Colourful and vibrant markets in Sydney offer a tempting range of goods, from fresh produce and gourmet delights to budding designer creations, vintage wares and that perfect gift. You’ll find markets in the heart of the historic Rocks and in neighbourhoods throughout Greater Sydney.
The Rocks Markets is popular for the delicious Friday Foodie Market and on weekends, when more than 200 stalls offer an enticing assortment of arts, crafts, souvenirs, jewellery, leather goods, homewares and prints. Browse the stalls and explore the cobblestone laneways and galleries.
The bustling Paddy’s Markets, near Chinatown, dates back to colonial times and is open Wednesday to Sunday. Under red lanterns are the tastes of Asia in the Chinatown Night Market, on Friday nights. Take the light rail for the daily Sydney Fish Market, one of the biggest seafood markets in the world.
Neighbourhood markets are delightful, bringing friends, families and tourists together. In inner Sydney some of the popular markets on Saturdays include the Glebe Markets in Glebe, near the University of Sydney, and Balmain Markets in Balmain, a harbour ferry ride from Circular Quay.
For fresh produce and moreish treats, the Cambridge Markets EQ in Moore Park is on Wednesday and Saturday. Other foodie markets on Saturday include the Carriageworks Farmers Markets in Redfern and the Kings Cross Organic Food Market, near the El Alamein Fountain in Potts Point.
Fashionistas should head for Paddington Markets in Paddington, a stroll east along Oxford Street from the edgy boutiques at The Intersection or a short bus ride from the city. The markets helped launch and the fashion careers of luminaries such as Sass & Bide and Zimmerman.
Bondi Beach is home to two markets, the Bondi Farmers Market on Saturday and the Bondi Markets on Sunday, both in the beachfront grounds of the public school. Alternatively, take a ferry from Circular Quay for markets in Manly or Parramatta. You’ll discover more markets to visit below.