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“More than just a market!”
Review of Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market
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Owner description: Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of Australia's best outdoor market - proudly operated by the City of Hobart - every Saturday from 8:30am to 3:00pm at Hobart's Salamanca Place. Set between graceful plane trees and the mellow sandstone facades of historic warehouses, Hobart's famous market at Salamanca Place attracts thousands of locals and visitors, every Saturday of the year. They come to visit more than 300 stalls for the food and music, fresh fruit, crisp organic vegetables, hot baked spuds, the warm aroma of a coffee and croissant, buskers singing the blues, stroking a harp or strumming a lively folk song. They come for breakfast, scrambled eggs and orange juice at a Salamanca cafe, then a stroll along the hundreds of stalls, meeting friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Salamanca Market highlights fine Tasmanian art & craft including hand-worked glass, innovative design in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing and bold ceramics. Salamanca Market is close to historic St David's Park on the fringe of Hobart's central business district. From the market, it's a short climb up Kelly's Steps to reach the Georgian cottages and the village atmosphere of Battery Point. Hobart's picturesque waterfront is also nearby - cross Salamanca lawns to the docks, where hard-working fishing boats are berthed close to cruising yachts and a square-rigger or two.
Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“More than just a market!”
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere!! The people, buskers, food and amazing variety of stalls! Such a great place to visit and soak up a bit of hobart culture...

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Fantastic market in Hobart, there was something for everyone from antiques to fresh Tasmanian produce to local crafts to fairy floss. The locals were very helpful and friendly although did find that some of the takeaway food was overpriced... though there is nothing better than having strawberries and cream, sausages and mini pancakes at 8 am in the morning... yum!
A great idea to go to the market in the morning as at 10.00 started getting busy. A great way to spend a Saturday morning with the kids and family.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Standard Markets”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Nothing too flash about these markets, They're small street markets and only take about 30 minutes to see all the stalls. They sell the usual market stuff like clothing, kids toys, some fine foods, etc. people rave about them, but really, they're just your small average street market. No different from anything else I've seen.

Visited July 2013
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Star707, Sydney
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“Love this Market”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We chose our hotel so we could just walk around the corner and be in Salamanca. Here we would find the Market on Saturday morning, the restaurant and coffee shop strip and all manner of interesting boutiques and shops, Salamanca Square and our favourite book shop: "Deja Vu". This time we were seeing a Winter market as only Hobart can do so well. I love markets, they tell you so much about the people who live there: how they eat; what entertains them; how they dress; what is important to them. What is best of all is that a market gives you a good reason to be speaking with strangers The people were dressed for the temperatures which were 1 degree overnight rising to 8 degrees in the day. There was a plethora of scarves, beanies, hats, coats and all things to help you feel warm. Even I, who never wears a hat, was inspired to buy a beanie because ears get cold. I even bought two beanies and wore both of them at the same time. The market offers a mix of clothing, produce, craft, entertainment and food. I saw my first busker playing a harp: two women, one on harp and the other on flute created such ethereal music it made you walk slower. In another place a Latino band with female lead singer struck up a party mood. Further down the strip some students who had escaped from the Conservatorium of Music played classics. It was all there. Among the produce I found some "Black Garlic". Naturally I bought some, but I have no idea how to use it. The notion of black garlic had me spellbound. The fresh produce was fantastic. There must be something special in this climate that makes fruit and vegetables brighter in colour and more delicious. You can't visit Tasmania and not eat their apples. Being picked within a couple of days takes apples to another level. You can find honey, jams, cheeses and all of those fine foods, as well as cooked food outlets. Sprinkled throughout are some antique and old wares stalls. For me, the market is a photographer's heaven. The colours, the people, the way they are moving and holding themselves in the cold. The objects and the light. The light in Tasmania is a photographer's dream. I will always include a Saturday in a trip to Hobart so I can visit this market.

Visited June 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Saturday morning market”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Salamanca market had interesting local art and crafts along with great restaurants. Great place to go for breakfast and also encourage to walk through the market.

Visited June 2013
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