Step aside, Tokyo – the Sydney Fish Market is coming for your crown.
A planned redesign will make Sydney’s fish market the largest of its kind in the world – even bigger than Japan’s famous Tsukiji market, which reopened after a facelift of its own earlier this year.
The NSW Government will spend an estimated $250 million on the makeover, which is set to open to the public in 2023. The new and improved market will take over three levels and feature a seafood cooking school, restaurants, bars and waterfront promenades alongside the loading docks and fish auctioning areas.
It will also feature an ‘amphitheatre staircase’ inspired by the steps at the Sydney Opera House.
Currently the Sydney Fish Market attracts around three million visitors per year, a figure developers are expecting to double when the market is reborn.
The market will move down the road from its current location on Pyrmont Bridge Road to be part of a new precinct on Blackwattle Bay. Construction is expected to begin on the new market in 2019.
For now it’s business as usual, which means you can still join the crowds battling it out for prawns when the market stays open for its 36-hour "seafood marathon" in the lead up to Christmas.