The One With Sydney Fish Market – Freshest Seafood In Town

I have been Sydney twice now; once in 2006, and more recently in 2011. Both times, I didn’t miss out the chance to visit the ever fabulous Sydney Fish Market.

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market is located Pyrmont, right at the harbour where countless boats of all sizes were docked at. You can reach the market by the lightrail tram, which runs every ten minutes or so. Perfectly reliable transportation, so you’ll be excused if you kinda forgot you are still in Sydney.

Sydney Fish Market

Oh yes, where was I? The fish market. The whole complex is located some ten minutes walk away from the lightrail stop. There are plenty of signboards to show you the way, but fret not if you are hopeless with direction even with a map AND an iPhone in your hand, like yours truly.

Just follow your nose.

Sydney Fish Market

You can’t miss out the fishy smell from miles away. Mixed with the salty breeze from the sea, instead of being nauseating it was kinda refreshing. The closer you can, the noisier it become…. not only by the increasing foot traffic (tourists) or endless lorries (market merchants), but the army of seagulls circling the harbour.

Sydney Fish Market

Oh my God the seagulls. They are bloody everywhere (and no I didn’t take a picture of them), picking away at your food even when you are still at the table. These annoying birds do not seem to be afraid of human in the least. As you eat, they will stare at your with their beady eyes and move one step closer at a time, scraping for that odd morsels of food you might drop on the floor. There are plenty of signs asking you not to feed the birds, and feed them you shall not if you don’t want an army of them to descend onto your table. They seem to sense charitable suckers (read: unsuspecting tourists) like sharks drawn to the blood.

Sydney Fish Market

Let’s talk about the food. Oh yes the seafood. Possibly the freshest oysters and sashimis you can get in town. It is an incredible experience to be able to walk around the market, compare prices, pick seafood you fancy and have them cooked in front of you.

Sydney Fish Market

Either that, or you can also opt for the trays of readily cooked seafood available. Though possibly slightly cheaper, I doubt they are any fresher, and hey what’s the point to be at a fish market not to eat fresh catch from the sea, right?

Sydney Fish Market

I don’t know what I was doing, having a Singha beer in Australia.

A word from the wise: If you are traveling in group, order seafood platter for two person or more. Experience tells me that its more bang for your dollar that way. During my most recent trip, I ordered for one person, of which portion I thought was reasonable, until I saw that Cheryl and Shafik got for less than 50% more than what I paid for. Gah. I’ll be smarter the next time.

Sydney Fish Market

Yet another perk about eating out at the Sydney Fish Market is the glorious weather. Australia is really blessed with some of the most gorgeous weather I have seen in my life, and that’s saying something since I have traveled far and wide. The afternoons I was there, the sun was out in all its glory, tourists and locals were also out in force to enjoy the sunshine despite being winter days.

How can you not smile and laugh along with everyone else?

Apart from seafood, there are also some other type of food available. I remember seeing off-license liquor shops as well as ice cream stalls, the latter from which I bought some of these delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Sydney Fish Market

Just remembering my time spent at the Sydney Fish Market makes me want to make a return trip. But maybe, just maybe, I should head to Melbourne first ;)

Sydney Fish Market
Pyrmont Bridge Rd
Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia


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