From the outside the Ettalong Markets are well concealed. But step inside... you may be surprised by what's in there.
I admit it took me a few times to really like the Ettalong Markets. The first time I went I thought the stores, decor and everything clashed between each other. The markets are often qualified as “eclectic”.
I really like them now, especially in winter during a cold and wet winter day… it’s a very heart-warming place to be…
The piazza is worth visiting because of the varied food places and comforting atmosphere, but mostly because of the amazing decor...
Stores line the arcades, which all lead to a room with live entertainment. Your eyes can't help wandering from floor to ceiling all the way through... the decor is truly stunning.
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Floors are made out of stone and polished wood and the walls of brick and stone. The terracotta & mustard coloured background is accentuated with Mediterranean statues and pot plants.
You lift your eyes to high ceilings, skylights, indoor balconies, murals and stunning stained glass windows.
Then you start noticing the food stalls…
Palacinki Cafe is popular and usually packed with people. The crepe menu, Spanish chorizo, Italian sausage and homemade cakes are very enticing.
It’s hard to choose between Palacinki Cafe and Hafa’s Mediterranean. Last time we ate at Hafa’s. Again it’s a hard decision… will it be a kebab, a Mediterranean breakfast, a lentil, chicken and vegetable soup, or Gozleme... We opted for Gozleme. It’s one of our favourite foods and kids love it.
You’ll see many other eateries...
I know this page is about the markets. I got diverted. But to appreciate the markets you have to enjoy the decor and the food there.
At Ettalong Markets you can buy a wide range of things with varying quality … from bric-a-brac and knick knacks to garments to toys to decorative items to second hand books… Some of the shops:
So enjoy the piazza while you're in town. Find out here more things to do at Ettalong Beach.
If you stay for dinner some of the best restaurants are located in the same complex as the Ettalong Markets:
Location: 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
Hours: Open Sat & Sun 9 am - 4 pm (plus Mon public holidays).
Some shops don’t have ATM facilities. Better bring some cash.