Rusty’s Markets, Cairns City

CAIRNS | Rusty’s Markets is one of my favourite places to visit in Cairns. The market was founded in 1975 with six stalls, and has since grown to 180 stalls featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers, delis, and cooked food vendors offering delights from a wide assortment of global cuisines. There’s also local jewellers and craftspeople selling a variety of goods.

I was so impressed by the range and quality of fresh produce at Rusty’s Markets. It reminded me of walking though markets in Vietnam and Colombia. Lychees, mangosteens, jackfruit, varieties of mango, dragonfruit, and bananas that I’d never seen before. I tried foods from around the world, including Samoan food for the first time.

I was the proverbial kid in a candy store, as I tried all of the things and was reminded of what I’ve been missing so much being unable to travel overseas these past two and a half years… all without leaving Australia. If I lived in Cairns, I’d be shopping at Rusty’s Markets for all of my fresh produce all of the time.

Rusty’s Markets

57-89 Grafton Street
Cairns City
Queensland 4870

Telephone: (07) 4040 2705
E-mail: [email protected]

Fri – Sat: 5:00am to 6:00pm
Sun: 5:00am to 3:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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