Toss out expensive boutiques and shopping malls. For a different side of Sydney, check out open air markets instead! There’s so much more character and vibe in these markets which shopping centres don’t have. Plus there are many markets selling vintage and pre-loved products. We didn’t have time to visit many others are here 6 markets we have set foot on. We especially enjoy the second hand markets and mingling with friendly locals are such refreshing experience! Even if you don’t enjoy shopping, visiting these markets are such interesting experience. Since these markets are ‘topless’ do take note of the weather before heading down 😛
1) Glebe Markets
Located at Glebe Elementary School, this market is described as one of the best Saturday markets and mainly patronised by locals with many stalls selling pre-loved clothes and vintage products. After browsing several stalls selling second hand and new items, we purchased some lovely handmade soap from a friendly lady who made them from scratch. Prices here are affordable, soaking up the vibe here is just awesome!
Location: Glebe Markets, 5-25 Derwent Street Glebe Sydney New South Wales
Open every Saturday, 10am to 4pm
2) Bondi Markets
This open air market sells original designer clothing, exotic imports, hand made jewellery, arts, crafts, home wares, retro furniture, vintage clothes. Mostly tourist patronise this market, its not a surprise since it is located so near Bondi Beach No food is sold at this market but not a problem since there are so many eateries just a stone throw from this market. The Bondi Markets are located at Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Parade across the road from Bondi Beach.
Location: Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Open every Sunday, 10am to 4pm
3) Paddington Village Bazaar
Like Bondi Markets, Paddington Village Bazaar is geared towards tourist. The set up of the stalls and the items sold look similar to Bondi Markets. Items sold here are handmade goods and fashion, antiques homewards and art. If you are hungry, you can devour some Himalayan and Turkish cuisines and fresh range of locally produce coffee and cheese.
Not really worth the time unless you are around the Paddington area. However if the shopaholic in you can’t resist exploring this place, do check out the Paddington district, located opposite the Paddington Village Bazaar, which we feel exude much more character and style.
Location: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
Open every Saturday, 10am to 4pm
4) William Street Festival
Located just across the street and a few shop down from Paddington Village Bazaar, this ‘2 days only’ market had such a lively vibe and filled with so many laid back locals! We reckon this is how all markets should roll! Unfortunately this market is not a weekly market, and it happened to experience its very first run that weekend. This market we love! Selling food, plenty of booze, colourful fashion and a even more colourful array of people. We savored the best pistachio gelato, pipping hot cheesy fries, pizza, burgers, beers. The store displays here are so colour and creative, it could have been mistaken as a stylish outdoor party! Many Australians were seen lounging here under the sun chilling the afternoon away with good food and great music.
5) Rozelle Markets
This pre-loved market is made for all vintage lovers out there. It’s really treasure for those who seek it. Located at Rozelle Public School, prepare to grab pre-loved clothes (in good condition) starting from as low as $5! It is really affordable if you who don’t mind used stuff. Be ready to explore every corner cos who knows what you will find? There are so many vintage knit knacks lying around… one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. With soft live music at the background, this is a place where your can get lost in an afternoon sea of treasure!
Location: Rozelle School 663 Darling St Rozelle 2039
Open every Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
6) Chinatown Markets Sydney Haymarket / Haymarket Chinatown Little Eat Street
Being asian, it is important to stay true to your roots. We simply can’t resist but visit and look at how ‘Chinatown’ is being portrayed in other countries. We were pretty curious wondering what is available at the highly publicised Chinatown’s Haymarket and Little Eat Street*. We can all agree that unless you are in China, Chinatown is usually a tourist trap… True enough the food is pricey, goods sold here are pricey. This place is nice to visit for a quick walk to experience what chinatown is like in Sydney. Nothing spectacular, we barely stayed an hour at Haymarket and Little Eat Street. Fortunately with a stroke of luck, we stumbled upon a food court serving cheap and decent Korean and Thai food, much more appetising that those seen on the streets.
*As part of the Asia On Your Doorstep project during Good Food Month, Chinatown Night Markets transform Little Hay Street into ‘Little Eat Street’ every Friday night during October 2015.