[Sydney, Australia] Blue skies, seagulls roaming free, sitting in the open having crispy freshhhhh fish and chips… If there is one place that I would go back to Sydney again, it would be the Sydney Fish Market.
Established in 1966 and located on Blackwattle Bay, this is one of the largest working fishing port (after Japan) and wholesale fish market.
And it includes a fresh seafood retail section and eateries where you can order fresh seafood and have them cooked on the spot – deep fried, grilled, fried or sashimi style.
Maybe you would think it is just another fish market. But it is all about sights, sounds and can I add smell (?) that makes this one of the must-visits in Sydney.
Our group was there early in the morning (10am – still not too early) to avoid the busy lunch-time crowd where tourists would flock to the area.
There are many retailers such as Claudio’s, De Costi, Doyle’s, Nicholas Seafoods, but according to a friend who goes to Sydney every year – Peter’s Fish Market is one of the most vibrant and cooks the best seafood.
You can just walk round and round like touring a supermarket where the colours and freshness of the seafood will really thrill you (at least for me). Prawns, clayfish, giant lobsters, oysters, salmon, scallops, sea urchins, squids, trouts, tunas, crabs… this is almost seafood haven. Look out for discounted rates!
Prices are not too expensive as well, with a typical Fish and Chips or Mixed Seafood Grill costing about AUD$15 to $20. We had seen families ordering large-sized platters for AUD$50 which was stacked with chunks of fish like a jenga game.
Sometimes we would wonder why the Westerners would go for the al fresco dining in perpetually hot summer Singapore (And we may laugh at them). Here, we get a bunch of Singaporeans and Asians choosing to sit at the outdoor area (while I noticed the Australians would see inside) where your fresh oysters could be attacked by flying seagulls. Mind you, they ‘attack’ in packs.
Amidst the screams from the attack from birdies, your lunch could end up in the seagull’s beak, or you could literally find yourself in a shitty situation (seagull poop), but people still choose to sit outdoors. There is an unspeakable charm in feeling free and relaxed there and then. Oh no, I miss Sydney so so much.
How To Get To Sydney Fish Market
Catch the Metro Light Rail from Central Station, Haymarket or Darling Harbour to the Fish Market stop which is located across the road from the Market. Services run every 10 – 15 mins from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm (12:10 am Friday & Saturday) from Central and 6:00am to 11:20 pm (12:30 am Friday & Saturday) from Lilyfield.
Behind the Scenes Tours are held every Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6.40 am – bookings are required to avoid disappointment (meet outside Doyle’s).
Sydney Fish Market
Bank Street Pyrmont (Fish Market Stop on Metro Light Rail), Blackwattle Bay N.S.W. 2009, Sydney Australia
Tel: 02 9004 1100
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)