Must-visit markets in Sydney

Browsing market stalls
Browsing market stalls

From vintage wares and arts, crafts and handmade jewellery to fresh produce and tantalising food stalls, Sydney's plethora of markets means there's something for everybody. Whether you're from out of town, or a Sydneysider looking for some weekend inspiration, we've rounded up some of our favourite markets in Sydney.

Balmain Markets

217-223 Darling Street, Balmain | 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, 8.30am - 4pm

Established in 1977 in the historic grounds of St Andrews Congregational Church, the Balmain Market holds the moniker of Sydney’s third oldest market. And with its 150 stalls offering handmade arts and crafts, jewellery and giftware, contemporary and vintage fashion and homeware, as well as artisan goods, chutneys and cheese, the market will especially delight the creatives and historians among us.

Bondi Farmers Markets/ Bondi Markets

Bondi Beach Public School, Bondi | Saturdays 9am - 5pm/ Sundays 9am - 4pm

Just metres away from one of the world's most famous beaches, you'll find locals and tourists alike flock to Bondi Beach Public School over the weekend, inbetween dips in the ocean. On Saturdays, the Bondi Farmers Market holds fort. Grab breakfast from one of the many food stalls, and eat on the lawn while listening to live music, before browsing the stalls for fresh seasonal produce and flowers, organic meat and poultry, and artisan breads and homemade jams, to farmstead cheeses, olive oils, and herbs and spices. Sunday sees the market's focus shift away from food to fashion, where the trendy among us will find original designer clothing, exotic imports, handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, and retro-chic homeware.

Chinatown Night Markets

Dixon St, Haymarket | Fridays, 4pm - 11pm

Head to Haymarket on Friday night and find yourself immersed in an authentic atmosphere of the Far East at the Chinatown Night Markets. The neon-lit precinct is a feast for the senses, with up to 65 stalls running down Dixon Street Mall selling delicacies such as Japanese Colo Takos, steaming hot pork dumplings and Dragon’s Beard Candy. Once you’ve had your fill of street food, browse through the many fashion, arts and crafts, bonsai and kitschy stalls, all reflecting the creativity, culture and energy of Asia.

 

Glebe Markets

Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe | Saturdays 10am - 4pm

If its cutting edge fashion and design you're after, look no further than Glebe Markets. Throw on your comfiest shoes and lose yourself in the vibrant alleyways lined with 150 plus stalls showcasing unique handmade homewares, fashion, arts, ceramics and jewellery. All that browsing will no doubt work up an appetite; grab something delectable from one of the international food stalls, then park yourself on the lawned entertainment area where you can enjoy live music performances between 12pm - 3pm.

Kirribilli General Markets / Kirribilli Art & Design and Fashion Market

Burton St, Milsons Point | 4th Saturday of every month / 2nd Sunday of every month, 8.30am - 3pm

There are two Kirribilli Market days each month. The Kirribilli General Market, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, as the name suggests, sells pretty much everything from artisan goods and secondhand clothes to antiques, collectibles and bric-a-brac. The Kirribilli Art & Design and Fashion Market, held every second Sunday of the month, is primarily a makers market, featuring fashion and homewares, including vintage, recycled and new, and art. Shop to your hearts content before grabbing a bite to eat from one of the two eating areas (or both), and enjoy the live entertainment throughout the day, or take a stroll to the nearby Harbour's edge.


Paddington Markets

395 Oxford St, Paddington | Saturdays, 10am - 4am

A launch pad for designers including Zimmerman, Sass & Bide and Lisa Ho, Paddington Markets is the perfect place to find quality, sustainable, authentic Australian wares and wears. Originally established to encourage local craftspeople, fashion and jewellery designers, and artists to display and sell their creations, the market is situated in the grounds of the heritage listed Paddington Uniting Church and, come rain, hail or shine has been open every Saturday since 1973.

Rozelle Collectors Market

663 Darling St, Rozelle | Saturdays and Sundays 9am - 3pm

Often reputed as Sydney's favourite second hand, bric-a-brac and antique market, you're unlikely to find the same item twice at this inner west treasure trove. Sift through an array of pre-loved antiques, collectibles, fashion and accessories, jewellery, art and music, all to the soundtrack of local performers. Rozelle Collector's Market is a must for bargain hunters with an appreciation of decades past.

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