Nothing beats strolling through a market on a sunny Sydney day—soaking up the rays and perusing stalls. Discover unique artisan goods or try locally grown produce at locations all over town. Sydney offers an array of quality markets, here are some of our favourites:
Carriageworks Farmers Market
Located just a 10-minute walk from Redfern Station, Carriageworks Farmers Market is a busy farmers market that is very popular with locals, families and dogs. It’s a dog-friendly market—just remember to keep them on a leash—so you can bring your pooch for a Saturday morning walk.
Meet local and regional food producers in an old rail yard workshop in the historic surrounds of Carriageworks. Buy quality fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese and milk in addition to bread (see the Sonoma stall), baked goods, cakes (don’t miss Flour and Stone), pastries and desserts.
There’s also a range of food stalls that offer sweet and savoury crepes (try The Crepe & Coffee Co), pho, Asian cuisine (the Billy Kwong stall is a must-taste), pies, burgers and sausage rolls. Quench your thirst with organic cold-pressed juices at Parker’s Organic Juices, or wake up with some hot coffee. You can even try some cold brew coffee.
Mike McEnearney, creative director of Carriageworks Farmers Market, has put together the best of the best in terms of local food producers, and has in turn created a market that is buzzing and overflowing with beautiful produce—a must-visit for any self- proclaimed foodie.
8 am–1 pm, every Saturday, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St., Eveleigh.
The Rocks Markets
The Rocks Markets are great for visitors to Sydney with lots of unique locally designed products, artisanal goods and souvenirs.
Meet the makers and discover art, paintings, glassworks, woodworks, lights, stationery, leather bags, jewellery, clothing, scarves, boomerangs, ceramics, beeswax, candles, soaps and so much more. The market takes over George Street, continues up Playfair Street and around to Jack Mundey Place.
There are food stalls selling corn on the cob, fresh lemonade, meat on skewers, Japanese pancakes, steak sandwiches, burgers and more. Join the queue for the popular market-staple gozleme, or try a German hot dog from the Munich Brauhaus stall. Finish off with a Mini Monet cupcake.
10 am–5 pm, every Saturday and Sunday; Playfair St., George St. and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks.
Marrickville Organic Food Market
Upon entering Marrickville Organic Food Market, within the Addison Road Community Centre, you’ll want to immediately join the queues at the popular Stirrup Cafe for a caffeine fix. This market is very popular amongst locals, and offers all kinds of produce with an emphasis on organic fruit and vegetables.
Start off by making your way through the fresh food section, then past the hot food stalls, selling everything from dumplings and bagels to gozleme and gourmet meatballs. Try the Smoky Bandit from Fritter House, consisting of two delicious corn fritters, chipotle sausages, spiced potatoes, BBQ sauce and aioli.
Work your way around to the handicrafts section with wooden goods, second-hand books, jewellery, crystals and a wide range of plants, flowers and succulents. The market gets quite busy by 11 am, with plenty of families doing their weekly produce shop. So if you want to beat the crowds, be sure to head there early.
You might even spot some local celebrities like renowned ABC journalists Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb (yep— they hang out in real life too). As a bonus, take a quick look around Reverse Garbage while you are here. This reuse and recycling stalwart has plenty on offer from industrial scraps to discarded fabric and furniture. You never know what you might find!
9 am–3 pm, every Sunday, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.
Follow your nose down Glebe’s bustling main street, Glebe Point Road, and wind your way past the round-the-world eating options till you get to Glebe Public School. Every Saturday within the school grounds you’ll find the vibrant and funky Glebe Markets.
Staying true to the area’s artistic aesthetic, the markets have a big focus on second-hand goods and local artisans. Browse around and you’ll find plenty of vintage clothing stalls, handmade resin jewellery, sterling silver jewellery, leather handbags, accessories, candles, soaps and pre-owned DVDs and books. Your inner hippie will love the crystals and dream catchers on offer.
It’s often a rite of passage for up-and-coming designers to sell their wares here. With plenty of stalls to browse, make sure you turn this way and that, and loop around so you don’t miss any.
There are a few food stalls to tide over your hunger, and for those after a nourishing food option (whether you are gluten-free, soy-free or like myself, dairy-free) then stop by the 80raw20paleo stand for delicious raw, vegan and paleo treats. We highly recommend the Golden Rawtime dougnut for a guilt-free market snack.
10 am–4 pm, every Saturday, Glebe Public School, corner Derby Place and Glebe Point Road, Glebe.