Guide to Sydney’s Best Street Markets
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One of the best things about visiting to a new city is the opportunity to do some digging around in market stalls. So, while we don’t have the amazing all-under-one-roof Queen Victoria Markets like Melbourne does, there’s still plenty of top-notch rummaging to be done in the various neighbourhoods of Sydney. So whether you’re shopping around for vintage vinyl, vegan aioli, or an authentic Aussie souvenir for that hard-to-please friend back home, the markets are a great place to start. Markets are also a great place to sample some of the best street food that Sydney has to offer (yes that actually is kangaroo, emu or crocodile on that skewer) so there’s even more reason to get yourself out to some of Sydney’s nicest neighbourhoods and check out the merchandise. It’s a good idea to have an Opal card at the ready, because you’ll definitely have to use public transport to get to these places. Check here to get that sorted before you start.
The Rocks markets are definitely a go-to for those who are looking for somewhere central to buy locally sourced artisanal wares including jewellery, clothes and food items. There are great souvenir stalls for those who love to buy unique items that still pass as Australiana. Think chopping boards handcrafted from Australian hardwood or portraits of emu heads. Most of the goods are made sustainably, many from recycled materials, and all are authentically Australian made. There’s usually a selection of local food showcasing the range of Australia’s ethnic diversity, and the charming cobblestone streets on the laneways and historical pubs are fun too.
The Rocks markets, Playfair Street, Jack Mundey Place and George Street, The Rocks (open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
If it’s variety you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find that at Glebe markets. Open every Saturday on the grounds of the Glebe Primary School, Glebe markets are a mecca for fashion lovers with its masses of stalls specialising in vintage clothes, accessories and jewellery. Check out Derby Lane for some real finds. When you’re done rummaging the racks for disco pants and vintage cowboy boots, tuck into some of the amazing food on offer in one of the many stalls. Here you’ll find a tasty array of Indian, Turkish and Asian treats. And because it wouldn’t be the inner west without the obligatory gluten-free fare, there’s plenty on offer there too. Vegans should head over to Glebe Point Road to check out the plant-based food on offer. Iku is a must-try.
Newtown, that beacon of inner-west cool just keeps delivering the goods, so it’s not surprising their Saturday markets make this list. If you’ve been to the vintage and thrift shops in the area, and haven’t found them to be the bargain-hunter’s paradise you’re looking for, then definitely check these stalls out on a Saturday. There you’ll find up cycled charity shops finds that have expertly curated, tons of collectible music finds, and a range of handmade food and crafts. The markets are located in Bedford Avenue, Newtown, and anything you spend there goes towards Newtown neighbourhood Centre.
If you’re at a loss for what to do on a Saturday afternoon in Sydney, head to the Paddington Uniting Church on Oxford Street, where you’ll be greeted by an array of market stalls peddling local-made fashion, jewellery, and even shoes.And because it’s predominantly an art, clothing and design market, it’s great for souvenir shoppers who can appreciate the irony of an Australian souvenir tea towel that actually looks cool. There’s an array of homey items, mostly of the kitsch variety, and some beach accessories that are a must-have for that trip to Bondi.
On the lookout for some groovy antiques or a unique gift for a friend back home ? Head over to Kirribilli Markets on the second Sunday of every month for an extravaganza of handmade, vintage and downright quirky goods that will get any market-lover’s pulse racing. Here you’ll find everything from old-fashioned hats to statement jewellery and fun souvenirs. There’s also a vintage clothing area with some real bargain finds. Once you’re done, head to the food area for some tasty market stall treats, and if you’re lucky, there may even be some live entertainment. Kirribilli is a souvenir shopper’s dream. Skip the traffic and hop on the train to Milson’s Point, and you’ll find the stalls right there under the tunnel.
Sydney Vegan Markets
On the third Sunday of each month, the Entertainment Quarter in Fox Studios, Moore Park hosts the Sydney Vegan Market. The event consists of over 100 food stalls including ‘I Should be Souvlaki’, a vegan Greek alternative, ‘Over the Moo’, a vegan ice cream truck, and various other culinary delights from around the world. There’s also a range of clothing, ceramics and beauty products, entertainment, yoga and as you would expect at any animal-loving event, the obligatory presence of large numbers of dogs. It’s a great day out with like-minded folk, and great for vegan-curious people who want to sample a range of products.