Oct 15, 2015
Beyond Sydney’s designer boutiques and vast shopping malls you’ll find a bounty of local markets, selling everything from organic produce to fresh flowers and vintage wares. Here are 10 Sydney markets you can’t miss.
Carriageworks Farmers Market
This award-winning market is home to more than 70 stalls that pride themselves on homemade, homegrown, local produce. Fill your basket with a colourful selection of fruit and vegetables, before tucking into a delicious breakfast. Make a beeline for Kylie Kwong’s dumplings – yum!
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Bondi Farmers Markets
Bondi’s Saturday-morning stalls are bustling with hungry patrons. Whether you’re stocking up on weekly produce – including artisan cheeses, pastries and fresh flowers – or rolling out a picnic mat for Vietnamese phở, these markets have become one of Bondi’s most popular weekend attractions.
Bondi Beach Public School, Bondi, Campbell Parade. Saturdays, 9am-1pm
If you’re looking for a cultural weekend excursion, head north to Kirribilli Art & Design Market. You’ll be rewarded with a diverse range of fashion, art, international food and live music and, if you stroll down to nearby Lavender Bay, some of the best views in Sydney.
Alfred Street, Milson’s Point. Second Sunday of the month
Kings Cross Market
Located around the famous El-Alamein Fountain in Kings Cross, this market is a treasure-trove of fresh food and quirky crafts. Pick up imported cheeses from La Planchette or homemade jams from Lexington Foods. Hungry? Order a New York-style bagel at The Bagel Shop.
Fitzroy Gardens, Potts Point. Sundays, 8am-2pm
Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Markets
Head here for a smorgasbord of sustainable, seasonal produce. This family-friendly market offers a host of tasty breakfast options and freshly ground coffee, with plenty of activities for kids. Don’t leave without sampling the raw vegan cakes.
142 Addison Road, Marrickville. Sundays, 7.30am-3pm
A stalwart on Sydney’s shopping scene, Paddington Markets have been running since 1973 and have garnered a reputation for gorgeous handmade leather, ceramics and jewellery. Meander through its aisles and you may just discover Australia’s brightest young talent – in fact, Nicole Zimmermann launched her career here.
395 Oxford Street, Paddington. Saturdays, 10am-4pm
Surry Hills Markets
This market has no determined specialty, but the trendy location makes for some decent handmade or second-hand finds – just be sure to get in early! The markets run on the first Saturday of each month and serve as a fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills. Saturdays, 7am-4pm
Glebe Markets’ eclectic array of stalls has made it the go-to for recycled fashion, homewares and accessories. Once you’ve picked up a bargain (or two), head to the food stalls for gözleme and nab a spot on the grass – there’s usually live music here, too.
Glebe Public School, Glebe. Saturdays, 10am-4pm
The Beaches Market
Set in beautiful Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this weekly market offers a delicious spread of quality produce, including fruit, vegies, meat (direct from farmers), dairy and sweet treats. Stay for coffee and a fresh bagel. The kids will be kept entertained with face painting, jumping castles and petting zoos.
Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood. Fridays, 8am-11pm
The Finders Keepers
The Finders Keepers Market is a lively bi-annual design festival that celebrates more than 200 independent Australian artists and designers. Just in time for Christmas, the Spring/Summer 2015 market will take place from December 11-13, at the Australian Technology Park. Pick up a gem or two!
Australian Technology Park Exhibition Hall, Locomotive Street, Eveleigh. Friday December 11, 6pm-10pm; Saturday December 12, 10am-6pm; Sunday December 13, 10am-4pm