Glorious Food: A Tour of Perth’s Best Weekend Markets

Keeping it local: 11 of best Perth farmers' markets.

If in-season, high quality produce is high on your shopping agenda, skip the supermarket aisles and instead, buy direct from local growers at Perth’s weekend farmers’ markets. Here, we profile 11 of Perth’s best.

The rich aroma of coffee permeates the air as the folksy sounds of an acoustic guitarist waft across the park. Having just filled my bag with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables for the week, I’m famished and facing the impossible task of choosing the morning’s breakfast – fetta and spinach gozleme, or a traditional spicy Vietnamese bahn mi?

This is just another ordinary Sunday morning at my local farmers’ market, a place where I can chat with the people who actually grow and make my food, right here in Western Australia, and purchase seasonal produce – often organic and always free-range – at grower-direct prices.

But these little slivers of urban freshness are about more than locally grown food; they’re also a wonderful morning out with entertainment for children (and often dogs), live music and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded locals.

Here are Perth’s best farmers’ markets and the suburbs you’ll find them in.

Fresh coffee at Palmyra Farmers' Market
Photo: Palmyra Farmers' Market

Inner Suburb Markets

Perth City Farm | 1 City Farm Place, East Perth

Held every Saturday, 8am-12pm

An organic, sustainable, free-range oasis in the heart of the CBD, Perth City Farm is a true locavore find. Monday to Friday, the destination is a thriving community garden and nursery. Come Saturdays, the grounds are transformed into a bustling farmers’ market supporting local growers and City Farm’s own fresh, organic produce. Enjoy breakfast in the on-site café while kids burn off steam in the sandpit, then browse the stalls selling everything from biodynamic meats to free-range eggs and organic clothing and baby products.

Top tip: Green-thumbs looking for inspiration can wander through the permaculture vegetable garden.

Subi Farmers’ Market | Subiaco Primary School, Bagot Road, Subiaco

Held every Saturday, 8am-12pm

The Subi Farmers Market is one of the oldest in WA and still one of the best. Visit on an empty stomach because the range of breakfast options here – everything from spanakopita to shak shuka – makes a multi-course meal a certainty. Beyond breakie, you’ll find plenty of fresh fruit and veg, charcuterie, cheeses, small goods, seedlings, dog treats and even a knife sharpening service!

Top tip: Visit Strange Grains Bakery for excellent gluten-free bread and Mr Drummonds for incredible salted caramel crumpets.

Fresh Hoummus at Subiaco Farmers' Market
Photo: Subiaco Farmers' Market
Mexican-inspired Sauerkraut at Subiaco Farmers' Market
Photo: Subiaco Farmers' Market

Kyilla Community Farmers’ Market | Kyilla Park, Clieveden Street, North Perth

Held every Saturday, 8am-11.30am

While fresh produce is one of Kyilla Community Farmers’ Market’s major drawcards, the weekly event is the result of Kyilla Primary School’s vision for a more unified community. Each Saturday, locals now throng to the thriving market to do their weekly fresh fruit and veg shop while chatting to neighbours over a barista-brewed coffee.

Top tip: Don’t leave without buying a bacon and egg roll made from local ingredients – all proceeds go directly to the primary school.

Perth Home Grown | Murray Street Mall, Perth

Held every Sunday, 11am-4pm

As most other markets are shutting down, Perth Home Grown is just getting warmed up. This little slice of sustainability, set in the heart of Perth’s busiest pedestrian mall, is dedicated to sustainable living with absolutely everything on offer home-made or home-grown. Browse the stalls to find orchard-direct fruit and veg, unique handmade gifts and homewares, baked goods and local food vendors.

Top tip: This is a great place to find unique, locally-made gifts. The Canadian donuts are pretty hard to pass up too.

Heading North of the CBD

Joondalup Growers’ Market | South Central Park, Grand Boulevard, Joondalup

Held every Saturday, 8am-12pm

One of the newest additions to Perth’s farmers’ market movement, the Joondalup Grower’s Market brings together farmers from WA’s rural and semi-rural areas offering a diverse range of in-season, hand-picked produce. Since opening in early 2017 the market has become a true community meeting place where visitors can mingle with local food aficionados while enjoying fresh coffee, a tasty breakfast and a great range of artisan food products.

Top tips: Located lake-side in Joondalup’s Central Park, this is one of the most picturesque markets in the city. Grab a tasty treat (the German bratwurst hotdogs are hard to pass up) and enjoy it on the boardwalk.

