While many holiday revellers spend Christmas tucking in to a bird with all the trimmings, Sydney locals eat from a cold menu of seafood and prawns before heading to the beach on Christmas Day. The holiday falls during the Australian summer, where red sweaters and snow are swapped for red board shorts and Santas with sunburns.
It’s for this
reason that the Sydney
Fish Market, located in the
harbour suburb of Pyrmont, has been operating its extended Christmas trading
hours since 1995. The market stays open for the 36 hours leading up to
Christmas Eve — from 5 am on 23 December to 5 pm on 24 December — to help the 100,000
expected shoppers festively feed their friends and family. More than 600 tonnes
of seafood are purchased during the marathon, with an average of 50kg of prawns
and 500 oysters bought each minute.
just fish, the market also has a bottle shop, bakery, fruit and vegetable
market, deli and gift shop. Gift certificates to the Sydney
Seafood School are
available for last-minute presents as well.
shoppers not planning a holiday meal will find a trip to the 36-hour marathon
market worthwhile. Onsite cafes and seafood bars are open all hours for a
late-night snack between purchases — stop for a bite at the Deep Seafood Cafe
and Oyster Bar, located between Poulos Bros Seafood and All Seas Wholesale, before
having dessert at Scoop Ice-Cream and Coffee.
Fish Market closes on Christmas Day but is open every other day of the year
from 7 am to around 4 pm, depending on the vendor. Special Behind
the Scenes Tours run on
Monday, Thursday and Friday by reservation only.
Brooke Schoenman is the Sydney Localite for