- Category: Markets
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:20
- Published: Monday, 13 December 2010 15:58
- Written by Emily Cordz
A wonderful weekend retreat lies just west of the city in the city in the heart of the suburb Subiaco. Two weekend markets, the Subiaco Station Street Market and the Subi Farmers market, offer a complete experience for the whole family.
Subiaco Station Street Market
Conveniently located across the street from the train station at 52 Station Street, the Station Street Market is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. They are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday.
There are many treasures to be found with over 100 stalls selling an assortment of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables to antique glassware. Indulge yourself in a massage or maybe see what the future holds with a tarot card reading. The face painting stall is always a favourite with the kids. If you enjoy Middle Eastern and Indian food you can pick up an assortment of specialty ingredients at Habib 1.
Between the crowds and the multitude of stall to see, you’ll want to plan a break in the food courtyard. There you’ll be able to just sit and relax in the shade or grab a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls available. The assorted dishes represent cuisines from around the world, so there will be something for even the pickiest eater.
Those looking for a good deal should head to the market on Sunday afternoons. The vendors severely discount much of the produce in an effort to clear out their stock before the market closes for the week. The products are still fresh, just cheaper.
Subiaco Farmers Market
Those seeking fresh, organic goods made here in Western Australia will want to head to the Subi Farmers Market held every Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm. The market is held on the grounds of the Subiaco Primary School at 271 Bagot Road.
All of the products sold at the Subi Farmers come from Western Australia, some from as far away as Albany while others are made right here in Perth. The majority of the sellers are the producers themselves. This means when you go to buy that produce, olive oil, cheese, meat, eggs, honey or bread you are purchasing from an expert who can share a wealth of knowledge about your purchase with you.
Beyond food items, there are also fresh flowers, organic seedlings, organic potting mix and fertilizers to help you start and maintain your own garden. Aromatic spices and teas round out the sensory shopping experience.
There are many activities for the whole family at the markets including cooking classes for adults and kids, demonstrations, talks and performances. Pair that with the delicious breakfast and morning tea options and you can easily find yourself spending your entire Saturday morning at the market.
A quick train ride on the Fremantle train line from the Perth CBD will bring you to Subiaco Station in a few minutes, or you can also hop on bus 11, 82 or 92 and get off at the Subiaco train station. Just across the street from the east side of the station is Station Street Market.
A short walk down Rokeby Road will bring you to the Subi Farmers Market. Instead of walking, you could also take bus 97 from the Subiaco train station down Rokeby Road and get off just after Barker Road.
While you’re in the area be sure to check out some of the delicious cafes and fun shops that help give Subiaco its charm.
You may be interested to read Perth Walkabout's article titled "Stylish Subiaco is a Drawcard".