ABC Saturday Breakfast: Markets here at home and further away

For ABC Perth Saturday Breakfast we’re talking about markets.  From craft markets, organic markets, wet markets and community markets, we’re sure we’ll find something for you to seek out this whenever your next weekend drive is planned.  

What’s more of a sensory overload wherever you are in the world than a good market?  We’re going to provide some good options throughout Perth but I want to start with some international market experiences as well. 

When we decided to explore markets, I was taken back through the humid mists of time to a market north of Khao Lak in Thailand. 

My kids were drawn by aisles of backpacks and shirts but all of a sudden we were slipping and sliding our way through the wet market which had all sorts of animal fluids on the concrete floor and the smells and sights of a different cultures cuts of meat opened my kids eyes wider than the cows eyes rolling around on the table.

If you get the chance to visit Kuala Lumper then a visit to Chow Kit and Jalan Alor will give you a night out you will never forget, full of tightly packed stalls with seafood ready to be grilled to order, high piles of rambutans, jackfruit and stinky durian. 

Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur

These are markets where the locals eat and buy their produce to eat at home.  These are markets that bring outsiders in and that’s what makes a good market anywhere in the world or anywhere in our suburbs; it attracts the locals and the outsiders.

In Hong Kong, Tom and I went to Cat Street which is full to the brim with curios which just happens to be one of my favourite words!  Curios!  Tables filled with piles of watches, Mao Tse Tung statuettes, brooches and badges.  It was a great market for that feeling that you have to dig to find the treasure. (Tom’s story about the dragon pocket watch).

Tom in Hong Kong at Cat Street Market

Here in Perth we have so many markets in Perth that I have come up with a collective noun for markets.

We have a Mooch of Markets in Perth.

Rockingham Rotary Sunday Market:  A Rotary Club run market and your donation when you enter the markets helps fund community projects. This is one of the great car boot style markets.  Handmade goods and crafts are on sale as well, as well as trestles groaning under the weight of piles of action figures and hot wheels cars  and soft toys. Tom is a collector of Garfield so he’s an expert rummager at these markets.

Vic Park Community Market:  Let’s go fly a kite in Vic Park!  A broad expanse of grass with kite flying for the kids and lots of backyard grown veges of interesting shapes and sizes and local music to tap your feet to while you have a fresh donut and coffee.

Perth Upmarket at UWA (every 3 months):  Handmade crafts and artists are what the Upmarkets are known for and these are probably the markets with the best atmosphere, being in the hallowed grounds of the university. 

Kyilla Community Farmers Market:  Each Saturday by Kyilla Primary School as an opportunity to make the school community part of the local community.  Stalls focus on healthy living options, the line for bread always winds its way through the stalls. Proceeds from the stall fees go to the school for resources and learning projects.

Provedore Markets:  If you’re pandemic shy about travelling but longing for Europe, head to the Provedore Markets in Mount Hawthorn for a bit of Italy. Cheeses, meats, wines, gelato, pizza and pasta and those Italian soft drinks in the little bottles and music and long communal tables to enjoy your culinary loot alongside new friends.

Scarborough Sunset Market:  The sunset winter markets are held on Saturday nights and with the sounds of local DJs and a cold winter sea breeze at your back, enjoy  hot spicy foods and a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. 

Mirrabooka Community Markets:  Finished for now but look out for when this one resumes. It’s a brilliant market that is probably Perth’s most culturally diverse and make sure you skip breakfast as there’s a lot of food from around the world to try.

Kalamunda Artisan Market:  More than a market, it’s a tourism destination on our beautiful escarpment.  Typically over 150 stalls and is a great reason to head to the hills for a day out, buying some local ceramics or artworks and getting enough fresh produce to make a picnic in the nearby parks and bushland. 

Mount Claremont Farmers Market:  Every Saturday morning and is full to the fence with stalls of seasonal fruit and veges, cheeses, pastries and flowers and when nectarines come out at the end of the year get in line as quick you can.

City Farm:  Real gardens to explore like something out of Mr McGregor’s garden in Peter Rabbit and lots of organic opportunities not just to eat but to spray on things you’re growing to eat.  The only thing you’ll find that’s sweeter than the honey for sale are maybe an ABC Presenter and Producer grabbing themselves a coffee before the start of Hidden Treasures. Get there by train and get off at Claisebrook Station.

Moorditj Markets (Sunday at the footy): Honey, seedlings, art, clothes, jewellery and deadly denim shopping bags

Markets are Hidden Treasures because it’s not just about being cheap and cheerful it’s about the fabric of a community that’s on display.  When we’re overseas we’re fascinated by trestles of cows heads and odd fruits. While culture can sometimes be confronting in a market, particularly overseas, here in our suburbs and even at the footy,  they show us what we grow and what we make and they are a honeypot for getting us outside and bringing us together and that’s what hidden treasure is all about. 

As Published in ‘Airline Ratings’, Tom Loves Cathay!

My story about Tom’s experience with Cathay Pacific was recently published by Airline Ratings.

Enjoy reading all about Tom’s experience with Cathay Pacific here.

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With inflight entertainment, a good selection of food options and plenty of attention from the staff, Tom’s experience meant a great flight experience for me.

Radio Melayu: Lets begin the winter fightback! Get packing!

I recently spent a brilliant evening on Radio Melayu chatting about my recent adventures and how we all need to find a way to get packing and escape winter by getting overseas or embracing winter and snuggling into a gorgeous resort down south.

The link below features descriptions for a few of my new favourite things, including Bali’s spectacular new resort the Apurva Kempinski Bali, Hong Kong Star Ferries and markets, Hong Kong Disneyland, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and amazing airlines for travelling with children, including Malindo Air, Batik Air and Cathay Pacific.

 

 

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Hong Kong with Typhoon Tom

What’s just as important as the destination?  The journey of course!  How could I resist using the image of Tom and his Cathay Pacific entourage as the featured image for this post?

Tom and I have just returned from Hong Kong where we travelled with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong Disneyland, stayed at the Disneyland Explorers Lodge and spent a day on Hong Kong Island riding the Star Ferry and trains and visiting tucked away laneway markets filled with toys and communist memorabilia.

Typhoon Tom couldn’t sit still.  He watched movies and played games, ate amazing food and endless ice-cream and made new friends.  And that was just on the Cathay Pacific flights.

While I get busy writing up our adventures, enjoy a few pics from our time in one of the worlds bucket list countries and bucket list theme parks.

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Turn around Tom!  Our wheels are about to touch down on Hong Kong!

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The Star Ferry is old, slow and completely and utterly gorgeous and cheap.

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Tom tests his strength in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Pocket watches of all shapes and sizes at Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street) Market.  You’ll also find Communist era propaganda posters and lots of Mao Tse Tung statuettes and even copies of his little red book.