Saturday: Visit Salamanca Market, Hobart

The Salamanca Market: there wouldn’t be a Tourism Tasmania brochure that doesn’t suggest it, and with good reason.  It’s just one of those essential holiday attractions when you visit the island state.

Buskers at Salamanca Market
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Buskers entertain the crowd at Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market: a Favourite!

This particular market is the sort that locals visit much more than just once.  I’ve been several times, and will definitely continue to visit regularly.  The buskers rotate appearances and performances, giving patrons a unique entertainment experience each time.

Flowers at Salamanca Market
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Flowers brighten the Salamanca Market

There is an alley specifically for locally-produced goods, but with more stall-holders than places available, sometimes the casual retailers rotate.  And if you want fresh Tasmanian vegetable produce, the Salamanca Market is a good place to start.

Tasmanian Vegetable Sales

Obviously the season dictates which vegetable products are available and what price they can ask.  Another reason the markets have to evolve each week, offering return customers variety and interest.

Tasmanian Vegetable Stall, Salamanca Market
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Tasmanian Vegetable Stall, Salamanca Market

Markets are often a drawcard for tourism;  Tasmania no exception.  But there does have to be a point of difference in order to make it special and attract the crowds.

The Salamanca Market Package

Aside from the great range of goods, the Salamanca Market has such a picturesque position right in the heart of the historic Hobart waterfront, with Mount Wellington looming large in the background.

Along one side, there’s the street of 19th century sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place that now house the permanent restaurants and galleries forming Salamanca Square.  The other side yields a boulevard of plane trees and gardens, before the stretch of docks lined by water taxis, tour boats and double decker buses.

Carvings from Salamanca Market
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The market features many crafts using Tasmanian timbers

When you have your Tasmanian vegetable (fresh or carved), a little indulgence, some souvenirs and presents to go (and if you can drag yourself away from the bustle of the 300+ stalls), there is a delightful diversion nearby, another of Tourism Tasmania’s gems.  Hidden in the sandstone avenue of former warehouse buildings, are the steps leading to Kelly Street…

From Salamanca Market to Kelly Street
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Kelly Street steps leading to another adventure in Hobart

But wait, that will have to be a story for another day!  In the meantime, check out some more images from the Salamanca Market here.

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