The East End precinct was originally a self-contained village existing for the East End fruit and vegetable markets and the people who worked in them from the 1860s. Although the majority of traders were involved in the production and selling of produce, there were almost 294 other occupations carried out in the area, including umbrella making, taxidermy, midwifery and letter carrying.
In all of the other Australian colonies, markets were the responsibility of the City Corporation. In Adelaide however, this was not the case. Both the first market, the East End Market, which began in the 1860s, and the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange, which opened nearby in 1903, were set up privately.
The markets closed in 1988 and today the East End is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the City of Adelaide. The many cafes and restaurants offer a range of culinary experiences for all tastes and the al fresco style is inviting and friendly. The precinct is also well known for its fashion stores ranging from high-end brands to quirky boutiques.
This walk showcases the unique cultural and historical features of Adelaide’s famous East End. It begins on the corner of Rundle Street and Pulteney Street, just opposite the eastern end of Rundle Mall. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and is suitable for all fitness levels. There are many places along the way to rest, shop, admire art, enjoy a coffee or wine, or stop for a meal.