La Cigale French Farmer's Market
Variety, quality, authenticity, flavour and freshness – this market ticks all the boxes.
This market has a little bit of everything from potatoes to ganache and the quality is top notch. It also happens to be conveniently located for city dwellers. As much fun as it is to make a half-day trip out of going to a market, this is one you can head to in the morning and still have most of the day free.
Much of the food is French and Mediterranean inspired but there is a little bit of everything. Come here for fantastic French bread. In the indoor area you’ll find baguettes, pain au campagne, kumara or potato bread and sourdough among other classics. When you arrive, head inside, grab a coffee and an almond croissant, pull up a chair at the communal tables and soak in the atmosphere. If you feel like something savoury try a roll made with traditional ham off the bone or go for my favourite snack of macadamia nut-encrusted fresh fish or scallops from the Cathedral Cove Macadamias stall.
You’ll also find an array of imported French cheeses and Ripieno handmade ravioli here, both a bit pricey but well worth it. The other great thing about this market is the main fruit and vege stall. It stocks a huge array of produce and is always fresh and tasty. Free parking is provided but prepare to wait if you arrive after 10am.
Also, check out our feature on the regular gathering of food trucks each fortnight on a Wednesday.