Updated: Oct 17, 2019
If you are in search of a premium fish market that has the freshest seafood plus an international vibe, then you need to pay a visit to the Sydney Fish Market.
If you love fresh scallops and seafood in general, then you need pay a visit to Sydney Fish Market in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Video by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The Sydney Fish Market
Well you finally made it to Australia. You see that this continent is surrounded by vast oceans and one of the first thoughts as a foodie that comes to your mind is, "I can't wait to try the Australian seafood".
As you step inside the main building of the Sydney Fish Market you immediately see the bustling international vibe. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The Sydney Fish Market was one of the very first things my wife and I wanted to check-out during a recent trip to Sydney, Australia. Visiting a fish market during a trip to any destination is usually one of the first things we like to check out. Why? Well for starters, if you are like us, then you probably LOVE SEAFOOD.
Check out the presentation of these sea urchin's we ate at Peter's Sydney Fish Market. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Also, if you enjoy cooking your own food, then visiting a local fish market is a good place to get in tune with the local community you are visiting and to learn about what's available in their part of the world. In this case, the Sydney Fish Market provides plenty catches-of-the-day to satisfy many hungry tourist and Australian palates.
As a matter of fact, we visited twice in three days because the selection of new and exotic seafood like Moreton Bay Bugs were too interesting to pass up during our stay in Sydney.
Exterior view of the 3rd largest fish market in terms of variety in the world. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The Sydney Fish Market is very easy to get to if you are staying pretty much anywhere in central business district also known to locals as the "CBD". You can either walk, take public transportation or take an Uber or taxi to the fish market. Don't forget that if you decide to use public transportation in New South Wales, make sure you purchase an Opal card so you can tag on and off easily.
It's located in between Blackwattle Bay, a stretch of highway called, the Western Distributor (A4) and Pyrmont Bridge Road in Sydney.
The Sydney Fish Market is located by Blackwattle Bay, the A4 and Pymont Bridge Road in Sydney, Australia. (Screenshot provided by Google Maps)
Parking seemed to be limited to a few spaces. Since we didn't drive and have to park, I can't really comment much about this. We did notice a lot of buses which would drop off and pick up lot's of tourists. We walked both times from Darling Harbour, which was very easy to do and as a bonus, you get your daily exercise (steps) in!
Speaking of tourists, you will see hundreds of tourists at the fish market. Please be prepared to stand in lines during peak times, however, on our second visit (which was on a Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 PM), we noticed a downward trend in tourists with little to no lines. If you don't want to deal with huge crowds, I would recommend coming on the weekdays close to closing time (see below towards the end of the article for hours of operation).
A plate full of seafood goods from Sydney Fish Market. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
A Wide Variety of Seafood
The Sydney Fish Market is the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere. It's also the third largest fish market in the world in terms of variety according to the company website.
For comparisions sake, we've visited some pretty big and expansive fish markets to include the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan and the Noryangjin Fish Market (which is my personal favorite) in Seoul, South Korea. I can honestly tell you that, the Sydney Fish Market does hold it's own in terms of variety and action.
Even though the physical location isn't as big as the two aforementioned fish markets in Japan and South Korea, the Sydney Fish Market is definitely worth checking out while you are in town.
A bunch of mud crabs, which are found in mangroves are a delicacy in Australia. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
A Moreton Bay Bug sliced in half, shows you the amount of delicious meat they offer. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The Moreton Bay Bugs, please don't let the name scare or disgust you, were actually very tasty. They are related to lobsters and are considered to be a crustaceans. Most of the meat is in the tail. They look like big lobster tail!
Pippies are small edible salt water clams found in Australia. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Pippies are small edible salt water clams found in Australia. They have a shell that isn't as round as a normal clam shell, but almost look like a triangle shape. You will find pippies in many restaurants around Sydney, like at Mr. Wong. I really enjoy eating them, they have a lot of meat for their size.
If you love oysters, you can buy trays full of them at the Sydney Fish Market. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie).
The Sydney Fish Market also has plenty of familiar fish and other seafood like sea urchins, scallops, lobsters and oysters you can either purchase fresh at one of the six seafood retailers that share the location or you can eat there too. Eating there is what many people do. It's fairly hard to find a table and seat, so just be prepared to stand and eat or to take it away to eat.
TIP: You can find seating if you walk outside of the fish market.
The Bustling Vibe
One of the first things you realize as you walk inside the Sydney Fish Market is the bustling vibe. There is a lot of energy and activity happening, which provides a lot of excitement to you as a visitor. It makes you want to walk around to each of the six retailers, restaurants and other shops that are housed in the same location. I recommend that you take the time to walk around (inside and outside) to observe all the seafood and activity.
We loved the little wine shop where you can purchase bottles and drink on location! (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
There is even a small store that sells bottled wine, which you can purchase and drink on location! We ended up purchasing a few bottles, one to drink while we walked around (they will provide you with plastic wine cups) and a couple to take back to our hotel room to enjoy later.
If you love scallops, then make sure you grab some at Peter's Sydney Fish Market. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
One attraction that seemed very popular was at Peter's Sydney Fish Market. Peter's has a scallop section where you can watch fresh scallops being seared with a blow torch. It's fun to watch as the cheese melts away and the scallops are very good to eat too!
You'll also see many people walking around with big trays full of fried seafood. Which just makes my mouth-water thinking about those moments. Whatever you decide to eat, just make sure you try something. Everything looked good enough to eat!
Now Go Visit the Sydney Fish Market!
Sydney has so many things to do and see, just make sure you pay a visit to the Sydney Fish Market. It's a very fun experience and even better if you love to eat seafood from different parts of the world.
Sydney Fish Market
Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road
Sydney NSW 2009, Australia
Hours of Operation:
Open EVERYDAY 7:00 AM
Closes at 4:00 PM Monday to Thursday
Closes at 5:00 PM Friday to Sunday
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