It might feel a little odd traipsing through the cross in the light of day on the kind of mission that doesn’t involve your ID and an entry fee, but strolling through this organic market is quite the opposite of the walk of shame.
Located around the famous El Alamein Fountain at the tip of Macleay Street, Kings Cross Market (aka one of Sydney’s best markets) is all about local produce, tasty treats and creative and quirky crafts. Here’s which stalls to look out for.
This chic stand featuring some of the world’s best cheese is always popular, especially given there’s plenty of imports to taste and buy. You can also get some top-notch saucisson (salami) and French charcuterie here too.
Patti Moi Designs
True to its adorable name, Patti Moi is all about lovely hand printed table runners, pillowcases, kitchen linens, and T-shirts with native Australian bush designs and other floral prettiness.
The Bagel Shop
This Sydney popup bakery serves New York-style bagels with all your favourite fillings and schmears. These guys are the real deal, having learned everything they know about traditional bagel making, including the all-important boiling step, from time spent in the Big Apple. Bagel flavours include sesame, poppy or sunflower seed, multigrain, cheese, caraway, and even a few cinnamon stuffed sweet varieties.
Eating cake in the morning is not a crime when the slices are as good as Birgitta makes them. At this stall you’ll find baby quiches, streusel, cakes, slices and friands all in a range of retro flavours (think passionfruit, madeira and walnut espresso) and all for under a fiver.
Sniff and sample your way through Archon’s entire range of Aussie body and skincare products, all of which use botanical ingredients and essential oils. There are soy candles and fragrance diffusers for the home, fragrances, soaps, scrubs, creams, and a vegan organic lip balm. There’s even a professionally formulated, pH balanced pet shampoo and detangler/deodoriser for anyone looking to treat their pooch!
As the weather gets chilly there’s nothing better to warm your work-weary soul than a bowl of fragrant beef pho from the hipsters at Eat Fuh. You can also score some fresh rice paper rolls or Vietnamese salad, but really, how could you go past a bowl of brisket-tey, noodly goodness?
These contemporary jewellery designers are Potts Point locals and always make an effort to pop up at the market. Ecua’s unique creations feature beads, stones and pearls set in silver, gold and rose gold pieces. Bling!
With some of the best homemade jams, relishes and chutneys we’ve ever spread on, well, anything, Lexington Foods is available at Kings Cross Market as well as a number of stockists around town. The beetroot jam is a favourite, but we suggest trying them all and make your own judgement!
Joy Oi Taqueria
Joy Oi literally means "Oh my god" in Vietnamese, which is what you'll be saying after eating one of their Asian/American inspired tacos, burritos, hot dogs and sliders. If you're sporting a hangover, the brekkie burrito will be sure to sort you out.
Kings Cross Market operates 8am til 2pm every Saturday.
Image credit: Ellen Ji