My circumnavigatory walk of Sydney Harbour has brought me to the Sydney Fish Market. It’s a good place to stop and take a breather, if you don’t mind the fishy smell.
It’s the biggest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere and the second biggest in the world (‘in terms of variety’) outside Japan. I suppose the Japanese need big seafood markets to accommodate those scientifically caught whales.
Since it moved to its present site on Blackwattle Bay in 1966, the fish market has expanded into a major Sydney attraction, a place where people come as much for entertainment and information as to buy fresh seafood to take home.
12,000 guests a year attend the Sydney Seafood School, to learn about oyster shucking or paella preparation from leading chefs. I see the course to be run in December by the great Thai chef David Thompson (of nahm in London) is sold out. Dahm!
If you were thinking of getting a few prawns to chuck on the barby at Christmas, the market will be open for 36 hours straight on December 23-24th. It will be busy. I won’t be there. I prefer the quieter times to stop for coffee and a fresh seafood lunch.