Sydney is the largest city in Australia, and although it is packed full of tourist attractions
, boutique hotels
, high-end fashion precincts and fancy restaurants
, it also has its fair share of markets that are more relaxed, stripped back and artisan. Read our guide to the best food and flea markets in Sydney
The Rock's Market
The Rock’s Market
In the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and right near the harbour that overlooks the renowned Sydney Opera House is The Rocks Market, a relaxed and cool market along George Street in the Rocks area of Sydney. Open every weekend, just outside the CBD, this market has over a hundred stalls selling a range of hand-made goods from fashion to jewellery, as well as art, sweets and artisan chocolate. As well as the market, this area has a lot of cafés, restaurants and bars where you can kick back and relax after checking out all the cool market stalls.
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
The Rocks Market, George St, The Rocks NSW, Australia, +61 2 9240 8717
The Paddington Markets
The Paddington Markets have been open every Saturday, come rain or shine, since 1973. Over 150 unique stores offer a range of different fashion styles, artisan soaps and candles, jewellery and art by artists and designers from Sydney and the surrounding regions. This market is passionate about supporting local businesses, designers and artists and providing good quality and sustainable products. This is the perfect place to go to find authentic locally designed and produced creations.
Opening hours: Sat 10am-4pm
Paddington Markets, 395 Oxford St, Paddington NSW, Australia, +61 2 9331 2923
Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets
Just south of Sydney’s CBD is where you’ll be able to find all of the organic and local produce from the area as well as consumer goods, kitchenware and clothing at Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets. This is where the best farmers and producers sell their fruit and vegetables, the best butchers provide their produce, and the best fish mongers offer their best seafood from the east coast of the country. You can also find a lot of men’s and women’s fashion, electronics and toys.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets. Market City, Hay St & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 1300 361 589
Every Saturday morning until just after lunch the Eveleigh Market is open in the inner-southern suburb of Eveleigh, an area that is known for its bohemian lifestyle and culture. This market is home to over 70 different stalls serving the best produce from around the state of New South Wales, including organic and bio dynamic foods from artisan farmers. This award winning market is located at Carriageworks, a contemporary multi-arts centre just south of Sydney.
Opening hours: Sat 8am-1pm
Eveleigh Market, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW, Australia, +61 2 8571 9099
The Balmain Market is another market across the bay to the west of Sydney’s CBD, which is based in the St Andrew’s Congretional Church in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney. This market is open every Saturday, from the morning through to the mid-afternoon, and is where you can find only authentic goods. The Balmain Market has rules against counterfeit goods, meaning that you can be sure that you’ll only find hand-crafted and original artisan products.
Opening hours: Sat 8.30am-4pm
Balmain Market, 217-223 Darling St, Cnr Darling St & Curtis Rd, Balmain NSW, Australia, +61 451 637 701
By Matthew Clark
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Matthew Clark is currently living in the south of France working as an English language teacher. After graduating from a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, he plans on travelling the world to experience the food, wine and culture it has to offer.