Markets are a great place to go with friends or with the family. There is always something to see, something to eat and something to buy. The other great thing about markets is that there are so many different kinds and each one offers something a little different. Here is our Bright Ideas list of 17 markets around Sydney. Let us know if you’ve been to any others that are worth a visit:
Paddington Markets – Community based markets aiming to promote Australian small business and designers. Location: 395 Oxford St Paddington. Open: From 10am every Saturday. Focus on: Food, fashion and arts & crafts.
Rozelle Markets – Something for serious collectors or the practical bargain hunters. Location: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling St Rozelle. Open: 9am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday. Focus on: Antique, collectable and second hand wares.
Kirribilli Markets – Two great markets in the one location. Visit both markets and support Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre. Location: Burton Street Tunnel Kirribilli, next to Milson Point Station (General Markets also spill into Bradfield Park Bowling Green Kirribilli). Open: General Markets: 8.30am-3pm fourth Saturday of the month from January to November, and on the first and third Saturdays of December; Art & Design and Fashion Markets: 9am-3pm second Sunday of each month. Focus on: General Markets: Everything; Art & Design and Fashion Markets: Paintings, glass, ceramics, fashion and accessories, home wares, millinery and fresh flowers.
Paddy’s Markets – Haymarket & Flemington – These markets are big and bold. You’re in for a unique market experience at either location. Locations: Parramatta Rd, Flemington & Hay St, Haymarket. Open: Flemington: 10am-4.30pm Friday, 6am-2pm Saturday, 9am-4.30pm Sunday; Haymarket: 9am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday (+public holiday Mondays). Focus on: Flemington: Fresh food, toys, clothing and souvenirs. Also a Swap and Sell market on Saturday. Haymarket: Toys, clothing and souvenirs.
Sydney Fish Markets – If you love seafood then this market is for you. It is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Location: Bank St, Pyrmont. Open: 7am-4pm every day except Christmas Day. Special 24hr trading at peak times. Focus on: Seafood; buy fresh, eat at restaurants and even learn to cook it.
Parklea Markets – If none of the other markets are big enough for you then go to Parklea Markets – the biggest markets in the Southern Hemisphere. Location: 601 Sunnyholt Rd, Parklea. Open: 8.30am-4.30pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Mondays. Focus on: Everything!
Eveleigh Markets – Great community spirit with growers and artisans with their wares on display. Location: 243 Wilson St, Darlington (near Redfern Station). Open: 8am-1pm Saturday and Artisan Market 10am-3pm 1st Sunday of the month. Focus on: The freshest produce and emerging and contemporary artisans.
Sydney Flower Market – This wholesale flower market is open to anyone looking for flowers. Location: Parramatta Rd, Flemington (Building F in the Sydney Markets Complex). Open: 5am-11am Monday to Saturday. Focus on: Cut flowers, potted plants and florist supplies.
EQ Village Markets – Good markets to incorporate into your day out with the family. Location: The Entertainment Quarter, Lang Rd, Moore Park. Open: Until 3.30pn Wednesday and Saturday. Focus on: Food and craft in a village atmosphere.
Glebe Markets – A little bit alternative and vintage. Location: Glebe Public School, corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe. Open: 10am-4pm Saturday. Focus on: Recycled and cutting edge design and fashion.
Round She Goes – When you are looking for something new to wear that isn’t new at all. Location: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. Locations also in Melbourne & Adelaide. Open: 10am-3pm but dates change so check website for next market day (Next date in Sydney is 11th August 2013). Focus on: Pre-loved women’s fashion.
Organic Food Markets – Great market fresh, gourmet food and produce with an emphasis on organic. Location: Chatswood, Double Bay, Gladesville, Frenchs Forest, Hornsby, Kings Cross, Leichhardt, Newcastle & Rouse Hill. Open: Check the location for opening times as it varies from location to location. Focus on: Organic Food.
The Rocks Markets – A great place to take visiting friends and relatives, or feel like a tourist for a day. Location: George St, The Rocks. Open: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; Foodies Market 10am-4pm Friday. Focus on: A bit of everything for tourists.
Sydney Boutique Markets – Funky, cool pop-up retailers in a village atmosphere. Location: Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill. Open: 10am-4pm 1st Sunday of every month. Focus on: Fashion, accessories, home wares & more from Sydney’s best emerging designers.
Wild Ones Art & Design Market – This is a newie on the scene but boasts to be “all things clever, crafty and creative”. Location: Hazelhurst Art Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea. Open: Quarterly, 10am-4pm on a Sunday (Next dates 7th July & 27th Oct 2013). Focus on: Boutique arts and crafts.
Rock ‘n Roll & Alternative Market – Markets & entertainment, a fun day out. Location: Manning Road, Manning Bar, Sydney University, Camperdown. Open: 10.30pm-5.30pm but dates change so check their Facebook page for next market day (Next date is 11th August 2013). Focus on: Music, food, alternative and vintage items and classic cars.
Creative Berowra Markets – Think arty, think gourmet and think family fun. Location: Cnr Berowra Waters and Hillcrest Rd, Berowra. Open: 9am-2pm 2nd Sunday of the month. Focus on: Live music, local arts and crafts and gourmet food. Workshops are also run – check website for more details.
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