Experiencing Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania

My favourite area of Hobart is Salamanca Place with its historic Georgian sandstone warehouses, pubs, and cafes, and it also plays host to the famous Salamanca Market every Saturday.

We spent several days in Hobart and having been told by many of you guys reading our blog and commenting on our facebook page that we can’t miss these markets, we made sure we time our stay over a weekend.

The setting between the sandstone facades of the old warehouses and the tree lined park painted a nice picture on arrival, and the markets were buzzing. With over 300 hundred stallholders, Salamanca Market is hugely popular with the locals, thousands attend each Saturday, and it’s a major attraction for visitors.

On offer was fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas.

We zigzagged our way through the crowds with Savannah in her pram, an adventure in itself, and, of course, it was drizzling with rain – don’t come to Tassie without a rain jacket.
Salamanca Markets, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

We didn’t come to Salamanca Market to buy stuff, mainly because we’re on our indefinite road trip around Oz and our car is already chock-a-block with our possessions, plus we’ve been spoilt for choice over the years in Asia where things are so much CHEAPER.

But we always love a market for its street food, and Salamanca Market is a good place to get your teeth into some freshly harvested Tasmanian produce.

My pick was the salmon sausage served in a freshly baked focaccia bread with zesty lettuce and whole egg mayo from the cool boutique seafood sausage caravan.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Whilst the kids went for a more basic sausage on a roll sizzling nearby on the barbie.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Caz grabbed herself a healthy juice, and after the kids (and dad) demolished their sausages the fresh strawberries, cupcakes and ice cream were enticing.
Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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When comparing to other markets I’ve personally experienced around Oz, overall the variety or quantity of food on offer wasn’t as good as I had at the Mindil Beach Markets in Darwin, or the Wednesday night food market at Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, but your tastes will differ to mine.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

And it wouldn’t be a market without the buskers strumming their guitars, or the soaps, flowers and nick knacks.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Busker

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Whilst I enjoyed these markets, and the setting is awesome with the harbour front nearby and historic Battery Point, I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly to Hobart just to visit these markets. But definitely come to Hobart, it’s great, and if you can time your visit over a weekend, add this to your list of things to do.

Salamanca Market is held on Saturdays between 8.30am and 3.00pm.

Read more of our posts on things to do in Hobart and surrounds:

Have you been to Hobart and Salamanca Market? Share any tips in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Experiencing Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania”

  1. Sounds and looks like a great market. The food looks really nice and fresh and those strawberries and cream have made me want to head to the shops now to buy some. Yum!

  2. If I ever visit Tasmania, Salamanca market will be high on my list. I had read about this place earlier also and I was intrigued. The pictures look cool.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! We especially love all of the pictures with the sausages and the family gathering ‘eating’ your way through the market. It looks like a lot of fun! Love the name ’boutique seafood sausage caravan’. ヅ

  4. I’ve always really love taking in a good farmer’s market. You never know what amazing things you’ll find (or eat). The kids like look like they had a great time! I love the photos.

  5. It reminds me of a neighbourhood market in Cape Town we visited 2 years ago. The food was as delicious as yours looks like. While we were on the Seychelles now I really missed the variety…

  6. Nice post and awesome pictures. We’ve been to the Salamanca Market too and a visit is definitely a must when in Hobart. Cool picture the one with the sausages… we took the same photo 🙂

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