Sydney is home to a lot of markets, some small and some more well-known. We’ve put together a list of the best local markets so that you can figure out where to go for handmade crafts, clothing, food and drink, and all the other items that these markets stock. Whatever you are shopping for, there’s sure to be a Sydney market for you. Forget the obvious answers – these are the ones you won’t want to miss out on.
Brewery Yard Markets
They may be in the middle of the city, but the Brewery Yard Markets have a very relaxed vibe. They are highly rated on a lot of best market lists, not least because it will only take you 15 minutes to get to them from the CBD. It’s all about the best of the best here: gourmet doughnuts are on sale alongside original jewellery pieces and top fashion picks. Homewares and beauty products are also on offer. They are open on the first and third Sunday of every month, from 10am to 4pm, so don’t miss out on picking up a few unique pieces.
Second-hand shopping is made into an art form at the Rozelle Markets. It’s the authentic second-hand market you have always dreamed of, with vintage and antique items lined up alongside old tat! It’s an exciting and inspiring market that may push you to fall in love with items for your home or wardrobe, and may remind you to get rid of a few things that are taking up space in the attic. Staying true to the flea market tradition, Rozelle has resisted commercialisation and remains a hipster-free paradise where one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday, so there’s no excuse for missing out.
Surry Hills Markets
On the first Saturday of each month, you’ll discover a market which has its own unique sense of style. You’re more likely to spot street fashion photographers here than at any other, but don’t let that put you off – it’s also a place to find some of the greatest hidden gems. Emerging designers showcase their wares here, meaning you could pick up an early piece from someone that ends up being the next big fashion house. There’s also vintage stalls and individuals with a lot of old things to sell off. You can even have jewellery created for you to custom designs on the spot. Coming here just to people-watch is also worthwhile.
What better excuse to head for the beach every Sunday than the Bondi markets? It’s held on the grounds of the Bondi Primary School, so this is very much a local affair, and you won’t find it to be as glamorous or hip as other markets. But it has its own appeal, with vintage wares on offer and semi-famous faces often poking their heads in for a browse. Plus, it’s the only market which has the added advantage of being able to buy your wares and then take them down to the beach for a beer or two. What’s not to like about that?
Image: Rozelle Collectors Market