Australia, HOLIDAYS, Perth PERTH: FREMANTLE MARKETS 10 February 2014

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I’d originally thought Perth’s Fremantle Markets would be like Sydney’s Paddy Markets, which I’m already familiar with. And, yes, it’s similar concept albeit smaller. We had fun poking around the little shops and hiding out indoors, away from Perth’s hot summer.

Fremantle Markets are, yes, totally catered for tourists.. but it’s still worth a visit to check out the cute knick knacks and fresh produce. There’s also heaps of boutiques outside, down the road, as well as lots of eateries.. so it’s easy to spend at least half a day in the area.

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The highlight of Fremantle Markets was the baby farm animals. The kids were awestruck!! The baby animals were adorable and very tame, with watchful and friendly handlers. It was a great idea to wrap up the animals in a bit of cloth first, so their claws don’t scratch the children, and kids also find it easier to hold onto them.

I thought the animals would struggle and try and jump out of Hunter’s hands, but they were actually very docile! To his credit, Hunter was surprisingly gentle and slow with the animals. I was actually pretty proud he didn’t try to squeeze them or handle them roughly!

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There was face/body painting that I thought was super adorable (drawn by a real life fairy lady!!) but Hunter flatly refused it, since he’s horrified at the thought of paint ‘dirtying’ his body.

Fortunately, Carter was very game and got his favourite shape drawn on his leg – a STAR!

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Just outside Fremantle Markets, we walked down the Esplanade and through some trees and a lovely park. Lots of wide open space for the kids to run around before lunch time!

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We ended up at Cicerello’s, a seafood cafe by the harbour, which my girl friend recommended. It’s not cheap, but oh my the seafood was good!! At almost 100 years old, it’s one of (if not the most) famous fish and chip shop in town.

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Cicerello’s had a GIANT fish tank whack bang in the middle of the cafe, which serves as an excellent kid-attraction. The boys were mesmerized and kept occupied whilst we waited for the food to arrive.

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The food? All FANTASTIC. Super fresh seafood, cooked to perfection. It’s not easy (almost impossible) to get super fresh seafood by the waterfront in Singapore, so I really appreciated our lunch. Stuff like this is what I miss most about Australia!

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7 Comments

  • Jeslyn posted on February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, seen your picture on Instagram about the child label sticker. I was wondering where did you get Carter’s light blue shoe (kinda look like a strap sandals) – the one u had the sticker on from? Am living in uk at the moment but will be travelling back to asia next month and thought my toddler could do with an airy type of shoe. Many thanks in advance.

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    • Beverly! posted on February 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      It’s Tip Toey Joey, an Australian brand. They’re famous for ultra soft soled shoes. And, yes, they’re fab for SG’s weather!

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  • gcroft posted on February 11, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I love Freo – the market, lovely seafood, and a great spot to watch the sun set. Charming little place.

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    • Beverly! posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Aww we didn’t see the sun set cos we were there in the morning/afternoon. Shame! But yeah, i really liked poking around the little shops there – too cute

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  • Shelley Wong posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Seems like you had a fabulous time in Perth:) I have to make time to visit all these places with my kids! They never seen animals before…time to let them out of the cage! Haha your kids are so adorable!

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    • Beverly! posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Ahh Perth is a hit with young families I think, because it’s lovely and outdoorsy. Your kids will be SO fun to watch when they meet animals for the first time!!

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  • Singapore | Brunch With My Baby | Kid-friendly places to eat, play and explore posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:45 am

    […] Fremantle Markets (Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street) – poke around all the little shops and stalls, and check out the produce section for excellent fruit and vegetables. You can wander outside to the Market Street area, which is full of cute little boutiques. (TIP:Walk to the Esplanade by the harbour and eat at Cicerellos, it has a huge fish tank snaking through the middle of the casual cafe!)) […]

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    […] Fremantle Markets (Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street) – poke around all the little shops and stalls, and check out the produce section for excellent fruit and vegetables. You can wander outside to the Market Street area, which is full of cute little boutiques. (TIP:Walk to the Esplanade by the harbour and eat at Cicerellos, it has a huge fish tank snaking through the middle of the casual cafe!) […]

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