Go to the Salamanca markets -- they start around 8:00 am on Saturday mornings. Hundreds of stalls cram around the old sandstone warehouses by the waterfront. The warehouses are now used by artists, and there are many shops within the warehouses. There are also cafe's and restaurants to check out in there.
On Saturdays, the road is blocked off to traffic so it becomes a pedestrian area only. You can find so many great things! I bought a beautiful fleece jacket and different types of wood crafts, often made from native Tasmanian tibres. You can find almost anything there from food to clothes to art. The stalls sell pottery, blown glass, hand made jewellery, paintings/photographs, and a wide variety of foods. Even masseurs have stalls!
There's some live music and street performers, usually, so it's a great place to hang out.
This is located near the wharfs and old warehouses. Inside the redone warehouses are stores, cafes, and other fun things to check out. It's well worth checking out the whole place.
Every Saturday morning starting around 8am, the street along Salamanca Place comes alive with hundreds of stalls. You can buy wonderful pottery, blown glass, hand made jewellery, clothing, beautiful items made from native Tasmanian timbers such as Huon Pine and sassafras, glorious paintings and divine foods ranging from organic vegetables and fruits to exotic meals. Grab a coffee and people watch for hours in one of the little cafes lining the market or have your fortune told or if the tourist thing has worn you out - treat yourself to a massage. there are several masseurs with stalls. Don't forget to spend a few moments listening to the buskers, some of them are amazing.
The buildings here were originally Georgian warehouses, built between 1835 - 50. There is much colonial architecture remaining still intact in the older areas of Hobart.
Now the buildings in Salamanca Place are home to bars, cafes and Australian and international restaurants, and quality arts/crafts centres, souvenir shops and more. It's quite a unique place to visit.
On Saturdays Salamanca is home to Tasmania's largest outdoor market - a mixture of crafts, local wares and other unique goods. Don't miss this one!
go to the Salamanca Markets!!! In winter!!! Eat donuts and buy funky wire sculptures for your family at home in Brisvegas. Dance to a groovy Mexican band busking on the street. Warm yourself by wearing longjohns (being from Brissy I was hopelessy unprepared!), and the hand dryers in the loos!!
There are lots of great little knick knacks to buy that are LOCALLY MADE! and not cheap fakes from Taiwan.
Salamanca Market, operated by the Hobart City Council, has become something of an institution in Hobart. It began with humble beginnings in 1972 with just 10 stalls occupying a small section of historic Salamanca Place.
The friendly atmosphere at Salamanca Market is highly seductive. Worth a visit, if only for the streetscape, famous for its historic Georgian warehouses, dating back to the 1830s, watch that you don't get sucked into buying a singing fish you will want to hide in the attic once you get home. Many of those warehouses have been converted into galleries, theatres, cafes, craft shops and restaurants. In my humble opinion some of the best and freshest food in the world is produced right here in Tasmania.
Tasmanian arts, crafts, food and flowers are displayed at Salamanca Market. It offers a shopping experience with a difference. Salamanca Market is one of those special places where you actually meet the people who create, make or grow what they sell.