Fast forward to the 21st Century, and nothing gives a glimpse into Hobartian lifestyle better than a browse around its longest-running attraction – the weekly Saturday morning Salamanca Market.
An institution for over fifty years, the market is as much for locals as for tourists. Over 300 vibrant and eclectic market stalls are crammed into Salamanca Place forming a gathering place for buskers, chefs, entrepreneurs, artists, lovers and families. Laughter, gossip and music vie for attention among the friendly bartering and more serious business of grocery shopping.
The markets start after breakfast and run until shortly after lunch. Expect to return with suitcases weighed down with beautifully crafted Huon Pine kitchen utensils, woollen walking socks, leather handbags and silk scarves, handmade jewellery, original paintings and photographs, maps, artisan sweets and other goodies – even homemade dog biscuits.