The iconic Sydney Fish Markets are a must-visit. The bustle of a busy market, and the excitement of seeing such a variety of exotic sea creatures - dead and alive, is an experience truly unique to Sydney. The markets boast a variety of eateries and shops, but there’s more to do there than just eat!
If you’re fascinated by the inner workings of the fish market, why not check out one of their behind-the-scenes tours? You’ll learn all about the history of the fish markets, how the Dutch auction system works, and about sashimi and live seafood products. You’ll also get to see the auction floor (with over 100 species of ocean animal), see some live oyster shucking This is one for the early birds though, as the tours kick off at 6:40 am sharp, and go for 1.5 - 2hours.
If you’re not quite prepared to get up that early, but having a guide through the madness of the markets is appealing, they’ve recently started offering Boutique Brunch Tours as well. The brunch tours start at 10 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and include a crash course on how to select the finest seafood (even in species you’ve never seen before), and an explanation of the Dutch system. You’ll still get to view the auction grounds, however, it won’t be in the full rush of the morning sale. You’ll get to see oyster shuckers and expert filleters. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, your guide will help you choose and order a sumptuous seafood brunch.
Feeling inspired by the incredible variety of sea life on offer? Learn how to prepare a delicious seafood meal with a cooking class! You can choose a two, three, or four-hour class, and afterwards, you’ll get to enjoy a seafood meal with wine tasting.
All the tours and classes are small groups and tend to fill up - so make sure you book ahead!
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Liv- Tender L Creative and Deb - a long term resident of Sydney.