There are numerous open-air markets in Sydney, large and small. There are also specialist markets, such as organic and farmers markets. Some, but not all, market vendors will accept a little friendly bargaining as their prices can be flexible, particularly towards the end of the day when they want to get rid of stock.
Paddy’s Markets is located in Haymarket, Chinatown. You can find cheap, fresh produce, clothes, toys and other items. This includes a wide selection of Asian vegetables and herbs. Most vendors will accept bargaining. Paddy’s is undercover and so it is operational during wet weather.
Where: Hay Street, Haymarket, Chinatown
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9am to 5pm
What: Fresh produce; fruit, vegetables, seafood. Asian vegetables and herbs.
Flemington Markets is also a part of Paddy’s but in a different location. Unlike Paddy’s Markets in Chinatown, Flemington Markets sells almost exclusively produce. As the name suggests, it is located in Flemington, which is in Sydney’s west. Flemington Markets is almost an event. The warehouse is massive, with hundreds of vendors yelling out their prices and produce. Produce is very cheap and it is the place to go to buy in bulk. You can buy small amounts too.
Where: Austin Avenue, Flemington
Friday 10am – 4.30 (Organic)
Saturday 6am – 2pm (Fresh)
Sunday 9am – 4.30
6am to 2pm (Swap and Sell)
What: Meat, seafood, nuts, spices, fruit and vegetables.
Sydney Fish Markets
An incredible 65 tonnes of fresh fish pass through these markets daily and it is well worth the visit. There are also casual eateries at the market with very fresh fish and seating by the water.
Where: Corner of Pyrmont Bridge Road & Bank Streets, Pyrmont
When: Every day 7am to 4pm (some vendors close later) except Christmas Day
What: Mainly seafood and also cheese, fruit and vegetables, delicatessan goods, alcohol and bread.
The Entertainment Quarter Fresh Produce Markets
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park 2021.
When: Wed & Sat. 10am-3.30pm.
What: For further info: 02 8117 6700.
Eveleigh Farmer’s Market
This relatively new market offers some real delights. Gourmet food, delicious stinky cheeses and indigenous spices and foods are just some of the goods you can buy at this market.
Where: CarriageWorks, 243 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
When: Every Saturday 8am to 1pm
What: Produce, gourmet foods, cheeses, wine, flowers, organic foods and indigenous foods.
Farmers’ Markets and Organic Markets
There are numerous farmers’ markets and organic markets in Sydney.These include:
- St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Rd, St Ives 2075. Wed 9am-1pm
- Hornsby Mall, By the Fountain, Hornsby 2077. Thu 8am-4pm
- Bondi Mall, Oxford St, Bondi Junction 2022. Thu, Fri & Sat 8.30am-6pm
- Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay St, Kings Cross 2010. Every Sat 8am-2pm
- Chatswood Public School, cnr Pacific Hwy & Centennial Ave, Chatswood 2067. Every Sat 8am-1pm
- Orange Grove Public School, cnr Perry St & Balmain Rd, Leichhardt 2040. Every Sat 8am-1pm
- The Parkway Hotel, Frenchs Forest Rd East, Frenchs Forest 2086. Every Sun 8am-1pm;
- Cnr Forest Rd & Durham St, Hurstville 2220. Every Sun 8.30am-2pm;
- The Addison Rd Community Centre, Addison Rd, Marrickville 2204. Every Sun 8.30am-2pm.
As it sounds, organic food direct from the farmers, everything from fruit and veggies, coffee, meat, eggs, cheese and bread.
To find a farmer’s market or organic market in an area near you check out the links below.
- Sydney Farmers’ Markets http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au/
- Sydney’s Organic Markets http://www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au
In addition you will find that in certain months (particularly in summer) there might be evening open air markets to celebrate a particular food event. This is normally made up of food stalls from all around the world. Some of these include:
Manly World Food Markets
When: Every Friday, 5-9pm, January to March, 2014
Where: Manly Council Chambers Forecourt
North Sydney Noodle Market
When: The Noodle Market is held weekly in Summer, weather permitting, on Friday evenings 5.30-10pm. It continues for all the Daylight Saving months of Oct-Apr.
Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (next to council chambers. Wet weather or Cancellations Hotline: 9936 8272