Sydney Fish Market
Sydney Fish Market
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Sydney Fish Market (SFM) is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 14,500 tonnes of seafood annually - with up to a hundred species traded every day.SFM employs approximately fifty-seven staff to organise the weekday wholesale auction, promote Sydney Fish Market as the centre of seafood excellence and operate the Sydney Seafood School. Since opening in 1989, Sydney Seafood School has played an important part in persuading Sydney residents to eat more fish. The School is considered to be one of Australia’s leading cooking schools. Over 13,000 people come to classes each year. Visit the SSS pages for more information or to book a class.Onsite, SFM hosts six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and veg market, bakery, sushi bar, restaurants, gift shop and deli.If you would like to organise a 'Behind The Scenes' tour of our wholesale auction, please call or email us during business hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).
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  • ECKLKualaLumpur
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,408 contributions
    Less is More Part 485 - Principal Popular Piscean Paradise
    This is a good twenty minute walk from Darling Harbour. Surprisingly small, one would have imagined rows and rows of seafood stalls overflowing with fresh catch à la Tsukiji Tokyo. There are in fact only six seafood retailers alongside a handful of cafes, fruit market, deli and bakery. But that does not mean there’s a lack of variety. Actually any visitor is spoilt for choice. The trick is to arrive very early before the crowds and have your pick of the freshest and freshly prepared. We purchased mostly from Nicholas Seafood Traders because they seem to be the brightest and cleanest. The prices appear to be 20-25% lower than the restaurants. No complaints whatsoever about the fresh Coffin Bay oysters, lobster and scallop Mornay, breaded oysters and fried calamari. Sauces are considered side orders. A new and much larger modern fish market complex is under construction just next to the current one. Due to be completed in 2024, that would quadruple the capacity. Now that would be a sight to behold for any seafood aficionado.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2022
  • Vince G
    Bewdley, United Kingdom664 contributions
    Must See Fish Market
    Actually been twice so far, the first time I had fish and chips just to get a feel for the place. The fish counters are visually stunning with fish and shellfish imaginable, including live crab, lobster and yabbies. On the second visit I visited with my son, we both ordered the 1/2 Lobster Mornay with salad and chips all for just over $32 each. This place is really worth a visit, it's a pity that closing times are 4pm a later at weekends.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 December 2022
  • Nalini N
    Greater Sydney, Australia556 contributions
    Sydney Fish Market at Pyrmont – a delight for locals and visitors!
    Not usually advertised as a tourist destination (but should be), I took a friend who was holidaying from overseas and she was enthralled with the atmosphere and food. The already prepared array of shellfish, crustaceans, fish etc are a sight to behold – some of them can get a little dry though so a good option is to select from the menu for. You cannot get seafood much fresher than this! Fresh fruit outlet and a burger place are also available in the area. There is also a seafood school offering innovative cooking experiences, I thoroughly enjoyed a class there many years ago and loved the salt and pepper mud crab. A behind the scenes tour could be interesting to do!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia3,160 contributions
    Every type of seafood.
    It’s been a few years since I have been to the Sydney Fish Market. It’s still an impressive place to see. There are a number of businesses to visit and the variety of produce is staggering. Not only is there seafood to purchase and take away, but a number of these establishments have a restaurant as part of the business. I went early in the morning on a weekday and it wasn’t overly busy, however, I could see this getting rather full later on in the day. If the weather is nice there is a fair bit of seating outside, that now overlooks a considerable construction project.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • Marion C
    Sydney, Australia11 contributions
    Smells and tastes freshly caught
    The fish market is in two sections. The smaller section looks as if it is for buying fish in quantities for homes and businesses. It is interesting to walk around and view the different types of fish caught in Australian waters. The other section is considerably larger and busier. There are many stalls displaying fish and seafood which is precooked or can be cooked from fresh for you after purchase. We purchased from various stalls then sat at communal bench tables to eat. One business has secured a section with tables and chairs but the prices are a little higher than the other stalls and this area was not well patronised when we were at the market. There are tours of the market available and also a cooking school on the premises. This is a good lunch spot to eat fresh fish at reasonable prices with the aroma of the sea all around you.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 February 2023
