good excuse for a walk. The mixture of food, lavender, leather and food smells in the air is quite reinvigorating. Every time I go there it feels like it is the first.
Overview of Salamanca Place:
The market seems to have a live of its own and is constantly changing so there is always a surprise for regular visitors like myself. The musicians are of the highest calibre and the variety of artists is quite impressive. At the Salamanca market I’ve already seen folk, jazz and rock bands, flamenco guitarist, solo recorder player, violin, classical singers, to name a few. A lot of the stalls sell Tasmanian-made products and local produce and the market provides a good mix of items that includes clothes, antiques, Tasmanian wine and whiskey, lavender products, honey, home-made jams and preserves, fruit and vegetables (including organic), ceramics, art & craft, souvenirs, chocolates, wood and leather products. There are food vans that sell fast foods and plenty of food stalls selling sandwiches, pies, Asian food and desserts.
One of Salamanca’s highlights: crisp and colourful vegetables
The sophisticated art and craft shops located in the Sandstone warehouses and the restaurants and cafes of the Salamanca square area almost become part of the market itself, which is another bonus for the visitors. There is so much to see and enjoy, so pick a day when you have plenty of time to make the most of your experience, I’d say at least 3 hours, which includes time to stop and have lunch or a brunch. If you are driving, make sure you arrive before 10AM otherwise it is very difficult to find parking due to the popularity of the place.
The market in Autumn
With spectacular views of Mount Wellington and set between the historical Georgian Sandstone warehouses and Hobart’s waterfront, Salamanca market is considered one of the best variety markets in Australia. 43 years ago it is almost impossible to believe that this iconic market started with only 12 stalls. Now the market has 300 stalls so the past, as they say, is history. The market is a major touristic attraction of Tasmania and every Saturday it is visited by more than 25,000 including locals and tourists.
Hobart waterfront, the image says it all:
A free Shuttle Bus is available for tourists with main stop in Argyle street, next to the Argyle car park.
Want to know more about Hobart and Tasmania? Check out the “Discover Tasmania” website.