I was surprised how much Sydney comes alive with markets at weekends. If you’re prepared to rummage finds can vary from vintage second hand clothing bargains to unique handcrafted goods and even a set of crocodile jaws. Here are my favourite Sydney weekend markets.
For character, a bit of history and the marvel of having a market tucked under the Sydney Harbour Bridge head to the market at the Rocks on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The market swells around the northern end of George Street and has a strong focus on arts, crafts and collectibles but also features random things like Turkish ceramics and crocodile jaws. There are several food stalls selling all sorts from chocolate-dipped strawberry kebabs (my breakfast on the day I visited!) to mulled wine.
|The Rocks Market, Sydney, Australia|
With over 1,000 stalls indoors Paddy’s Market seems enormous and sells just about everything. The market has been operating over 150 years and spans two sections in Haymarket and Flemington. One section offers fruit, vegetables and fish while other areas sell clothing, giftware, CDs and souvenirs. The market operates all day Wednesday to Sunday.
|Clothes for sale at a Sydney market, Australia|
On Sundays Bondi Public School is transformed from school grounds to community market. The stalls largely sell clothing and feature hip fashions (including for dogs), childrens’ clothing and accessories. The market is only a stone’s throw from infamous Bondi Beach too so when the shopping is done you can flop on the beach.
|Clothes stall at Bondi Market, Sydney, Australia|
Eveleigh Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market
A weekly farmers’ market operates on Saturday mornings and offers a huge variety of things including seasonal and homemade produce. A monthly artisans’ market attracts around 75 local artists on the first Sunday of each month and provides a platform for up and coming artists and designers to promote their creations. The markets are held on Wilson Street in Darlington.
|Glass crafter at a Sydney market, Australia|
On Saturdays Glebe Market draws an eclectic crowd to Glebe Public School grounds on Glebe Point Road. Stalls offer interesting homewares, crafts, second hand clothing, unique vintage items, antiques, crafts, books and even massages. Gourmet foods can also be tried while enjoying live music on the lawns.
|Wooden homewares at a Sydney market, Australia|
Another market featuring Sydney Harbour Bridge as an impressive backdrop, Kirribilli offers great fashion finds, both new and vintage, toys, typewriters, magazines, stamps, handmade chocolates, Chinese singing bowls and antiques. The market operates at Bradfield Park, on the corner of Alfred Street and Burton Street at Milsons Point, on the fourth Saturday of the month except December when it is first and third Saturday.
|Singing bowls on sale at a Sydney market, Australia|
Do you have a favourite Sydney market that is not mentioned here? Please share your favourites in the comments below.