Joondalup Farmers' Market
Photo: Joondalup Farmers' Market

Stirling Farmers’ Market | City of Stirling admin building carpark, Cedric Street, Stirling

Held every Sunday, 7.30am-11.30am

What the Stirling Farmers’ Market lacks in size, it more than compensates for in heart. The small but discerning selection of fresh local fruit and veg producers, bakers, florists, butchers and fishmongers make this a go-to for locals looking to shop beyond the supermarket aisles.

Top tip: Try the chocolate croissants from Tammy’s Bakery and the bao buns from T Sisters Fresh Foods.

Freshly shucked oysters at Joondalup Farmers' Marke
Photo: Joondalup Farmers' Market

Heading South of the CBD

Grower’s Green Farmers’ Market | South Fremantle Senior High School, Annie Street, South Fremantle

Held every Sunday, 8am-12pm

Looking for a genuine supermarket alternative? There’s little you won’t find at the Grower’s Green Farmer’s Market. Here, passionate local stallholders sell everything from grower-direct fruit and veg to baked bread, jams, honey, eggs, fish, organic beef and even organic dog food. Enjoy live music while snacking on Turkish, Indian, Vietnamese, Italian and Moroccan cuisine and while you’re at it, treat your pampered pooch to a bath! On the first Sunday of every month, a ‘Big Market’ is held with additional stalls selling vintage and hand-made clothing, jewellery, crafts and books.

Top tip: Get your morning off to a fresh, fiery start with a traditional Vietnamese pork bahn mi.

Palmyra Western Farmers’ Market | Palmyra Primary School, McKimmie Street, Palmyra

Held every Sunday, 8am-12pm

If local fruit and veg is on your shopping list, you’ll fill your basket at Palmyra Western Farmers’ Market. A genuine growers’ marketplace, here you’ll find stall after stall laden with fresh, organic, spray-free produce, direct from the farm gate. There’s a great selection of locally grown plants including herbs, and if you need a morning pick-me-up, you’ll find excellent fair-trade coffee, fresh juices, breakie burgers, gozleme and crepes on the menu.

Top tip: Try the green smoothie for a tasty, guilt-free start to the day.

Home-made biscuits at Palmyra Farmers' Market
Photo: Palmyra Farmers' Market

Mt Claremont Farmers’ Market | Mt Claremont Primary School, Alfred Road, Mt Claremont

Every Saturday, 7,30am-11.30am

Predominantly a growers’ market, the Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market is one of Perth’s largest gatherings of farmers, food producers and chefs all selling their produce direct to customers. With an average of around 45 stalls each weekend – rain, hail or shine – it’s a one-stop shop for all things organic, free-range and bio-dynamic. Here, you’ll find everything from bread and cheese to beef, chicken, lamb, fruit and veg, fresh flowers, eggs, olive oil and everything in between.

Top tip: Order a fresh bacon and egg roll from the Bacon & Free Range Egg Shop then browse the stalls while it’s made.

Heading East of the CBD

Vic Park Markets | Jon MacMillian Park, Kent Street, East Victoria Park

Every Sunday, 8am-12pm

Heading to the Vic Park Markets? Make sure you skip breakfast! While this market has less fresh produce compared to others around town, its selection of food vendors is exceptional and ranges from exotic Turkish and Vietnamese through to home-baked pastries, bread and crepes. A true community gathering, you can easily while away a morning listening to live music and chatting to passionate locals under the leafy canopy of the park’s stunning Morton Bay fig trees. Visit on the last Sunday of each month and you’ll catch one of the market’s special events, which in the past have included a ‘buy nothing’ swap meet and a doggie day out.

Top tip: Grab a bag of fresh bagels for lunch – they’re the best!

Kalamunda Farmers’ Market | Central Mall (off Haynes Street), Kalamunda

Every Sunday, 8am-12pm

Head for the hills and you’ll find a genuine village vibe at the Kalamunda Farmers’ Market where you can chat with local producers, sample generations-old family recipes, shop for in-season fruit, vegetables, organic meat and free-range eggs, and mingle with like-minded people while grooving to live music. Excellent kids’ entertainment including a petting zoo and bouncy castle make the trip to the hills well worth it for the entire family.

Top tip: Check out the great selection of native WA seedlings, the incredible pastries and Hare Krishna cuisine.

Fresh eggs from Kalamunda Farmers' Market
Photo: Kalamunda Farmers' Market

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