There’s nothing like waking up early, strolling around a market sampling fresh bread and cheese. Thankfully, weekend market popularity has skyrocketed over the past few years, resulting in a slew of new markets popping up all over Sydney, from the CBD to regional areas.
With that said, whether you want a bouquet of fresh flowers for the dining table, new linen set for the wardrobe, or to simply enjoy a weekend market with friends, here are the best ones to visit.
Eveleigh Every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, Sydneysiders flock to this former train yard to peruse over 70 stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats,c cheese, baked goods, and flowers. Marketgoers will also find ready-made pies, which you can eat or freeze when you get home, local wines, and all the condiments one household could need, including Pepe Saya butter and lemon curd.
Milsons Point Who says markets are just foodies? This market, held every second Sunday of each month from 8am is for all the fashionistas and homewares-obsessed shoppers. On one side of the market, you will find new and pre-loved threads from emerging local designers and on the other side, expect handmade ceramics and homewares. There are over 220 stalls to browse through. The Kirribilli Markets were first held on January 21st 1976 in the back yard of the then newly opened Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre. Today, it is one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular markets.
Bondi Every Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, locals flock to the markets post-swim for breakfast on the grass, then a walk through the stalls. Expect plates piled high with different cuisines including pillow-soft steamed buns, Vietnamese soup from Bar Pho, and cheese toasties. You will also find freshly brewed iced chai, and green juices. As for shopping options, there are plenty of stalls selling local handmade goods such as chopping boards, homewares, and clothes.
The Rocks Venture to the cobbled laneways of The Rocks, where you can shop uniquely Australian-made gifts, eco-friendly kids clothing, and rare jewellery created from gold-dipped Australian leaves. While there, don’t forget to drop by a gallery or cafe. The markets are only a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, and are open every Friday from 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Glebe This vibrant village hosts many artists, students, and entrepreneurs. On Saturdays between 10am to 4pm, you will find them at the Glebe Markets, browsing recycled fashion, handmade jewellery, and homewares. You can also taste your way through food stalls slinging Turkish pide and vegan cupcakes, while listening to local musicians.
Rozelle This inner west market is one of Sydney’s best flea markets. You will find pre-loved fashion, authentic antiques, jewellery, vinyl records, and plenty of treasures to attract bargain hunters. The markets are open every Saturday from 9am to 3pm and is only a 20-minute bus ride from Sydney’s city centre.
Kings Cross Every Saturday, a market pops up in Fitzroy Gardens, attracting large crowds, despite its relatively small size. Stalls are filled with freshly cut flowers, organic produce, gluten-free pastries,pies, and cakes. Nearby, you can browse bookshops, cafes, and fashion boutiques. The markets are held every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
Paddington Paddington is the birthplace of Australian fashion empire Zimmerman, so it’s natural for Padington Markets to host over 150 stalls dedicated to budding designers. Expect a mix of jewellery, homewares, art and fashion – much of which is sold exclusively at Paddington Markets. There is an al fresco food court selling a variety of international cuisine. Visit on Saturdays between 10am to 4pm.
Marrickville Organic seasonal produce takes centre stage here, which is why most locals do their weekly grocery shopping at the Marrickville Market. Browse through all the local produce options, but don’t forget to stop by the countless snack stalls, cold-pressed juices, and salad bowls. You can find a spot on the grass to sit on, and enjoy the buzzy atmosphere. The market is open 10am to 3pm every Saturday.
Willoughby Venture to North Sydney for this French market, known for its Australian-French stalls, including the bets eclairs in Sydney. You will also find fresh pastries, locally made clothes and bags, and plenty of condiments including truffles. While you’re there, grab a croque monsieur to munch on, or pull up a chair and enjoy lunch on the tables. This market is held inside a Europen-style cottage, and operates every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.
Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.
To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
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Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here.
For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.