Salamanca Market, Hobart – Shop ‘til you drop!

Freshest Tasmanian apples at the Salamanca MarketsWhen you are heading down Hobart way, there are at least two must-see places:

  1. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and
  2. Salamanca Market.

Salamanca is an area set slightly back from Hobart’s waterfront and wharf area. Its backdrop is a row of stunning old sandstone warehouses and on Saturday mornings, the foreground is chockful of market stalls.

Feel like a piece of chewy biltong? Want to buy some new socks?

Or how about a taste of the freshest and sweetest natural honey?

Then get yourself to the Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market is the place to source the widest range of interesting craft and food items lovingly made by every talented artisan in Tasmania. Across the market the quality of work and produce was consistently high and I spotted only one or two kitschy, nic-nac stalls.

Bright yellow sunflowers at the Salamanca MarketsThere was a happy buzz in the crowd and a cacophony of international languages as visitors jostled to grab their own unique piece of Tasmania. There was so much temptation it was hard to know where to look or start, including:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Organic fruit and vegetables
  • Merino socks
  • Beeswax and lavender lotions and soaps
  • Gin and cider
  • Merino gloves and socks
  • Jams and relishes
  • Crowds at the Salamanca Market HobartWooden products
  • Merino scarves and socks
  • Artworks
  • Prints and paintings
  • Merino hats and socks
  • Honey, and
  • Did I mention the merino socks?

All this shopping was accompanied by the soundtrack of talented buskers, guitarists, and jugglers, and the tantalising scent of delicious food.

Tip No. 1: Don’t eat before you arrive at the Market.

There were:

  • Indian curries
  • Donuts
  • Crepes
  • Sourdough breads
  • Fruit leather
  • Coffee
  • Organic produce at the Salamanca Market HobartFlaky pastries
  • Nuts
  • Biltong
  • Boerwors
  • the freshest crunchy apples, and
  • Ice cream.

Optimistic seagulls hovered and bobbed hoping to snatch a tasty morsel, but the humans weren’t parting with a skerrick.

Tip No.2: Get there early.

Even though the market is advertised to start at 830am, the place was already humming an hour earlier. Not every stall was set up at that time, but at least you could wander the rows of stalls unhindered. By the official start time the place was heaving with happy shoppers and by 930am it was almost unbearable. Fun, but very squashy.

Fresh flowers at the Salamanca Market HobartIf you are not in Hobart on a Saturday for the weekly market, don’t despair. The gorgeous sandstone warehouses, and Salamanca Square behind the warehouses, are full to the brim with quirky shops and cafes. These outlets are open seven days per week and are well-worth a visit in their own right, perhaps on a quieter day than a Saturday. There are book stores, jewellery stores, clothing outlets, gift shops and a wide range of bakeries, cafes, and even a dessert-only restaurant. There is also a nice grassed area for the kids to run, jump and blow off a bit of steam while you enjoy a coffee and a cake.

Tip No.3: Have a meal at Machine Café and Laundry and do your washing at the same time!

We inhaled a delicious breakfast of the yellowest poached eggs I have eaten in a long time and a small mountain of pancakes almost stopped the Husband.

Suitably fortified and caffeinated we were ready to mix it with the Salamanca crowds.

Hand crafted timber items at the Salamanca Market Hobart
Hand crafted timber items at the Salamanca Market Hobart
Tip No.4: Leave your husband!

Not permanently of course, but it is hard to browse as a couple due to the sheer number of people and our different areas of interest. Agree on a time and place to rendezvous and then run wild. I nearly bought a quirky etching of an octopus holding a knife and fork, but talked myself out of it. Regrets, regrets.

If you don’t mind crowds, the Salamanca Market is the place to be on a sunny Hobart morning. You don’t even have to buy anything – the music, window shopping and people watching are all of the highest quality and the cheapest price. It’s free!

Happy shopping!

Where is your must-see market?


 The Basics

What: Salamanca Market is a showcase of Tasmanian art, craft and the tastiest food. Good clean fun and it’s free!

Truffles at the Salamanca Market HobartWhere: Salamanca Place. Just get yourself to the waterfront and work your way around the piers until you see huge crowds and market stalls.

When: We visited in late February 2020. The market are on 830am–3pm every Saturday. Salamanca Square and other shops are open seven days.

Why: To purchase the freshest of produce and quality mementos.

How: I recommend walking to the markets. You could drive, but parking would be a nightmare. Grab a taxi instead.

Who: Aussies, Indians, Chinese, Americans, Japanese, Pommies, Germans, Dutch, Swiss and the rest of the United Nations.

Related Posts: The Salamanca area is brimming with history. Have a look at my post about a walking tour along the cobbled alleys of old Hobart town.

Related Blogs: Don’t believe me when I tell you how good the Salamanca Market is? Then see what Culture Shoque has to say about it.

Read About It: If you like to curl up with a book, then get yourself to the Salamanca Market. A number of authors have stalls there including James Boyce who specialises in bringing history to life, especially that of his home state Tasmania. If you don’t buy a book on the day, his titles are available from Book Depository.

Apples at the Salamanca Market Hobart

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13 thoughts on “Salamanca Market, Hobart – Shop ‘til you drop!

  1. I like your post but there’s just no way I’m willing to forgive you for making me hungry at this odd hour haha 😂

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    1. Sorry about that! Maybe it will tempt you to visit Tassie??? When we can travel again of course! Thanks for reading and have a great day, Mel

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      1. Haha i would love to vsit Tasmania someday. Thanks Mel✌

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  2. Did you say Biltong & Boerewors? I thought we only got those things in my country (South Africa)…or call it by those names at least!

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    1. You would be surprised at the availability of South African produce in Australia. We have a supermarket chain called Aldi and every year they have a South African week with all sorts of goodies including Jelly Tots and Ouma rusks! I go crazy and stock up on guava fruit leather! Yum!

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      1. Wow that’s amazing. You learn something new every day- really impressed. Bakers biscuits are also really awesome (Marie biscuits, Tennis biscuits and Romany Creams). A lot of South Africans have immigrated to Australia hey. I have a friend who settled down in Perth & just loves it. If you ever head to South Africa, let me know. My wife & I would be honoured to host you

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        1. You are so very kind and that is a very generous offer, but you have to be careful what you wish for!! 🙂 I left my heart in Cape Town when I was a Rotary Exchange student many MANY years ago. One day I will return and wallow in mealy pap and vetkoek! 😉

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          1. You would love my mums homemade vetkoek…simply the best. She does regular & stuffed. If you ever come to Johannesburg, at the very least, allow us to treat you to dinner. You can be sure that your favourites will all be lined up. It’s good to meet you (even though its only on this platform). I look forward to more of your posts.

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  3. Enjoyed the description and photos .My wife would love it. I would have found a nice cafe.

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    1. I recommend grabbing a take away coffee and a cake from the markets and finding a place to sit down near the docks. It is gorgeous! Happy wife, happy life! 😉

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  4. @mayetsworld – thanks again for the kind offer. I can feel those delicacies going straight onto my hips as I type! 😉 Thanks for following the adventure…Mel


  5. Gotta love Tassie, beautiful place and a beautiful sentiment treating life as an adventure. Nice one:)

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    1. Yep, Tassie ticks all the boxes. I remember the first time we went there we thought, “Tassie is so small, we will whip around it in a couple of days”. Little did we know how much was packed into one tiny state. It really punches above its weight and can’t wait to return one day,, Have a good day, Mel

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