TBH the best part about markets is they can be as cheap as you make them, literally costing you zilch to stroll through and enjoy the bustling vibes. The other side of the coin is rocking up to the markets with a wad of cash and spending big on clothing, chutney and candles that you probably would never find again, being oh-so #handmade.
Either way, we love em’. We’ve scoured Sydney for the best night, produce and lifestyle markets and we’re (almost) 110% sure you’ll be able to score a steal.
Here are the best markets to visit in Sydney this February.
When late night shopping and eating collide.
PADDY'S NIGHT FOOD MARKET
Paddy’s Night Market has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and brought some of your faves along for the ride (get it—ride). Expect cheesy knafeh desserts served by the bearded bakers at Knafeh Bakery, crispy fried chicken burgers from the legends at Dirty Bird and big fat American Burgers from ex-St Leonards locals, Chef’s Kitchen, among others.
Where: Austin Avenue, Flemington
When: Every Saturday, 6.30pm — 10.30pm
CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET
Muse over local designers and dig your teeth into some damn delicious Chinese street food at the Chinatown Night Markets. This tasty precinct is really getting its hustle and bustle on and is an epic (not to mention drool worthy) way to celebrate those TGIF feels.
Where: Chinatown, Haymarket
When: Every Friday night, 4pm—11pm
EASTWOOD NIGHT MARKETS
Happening every single Saturday, the Eastwood Night Markets dish up a huge number of food and drink stalls, kids activities and fashion stalls to boot. Bring the family for some seriously good eats and vibes, before rolling home (you know it’s true).
When: Every Saturday night, 4pm-11pm
Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.
SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET
Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, there’s a new market in town and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, a monthly market launched in November and it’ll be wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies errry month.
Where: Portuguese Community Club, Marrickville
When: Third Sunday of every month, 9am-4pm
KINGS CROSS ORGANIC MARKET
All the locals know that kicking it in Kings Cross every Saturday is a no brainer. From local bakeries, restaurants and (obviously) cafes coming to the party, this one is about to become your new weekly must.
Where: Macleay Street, Potts Point
When: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from 13 January 2018.
PYRMONT GROWERS’ MARKET
The Pyrmont Growers Market is sprouting back into action. We’re so grateful because we’re kind of (ok, seriously) in love with their top quality food straight from the field and farm.
Where: Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont
When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 7.30am—12pm.
DOUBLE BAY ORGANIC MARKET
Drop by the Double Bay Organic Market to stock your pantry this month. This classic little market in the park has organic produce, crafts, plants, flowers and eco products.
Where: Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay
When: Every Thursday, 9am—12pm from 13 January 2018.
CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS’ MARKETS
When a market is an award-winning market, you go to that market, period. Many NSW and ACT farmers bring in fresh, seasonal and homemade produce they grow, rear and make. It’s too good to miss.
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street
When: Every Saturday, 8am—1pm
MARRICKVILLE ORGANIC MARKET
These markets have a pretty good record for churning out the largest amount of fruit and veg in Australia. This means you can load up on your vitamins and antioxidants with ease. Who says we’re not (trying to be) healthy?
Where: Addison Road Centre, Marrickville
When: Every Sunday, 8am—3pm.
PALM BEACH MARKET
Fresh produce, homewares, ceramics, fashion and jewellery—sounds simple, but we guarantee you’ll be walking home with an empty wallet after these markets.
Where: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach
When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm
CASTLE HILL FARMERS & FINE FOOD MARKETS
If you’re from The Hills district, there’s a good chance you’ve checked out these farmers’ markets before. There are over 80 stalls (yep) with just about everything your fridge needs:, cheese, cakes, honey, jams, fish, duck, veggies and gluten-free goodies. Go all out, obviously.
Where: Castle Hill Showground
When: Second and fourth Saturday of the Month,8am - 12pm
CAMDEN FRESH PRODUCE MARKETS
Hit up the Camden Produce Markets for eats set against the picturesque backdrop of the Macarthur Region. You’ll score everything from locally grown fruit, veg and flowers, to meat, eggs, artisan products and homemade baked goods. Is there anything better? The short answer is no, there’s not.
Where: Camden Town Farm, 40 Exeter Street
When: Every Saturday, 7am—12pm
PARRAMATTA FARMERS’ MARKET
These markets are artisan AF. Coconut Coffee with coconut oil extract, fresh sugar cane juice from Juice Mia and even goose eggs arranged on request from Totally Free Range. Gozleme King is also known to pump out a seriously good gozleme (you’re welcome).
