The historic Fremantle Markets is located on the corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street in Fremantle, Western Australia, and has been one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations since it opened its doors in 1897.
The markets can be found in the city’s famous “Cappuccino Strip” which stretches from South Terrace to the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street. The strip is known for its outdoor eating venues, coffee shops, bars, shopping and street performers.
A lot of the city’s most famous street performers got their start outside the market in the Henderson Street pitch performing for the public.
You find a lot of buskers inside the markets as well. It really adds to the atmosphere. If you are interested in busking at the markets click here for more information.
There are over 150 different stalls within the market. The main market hall is a great place to find locally made handicrafts, jewelry, fresh produce, fashion and all sorts of tasty treats. This is my favorite place to have a wander around.
I love the old fashioned signs, the Victorian era architecture, the different faces in the crowd and all of the different things on display. There is everything from wind chimes to perfumed soap in every colour you can imagine. My favourite place to go is the candy shop. I always stop and buy a piece of fudge.
The yard is a great place to go if you’re looking to purchase fruits and vegetables, flowers, nuts, cheeses, coffee, spices, seafood or something from the bakery for your morning tea to go with a cup of coffee.
If you want to find out more about the history of the market you can walk the Fremantle Market Heritage Trail. If you click here you can download a PDF that has a map of the markets and goes into detail about its past.
The Fremantle Markets is a great place to bring children of all ages. Entrance is free and school groups are encouraged to visit (but must contact market management prior to coming on 9335 2515 first). There is even a quiz about the market that can be given to students to fill out during their visit. If they answer correctly they could win a prize.
In summary the Fremantle Markets is a good way to spend an afternoon. You can do some shopping, grab a bite to eat and immerse yourself in some local history all at the same time.
Essential Information Address: Fremantle Markets, Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6959