Visiting Salamanca Place Market after an absence of several years revealed the multi-cultural flavours that are slowly changing the quality of this open-air market. The multi-culturalism can be seen in the various busking and band groups who perform: Scottish pipes and South Americans, and also food and vegetable stalls, all representing a diversity of nationalities making Tasmanian people.
I particularly liked the stalls selling hand-made textiles; tie-dyed silks and hand-woven scarfs and capes. Another favourite of mine are the stalls selling hand-made wooden articles for home and office, using Tasmanian timbers, the Huon Pine, Sassafras, Blackwood and others.
It was confronting and worrying to see so many of the boutiques and galleries along Salamanca Place [former ship's chandlers and warehouses from colonial days] now converted into food shops. These food shops have outside footpath dining with ugly umbrellas; the whole footpath being taken with tables and chairs to the exclusion of pedestrians. The umbrellas are fitted with electric radiators!
For myself, the chance to relax tired feet [after shuffling around the market], and to revive may always be found in Knopwood's Retreat, which is a historic pub at the corner of Salamanca Place and Montpellier. Seated by a cosy open-hearth log fire, while grasping a genuine Tasmanian beer is sure to ease body and mind!
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