The city’s markets have so much to offer, from fresh produce to vintage collectibles and cutting-edge fashion
The launchpad of world-renowned Aussie labels such as Sass & Bide, Zimmermann and Dinosaur Designs, this popular weekly market is a must-visit for shopaholics. With over 200 stalls, you’ll not only find homegrown fashion, but also artisan foods, knick-knacks, jewelry and homeware.
Opening hours: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.
395 Oxford St, Paddington, +612 9331 2923; paddingtonmarkets.com.au
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You’ll also find wares from up-and-coming local designers at Bondi Markets. Set against the backdrop of picturesque Bondi Beach, the market offers designer clothing, handmade jewelry, arts and crafts and more.
Opening hours: Sundays, 10am to 4pm.
Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, +612 9315 7011; bondimarkets.com.au
Set on a former bowling green near the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Kirribilli Centre plays host to two different markets – the Art, Fashion, and Design Market on the second Sunday of every month, and the General Market on the fourth Saturday. At the Art, Fashion and Design Market, you’ll find vintage and pre-loved fashion, jewelry, artisanal products, as well as live music performances. True to its name, the General Market offers over 200 stalls selling just about everything, from antique collectibles to homeware and bric-a-brac.
Opening hours: The Art, Fashion and Design market is held every second Sunday of the month, from 8.30am to 3pm; the General Market runs every fourth Saturday of the month, from 8.30pm to 3pm.
Alfred St South, Milson’s Point; +61 2 9922 4428; thekirribillicentre.org/kirribilli-markets/
Rummage through antique wares like records, books, vintage fashion (as-is or reworked from vintage materials), and even the pre-loved clothing of popular social media personalities. Live music and a predominantly hipster crowd further add to the market’s indie vibe.
Opening hours: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.
Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, +614 1929 1449; glebemarkets.com.au
Sydney Fish Market
This fish port and market is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and trades around 100 species of seafood every day. Chow down fresh sashimi, briny oysters, grilled scampi, deep-fried lobsters and more at the market’s canteen — you don’t want seagulls stealing your food by sitting out in the open. You’ll also find several restaurants, cafés, a bakery, a greengrocer and even a butcher on site.
Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 4pm.
Bank St and Pyrmont Bridge Rd, +61 2 9004 1100; sydneyfishmarket.com.au
Moore Park Produce Market
Located 10 minutes from Sydney’s Central Business District, this market is where you’ll find fruits, vegetables, breads, nuts, eggs, cheese and more — all sourced directly from farmers, chefs and producers across New South Wales. Once your shopping bag is full, treat yourself to waffles, cakes or crêpes from the food stands.
Opening hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 3.30pm; Sundays, 10am-4pm
122 Lang Rd, Moore Park, +612 8117 6700; eqmoorepark.com.au/eq-markets
The Finders Keepers Markets
With over 250 independent art and design stalls helmed by makers from all across the country, this biannual market is a bona fide celebration of Australia’s creative community. The list of stallholders at every fair is carefully curated, ensuring that every product sold is handmade, originally designed and ethically procured. Splurge on one-off art, homeware, toys, jewelry, books and more.
Entrance fees: AU$2; free for children under 12.
Opening hours: The next event in 2016 will be held on December 9 (from 6pm to 10pm), December 10 (from 10am to 6pm) and December 11 (from 10am to 5pm).
Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive St, Eveleigh; thefinderskeepers.com/sydney-markets
You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time at this fair. Set in the iconic Rose Seidler House, you’ll find all things retro here, from stalls selling vintage fashion and homeware, to swing dancing demonstrations and even hairstyling services. If you plan on attending the fair, eschew your jeans and sneakers in favor of old-school outfits like full-skirt dresses and bowling shirts. You might even end up winning the best-dressed competition!
Entrance fees: AU$39 (AU$35 for groups of four or more); free for children under 5.
Opening hours: Visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au for updates on the next fair.
Rose Seidler House, 71 Clissold Rd, Wahroonga, +612 9989 8020; sydneylivingmuseums.com.au
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