  • mrpres461
    Brisbane, Australia100 contributions
    Worthy experience
    I have been to the fish market three times, and found the experience can vary greatly depending on which of the particular vendors are patronised and even which items are ordered. There are lots of choices, and several specialist stores which supplement the seafood with drinks, fruit, dessert, bread etc. It’s worth checking out all the major retailers and doing a walk around all the cases before deciding what to try. The prices seemed comparable between them. My second visit I was on a budget and found the ‘fish and chips’ to be mostly batter and not very nice. On the third visit we cane prepared to spend a bit more. The highlight was the soft shell crab, ‘sushi doughnut’ with salon abs avocado very nice, oysters standard, half lobster mornay was satisfactory, aburi scallops and lobster roll fresh and hot if you like the Japanese style sauce. I find it a bit miserly after ordering $100 worth of seafood and they still charge you an extra buck for the tartare sauce… MEDIOCRE!! Toilets were serviceable. Outdoor and indoor seating. The seagulls and white ibis were around but not as aggressive as I remembered. Short walk from light rail station of the same name. I will go back- just prepare your wallet!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2023
  • Greyo
    Baku, Azerbaijan252 contributions
    My No 1 thing to do in Sydney!
    I loved this plaice! In fact when people asked me what the best thing about Sydney was, I always said the fish market that’s how good I found it. The fish was excellent, all fresh and a huge selection with abalone, crabs, prawns etc. held in big tanks. The various kitchens all cooking exactly what you wanted whether on the grill or in butter just meant that you were hungry as soon as you walked in. Ok, price wise it wasn’t the cheapest but places like this are a treasure and should be visited and enjoyed.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Jerry G
    Capel Saint Mary, United Kingdom563 contributions
    A great place to visit as long as you like fish and seafood !
    Such a massive choice of fish and seafood. The place has a real buzz and the food is extremely fresh . Fantastic Oysters , sashimi etc etc. Buy exactly what you want plus superb selection of wines. A def place to visit when in Sydney.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
  • ppppyyy
    Hong Kong, China34 contributions
    Worth for a try
    We went there for lunch on Saturday. There were so many people. We still managed to walk around and ordered foods. We had Sydney rock and pacific oysters, lobster, scallops and so. It tastes good but don’t expect comfy eating. However, eating there has its own moment and it’s not very cheap.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • stevebintley
    Bedford, United Kingdom6,980 contributions
    Fun morning out
    Great place for a morning out, whether you’re actually wanting to buy any seafood or not! There’s more than just fish here, with the butchers and everything else from cheese, fruit and veg, all in lively environments and perfect for admiring. There’s a huge variety of items from the weird and wonderful to regular and the helpful staff are always on hand if you need them. A great outing in the city centre!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 April 2023
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Pajamas
45 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Small market with multiple seafood(raw and cooked). Few bakeries and cafes. Prices are okay and it was not very crowded on a Monday 9am.
Written 13 November 2023
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Relax597254
922 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
The entrance is unassuming (can be better maintained and more conspicuous). A building sells raw fish (for takeaway), another building sells cooked seafood. There were many people across the seafood stalls. Ample seating tables outdoor. Prices are not cheap. Ordered garlic butter lobster tail (around AUD21) and two sushi pieces (AUD3.80 each).
Written 11 November 2023
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SebastionSt
Las Vegas, NV187 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
There were an impressive number of restaurants. Most with the same menu offerings. There was a large variety of seafood but little imagination in how to prepare them. It was nice to walk through and see the variety.
Written 31 October 2023
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WeAdoreTravl
79 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Give me all of the seafood 🥰

