Prepare to settle back into your weekend market routine—with a few COVID safe precautions in place, of course. From plastic-free markets, to markets stacked with antiques and vintage finds and beachside markets filled with unique gifts—Sydney is bringing the goods if you are down for a bit of market trawling.
So empty your fridges, dust your reusable bags off, strap those masks on and adventure into the fabulous world of market mayhem.
These are 12 of the best local markets to visit this August.
Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Here’s some news that’ll make your August market calendar that much better. The iconic Carriageworks Farmers Markets are back. All your faves will be there, and some of them with new treats to try too. If you’re quick you’ll be able to get your hands on Pepe Saya’s chantilly mascarpone and smoked butter, vegan coconut crumpets from Crumpets by Merna and Hartley Truffles black winter truffles. There'll also be coffee from the legends at Single O, hand sanitiser by Two Good Co. and reusable cloth face masks by Roasters with Altitude and Big Bite Eco.
The wait has been tough but now is the perfect time to get back supporting our best growers and producers in NSW. Be sure to check out Carriageworks' incredible new art installations too. In line with COVID-19 restrictions, there will be strict shop-and-go service operating and capacity limits will be in place.
When: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm
Where: Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Rozelle Collectors Market
Yes, the iconic Rozelle Collectors Market are back and better than ever. Adventuring through these specialty markets feels like taking a trip back in time, and it’s no surprise that the market is one of Sydney’s favourite outdoor antique, collectable and second-hand shopping destinations.
Whether you’re searching for a gift for that person who already has everything, or you're looking for something special to add to your own collection, the Rozelle Markets have got your back. Browse through their huge range of pre-loved antiques, collectibles, fashion, jewellery, art and music, all while being entertained by top-notch local talent. And when you’re bags are starting to feel a bit heavy, take a break and enjoy the local artisanal providores and international food stalls offering a range of delicious food. Be sure to practice social distancing; contactless payments are encouraged.
When: Saturdays, 9am - 3pm
Where: Rozelle Public School, Rozelle
Come one, come all to the beautiful and lively Manly Marketplace open-air markets. Situated right in the heart of sunny Manly, these bustling markets are a little slice of beachy paradise.
What sets these guys apart is their passionate stallholders stocking a huge variety of awesome goods. Shop artisanal produce, vintage apparel, unique imports, gifts, handcrafted jewellery, eco-friendly items, local art and more. Once you’ve had a decent stroll, make sure to reward those hungry bellies by visiting one of the fantastic bars or restaurants that surround the Corso. You can even round out the day with a quick dip in one of Aussie’s best beaches, located only 100m away. Be safe, be fashionable and don’t forget your masks (or feel free to purchase one while you’re there). You can also browse the Manly Virtual Markets here.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am - 5pm
Where: Manly Corso, Sydney Road, Manly
Marrickville Organic Food Markets
They say the Inner West is best. Well, you can be sure to find the best of the best at the Marrickville Organic Food Markets. Rain, hail or shine these guys are serving up the freshest, organic produce every Sunday.
Start your morning with a warm, stringy cheese toastie, before stocking up on your weekly goods, including seasonal fruit and veggies, fresh seafood and the purest honey in Australia. Why not make your weekend a little brighter by also picking up some beautiful flowers, a new indoor succulent, some sustainable goodies or even a fun bargain book. The Marrickville Markets can’t wait to see you but remember to mask up and keep social distancing.
When: Sundays, 9am - 3pm
Where: Addison Road, Marrickville
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 pilates on Saturdays at 10am, free yoga every Sunday at 10am, free dance classes at 12pm, 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 Markets
Sydney’s first 100% plastic-free markets are excited to be back serving their favourite locals and environmental warriors. 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 2 August)
Where: Mungo Scott building forecourt, Summer Hill
Set against the beautiful backdrop of iconic Harbour Bridge, the Kirribilli Markets are some of the best in Sydney. Whatever you're after, you’ll be sure to find at this market. Featuring approximately 220 stalls, the General & Fashion Market is scheduled for Saturday 22 August filled with lively music, tasty eats and guaranteed good times. You’ll be able to stock up on gourmet treats, the best second-hand collectables, and bric-a-brac. Come for the vibrant atmosphere and leave with so many unique treasures and crafts that are just waiting to be found. In the meantime, you can shop Kirribilli Markets' virtual market here.
When: Saturday 22 August, 8.30am - 3pm
Where: Burton Street Tunnel, Kirribilli
Get out your calendars and cross off any Sunday plans because your favourite beach market is back this August. 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
While 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 Market is a hot spot not only for earth-loving, animal-caring and health-conscious individuals—and basically 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: Carriageworks