Ah, Marion. Adelaide's South-Western suburbs' answer to Rundle Mall. A true hero when one doesn't want to try and find overpriced city parking, and would much rather prefer something a little more laid-back. Marion has long been dismissed against its 'more glamorous' competitors Rundle Mall, The Parade, and Burnside Village, but this is all set to change with their new redevelopment strategy.
This week, it's all coming into fruition with the grand opening of their new food precinct, manifesting as an indoor market square.
The 'Fresh Food Market' will feature around 30 speciality relators, including an Aldi (nobody is more thankful of this inclusion than my Dad and I - we're too lazy to make the trek to Hallett Cove.) City favourites including Spanish tapas cafe Panacea (on Halifax St) and Malaysian/Indonesian street food restaurant Warong (of Rundle Place) will open in the precinct, alongside French patisserie La Madeline, and Japanese outlet HOKOPO.
For those who loved the original sellers - have no fear, shops such as The Cheesemonger and Manuel's Seafood will be reopening.
The team at gathered. Markets will be curating a new vendor week by week. Strong advocates of Australian made and owned, the team is enthusiastic about supporting local businesses, whose creations will be exposed to a wide new audience. Similarly the centre will host events such as cooking classes and pop-up shops to celebrate Adelaide's fresh, top-quality produce.
With such a diverse and exciting range of foods in the comfort of your local community, who wouldn't want to take a trip to these markets?
For more information on the development: Westfield Marion.
Photos via Scentre Group and Westfield Marion.