Over 300 stalls line Salamanca Place, the home of Hobart's famous Salamanca Market. Think Eveleigh Markets combined with The Rocks Market and you'll get some idea of the broad mix of fresh produce, food purveyors and arts and crafts on offer. You won't be alone if you visit. Salamanca Market is Tasmania's most popular tourist destination with 25,000 - 40,000 visitors every Saturday.
We spent over an hour browsing the stalls during our recent trip to Tasmania. Arrive by 9.30am if you prefer a quieter meander. By 11am expect the streets to be heaving with hordes of tourists.
Salamanca Market stalls and crowds
I Can't Believe It's Not Bitters by Provenance Growers
Make sure you visit the stall by Provenance Growers. Horticulturalist Paulette Whitney supplies vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to Tasmania's leading restaurants. You'll find unusual and long forgotten edibles like pink fir potatoes, climbing butter beans, potato onions and tomatillo.
I took home a bottle of their homemade bitters that has become so strangely addictive. For a tantalising stream of their incredible produce, you can follow Paulette on Instagram.
Pink fir potatoes by Provenance Growers
Tomatillo by Provenance Growers
Squeezing lemon juice onto freshly shucked oysters
If oysters are your weakness, you can breakfast on freshly shucked Bruny Island oysters squeezed over with lemon.
Six year old Grande oyster $6
This monster oyster was six years old. They usually only have a handful available each Saturday.
Tasmania's famous scallop pie by Smiths Specialty Pies
I'd harboured a fascination with scallop pies ever since I'd read about this Tasmanian specialty. Scallops in a pie? With curry? I had to hunt one down.
Curried scallop pie $8
Smiths are one of Hobart's more well-known suppliers of the traditional scallop pie. It's a standard meat pie pastry shell but inside it's scallop territory, with bright orange roe attached (hurrah). The curry flavour isn't overwhelming, but it's enough to override the subtle sweetness of the scallop. The curry gravy is thick and languid - we ate this on a 28C summer's day but I can imagine this might just be the thing you'll looking for in winter to keep the chill of those arctic winds at bay.
Olibollen Dutch fruit doughnut
There's no shortage of food options. The olibollen wins for cutest name to roll of your tongue. This Dutch fruit doughnut was pretty tasty too, like a hot cross bun in doughnut form.
Bury Me Standing bagels
There's plenty to see, taste and buy. Here's a mini photo tour of that things that caught my eye.
Everything Bagels by Bury Me Standing
Oatmeal cream pie cookies by Bury Me Standing
Wallaby burritos on offer from Pacha Mama
Rainbow heirloom carrots
The Olde Spikey Bridge peanut butter
Tasmanian mustards and jams
Coal River Farm triple cream brie
Tasmanian leatherwood honey
Tasmanian purple garlic
Federation artisan chocolate
Fox print shoulder bags
Polymer clay bead necklaces
Skeins of yarn
Punnets of Tasmanian cherries
Sausages and onions on the grill
McHenry barrel aged gin
Huon pine boards and platters
Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania
Open every Saturday 8.30am-3pm except in extreme weather or if the market falls on Christmas day or Anzac Day
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