From its humble beginnings, Adelaide’s East End has become a must visit destination for national and international tourists alike. From the early days of the markets, it has now transformed itself into Adelaide’s main fashion and Cafe district.
The East End precinct was originally a self contained village existing for the East End fruit and vegetable markets and the people who worked in them from the 1860’s. Although the majority of traders were involved in the production and selling of produce, there were almost 294 other occupations carried out in the area including umbrella making, taxidermy, midwifery and letter carrying. In all other colonies, markets were the responsibility
of the City Corporation. In Adelaide however, this was not the case. Both the first market, the East End Market, which began in the 1860’s, and the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange opened nearby in 1903, were set up privately. The markets closed in 1988 and today the East End is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the
City of Adelaide. The many cafes and restaurants offer a range of culinary experiences for all tastes and the al fresco style is inviting and friendly. The precinct is also well known for its fashion stores ranging from high end brands to quirky boutiques.
Even today, the original architecture still stands blending in to the post modernist environment that now exists.
Architecture reminiscent of old colonial times.
Seed, grains & Blacksmith’s were big business here.
The East End from 1902. Even then a bustling hub of trade and enterprise.
If you would like to find out more about our History rich East End, why not take a self guided tour? An informative tour is now available through Adelaide City Explorer and covers 21 sites.