Fresh food, buzzing atmosphere and vibrant colours - visiting your local markets is a great experience and can give you inspiration for new recipes, flavours and cooking techniques. Going to the local markets is a fun and educational experience, especially when you can chat directly to the producers and suppliers and find out what’s fresh, in season and local.
Markets are also a great place to shop for fresh, local seafood and freshwater fish. They are the perfect place to pick up a delicious seafood spread for your Easter celebration, goodies for a picnic or just your weekly seafood shop.
Ahead of the Easter long weekend, we have compiled a “go to” list of the best seafood markets around Australia, as well as a few fishmongers to help you plan and create a delicious Paleo Easter Feast.
Sydney Fish Market. Make sure you get in early for all your Easter seafood as this place gets really busy! It’s open 5am to 5pm on Good Friday. With the smell of seafood, the energetic fishmongers and the display of any and every type of seafood – this place is an institution for Sydneysiders on any occasion!
Location: Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont
Cleanfish Australia. The name says it all! With an emphasis on sustainable, quality seafood delivered with outstanding service, this seafood market is open to the public every Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Get in quick and snap up special deals of the week.
Location: 10 Baker Street, Banksmeadow / Botany
Farros Brothers Seafood. Tucked away in Marrickville, this fishmonger is renowned for their fresh and high quality produce.
Location: 34 Buckley Street, Marrickville
Belconnen Markets. A vibrant, buzzing atmosphere creates a great market experience. Emphasising fresh and local produce, two seafood retailers provide fresh seafood from the NSW coastline and beyond.
Location: 10 Lathlain Street, Belconnen
Fyshwick Markets. One of Canberra’s oldest markets, it’s open four days a week providing the best quality produce at a competitive price. Depending on seasonal availability, a wide range of seafood including mussels, fish, squid and much more is usually in stock.
Location: 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick
Queen Victoria Markets. Described as the “heart and soul” of Melbourne, this is a great place to shop for seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables and organic meats. Have a chat to the suppliers about produce and what’s best to buy.
Location: Corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Ocean Made. To avoid the crowds around Easter, head to Ocean Made, operating out of Collingwood. Most of their employers are past chefs providing a wealth of knowledge about creating the perfect seafood feast.
Location: 27-29 Robert Street, Collingwood
Prahran Markets. With fresh, sustainable seafood suppliers visiting this huge market is a must for locals who want outstanding food and hard to find specialities.
Location: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Island Markets. Open four days a week, this is a great place to find weekly seafood specials from local providers.
Location: 54/56 Gormanston Road, Moonah
Mako Fresh Fish. A wide variety of whole fish, fillets and prawns, mussels and oysters among others on offer, this is a great place to source local, high quality seafood for your Easter long weekend.
Location: 285 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
The Salmon Shop. As local as you can get, this Tassal shop has everything and anything to do with salmon. The prices are reasonable and the staff are highly knowledgable.
Location: 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart
Adelaide Central Markets. A food hub for many with a large range of fish and seafood on offer, visiting this bustling marketplace is a must for anyone in Adelaide over the Easter long weekend.
Location: 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide
The Fish Factory. With one of the biggest range of seafood in Adelaide including whole fish, crustaceans and smoked fish, this market will give you great inspiration for a fantastic seafood spread.
Location: 248 Grand Junction Road, Athol Park
Angelakis Bros. Just a stones throw away from the central markets, this is one of the best places to source the freshest fish and seafood directly from the boat!
Location: 30 Field Street, Adelaide
Market City. With no limit to the amount of fish available, this is a great place to source local seafood as well as other market items.
Location: Mail Point 1, Market City, 280 Bannister Road, Canning Vale
Drovers Fish Market. Knowledgable staff will help with questions about everything on offer. Open seven days a week, this is a great alternative to get in early and avoid the busy Good Friday rush.
Location: 1397 Wanneroo Road, Wanneroo
Seafresh Fish Markets. Locally sourced fresh produce, this market is open seven days a week. Friendly customer service keeps the locals coming back to purchase delicious fish and seafood.
Location: 26 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont
Darwin Fish Markets. Clean, green waters make for some of the best quality seafood in Australia. Wild, ocean fresh fish caught straight from the waters of Darwin, this market provides seafood at great prices.
Location: Frances Bay Drive, Fishermans Wharf, Darwin
Mr Barra. Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, this wholesale and retail shop provides quality sustainable fish and seafood with the biggest display of fresh seafood in the Northern Territory.
Location: Shop 20, Fishermans Wharf, Frances Bay
Brisbane & Gold Coast
Morgans Seafood. One of the best known seafood markets in Queensland with a display of whole fish, local fillets, oysters and prawns, you can choose your pick, have it filleted and cooked right in front of you!
Location: Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough Boat Harbour, Brisbane
Gold Coast Fishermans Co – op. Straight from the seafood trawler to you, this is one of the best places to buy the freshest seafood at the best possible price.
Location: 168 Seaworld Drive, Gold Coast
West End Fish Market. With an order online option, this is a time saving way to source the best quality seafood. Browse the isles then enjoy some fresh seafood at the cafe.
Location: 296 Montague Road, West End
We hope this guide will help you choose the freshest, highest quality, sustainable seafood for Easter or any time of the year.
Have a fresh Easter!