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Get Back Into Your Local Groove This Weekend At 11 Of Sydney’s Best Markets

By Melissa Woodley
15th Jan 2021

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. 

Check out the best markets to visit this month.

Northside Produce Market

North  Sydney

slate of cheeseAfter a brief holiday over the New Year’s break, the Northside Produce Market is back. This one kicks off on the first and third Saturday of every month and the first market of the year is set to be packed to the rafters with a stellar line-up of vendors and local producers. You’ll find Gebran Azzi’s seasonal black Genoa figs, Honey Wines Australia bearing all the mead, The Baked Box with some deliciously moreish cookies (famous for their chewy centres), and a whole heap more.

You’ll be able to peruse all the market goods at your own pace but we highly suggest making sure you get yourself to the Cheese On Wheels stand. This glorious vendor sports fresh Burraduc mozzarella, cheese, and yoghurt from the Pines Kiama and Pecora Dairy—and you absolutely need to be heading home with the lot. The market will be adhering to COVID-19 regulations and there’ll be hand sanitiser at every stall.

When: Saturday 16 January, 8am - 12pm
Where: Ted Mack Civic Park, North Sydney

Carriageworks Farmers Markets

Eveleigh

The iconic Carriageworks Farmers Markets is back is set to be filled with some age-old favourites this year with a vendor and producer line-up created entirely by chef Mike McEnearney (who you know from Kitchen By Mike). 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 a fresh pasta pop-up from Fabricca, 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. COVID-19 restrictions will apply, and you'll find hand sanitiser when you enter and throughout the market.

When: Saturdays, 8am - 1pm
Where: Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Rozelle Collectors Market

Rozelle

Yes, the iconic Rozelle Collectors Market is back and better than ever. Adventuring through these speciality 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, collectables, fashion, jewellery, art, and music, all while being entertained with live music from 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

Manly Marketplace

Manly

line-up of pulled pork burgers on wooden slateCome 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

Marrickville

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

The Rocks

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

Bondi Markets

Bondi Beach

man holding plate with fruit tartGet 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: Sundays, 9am - 4pm
Where: Bondi Beach Public School

The Beaches Market

Warriewood

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

Surry Hills

huge produce bag at market filled with tomatoes on the vineThe 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 - 1pm
Where: Paramount House, Surry Hills

Tramsheds Growers Markets

Forest Lodge

While the Tramsheds Markets are still 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.

When: Pick up on Sundays
Where: Online, here

Special Edition Sydney Vegan Market

Sydney Olympic park

hand holding recyclable box of a vega hot dogThe 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 staple Moore Park set-up is on hold, the Sydney Vegan Market has launched a special edition market at Sydney Olympic Park. There'll be over 70 stalls and a whole lot more green space than you're used to and, as always, your four-legged companion is more than welcome to come along.

When: Sunday 17 January, 9am - 4pm
Where: Sydney Olympic Park

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Image credit: Northside Produce Markets (The Baked Box), Northside Produce Markets, Paula Vermeulen, Bondi Farmers Market, The Locals Market, Sydney Vegan Market

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