Until the recent development of growers markets, The Sydney Fish Markets was one of the few places in Sydney that you could go for that real market experience. They relocated to Blackwattle Bay, Pyrmont, from the Haymarket in 1966. It’s where Sydney people go to get seafood for their very Australian Christmas dinner when the markets are open for extended hours. The markets are also the largest working fish markets in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world for variety.
It is a really chaotic experience which is partly why you go there – ramshackle, bustling and a very Sydney kind of place – part industrial, part food hall, pelicans and sea gulls, restaurants , outdoor seating, wharves and fishing boats, car parking, auction houses and of course the seafood suppliers and The Sydney Seafood School with its’ line up of Australian guest chefs.
Locals have their favourite suppliers for whatever reasons. Seeing the breadth of seafood is staggering. Now former food critic and chef, Matthew Evans, has been campaigning to have seafood labelling in the same way that fruit and vegetables require it, in his documentary, What’s the Catch.