Where: Centenary Square Parramatta
When: Every Friday 8.30am—2:30pm
MOORE PARK FOODIES AND FARMERS MARKET
Stock up on your locally sourced fruit and veggies for the week AND indulge in a delicious market lunch, all with two free hours of parking at the Moore Park markets.
Where: EQ Showring, Moore Park
When: Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am-2pm
FRENCHS FOREST ORGANIC MARKET
For all things organic on the Northern Beaches, make the Frenchs Forest markets your go-to. Fill your bags with locally sourced fruit and veg, as well as a bunch of gluten free goodies, organic beauty products and cute AF plants.
Where: 5 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest
When: Every Sunday
THE BREWERY YARD MARKETS
Inner city markets are a thing (finally) and these markets not only offer an epic array of NSW produce, you’ll find florals, fashion and food too!
Where: Central Park Green, Chippendale
When: First & third Sunday of the month,10am - 4pm
The places to get presents for your mates, family, dog and kind of work buddies… oh and presents for you too!
Rock n Roll & Alternative Market
A huge selection of records, Rock ‘n’ Roll vintage fashion, jewellery, cult DVDs, posters and collectables are all up for grabs at this badass market.
Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney
When: Sunday 25 February,10:30am till 5:30pm
It’s back baby, it’s back. The Hardtofind Market returns to Sydney acting as your one-stop shop for super unique gifts (that will make you everyone’s favourite gift giver, guaranteed). With live music and food stalls too, the Hardtofind Market is one to mark in your diary.
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: Sunday 25 February,10am till 4pm
Sydney Props Garage Sale
Sydney Props are having their annual garage sale this February selling loads of old stock at super reasonable prices. Pick up some items for yourself or for your business, you’ll never know what deals you’re missing if you don’t go!
Where: Sydney Props Warehouse, Marrickville
When: Thursday 15 February – Saturday 17 February,8:30am till 5pm
RANDWICK ARTISAN MARKETS
Don’t let the weather get in the way of your market-browsing plans. This indoor artisan market is filled with plenty of handmade goodies to brighten any day.
Where: Royal Randwick Shopping Centre
When: Sunday 4 February, 10am-4pm
TGM EAST LINDFIELD MARKETS
This family-run market celebrates and encourages community connection on the North side, so come along for the best coffee and live music around, along with a bit of shopping (obvs).
Where: East Lindfield Community Hall, East Lindfield
When: Third Sunday of the month, 10am-2pm
ROZELLE COLLECTORS’ MARKET
The Rozelle Collectors’ Market is a biggie for every small find you could hope for. Think second-hand bric-a-bracs, collectables, fashion and antiques.
Where: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am—3pm
These markets are the stomping ground for all things homemade. Here is where you’ll find those little gems that will have everyone asking where on earth you scored such a find, and you get to reply with a smug smile on your face, “Balmain Markets”.
Where: St Andrews Congregational Church
When: Every Saturday, 9am—3pm
If gourmet food, live music and basking on the lawn after some serious retail therapy sounds like your thing, then the Glebe Market is your jam.
Where: Glebe Public School
When: Every Saturday,10am—4pm
THE GROUNDS MARKETS
Bakers, creators and all of the clever little makers assemble each week at the markets at The Grounds of Alexandria, so head here to stock up for the week and pick yourself up something pretty while you're there.
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria
When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 3.30pm
Seaside shopping anyone? The Bondi Markets host the ultimate lazy market atmosphere with bits and bobs so good it’s like raiding your Mum’s wardrobe.
Where: Bondi Beach Public School
When: Every Sunday, 10am—5pm January.
Home creatives, this market plays host to local fashion designers, craftspeople, jewellery makers and artists with many products exclusive to this retail haven.
Where: Paddington Public School, 395 Oxford Street
When: Every Sunday,10am—4pm
THE MAKERS MARKET LANE COVE
Nestled in the centre of Lane Cove comes the Makers Market, complete with hand-made everything and a whole lot of market spirit.
Where: Lane Cove Plaza
When: Third Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm
KIRRIBILLI ART, DESIGN & FASHION MARKET
With a title like that, you just know that these markets are bursting at the seams with, well, pretty much everything. With 100 vintage fashion stores as well as the art, designs and ceramics, there is plenty to see and way more to buy. Walk over the Harbour Bridge for that guilty pleasure thrill of being a tourist again, and you’ll land smack bang into this hub. You’re welcome.
Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point
When: Second Sunday of the month,9am – 3pm
KIRRIBILLI GENERAL MARKET
New businesses, second-hand fashion, homewares, collectables and antiques all for affordable prices live here. As the name suggests, this market has a bit of everything and we guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed.
Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point
When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 8.30am-3pm
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The Grounds Markets | Image credit: Jackielyn Powell