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Market at Ag Heritage Park © Auburn Alumni Association
Market at Ag Heritage Park © Auburn Alumni Association

The Top 5 Markets in Perth

Picture of Alexa Smith
Updated: 9 February 2017
Everyone has something specific that draws them to a local market: the ripe, organic fruits and vegetables straight from the farm (or sometimes still ON the farm); the all-natural soaps, salves, gifts, and garments handcrafted by the sellers behind the counter; or the decades-old vintage treasures, lovingly curated by expert sellers. Every market on this list brings something special to the table, but one thing they’ve all got in common is a deep commitment to Perth and their local communities. Whether they’re supporting sustainability programs in schools or offering workshops to teach the public how to go green, you can fill your bags at any of these markets knowing that the goodies you’ve purchased serve a greater good, too.

Perth City Farmers Market

The Perth City Farmers Market operates on a philosophy of ‘supporting local, organic and biodynamic growers and producers through making their produce directly available to the Perth community’. Their outdoor markets are found among the greenery (and clucking chickens) of Perth City Farm, an appropriate setting for these stands of organic, biodynamic and spray-free fruit and vegetables. You’ll also find sets of seedlings for fellow gardeners, as well as fresh dairy products, meats, olive oil, and local unrefined honey. Some stands also offer eco-friendly baby care products, face and body creams, homemade soaps, and even certified organic clothing. Gardening and cooking workshops are also open to customers of all ages, creating a truly hands-on community connection.

Opening Hours: Saturday: 8am – 12pm

Watch out for: the special workshops open to the public

Perth City Farmers Market, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth, Australia, +61 8 9325 7229

Growers Green Market

The Growers Green Market was created to provide a genuine alternative to the supermarket shopping experience: a place where you can meet and talk directly to the people who are growing and making your food. These range from stands selling fresh ingredients you can take home, like Ringwould Farmhouse Cheese and Wambyn Olive Farm, to food trucks you can enjoy on the spot, like Darkstar Coffee, Weatherworks and 2 Sisters Tacos (to name only a few). While providing an outlet for growers and makers and a fun community shopping experience, Growers Green also donates a portion of all proceeds to improving student amenities at the market’s host school, South Fremantle Senior High School. The market supports the school’s award winning sustainability programs as well, like the Green Room used for growing veggies to plant in the school’s permaculture kitchen garden, and raising native seedlings for bush regeneration projects. For something special, come out for ‘Big Market‘ day on the first Sunday of every month to shop stalls selling vintage, handmade and pre-loved clothing, books, jewelry, craft, gifts and accessories.

Opening Hours: Sunday: 8am – 12pm

Watch out for: Big Market day!

Growers Green Market, 171 Lefroy Rd, Beaconsfield, Australia, +61 404 591 288

Canning Vale Markets

Every Sunday from 7am – 2pm, Canning Vale hosts Western Australia’s largest undercover market in a space large enough to host 300 stalls. For a small entry fee, shoppers can browse a vast variety of new and secondhand goods, including furniture, clothing, fashion accessories, books, war memorabilia, CDs, toys and gifts. After a triumphant morning discovering gifts and scoring treats for yourself, stop by one of the food stalls posted around the market for lunchtime snacks like hot dogs and candyfloss, then pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables on your way out for a healthy meal at home.

Watch out for: incredible vintage furniture, fashion and music finds

Opening Hours: Sunday: 7am – 2pm

Canning Vale Markets, 280 Bannister Rd, Canning Vale, Australia, +61 8 9456 9200

Kyilla Community Farmer’s Market

Kyilla Community Farmer’s Market is the best family-oriented market in Perth, initiated by Kyilla Primary School’s P&C Association in North Perth to bring the community together. The market provides an opportunity for the school’s students, families and faculty to support their surrounding community, in a weekly event where local farmers can effectively bring their fresh produce direct from the ‘paddock to the plate.’ There truly is something to engage everyone here, from the Bacon and Egg Roll Stall run by a dedicated team of volunteer parents, to the three separate playgrounds and Kids Zone for the little ones. With high-quality sellers like Postcode Honey, the Bread Expert, A Little Bohemia and Bracken Valley Orchard, this is an ideal spot to cross of your shopping list while entertaining every member of the family.

Opening Hours: Saturday: 8am – 11.30am

Watch out for: the bacon and egg rolls prepared by friendly Kyilla parents

Kyilla Community Farmer’s Market, 4 Selkirk Street, North Perth, Australia

Kalamunda Farmer’s Market

Take an invigorating trip out of the city to Kalamunda Farmer’s Market, a diverse purveyor of gourmet and artisan goods in Perth Hills. This market boasts a stunning inventory of produce and other delightful fresh goods, including all your grocery essentials like seasonal fruit and veggies, fresh squeezed juices, pickled veggies and fruit preserves, and farm-fresh meat and eggs. The sweet fragrance of floral stands selling roses, daisies, lilies, and big bright sunflowers mingles with the tempting aroma of biscuits, cakes, pies, pasties and macaroons, though gluten-free shoppers don’t have to resist that temptation thanks to sellers like La Belle Sweets and Guinea Grove. If your shopping bags start to weigh you down, you can even stop for a shoulder rub from the market’s on-premises masseuses! Kalamunda also runs a special Village Market every first Saturday of the month in the Town Square, which focuses on local crafts like jewelry, pottery, artwork and clothing.

Watch out for: La Belle Sweets’ delicious ‘cruffins,’ a croissant-muffin hybrid

Opening Hours: Sunday: 8am – 12pm

Kalamunda Farmer’s Market, Kalamunda, Australia, +61 437 632 126

Alex MacKay