The Best Markets in Sydney: the 2023 Guide
Each weekend markets in Sydney draw hundreds of visitors, for resident Sydneysiders like me, they are a great place to do your weekly shopping. For visitors they are a great way to see a slice of local life. Some markets particularly suited to travellers, offering locally made products perfect for taking home as mementoes of your visit to Sydney. Below we have shared our favourite markets, the ones that keep us coming home with a bag of goodies.
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Weekly Saturday Markets in Sydney
These are weekly markets held every Saturday rain, hail or shine.
Best for: Fashion and accessories, unique gifts and clothing
Paddington Market, Sydney’s original art and craft market, has been operating since 1973 and provided a launching pad for several top name Australian designers including Zimmerman and Sass and Bide.
The 150 stalls here are a mix of new designers and interesting art and craft items. On my most recent visit, I discovered an artist who jewellery features old postage stamps, another that made reusable bags in a great range of colours and patterns. They hold 20kgs and the wide straps make them the most comfortable I have ever owned.
There is also lots of tempting food for a hangover-curing breakfast or sweet treats for morning tea.
The goods on display are handmade and higher quality than you usually find in many market stalls.
Tip: There are lots of great cafes along Oxford Street, so once you have finished at the market head to a café or grab some take away and walk up along Oxford street to the sunken Paddington Reservoir Garden.
Where: 395 – 435 Oxford St Paddington
When: 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays
How to get there: To get to the market take the 333, 380, 378 buses from Circular Quay or Elizabeth St near Hyde Park.
When you are done in Paddington jump on the 380 bus to Bondi Beach for a walk or a swim.
Glebe Markets – now “Markets at Glebe”
Best for: Great general market with lots of vintage and second-hand.
Glebe Markets, has a new owner, a new name (Markets at Glebe) and a new website as of March 2023 but the same wonderful collection of stall holders is still offering up a mix of old and new with emerging designers and vintage fashion side by side.
There is a strong focus on clothing, jewellery and accessories with new, sample and second-hand goods on sale. Not so good for souvenir hunting but a fun and friendly local market! There is also a flea market section if you are looking to bag a bargain.
With lots of good international food stalls and free music on the lawn from 12-3pm, it’s a great spot to stop for lunch.
Tip: This map of stallholders will give you an idea of the types of goods here. I wish all markets had maps like this!
Where: Glebe Public School – Glebe Point Road Glebe
When: Saturday 10am-4pm
How to get there: Bus 431/433 from the city right outside the market – alternatively many others stop on Parramatta Road just a few minutes walk away.
Once you are all shopped out why not walk down to the bottom of Glebe Point Road and stroll through Blackwattle Bay Park back to the Fishmarkets light rail stop.
Carriageworks Farmers Market
Best for: Food and drinks, all sorts of delicious things to make your tummy smile!
The inner-west Carriageworks Farmers Market has a strong focus on organic produce and sustainable products from farms and providers around NSW. Chef Mike McEnearney has curated a fabulous collection of stallholders.
There is a monthly roster of stallholders here with some weekly stalls and others only appearing once a month. Each week there are about 40 stalls, mostly food vendors. It’s one of the best places to taste local artisan cheese and other dairy products.
My favourites include the bread from social enterprise Bread and Butter project which trains refugees to become bakers and the delicious butter from Pepe Saya. Add some of the smoked fish from Brilliant Foods, and your lunch is sorted! This market will really give you taste buds a workout.
You can read my full review of Carriageworks Market here
Where: 243 Wilson St, Eveleigh / Darlington
When: Saturdays 8am-1pm
How to get there: Take the train from any city train station to Redfern Station and exit via the main entrance on Lawson Street. Turn left on exiting and take the first left. No more than a 10- minute walk.
While you are here check out the Carriageworks gallery space for cutting-edge art and consider wandering along Wilson Street to Hollis Park for your picnic or onto King Street in Newtown and check out some of the areas fantastic street art.
Small, very slocal and great prices
Featuring new and second-hand goods Newtown Market is smaller and not as slick as many of the others on our list but I like that about it. It’s a local market with good prices and something different every week.
