Sydney is home to some of the best markets in the world, with stalls that sell everything from local fresh produce to antique and vintage stalls that won’t break the bank. Check out 10 cool markets in Sydney below and start planning your market stroll.
1. Glebe Markets
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Glebe Markets are a great place to spot vintage one-offs and high-quality denim. With the focus on fashion and design, Glebe Markets showcase the work of Sydney’s painters, jewelers, graphic artists, designers, makers, and sculptors. Each Saturday morning people head here to rifle through alternate, pre-loved clothing and accessories, jewelry and handmade crafts. There is also live music on the lawn from 12-3 pm as well as a choice of international food stalls.
2. Kirribilli Markets
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Head to Milsons Point to shop against a stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The Kirribilli Markets have been a Sunday morning staple in Sydney since their opening in 1976. There are two markets each month; with the Art, Design & Fashion markets happening on the second Sunday of each month and a boutique market filled with artisanal, homemade goods and fashion pieces held on the fourth Sunday of every month.
3. Paddington Markets
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The original art and craft market in Sydney, Paddington Markets have been a tradition for Sydneysiders for 43 years. The community-based market supports local artists and craftspeople with over 150 stalls filled with exclusive fashion, crafts, flowers, homewares and independent beauty products. Open every Saturday, there is also a range of international food and handmade chocolate to munch on as you browse. The markets are famed for their charity work and part of their profits totally fund the Eddie Dixon Center which works to provide Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged community with support and a warm meal.
4. Bondi Markets
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Bondi Markets have a variety of arts, crafts, retro furniture and homewares alongside vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Every Sunday the Bondi Beach Public School grounds hosts a collection of colorful market stalls. There’s also a sausage sizzle and a selection of light meals available in the canteen for the hungry as well as stunning ocean views of the beachfront.
5. Balmain Markets
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The Balmain Markets are a heady mix of beautifully handcrafted arts and crafts, vintage fashion, antique homewares and delicious food. Open every Saturday from 8:30 am – 4 pm, the courtyard of St. Andrews Congregational Church is transformed as over 140 stalls are set up showcasing unique collectibles, quality antiques, lots of cool bric a brac and much more.
6. Surry Hills Markets
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Set up in 1981, the Surry Hills Markets were built up to trade secondhand or handmade goods. The markets are still at the center of the Surry Hills community and always draw big crowds when they open on the first Saturday of every month. The open air market’s vibrant stalls sell a mix of items including valuable antiques, racks of vintage designer labels and clothes as well as up-cycled goods, handmade crafts and beauty products.
7. Carriageworks Farmers Markets
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The award-winning Carriageworks Farmers Markets is the best place to get fresh produce from local farmers working across New South Wales. Held every Saturday, stallholders gather to sell a wide range of products, from locally sourced food to handmade artisanal items and arts and crafts.
8. Brewery Yard Markets
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The Brewery Yard Markets showcase the best in local, independent businesses handpicked for their amazing fresh produce, vintage fashion, beautiful flowers, crafts and stylish homewares. Held in Chippendale, the markets also boast fun entertainment, art demonstrations, and tasty treats. Open the first and third Sunday of every month, the markets can be found around five minutes from Central Station and are easy to get to from the city and inner west surrounds.
9. Chinatown Night Market
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A little different to the other morning markets, the Chinatown Night Market is the best place to get amazing street food. Beautiful lanterns light the streets as stalls entice customers with the smell of gorgeous Asian eats. Head to Chinatown in the city every Friday evening to try a wide range of traditional Chinese cuisine from local stallholders.
10. Rozelle Collectors Markets
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Rozelle Markets specialize in garage sale stalls and antiques. Open every Saturday and Sunday, independent stalls sell everything from old records, vintage clothing, jewelry and books to homewares and funky bric a brac. The markets are filled with antiques and stylish collector’s items, as well as stalls that offer relaxing massages, tarot readings and a range of international food stalls.