Family outing: Sydney Fish Market

27 Aug


The Hungry Family loves getting out & about in Sydney and exploring the countless wonderful sights. Despite being born & bred Sydneysiders we as a family could often be mistaken for tourists – every time we’re anywhere near the harbour we snap multiple photos, and often the girls are asked to be in the photos of random tourists.


Recently we took Misses 6 & 8 to Sydney Fish Market. I hadn’t been there in a decade or so but I lurve seafood so decided to pay a visit.

So much choice. So much deliciousness. So much fresh seafood silently urging me to buy! Buy! Buy!

The gals will eat fish but that’s about it for their love of seafood. The Hungry Dad is happy to eat almost anything [the exception being smoked salmon, which means more for me. Huzzah!] and I love it all – except mussels. Don’t ask me why…

The gals loved sussing out all the creatures, including crabs, oysters and scampi. I think they were horrified by some of it 🙂


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So we bought fish, prawns, and squid to take home. And of course, fish and chips.

Things to know: in winter it is cold here! We were rugged up but the bitter wind meant there was no chance of us dining in the large al fresco area. We ended up eating the F&C in the car, which was not really great.

Also, the floors are slippery, despite the many slipmats. Flat shoes with good grip are a must, people.

Aside from the fish merchants there’s also bakery, a deli and fruit shop. And soooo much food to eat! Everyone sells amazing food – I felt 10kg heavier just looking at it all.

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We drove but you can get there via light rail from Central Station. An hour was plenty for us and parking is just $3 if you can be in and out within 59 minutes.

A swanky makeover is in the works for the markets and to be honest it is needed. The area, so full of potential, would really benefit from some TLC.

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Sydney Fish Market is also home to the Seafood School, where you can take hands-on cooking classes with a focus on seafood. I’d love to do a class here one day…



29 Responses to “Family outing: Sydney Fish Market”

  1. August 27, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Wow, this is a fish market for sure 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      is a good one, too – so much choice and oh so fresh.

  2. Little Gumnut August 27, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    I can’t believe that in seven years of living here I’ve never been! I saw their Seafood School advertised! Looks like fun!!

    • thehungrymum August 27, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      You should go! You won’t find better, fresher seafood anywhere. Catch the light rail & make a day of it 🙂

  3. Hungrycookie August 27, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I love the seafood here! Lobster Mornay mmm

    • thehungrymum August 27, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      oooh, I really wanted to get that but didn’t fancy eating it in the car 😦

  4. kelihasablog August 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Oh I love those pictures!! I just go out for squid salad or sushi & sashimi …LOL 😀

    • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Thanks! I am such a seafood fan, especially sushi. Mmmmm, sushi #drools.

  5. cheergerm August 28, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    A great review of Sydney Fish Market! Looks cold there that day. Made me hungry. I used to work in the Marketing department there a few years back in a food education role. There have been various plans to renovate in the pipelines for years but they have never got off the ground. A class at the seafood school is a fun experience. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Wow – you used to work here?! How fun! Did you love it? I reckon it could have done with a massive reno at least a decade ago – parts of it are just dire 😐

      • cheergerm August 31, 2014 at 10:19 am #

        Loved it! Best job ever. My last role there was managing the Fish Line (lol) which was the seafood cookery advice line, managing the auction floor tours, recipe development and cooking demos. That was a little over ten years ago and there were big plans then, they are desperate for a makeover. Loved seeing your photos, brought it all back. 🙂 (being pooped on by seagulls and all…..)

      • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:54 am #

        how unreal. We didn’t do the auction tours – that’s something for another trip. Those bloody seagulls – yuck!

  6. Liz August 28, 2014 at 5:15 am #

    What a fun trip! Love how you make your everyday sights vacation-worthy. Great photo shots, too. Delicious, all. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Oh, ta Liz 🙂 Your comment made my day x

  7. andmorefood August 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    it’s been years (maybe a decade) since I’ve been to Sydney, but I always remember that iced platter of seafood we had. so overpriced for us tourists, but you guys have some great seafood choice there!

  8. ChgoJohn August 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    This place looks fantastic! The world’s fish can breathe easier knowing there’s half a continent and a very large ocean separating me from that market. 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 31, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      hehehe! It is similar with me: I live in the suburbs of Sydney but from my place the markets are on the wrong side of town to go to as often as I would like. But oh WOW – so much yummmm.

  9. Choc Chip Uru September 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    I remember visiting here with my food tech class 😀
    Once we got over the smell, it was quite fascinating – great photos!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum September 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      to be honest I don’t recall the smell [except of fish & chips. Mmmm] but am sure Misses 6 & 8 would have a different recollection 🙂

  10. Michael's Woodcraft September 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    You are so lucky to have a fresh fish market! All that wonderful seafood, if I had access to that I would be eating it every meal!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2014 at 3:14 am #

      That’s the beauty of living in a city surrounded by water! Fish aplenty! Sadly, it doesn’t make it any cheaper. One of my family’s fav fish is flathead and it costs around $40 [Aus] a kilogram.

  11. kathryningrid September 8, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    What a fantastic outing to a beautiful market! (I’d rather go to a slightly grungy market full of gorgeous food than the reverse.) 😉 Lovely, lovely stuff. 😀

    • thehungrymum September 8, 2014 at 1:57 am #

      thanks! I am a bit of a market nerd, could spend all day trawling through them [as well it is is real stuff – not crap made-in-Cina-junk].

  12. Tanya September 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    This is a must-see for my next visit to Sydney! What are the type of prawns(?) in the last picture? The ones all lined up like little pink soldiers. That’s a great photo btw.

    • thehungrymum September 14, 2014 at 7:27 am #

      Thanks Tanya! They are scampi, a delicious creature that I am pretty sure are from NZ. They aren’t common in Australia & I don;t think I’ve ever seen them at a fish market before. I have eaten them at restaurants and they are sooo good 🙂

  13. Rhonda Sittig September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Luscious seafood food photos!! And fun to see you girls! fun post!

  14. Patty Nguyen September 22, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    All that seafood!! What a feast!

    • thehungrymum September 22, 2014 at 4:12 am #

      you betcha! I am such a seafood fan so we bought up big 🙂


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