No list of Fremantle markets in Perth, Western Australia would be complete without mentioning the port city’s market mecca: the Fremantle Markets. Located in a heritage-listed Victorian-era building, the markets boast over 150 stalls and the wandering buskers, human statues and live music ensure the markets are still a Freo must-see.
It’s similar to a farmer’s market, with local produce and artisan handicrafts. I loved the vibe. It's a must visit place to appreciate the charming beauty and the significance of the past that have been well truly stored through time and generations at this fascinating place!
Fremantle Markets has rightfully earned itself a reputation as one of the best destinations in Fremantle for locals and tourists alike, as well as a leading source of independent wares and produce. It’s undoubtedly one of the best and most well-known markets in Western Australia. The market has a long and rich history (since 1897), stemming all the way back to the nineteenth century, with everything from local produce, organic goods, artisan and indigenous wares, and music, events and performances housed all under one roof.
Stepping inside the Fremantle Markets is encountering over a hundred years of vibrant culture and heritage.
From encouraging young local talent such as designers and artists, launching the careers of budding musicians who entertain the crowds within, creating a hub of events for visitors, to supporting local producers, suppliers, sellers and independent family businesses, the Fremantle Market has established its reputation through close links with the Fremantle and Western Australian community. Inside the Fremantle Markets, you’ll enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of over a hundred years of vibrant culture and heritage.
Fremantle Markets is what a market should be - a bustling hive of activity. Somewhat chaotic and noisy, lively and spirited - and also is a place for quirky items. Being that it's Fremantle, quirkiness is almost a given, but there are some items that are quirky even for the area.
The Markets are large, and separated into two rough sections - the fruit and vegetables, and the other, larger area that is best known as "miscellany". The fruit and vegetables section is fairly straight-forward, with various sellers competing for your attention [and are generally kind enough to let you sample their produce]. The "miscellany" section, on the the other hand, is full of shops of many persuasions, from clothing stores, to music, to specialty food products, jewelery stores and many others.
The fresh produce section boasts some of the most vibrant coloured fruits and vegetables I've seen.
If you really soak up the charms of this historic market place, you won't even know the day has ended when it does. Even if you are not so keen on the shopping, Fremantle Markets is always buzzing and is the ultimate place to come to people watch, breathe in the mix of cultures and to be entertained by the street festivals and buskers.
The friendly, bustling atmosphere and changing roster of stalls at the Fremantle Markets ensures there’s something for everyone and promises a great day out. Overall, a great stop if you're ever in Fremantle!
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