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Where too much food is never enough

HerCanberra Team

Hunger pangs are usually part of shopping experience at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

After all, you’re surrounded by food, picking up food, smelling food and thinking about how you will cook the food once you get it home.

So, it’s not a sign of weakness to temporarily suspend the market process to sit down and actually eat. And Fyshwick Markets has ensured there is a huge range of delicious morsels ready to go – no chopping, cooking, or plating-up required.

Hands up if you can walk past the Crust Bakery without wanting to grab a pie? Quick, easy and dripping with meat and gravy, the lamb, rosemary and shiraz are in hot demand, while the vegetarian curried chickpea also attracts plenty of passer-by attention. And if you need to grab something to snack on while you keep filling your shopping trolley (only dripping half a pie down your top isn’t the way to go), the salt or sesame seed covered skinny bread sticks are popular with toddlers and their parents alike. We applaud making carbohydrate consumption so clean and easy!

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Crust pies make market day delicious.

Many people see their weekly visit to the market as an opportunity to sit down for coffee and share a meal with their friends or family.

The smell of pizzas and focaccias wafting out of Deli Planet and Martdeli are often hard to resist, particularly when a wide selection of sweet treats can be purchased alongside them.

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Fresh out of the oven at Deli Planet.

Asian tastebuds are well catered for at the LLBakery, which runs the gamut of breads and sweets before moving into soup, noodle and curry dishes. A steaming bowl of Pho soup on a chilly day can give you the strength to face an epic afternoon at home prepping for a dinner party with all your food purchases.

And we have heard that the chicken dumpling soup from the Halal Poultry shop has almost medicinal qualities.

Perhaps you are addicted to the more café-standard fare of avocado and smoked salmon on toast – in which case, Bean and Grain is good for you. The popular café, which has a twin in Dickson, pumps out coffees and beautifully-presented breakfast and lunch dishes all day.

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Burgers with a difference at Bean and Grain.

And then you can grab an award-winning loaf of bread fresh from the oven on the way out.

If you are one of the many people who stocks up on fresh seafood while at the markets, a visit to Ocean Fresh can be enhanced by a quick stop at the Ocean Fresh Café.

Here you can grab fish and chip takeaways with a difference – no frozen fillets in sight, instead the same fish you buy at the counter is dipped in crispy beer batter or double-crumbed and served with salad and chips.

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Choose your fish and watch it fry at Ocean Fresh Seafood.

One of the best parts of the market experience is that you can often sample as you shop. Fruit is cut for samples, and the delis roll out different cheeses or cook meat on a frying pan out the front of the store so you can broaden your repertoire.

If a weekend celebrating eating is your thing, we couldn’t think of a better place to be.

Oh, and this week, if your market journeys send you past any of the bakeries, don’t forget to grab a dozen Hot Cross Buns. It’s nearly Easter, and the Markets will be open Wednesday 12 April, Thursday 13 and Easter Saturday between 7am and 5.30pm but will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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