Sydney Fish Market

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Sydney Fish Market (SFM) is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 14,500 tonnes of seafood annually - with up to a hundred species traded every day.SFM employs approximately fifty-seven staff to organise the weekday wholesale auction, promote Sydney Fish Market as the centre of seafood excellence and operate the Sydney Seafood School. Since opening in 1989, Sydney Seafood School has played an important part in persuading Sydney residents to eat more fish. The School is considered to be one of Australia’s leading cooking schools. Over 13,000 people come to classes each year. Visit the SSS pages for more information or to book a class.Onsite, SFM hosts six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and veg market, bakery, sushi bar, restaurants, gift shop and deli.If you would like to organise a 'Behind The Scenes' tour of our wholesale auction, please call or email us during business hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
The Sydney Fish Markets is an odd sort of place. I like it but it’s not for everyone.
On one hand, it has a huge range of fresh fish and seafood , making it interesting just to wander and look at everything. The fish is as fresh as you’ll get it and its good value. We paid $25 fora dozen good sized Sydney Rock Oysters.
It’s a working fish market so it has character. However this means that it can also look messy and untidy, wet and very crowded. Buckets of water are splashed around, areas are hosed down, it’s noisy and it’s stained and smeared with fish offcuts and scales, all of which will put some people off.
If eating here, there are some indoor tables but mostly the seating is outside beside the water. There’s a grassy slope and lots of white picnic style tables with umbrellas. Again, don’t expect to be sitting beside a beautiful or serene water setting. The bay is busy, noisy, and colourful too. Boats are being repaired and worked on, seagulls swoop, there’s a lot of bird poo, and because this is the back of the market, workers are shifting around crates of fish. It can be a bit grim for some people, but on a sunny day, it can be fun to sit out here. You look out towards the Anzac Bridge, pelicans glide by and there’s plenty of atmosphere.
It is worth noting that there is a 5:30am fish auction but unfortunately tourists and visitors cannot access this - only registered retailers. Interestingly, they use a Dutch Clock style silent auction where the price is set above the anticipated price, then keeps dropping until a bid is made.
HOURS:
Opening hours are shorter than you might expect. Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 4 pm . Friday – Sunday: 7 am – 5 pm.
GETTING THERE:
There is a large carpark at the markets with an hourly charge although when we parked there mid-week, the boom gate was up and parking was free. I dont know if this is normal at the moment. Public transport is easy because the Light Rail has a specific Fish Market stop. Buses also run past and its not far to walk from Darling Harbour (20 minutes).
Written April 8, 2022
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ttehaway
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Been going every weekend to the sydney fish markets for the last 15 years.
It is now pricier than our local seafood retailers with big price increases over the last 6 months.
Parking just doubled to $8 per hour, a ripoff as you need a good 10-15 minutes to find a carpark in the crowded open carpark that is full of pot holes.
For regulars like us it is another reason to avoid buying your fish from the fishmarkets.
Written July 17, 2022
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia46,548 contributions
We have been visitors to this market each time we visit Sydney since we discovered this place.

We have taken home fresh oysters, prawns, squid and barramundi or eaten fresh cooked seafood at the market.

My recent visit I enjoyed grilled barramundi and chips at the Fish Market Cafe(see separate review) which is our go to place for cooked seafood.

We plan to return to Sydney in April so will be back again.
Written December 7, 2020
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Billy Boy Sydney
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Solo
I went to the Sydney Fish Markets today.

The sooner the new Fish Market opens the better.

I don’t mind paying a bit extra. It is fun waking around & looking at everything they have to offer. But I don’t like getting ripped off!

Large prawns for $65 a kilo & lobsters at $110 a kilo. Give me a break. The 6 “ major “ suppliers there are family owned companies, and most of them are worth $50-$100million plus. I do not begrudge them from being wealthy & hard working but the Christmas rip off is appalling. If you are going to rip people off, you could at least build a clean toilet block. I went in there for a quick pee & was nearing vomiting & dry reaching it was that bad.

I didn’t buy a thing. I left & spent $450 at the Maroubra Seafood shop on Anzac Parade in the big shopping centre.

Hey, it wasn’t cheap but it was pleasant !

Wake up !!
Written December 23, 2021
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Casper-Eastwood-Mur
Sydney, Australia366 contributions
Couples
For fresh seafood it’s ok.
But...
We popped down for lunch as it’s close to home.
Bought two dishes
Fish & Chips
Salt & Pepper squid.
It’s the fish markets, how bad could they be, we thought.
Well, they were very bad, the fish was half the size of the batter (so half batter), very oily and the batter soggy. The chips were also soggy.
Cutting our losses we moved onto the squid, it looked kind of ok until we put it in our mouths.
No flavour!
We had to put pepper and salt on it and again, the batter was soggy.
I’m fairness, the squid was tender but it wasn’t the fish we paid for.
Sadly, out of the dozen or so times we’ve eaten from there over the past 15 years it’s only been good once and that was for a yumcha upstairs.
Hopefully when they rebuild it the quality of the cooked take away food will be better.
At the moment it’s an embarrassment to food in our city.
Written May 17, 2020
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benandmuffin247
Sydney, Australia392 contributions
The markets are a great place to come for fresh seafood their are lots of vendors offering a huge variety of the best the ocean has to offer. The venue is very tired and run down. A new venue is currently being constructed but that will take a few years. It is a great place to purchase fresh seafood but i would not recommend eating here.
Written July 5, 2020
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creativecrew
Allentown, PA2,334 contributions
Solo
After hearing all the hype I thought this might me as interesting as the Seoul Fish Market. It’s not! Don’t waste your time. Just a lot of seafood restaurants crammed into a tight space with very little to see or do but sit at a restaurant for a meal
Written January 1, 2020
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Lankylee
Lake Macquarie, Australia1,003 contributions
Family
This place is often crowded and is reaching its use by date. Mercifully, a new site is being developed nearby but will probablytake years. It has become more a place to eat. Good variety of seafood and cooking.
Written April 17, 2022
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Brendan D
New Hampshire15 contributions
Couples
The best seafood I have ever purchased in my life. The blue swimmer crabs and tiger prawns were huge and very inexpensive (at least compared to anywhere else I’ve bought seafood). Cannot wait to go back.
Written March 5, 2020
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Tracy P
Hong Kong, China683 contributions
Friends
You can shop different fresh seafood in the market, different stalls and they would cook for you for adding some money. Around AUD$30 for half dozen oyster, fresh and juicy, and AUD$90 per KG for lobster, quite reasonable price. Remember dun go upstairs to dine in Chinese restaurant. They would mark up price.
Written January 25, 2020
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