Tip: The market is food free so pop around the corner to Black Star Pastry and pick up some goodies to eat in Camperdown Memorial Park.
Where: 1 Bedford Street, Newtown
When: Saturdays 10am-4pm
How to get there: Take the train to Newtown.
Cambridge EQ Markets
Best for: Supporting small producers, mainly food but some household goods and clothing.
These markets held undercover in the centre of the old show ring at Moore Park offer a range of small and independent retailers, local, micro-businesses. They offer a range of high-quality artisan produce, organic and sustainable products perfect for both everyday shopping and special occasion cooking.
The markets are open as Wednesday and Saturday with plenty of parking nearby.
When: Wednesday and Saturday
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Lang Road Moore Park
Blacktown Drive In Markets
Complementing the wide variety of stallholders are food trucks and pop up cafes. Enjoy live music performances and a jumping castle for the kids.
Where: Skyline Drive In
When: Every Saturday 6:30am-2:00pm
Check the website here.
Weekly Sunday Markets in Sydney
Marrickville Markets (Addison Road)
Best for: organic food shopping, packing your picnic hamper or gathering delicious treats for a celebration.
Also known as Addison Road Market, Marrickville Markets is a favourite with inner west residents. Predominantly a food market and has a very local feel, and there is a delicious array of prepared food that encourages visitors to hang about for a meal while they are here.
Tip: Grab some local craft drinks from one of the many brewers in Marrickville.
When: Sunday 9am-3pm
Where: Addison Road Community Centre
Markets in Sydney on Saturday and Sunday
These markets are on all weekend, some offer different types of markets on each day.
Bondi Beach Market
Best for: All sorts of things, Saturday’s Farmers Market is great for your weekly shopping.
There are actually two Bondi markets. The Saturday’s Bondi Farmers Market with seasonal produce and the Sunday General Market. Its beachfront location enhances this small friendly market, and it’s well worth a pit stop while you are exploring Bondi on the walk to Coogee or just visiting the beach.
The Saturday market is one for foodies, especially good if you are renting an Airbnb or apartment for your stay in Sydney and want to try cooking local produce. If not, then there is plenty of prepared food you can enjoy on the large lawn area before you head to the beach. Lots of veggie and vegan options are on offer.
The Sunday market is quite similar in style to Paddington Market, the goods a mix of emerging designers and vintage fashion with an emphasis on clothing and jewellery. It’s a great spot to hunt down the next big thing or emerging fashion designers. It is also fantastic for people watching. If you want some Bondi inspired souvenirs, you can pick up some cool prints on bags, cushions and posters.
Where: Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Parade
When: Saturday’s 8am – 1pm and Sunday’s 10am – 4pm
How to get there: 333 or 380 from the city or Bondi Junction Station. Parking is a nightmare, so I suggest you take the bus!
Once you have finished at the market its time to stroll the Bondi Coastal Walk, if you are visiting in October/ November, don’t miss the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Kings Cross Market
Best for: Organic and vegan offerings and flowers.
Right by the famous El Amlamien fountain in Fitzroy Gardens Kings Cross Markets operate on Saturday and Sunday. The organic food market organisation runs the Saturday farmers market.
The Sunday market is managed by the Rotary Club of Kings Cross and is a “flexitarian market” (encouraging mostly plant-based foods while allowing other animal products in moderation.) You will also find clothing, jewellery and even books.
The local community are big supporters of the market and being open both Saturday and Sunday means you don’t have to remember which day it’s on. Along with grabbing your fruit and veg for the week, you can usually pick up organic beauty products, plenty of healthy foods and some of the cheapest fresh flowers in the city.
Tip: While you are here wander down to Elizabeth Bay and check out some of the interesting architecture and pocket parks in the area.
Where: Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay Street
When: Saturdays 8am-2pm, Sundays 10am-3pm
How to get there: 3-minute walk from Kings Cross Station or the 311 bus
Best for: Eco-friendly products and gift giving
This market has a strong focus on supporting micro-businesses and new designers. The focus is homewares, and artisan products – all perfect for gift giving. There are also lots of eco-friendly products on sale.
