By Jess from Dressed in Copper
Love a relaxed market, live music, street food and shopping local?
Well you’ll find that there’s a market in the south of Adelaide that caters for all that and more every Friday night.
Fridays After Five is a market hidden away between the Homegrain Bakery and Maxwells Grocery at Aldinga, just off Old Coach Road. It’s home to locals, young and old, salty haired + sandy toed beach goers and those who want to wind down and have a laugh with mates.
This year the market has received a bit of facelift and has expanded so more of us can get lost down the rabbit hole. The vibe is still the same- super chilled out with a strong sense of community.
As soon as you walk into the markets you’re greeted with plenty of seating- lots of timber and benches that are made to look like colourful beach huts. There’s macramé hanging from the white washed walls, greenery strung from above and festoon lighting as far as the eye can see.
The carpark has transformed into a whimsical little haven, lit by more festoon and the cotton candy skies from Port Willunga sunsets. The carpark-turned-marketplace offers plenty to explore! Stalls filled with beautiful wares from local artisans, an area to listen to acoustic tunes and plenty of eclectic furniture, Persian rugs and bohemian throws to relax on.
For the kids there’s plenty of room to run around on and even a bouncy castle- this market is very family friendly.
While you’re here you’ll also be treated to the acoustic sounds from some very talented musicians- on this visit we were treated to the sounds of Luke Marshall- hello incredible voice.
When you visit the market make sure you bring your appetite with you, because you’ll be spoilt for choice. My favourite food van Mullygrub Truck is parked front and centre, as well as the delicious Chimichurri, Shredded Wrap and Roll and Little Pear Oyster Caravan just to name a few. Rosey’s and The Shack are also open just across the way- so you won’t go hungry.
If you’re thirsty then you can expect wine (duh!), as well as a selection of Vale Ale beers. If you don’t feel like have a sneaky one then try some tea from Wildfire Organic Tea and Fine and Dandy Teahouse (the matcha homemade lemonade from Wildfire is to-die-for), as well as coffees from Homegrain Bakery and Maxwells Grocery.
Homegrain and Maxwells are also open as a part of the market, so if you have a hankering for their famous burgers and sausage rolls you know where to go.
The biggest, and most beautiful edition to the market this Summer is the Down The Rabbit Hole bar. The DTRH crew have turned a shipping container into a light, airy drinking den- which feels like you’re in a bohemian oasis. Everything has been thought of down to the tiniest of details- fresh flowers, detailed leather ottomans, timber sliding barn doors and even photographs of their combi on the walls. Once you walk in you’ll find it very difficult to leave.
We are so glad that the market is back- there really is nothing better on a Friday night than a spot of shopping with a glass of rose in hand, a local feed and acoustic tunes.
You can find Fridays After Five every Friday night from 5-9pm, between Maxwells Grocery and Homegrain Bakery, Old Coach Road, Aldinga.