Hello July! There are two reasons why this month is probably going to be the best one so far this year. Firstly, July has gifted us with the highly anticipated easing of many social restrictions—which means lots of our beloved markets are scheduled to reopen. Cue internal happy dance!
To make things better, this typically chilly month has also gifted us with beautiful days of sunshine and warmth that are perfect for a stroll through your local markets to pick up some fresh produce and knick-knacks.
Here is a list of Sydney’s best markets to visit in July.
The Rocks Markets
Are you looking for the perfect weekend event for a family picnic or cheeky post-ISO date? The Rocks is one of Sydney's most charming suburbs, and after a brief hiatus, this locale is excited to be welcoming Sydneysiders back to their foreshore markets full of local finds and unique experiences. Expect tonnes of stallholders selling new and much-loved goodies, from quality arts and crafts to crowd favourite gozleme and handmade sweet treats.
To enhance the winter fun, visitors will also be able to enjoy free yoga sessions every Sunday at 9am; there are also free dog yoga classes, and Archie Rose is hosting a gin-making class on July 18, and a huge variety of street games and live entertainment for the kids. The full program can be found here.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 5pm
Where: George Street, The Rocks
Flour Mill Plastic-Free Farmers' Markets
Sydney’s first 100% plastic-free farmers' markets are back and better than ever. Returning with a full market, visitors will be able to find their regulars selling everything from fresh flowers and candles to the best organic produce. You’ll also spot some exciting new faces who are pumped to join the party. Come down, grab a fresh bacon and egg roll, and start your day the right way!
In line with COVID restrictions, stalls will be spaced out, there will be temporary queue markers and all vendors will be cash-free. Flour Mill is suggesting that only one shopper per family comes down. Follow the market's Facebook Page to stay up to date.
When: Every second Sunday, 9am - 1pm (next market Sunday 19 July)
Where: Mungo Scott building forecourt, Summer Hill
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, the Kirribilli Market is excited to return this month. The reopening will kick off with the dedicated art, design and fashion markets on Sunday 12 July filled with lively music, tasty eats and guaranteed good times. Come for the vibrant atmosphere and leave with so many unique treasures and crafts that are just waiting to be found.
Make sure you return again on Saturday 25 July for the general and fashion market where you can stock up on gourmet treats, the best second-hand collectables and bric-a-brac. Whatever you want, you’ll be sure to find at this market! In the meantime, you can shop Kirribilli Markets' virtual market here.
When: Sunday July 12 and Saturday July 25, 8.30am - 3pm
Where: Burton Street Tunnel, Kirribilli
Save the date: your favourite beach market is back as of Sunday 19 July. Whether you’re looking for your next winter romance novel, retro homewares or some vintage couture, these guys have got you covered. It’d be rude not to end your market adventure with a fresh acai bowl followed by a sneaky winter swim just across the road. Head here for more info.
When: Sunday 19 July, 10am - 4pm
Where: Bondi Beach Public School
The Beaches Market
If you’re looking for the best place to do a one-stop quality food shop, then be sure to hit up The Beaches Markets. Arguably the best on the Northern Beaches, these markets offer an alternative for those looking to shop for fresh produce for the weekend, but not on the weekend. This means you’ll have more time to kick back, relax and enjoy your days off to the max! Find everything from artisan bread and organic honey, to fine jewellery and vintage fashion. To be safe, no eating or drinking will be allowed at the markets, and they encourage you to shop and go. Find out more here.
When: Fridays, 8am - 1pm
Where: Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood
The Locals Market
The Locals Market is a community-focused market connecting shoppers with the best, locally grown food. These farmers' markets are an organic and zero-waste lover’s dream, offering the best seasonal produce and pantry staples. Although you can’t physically wander through these markets just yet, shoppers can pre-order their weekly produce menu online. Pick-up is contactless and your goods will be delivered in a calico tote that must be ordered with your first purchase. Yay to no plastic! Order up and help support your local farming community.
When: Pick up on Saturday, 9am - 12pm
Where: Paramount House, Surry Hills
Tramsheds Growers Markets
Whilst the Tramsheds Markets are currently on hold, they are providing the opportunity for locals to experience that same wholesome Sunday market feeling through their online Growers Market. They have both small and large-sized produce boxes available that are filled with goods from the best providores, producers, chefs and local talent in Sydney. You can also order a range of their suppliers’ delicious desserts, canned classics or savoury sensations here for pick up or delivery. It’s time to get shopping!
When: Pick up on Sundays
Where: Online, here
Sydney Vegan Market
The Sydney Vegan Markets are a hot spot not only for earth-loving, animal-caring and health-conscious individuals—but for anyone who enjoys innovative food and quality goods. Although their physical markets are currently paused, the Sydney Vegan Market has launched an online marketplace where you stock up on your favourite vegan, cruelty-free and plant-based produce, beverages, homewares, art, fashion and cosmetics. Veganism has never been so accessible and it sure feels good to be able to support our favourite local makers and producers. Explore the marketplace here.
When: Physical market paused
Where: Online, here
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Image credit: The Locals Market