The largest working fish market in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney Fish Market (SFM) rivals some of Japan’s biggest fish markets. Vendors sell approximately 52 tons of seafood per day, and the market is also home to some of the best fish restaurants and retailers in New South Wales.
Visitors to the Sydney Fish Market can combine a tour with a cooking class at the prestigious Sydney Seafood School or get a glimpse into the inner workings of the market on a behind-the-scenes tour. After seeing what’s for sale, enjoy a meal at one of the many on-site eateries, which range from casual stalls serving fried fish to gourmet restaurants that specialize in lobster.
Chef-led tours of the Hunter Valley—a region renowned for its wine and produce—often begin with a morning tour of SFM. The market is also a regular feature on most Sydney food tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The market’s early-morning fish auction is closed to the public, but visitors can see it on a pre-booked Behind the Scenes tour.
- There is a 24-hour parking facility at the market.
- SFM is accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
To reach the market via public transportation, take a 501 or 443 bus from the city center, or catch the Metro Light Rail from Central Station, Darling Harbour, or Haymarket and get off at the Fish Market stop in Pyrmont. Sydney Fish Market also has a landing pontoon that can be used by those traveling by private boat.
When to Get There
Sydney Fish Market is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, the main part of the market is open from morning through late afternoon. The market’s restaurants and cafés set their own hours.
Sydney Seafood School
The market is home to the Sydney Seafood School, one of Australia’s leading culinary education centers. The school offers a wide range of classes for all levels and abilities, from those who simply want to brush up on their skills to cooks who want to get a bit more creative with their seafood. Classes focus on everything from Singapore-style crab and Spanish seafood tapas to how to prepare lesser-used fish and shellfish.