Tip: Check out our guide of all the great things to do in Manly while you are visiting.
When: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm (September-April); 9am-4.30pm (May-August)
Where: Sydney Road Manly
How: Ferry is best, but parking is generally available if you are happy to walk a few blocks
Rozelle Collectors Markets
Best for: Vintage, flea market fans.
If your idea of fun is fossicking around garage sales, then the Rozelle Collectors Markets is going to be right up your alley. With more bric-a-brac than you have seen since you watched an episode of American Pickers, you will be in second-hand heaven here.
For over 20 years this market, the most flea market style of market in inner Sydney has been a popular place for locals and visitors to spend a couple of hours.
Everything from collectables to vintage fashion, jewellery and books are on offer along with a variety of food, massages, live music and even tarot readings.
Tip: Every day is different here but like a good garage sale the best stuff goes early.
When Saturdays 9am-4pm (not currently operating Sunday)
Where: Rozelle Public School
How to get there: Head to Stand K on Park Street to take a bus to Rozelle. Either the M50, M52, 504 or 518 bus.
The Rocks Market
Best for: This is the best market in Sydney for visitors and quick quality, souvenir shopping
This market is almost certainly the best market for grabbing interesting souvenirs. The stalls here feature locally made handcrafted goods, and there are plenty of Australiana items for sale from lucky coins to native herbs and spices.
I have found some quite beautiful gifts here, among them the photographs from “The French Photographer” which I think make great mementoes, particularly when your photos do not turn out as well as you hoped! Lots of artisan jewellery that won’t take up much room in your bag and will provide you with special memories of your visit like the beautiful pieces by Creatively Belle.
I also suggest you check out the t-shirts from Sean Carver. You can see the full details of the various stallholders on the Rocks Market website
The market begins just south of Circular Quay on George Street and runs the length of the street to almost under the harbour bridge. Big umbrellas provide shelter from the weather year-round. It gets busiest at lunchtime so arrive early to avoid the crowds. By the time you are done, it will be time to explore some of the fabulous old pubs with a nice cold beer.
Tip: There is also a foodie market on Fridays from 9am-3pm
Where: George Street, Playfair St and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks
When: 10am – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays
When you are done, I suggest you check out our self-guided walking tour of the Rocks which will help you discover all this fascinating nooks and crannies and just a couple of pubs!
Paddy’s Market at Haymarket
Best for: This market is a bargain shoppers dream.
I almost didn’t include Paddy’s in this list because it is mainly just imported, average quality Aussie trinkets and lots of cheap nasty clothing. Still, for anyone needing to make their dollars last or just wanting to pick up some dirt cheap souvenirs for family back home (albeit made in China), this is the place to come.
Also good for grabbing $10 white shirts and black trousers for working holidaymakers about to start a bar job 😉
There are a fresh fruit and vegetable market at the southern end of the building, which is great for helping keep food costs down if you have an apartment for your stay.
Where: 9-13 Hay St Haymarket
When: 10 am – 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday
How to get there: A 5-minute walk from Central Station or Darling Harbour
You will find Paddy’s on the edge of Darling Harbour in Chinatown. Why not grab some Yum Cha while you are in the area and make your trip worthwhile.
Fortnightly and Monthly Markets
Brewery Yards Market
When: First and third Sunday of every month, 10am-4pm
Where: 28 Broadway, Chippendale
There are two markets held under the Kirribilli Market Banner, a General Market and the Art, Design and Fashion Market.
When: General – Second Sunday of each month / Art and Design – 4th Saturday (January – November) and 1st and 3rd Saturday (December)
Where: Underneath the Harbour Bridge by Milson’s Point Train Station.
Surry Hills Vintage Market
Best for: finding unique and obscure things you didn’t know you needed!
With a classic flea market feel, the goods on sale at the Surry Hills Market, are a mix of second-hand and handmade and most importantly you can always find something affordable.
