A fabulous shopping experience awaits you at these wonderful Sydney markets.
1. Paddington Market
Quintessentially Sydney, the market has been around since 1973. Have a look through Australian-designed goods including fashion, art and crafts, as well as potted plants that fill up the bright and airy space outside Paddington Uniting Church.
When: Every Saturday, 10am-4pm
2. The Rocks Market
Along the cobblestone laneways of The Rocks precinct, the atmosphere buzzes with stalls selling bespoke jewellery, handcrafted hats, wooden watches and sunglasses, homemade gelato in various flavours, and even Biltong, an air-dried beef delicacy.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
3. Bondi Market
If you can make time for only one beach in Sydney, make it Bondi. At the Bondi Market you can find locally produced fashion and jewellery, leather goods, aromatic candles and quirky bric-a-brac. Take a break in between shopping to enjoy fresh coffee and Argentinian empanadas.
When: Every Sunday, 10am-5pm
4. Carriageworks Farmers Market
How would you like to meet celebrity chef Kylie Kwong? There’s high chance to see her in action here, as she is the 2016 Carriageworks Farmers Market ambassador. Sample bread, cheese, chocolate, coffee, and even sambal from artisan food producers or buy organic produce from the local farmers here.
When: Every Saturday, 8am-1pm
5. Glebe Market
Bohemian chic and alternative style rule the ambiance here, where a range of cool t-shirts, second-hand records, books, and vintage clothing can be bargained for. Here’s a tip: arrive earlier in the day to get the best selection of pre-loved items!
When: Every Saturday, 10am-4pm
6. Chinatown Night Market
If the row of stalls showcasing clothes, stuffed toys, smart phone accessories and funky socks doesn’t interest you, then the smell of food will. Grab dinner at the Little Eat Street section which has more than a dozen stalls selling Asian treats such as Indonesian martabak, Vietnamese pho, and Thai mango sticky rice.
When: Every Friday, 4pm-11pm
7. Surry Hills Market
Surry Hills is no stranger to every fashionista in Sydney, and for good reason. Over the last few years it has grown to become the go-to place for Australian-designed clothes and second-hand designer threads. The market is run by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
When: Every first Saturday of the month, 7am-4pm
8. Sydney Fish Market
Fans of seafood might want to visit this fishing port with a fresh seafood and vegetables market, restaurants, and even a cooking school! Take your pick from a variety of fresh seafood and have it cooked to your liking, or go for fresh oysters or assorted sashimi here.
When: Daily, 8am-4pm
9. Rozelle Markets
Having been around for more than 20 years, Rozelle Markets is known for its delightful array of pre-loved collectables, antique homeware, and vintage clothing. And when you’re done shopping, continue your day with a massage, a palm reading, or just grab coffee and sandwich and enjoy a picnic by the trees.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm
10. Paddy’s Market
A trip Down Under is incomplete without a visit to this Sydney institution. There is a section for fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables, but you’re really here for the kangaroo-themed t-shirts, boomerangs, knock-off Ugg boots, and assorted knick-knacks for souvenirs, as there are more varieties with cheaper prices here compared to elsewhere within the city.
When: Every Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm
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