The opening of the Fresh Food Markets at Macquarie Centre from July 17-20, 2014 was the most jam packed experience I’ve ever had in my life in a shopping centre (excludes Boxing Day sales).
“The first stage of the development—the Fresh Food Market—opened on 17 July, ahead of schedule and on budget. It includes 37 food and specialty stores including Coles, ALDI and a refurbished Woolworths”.
When you walk from Event Cinemas, past the cute gozleme ladies, down the escalators, past the Chinese takeout eateries, towards Woolies, you’ll notice one big change. Bam. There are a million people packed in the same area, checking out the new shops and food markets- just like yourself.
Since December last year and up until over a month ago, I used to work at Macquarie Centre. It was dead silent and there were the rare days we hit our targets but this, THIS was insane. You would’ve needed to triple your work staff. Kudos to the Macquarie marketing team for putting this on and all the new stores.
As you walk inside, you’ll see a Chinese butchery, Tokyo Ramen and a few other stores on your right.
On the left there’s a modern take of the popular Asian grocery, Miracle, and ‘$2.80 for everything’ at Daiso. It’s spacious, it’s gorgeous and Macquarie is definitely heading in the right space.
There’s a queue to go up the escalators! But look upwards! The long screen advertising genius is on top of you!
To the left is Aldi and to the right is Toys for Tales. They even had some life size characters and balloons floating around for the kids.
Next to Aldi is Pancetta Markets. Did anyone else notice the guy who was holding a massive pancetta sign when you were driving to the centre? Must be a boring job but the dude was flipping that sign inside out! The produce there was a bit pricey but they did have some nice specials. The vintage, yet brand new look certainly helped with the sales and it’s actually pretty big!
The Moroccan lamb and I think cranberry sausage was my favourite at the butchery heading straight forward, but how about the dry meat that was hanging up on display? Would vegetarians be comfortable?
There was a little aisle with Habitana, National Geo and stuff so that was quite nice.
On the other side there’s Bakers Delight, a very very fancy version of a cafe which I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed as Michel’s Patisserie..and even a sushi train, Soul Origin and Nuts Galore and a few other stores bundled in the middle.
There was also a greenery set up with food demonstrations at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. My brother and I went to the salmon one supplied by Costi’s and Healthy Life and those chunks were literally a snatch away.
Heading towards Coles, Uel and Shannelle from last year’s My Kitchen Rules had cooking demonstrations. There was constantly a crowd around them and you had to be fast to grab their steak salad San Choy bow!
Luckily I snagged one haha! I looooved the dressing and I hope they’re online somewhere!
Coles also had tons of FREE SUSHI SAMPLESSSS! The Coles ladies were so passionate about giving free food!! I took advantage if this moment and got 3 pieces. I loved the crunchy onions and the mayo was spectacular!
There was also pizza and all their salads on trial for us.
I would that there are some nice cafés around. Greenery seems to be trending this hipster season and this one breathed it. They also had a deli and cakes which was lovely!
I also loved the charity aspect oh giving a gold coin donation and receiving a little fortune cookie in return from OzHarvest.
My brother and I spend so much time checking every aisle of every shop. For lunch we had the miso soup noodle at Tokyo Ramen for $8 and ordered extra ramen on the side for $3. It was sooooo busy and average.
We also tried out the Snag Stand where there were was quite a line!
If you’re coming here soon, don’t forget to check this place out because it’s going to be one of the biggest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere! Rumour has it that H&M will start up here, too!
I now leave you with the funky watermelon carvings from Woolworths.
Rating Review: =D =) =| =(
Product (Fresh Food Market opening at Macquarie Centre): =D
Would I recommend going to the Fresh Food Market at Macquarie Centre? Can you believe how much competition there is amongst the shops? You have Woolworth, Coles and Aldi on the same level! That’s insane. That’s absolutely insane. Great place to grab your bargains and everything is new and top notch – yessssss!
Highlight: this might not be a highlight for everyone, but the crowd. It was so quiet when I worked the the Centre and now it’s full of people! It kinda sucks for North Ryde Shopping Centre but food here is good. I can’t wait until they release the fashion section in October! I also loved how much staff they had on the floor and helping everyone out. I must say that their marketing team needs a special thumbs up because the amount of people who came over the weekend was enormous!
Suggestion of improvement: there needs to be more signs..for the toilets, shops, rubbish bins..I’m actually now not too sure where the toilets are. I went back to the food court ones near the ice rink. Ohwell.