We are always taken by the gorgeous dogs visiting the market and usually want to head straight to the pound and find one to take home.
You will also find rare antiques, secondhand books, vinyl and even CDs.
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: Shannon Reserve, Corner of Crown and Collins Streets Surry Hills
Sydney Vegan Market
Over 100 stalls offering all sorts of vegan products, food, clothing, beauty and household items are on offer. There are even goods for your furry friends. Enjoy live music performances or take a morning yoga class.
When: Third Sunday of each month
Where: Entertainment Quarter (EQ), 122 Lang Road
Bronte Bazaar Saturday Markets
Support Local! Browse over 30 local market stalls at the next Bronte Bazaar markets. Browse plants, vintage arts, crafts and food. Held July 10; 8-1pm. Markets are held monthly at Bronte Surf Life Saving Club.
Where: Bronte Surf Life Saving Club
When: Monthly 8am to 1pm first Sunday of the month generally but check the website.
Check the website here.
These markets don’t have regular dates but they are worth following on Facebook for updates.
- Blak Market – Held a few times a year, usually held at La Perouse
- Finders Keepers – a biannual market most recently held at the Cutaway in Barangaroo
Popular regional markets
Heading on a roadtrip? Check out these regional markets
- Kiama Seaside Market – Third Sunday of the month
- Blackheath Growers Market – Second Sunday of the month
Frequently asked questions about Markets in Sydney
We often wake up on the weekend and think “hey let’s go to the market” but then get totally confused about which market is on which day and which one had the best stuff, so we have put together this page to make it easier to choose a market for our next morning of shopping,
Wondering which Sydney markets should you visit?
Which markets are best for visitors to Sydney?
The Rocks Market and Paddington Market both have a good selection of items that would work perfectly as souvenirs.
Which Sydney markets are best for gourmet food?
Carriagework Market and Entertainment Quarter Markets are my go to choice for gourmet finds.
Which markets are best for second-hand goods?
Rozelle Collectors Market is a great choice for anyone hunting down second-hand bargains; Glebe is a close second.
What are the usual trading hours of markets in Sydney?
Most markets are held from 8am till early afternoon – many start winding up just after lunch but some do run right till 4pm.
Which is the best fashion-focused market?
Kirribilli Art, Design and Fashion Market, which is on top the list for fashion markets in Sydney. Paddington has an excellent “emerging designers section” and Bondi’s Sunday Market often has some lovely stuff.
Which market can I see local musicians perform?
Glebe Market, Rozelle Market, Paddington and Kirribilli have regular performances.
Which is the best growers and organic food markets in Sydney?
Run by Organic Food Markets, this group of markets operate across Sydney. Some of the most popular are:
Thursday – Double Bay
Saturday – Orange Grove Public School, Kings Cross, Ramsgate
Sunday – Marrickville and Kings Cross.
Sydney Vegan Market is also a good option for organic products.
Which market is the best for vintage clothing and jewellery?
Rozelle and Glebe hands down for vintage clothing and accessories.
Which market is the best for home wares?
Most of the non-food focused markets have a good range of gift and homeware. Kirribilli is a good choice, and Paddington also has a good range.
Which markets in Sydney are the most environmentally friendly?
There are a couple of markets that are now touting their plastic-free status including the Flour Mill market in Summer Hills, The Neighbourhood Market on top of the Paramount Hotel in Surry Hills and the Darlinghurst Market at Taylor Square. Sydney Vegan Market also offer environmentally sensitive products.
Which market is on which day?
Some markets are weekly on a single day, others run both days over the weekend, and some are once or twice a month. We have listed all the markets here by the days they operate to help you find them easily. You will also find a handy map at the bottom of the page.
About the author: Paula Morgan, a born-and-bred Sydney resident, has been sharing this city and its secret spots for over 15 years. She’s not just about the iconic landmarks; she’s all about the hidden alleys adorned with street art, and the joy of discovering a new café or a fabulous restaurant tucked away in a corner you never knew existed and weekends away exploring regional NSW.