Discover unique artisan goods or try locally grown produce at many of the best markets in Sydney below. Sydney offers an array of quality markets, and nothing beats a stroll through a market on a sunny day. Whether you looking for the best markets in Sydney for fashion, Sydney-made markets for all things, from trinkets, souvenirs, crafts and more there is something for everyone. Markets are open through the week with some open on weekends only.
I have fond memories of Syndey, partly because I had the most horrible jet lag and didn’t follow my own advice when it comes to following in-flight beauty and relaxation routine. I did manage to explore markets, beaches of Bondi, take to the views from Mrs Macquaries Chair as well as work through a long list of things to do in Sydney. Might I had this was very much a solo trip around Sydney Australia, for which I have said tips.
The Best Markets In Sydney
There are plenty of tours in Syndey that you can do, but I found that in terms of markets I had to go it alone. You can also opt for a private customized tour. These can be customised based on interests whether you want to check out the best Sydney farmers markets, best shopping markets in Sydney for vintage, flowers, vegan food, market cafes and coolest stalls to check out. These can be tailored. You would be looking at upwards of $100 Australian dollars.
Sydney market hours vary but there is a market open days somewhere in Sydney. Even if you are in Sydney for a short time, there will be a market to visit in Sydney during the week on weekend.
Carriage Works Farmers Market
If you are a self-proclaimed foodie then this is a must-visit place for you! Located just a 10-minute walk from Redfern Station, the busy farmers market is a popular spot for locals, families and dogs. Although somewhat a mixed market but one of the best organic food markets in Sydney. Open from 8am to 1pm Every Saturday, you can buy quality fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese and milk. There’s also a range of stalls that offer baked good like sweet and sour crepes, pies and burgers. Then go on to quench your thirst with organic cold pressed juices, or wake up with some hot coffee, or even some cold brew coffee. For more on Carriage Works Market check out the Sydney Expert.
If you haven’t had pho for breakfast, Bondi Farmers’ Markets is where you should try it! Bar Pho has been a staple of the weekly produce and snack fare for the past eight years, and the warming basil, beef and star anise-spiked stock makes a solid argument for passing on the usual bacon and egg breakfast. In summer there’s juicy pineapples, bright peaches and greenery aplenty from Kurrawong Organics, and May farm Flowers always have a great selection of native and tropical blooms to brighten up your home.
You’ll also regularly find SOL Cups peddling reusable coffee cups, AB Cheese bringing all the dairy goods, organic nut butters from Chunky Dave and hand carved wood pieces from Byron Bay Chopping Boards. There’s also ‘doggy’ parking, live acoustic music and pop-up yoga classes on the lawn. In inclement weather the markets still go ahead, but often with reduced stalls. They also don’t open until 9am, so if you’re an early bird, pop across to the beach first for a walk or swim first.
Balmain Market stalls wind around the edges of the church building and into the Soldiers Memorial Hall and pop-up there each Saturday. The focus is on homewares and arts and craft, with stalls selling everything from live plants to chunky jewellery and antiques. One of the best Sydney craft markets. Inside you’ll see sketches by local artist Ted Lou, who has captured significant local landmarks in his artwork. You can even commission him to sketch your own home.
Many of the stallholders have been selling their wares at the same markets for a long time – some have been there since the beginning – so there’s very much a feeling that this is a community of people ready to look after each other and their customers. Grab a bite to eat from the small selection of food vendors selling gözleme and spicy Portuguese chicken burgers.
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If you are looking for the best Sydney market for second-hand clothes then head to Glebe. Staying true to the area’s artistic aesthetic, the markets have a big focus on second-hand goods and local artisans. Browse round and you will find plenty of vintage clothing stalls, hand-made jewellery, soaps and pre-owned DVD’s and books amongst many other things. Or you could just follow your nose down Glebe’s bustling main street, Glebe point road, and wind your way past the round the world eating options till you get to Glebe Public school. If you are after Sydney vintage markets, this is one to check out.
Chinatown Night Market
Every Friday from 4pm, the main strip of Chinatown along Dixon Street transforms into a vibrant night market selling Asian street food, desserts and gifts. It attracts a wide mix of visitors, from tourists and homesick international students to the post-work crowd, who you’ll find wisely padding their stomachs with cumin lamb skewers before hitting the next bar. During peak times the narrow walkway can get a bit squishy, but the hustle and bustle is also what makes it fun.
This is among the best cheap markets in Sydney. A number of Chinatown stalwarts run stalls each week, which means you’ll find yum cha favourites like har gow and mango pancakes from East Ocean, or have the joy of pulling apart Mamak’s fluffy roti canai without waiting 40 minutes in line outside their permanent eateries. As tempting as those options might be, ration stomach space for the takoyaki – a Japanese savoury doughnut hole snack filled with seafood – or dragon beard candy and potato chips on a stick.
Marrickville Organic Food Market
Marrickville Organic Markets are located within Addison Road Community Centre, the market is very popular amongst locals, and offers all kinds of production. With emphasis on organic fruit and vegetables. Start off by making your way through the fresh food section, then past the hot food stalls , selling everything from dumplings and bagels to gozleme and gourmet meatballs. Look at the handcrafts section, with wooden goods, second-hand books and jewellery. Be sure to head there before 11 am, as it gets quite busy!
Kirribilli Art, Design & Fashion Markets
One of the best local markets Sydney and its got it all. The second Sunday of every month sees the art, design and fashion iteration of Kirribilli’s historic (est 1976) markets, centred on the weather-proof location of the Burton Street Tunnel right under Milsons Point Train station. (Arrival by train is recommended as parking is expensive and hard to come by). Here you’ll find quirky millinery by Nitascraft, hilarious knitted parrots, octopuses and Barbie outfits by Irene, and cool laser-etched wooden phone cases by Bare-wood.
An antiques corner, features groovy typewriters from the 1960s and several stalls offer funny and handmade greeting cards. Vintage spoons are refashioned as bracelets, and if you’ve ever hankered after a large photographic portrait of a wombat, you can get it here – the place is a goldmine for non-tacky Sydney souvenirs. There is an excellent food court area where you can get a roast pork roll, quesadillas, churros, gözleme, paella, blynis, dim sum, banh mi or gelato and sit down undercover to eat them while watching a talented teenage girl reinventing ‘Sweet Child ‘o Mine’.
Northside Produce Markets
Definitely no place for those looking for Sydney vegan markets. Snaking through the seemingly small park let on the northern CBD’s fringe, this bimonthly produce fair brings stallholders peddling orbs of creamy burrata, blood sausages, double-fist sized heirloom tomatoes, salted caramel meringues, fresh egg pasta, free range eggs and soda bread. A seeming theme here is that many of the stallholders are also chefs, like Luca Ciano, whose jarred pasta sauces and Italian treats, or Martin Teplitzky, who will fry you up a golden croque madame, with Iggy’s bread and ham off the bone.
There you have, your perfect Sydney market guide, with the best markets to visit in Sydney. Have you been to Australia? Been to any of the busy Sydney markets on Sunday or during the week? Which one of the Sydney markets and fairs was your favourite or which one would like check out when you visit Sydney?
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