Sydney has a reputation for breeding and nurturing young artistic designers and this is evident in the success and number of their markets. If you are after the latest fashions, many of Sydney’s biggest designers launched their lines in local markets and you’ll be sure to find the city’s trendiest clothes for fantastic value. The markets are also the best place to go if you are after the freshest fruit, vegetables, fresh produce and flowers. Make sure you check the times and days each market is open as they vary accordingly.
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When it comes to activities in Bondi, you have no choice but to accept the crowds – and the Bondi Markets are no exception. However, the busyness adds to the ambiance of the market, with people rushing to sell designer clothes, new fashion and accessories, arts and crafts, homeware, retro furniture and just about everything else under the sun. People wanting to hire a stall are looking at a starting price of about $65. The markets are open every Sunday on the beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School from 10am to 4pm.
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The Glebe Markets
Use your ears because you are more likely to hear the Glebe Markets faster than you will see them. Live music plays a major drawcard in attracting people to this festive set up, with shoppers browsing the stalls in the Sydney sun to some of the city’s coolest music. The alternative vibe adds to the charm, with cutting edge fashion stalls, accessories, hand made jewellery, books, CDs and records. There’s plenty of gourmet food to be had and why not enjoy it on the lawns in the warm sun. Held at the Glebe Public School on the corner of Derby Place and Glebe Point Road, the markets run every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Renting a stall space will set you back $65 or more. For more information, visit Glebe Markets.
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The Fox Studio Farmers’ Markets in Redfern sell all the fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, produce and gourmet food you can imagine. Farmers come to the market from all over the state and it is a popular spot among locals, with the prices much cheaper than in the supermarket. Produce varies between seasons and the markets are open on Wednesday and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm.
Organic Food Markets
The Orange Grove Markets have hit a high in popularity since organic food became a hot topic in Hollywood. With organic shopping an ‘in’, these markets held every Saturday are very popular with Sydney locals as a way to stock up on the week’s fruit, veg, meat, eggs, cheese, coffee and teas. There are also plenty of organic gourmet foods and breads. The market is held at the Orange Grove Public School at the far end of Leichardt, close to Darling Street in Rozelle,
from 8am to 1pm.
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If you are after fashion, why not look to the place where Collette Dinnigan, Nicole Zimmerman and Lisa Ho launched their careers?! Paddington Markets is the best market in Sydney for checking out new Australian designers and sifting through bargain designer clothing. Used as a playground for many young designers to spread brand awareness, the markets have over 250 stalls packed with clothes, jewellery, hats, furniture, homewares and art. There are plenty of food stalls to pick your energy back up when your arms get tied down with bags. Expect prices to be a little higher here than Sydney’s other markets. Held at 395 Oxford Street Paddington from 10am to 4pm every Saturday. Setting up a stall at this trendy marketplace is a little harder than normal – fill out an application form from Paddington Markets.
One of Sydney’s indoor markets, Paddy’s Market sells mostly factory imported overseas goods, not locally made. There are plenty of stalls selling cheap clothes, jewellery, sunglasses, hair pieces and accessories as well as souvenirs for tourists. The atmosphere is less relaxed than other markets and it can get crowded inside, however, the money you will save yourself on the stall bargains is well worth the hassle. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 5pm at Haymarket (Adjacent to Darling Harbour).
How to get there: Catch a train to Town Hall or Central Station and then it's only a 5 min walk to the Paddy's market or catch the monorail and get off at Haymarket Station, right at the door of Paddy's Market.
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Sydney Fish Markets
If you are looking for the city’s freshest seafood – you’ve come to the right spot. Many of Sydney’s best chefs source their seafood from this market, including prawns, oysters, bugs, a variety of fish and just about everything that swims in the ocean. Sydney Fish Market is the largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety. The earlier you arrive, the fresher and better the deals will be. Open daily on Pyrmont Bridge Road from 7am to 7pm.
Sydney Flower Markets
Open to the general public, these flower markets are also where many of Sydney’s florists come to source their flowers. Buyers will be purchasing directly from the growers and it is significantly cheaper than buying from a florist. Those wanting to get the best deals should arrive before 9:30, however, expect an $8 entrance fee for the early birds. Open from 5am to 11am every Monday to Saturday, the market is held in Flemington (about 20 minutes from the city) off Parramatta.
The Rocks Farmers’ Market
Open from 10am to 4pm every Friday, The Rocks Farmers’ Market is your number one destination to stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables, free range meat, poultry, fresh seafood, gourmet foods, home made condiments, cheeses, breads …. You name it! Located at the Corner of Argyle and George Street, the markets sell the freshest local produce in a fun, relaxed setting. You’ll even find the authentic growers on display with their food miles, reminding you just how fresh the produce is. Road.
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The Rocks Weekend Market
So many of Sydney’s big name designers have used Sydney’s markets as a launch pad for getting their brand out into the public eye, and The Rocks Weekend Market is no exception. Follow the cobblestone laneways and you’ll find homewares like painted ceramics, designer linen, furniture, photography and art. The markets are also great for designer fashion, accessories and beauty products. Open from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sundays, tourists will also enjoy walking through the stalls, with plenty of souvenirs, cheerful banter and food to keep even the moaning dads amused.