Visited around 8 am and got the opportunity to watch the vendors setup for the day. This is the 3rd largest fish market in the world and everything looked fresh. There are a few restaurants in the market offering cooked seafood or if you want it fresh I.e. a dozen oysters already shucked or some sashimi you can go to one of the fresh counters.

The marker is only open until 4 pm but if you enjoy ultra fresh local seafood, you must visit
Written 29 October 2023
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Mal B
Artarmon, Australia1,067 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Although very dated the Sydney Fish Markets plenty of options to buy fresh seafood as competitive prices. There are numerous take away stalls within including a fresh vegetable market. Parking can be a problem but overall, a very good experience..
Written 29 October 2023
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kimmysue42
Minneapolis, MN1,564 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
If you like fish or seafood, this is a great place to get the freshest lunch in the area. So many options! You can have them prepare your fish right in front of you, get raw fish, fried fish, sushi, fish- to-go, etc. they have plenty of picnic tables to eat at on the back side of the market. Beware of the birds!! They will swoop in and steal your lunch if your aren’t careful! That is the only downside. If that isn’t your idea of fun they do have some indoor seating and even a restaurant that will serve you. Fun family activity when in Sydney.
Written 18 October 2023
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Mike Grehan
Cheltenham, UK26 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
Really great seafood selections - fresh prawns, shell fish, oysters, octopus plus plenty of calamari and chips. To top it all off - spanner crab.

I would have swapped the crab for lobster in hind site and had 2 platers not 3. Way too much food.

Great day and great atmosphere.
Written 30 September 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,628 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
We came here on our very first day in Sydney but arrived too late at 5 pm to witness most stalls had closed.

This morning, we went for a ferry tour to Cockatoo Island and on return, took the train from Circular Quay to Central and boarded the Light Rail tram to the Fish Market. We came here specifically for our seafood lunch.

The Fish Market is just a 1 to 2 mins walk from the Fish Market train station. We were shocked by the huge crowd here and most seats were occupied. I found the market clean, well maintained, lustrously bright and orderly. The last time I visited a fish market was the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. The fish market here seem more quieter and less rowdy and clean. The market seems more touristy with Chinese tourists.

I was stunned and mesmerised by the wide varieties of seafood choices. Salmon, abalones, crabs, lobsters, scallops, tuna fillets, King Crabs legs, fish roe, squids, cuttle fish, prawns, that it took me sometime to decide what to order.

Finally, we decided to order a lobster platter for two from the Fish Market Cafe. One set cost A$92. We managed to find our seats and enjoyed our platter.

The oyster with cheese was the best that I had tasted. Soft, fresh and creamy, it just melted in my mouth with a cheesey flavour. The lobster meat was a bit hard and not easily cut with the wooden knife though it was plalatable with a layer of cheese. The size of the lobster was also not very big but the meat was very fresh. The prawns were also very freshly baked.

We were happy with our gastronomic indulgence though we found the french fries too much for our stomach. The platter appeared to me over pricey.

Nevertheless, it was amazing and an eye opener to witness the wide range of abundant seafood caught in Australian waters. Really remarkable. It is indeed the second largest fish market in the world just behind that in Japan.

The Fish Market has been voted as Australia's Traveller's Choice Winner in 2023.
Written 26 September 2023
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Travelove58
11,272 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
Lots & lots of amazing huge range of fresh seafood on sale. An eye watering experience, seeing many types of seafood ( sea creatures) which one don't usually see anywhere else. The main building is quite small & houses mostly restaurants & few shops. Outside are more standalone shops. As expected, hordes of tourist here, enjoying the great cooked seafood at restaurants, after browsing the raw ones in shops. Definitely worth a visit to this famous place.
Written 29 August 2023
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Peter A. Knipp
Singapore, Singapore106 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
The Sydney Fishmarket Adventure!

When fresher than fresh is on the table, the Sydney Fishmarket it is! There is indeed Heaven on planet Earth!

Invited by @johnsusman and accompanied by @melnathan this was a Monday we’ll spend! Thank you John for this most enjoyable Brunch date! Wouldn’t want to have missed it for anything, and enjoying together with Mel, just magic!

As everyone knows, markets are our thing, and if it’s next to the sea where you are guaranteed the freshest of seafood it is simply sensational!

It’s not our first visit, we came here 4/5 years ago, but today was special as John is an expert for many a years, and also co-author of a stunning and educational book on Australian Seafood!

What seemed amazing though that the market hall appears to be run by mainly the Asian ethnicity, loads of Chinese & Taiwanese, but also a healthy mix of other ethnic groups!

The clientele on first look appears to be also around (my guess) about 75-80% Asian. One would had never thought to be in Australia, on the other hand it shows a strong integration of that ethnic group, which was evident when I spoke to some young chinese folks they would exclaim quite proudly to be Aussies, whereby some of the older folks would refer to their country of origin!

On the product side. The vast array of seafood was just mind boggling, heaven for any Seafood oriented folks,

Can only highly recommend!

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Written 21 August 2023
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