If you’re a lover of ethical fashion, vintage threads, music, art, food, coffee or all of the above, then it’s pretty difficult to think of a better way to pass a weekend in Sydney than market hopping.
Apart from simply being a pleasant way to spend your day, sourcing locally produced or secondhand items reduces your carbon footprint. It can also mean a more ethical product due to Australia’s working standards and accreditation. Markets are a fantastic way to support budding artists, designers, farmers and foodies. Doesn’t it feel good to know that with every purchase you are supporting someone to live out their passion?
So, whether you’re looking for epic secondhand steals, unique vintage fashion, or even if you’re simply hanging for a delicious brunch that supports local businesses, we’ve got your next weekend market trip sorted.
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Welcome to your go-to destination for secondhand clothes, handmade jewellery and delicious food. They’re located close to the hustle and bustle of Broadway Shopping Centre, with plenty of public transport options available. These busy markets are frequented by a mix of university students, local residents, vintage fashionistas, and plenty of very cute dogs on their Saturday walks!
Once you’ve stocked up on some interesting finds (and bargains, we hope), don’t forget to swing by the food stalls on the way out. You can relax on the grass under the trees and enjoy live music every week from 12-3pm.
Why we love them: There is a strong emphasis on local artisans, and of course, you already know how much we love second-hand clothes!
Pro tip: Arrive early to pick up the best of the pre-loved items.
Market-hoppers beware – it is unlikely you will leave here without arms and bellies full of delicious local produce. Carriageworks Farmers Markets brings together an array of fresh local, organic and bio-dynamic produce in the unique architectural space of the old railway sheds. From your week’s fruit and veggies, to cheese, sourdough, meat, sauerkraut and other delicacies, you are sure to pick up something here that will impress your next dinner guests.
If you’re not just on the hunt for dinner ingredients, Carriageworks also boast an array of freshly made food for eating out. Much-loved Sydney chef and sustainable food advocate Kylie Kwong doles out delicious dumplings. Also keep an eye out for fairtrade coffee when you’re craving a caffeine hit!
Why we love them: With a focus on local produce and a diverse range of organic and bio-dynamic options, these guys always emphasise ethical and sustainable food.
Pro tip: Parking is tight, so consider travel alternatives such as riding your bike, walking or public transport to boost your ecofriendly feels. Also, don’t forget your reusable shopping bags!
Burton Street Tunnel, Milsons Point
General Market – 4th Saturday of the month, 7am – 3pm
Art & Design Market – 2nd Sunday of the month, 9am – 3pm
A hop, skip and a jump over the bridge lies one of our favourite hidden gems, Kirribilli markets. Run by the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, any profits go straight back into the organisation which offers free community services such as counseling, legal advice and parenting seminars. They also run a fantastic carer’s program, providing much-needed respite and support for those caring for people with mental illness.
You never know what you may find at the General Market from bric-a-brac, food, and fashion to antiques. The Art & Design market showcases designers and artisans to the sound of live music with international food vendors on-hand. And the Fashion Market gives you an opportunity to scout out some secondhand steals or some unique, locally crafted pieces.
Why we love them: A picturesque location and an emphasis on sustainability and community, what’s not to love? They also encourage their vendors to minimise waste by using biodegradable disposables.
Pro tip: Much like the Carriageworks, parking is limited, so save time, stress and emissions by using public transport – the markets are close to Milsons Point Station and Luna Park.
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Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Farmers Market – Every Saturday, 9am – 1pm
These markets are now almost as renowned as Bondi Beach itself – at least among the locals. Centred around local and organic produce, the Farmers Markets are packed with fresh fruit and veg, flowers, cheeses, olives, dips, bread and ethically sourced meat and seafood. Meanwhile, every Sunday the Bondi Markets attract artisans, stallholders and shoppers from around the state.
Why we love them: For produce, Bondi provides the goods, minus the food kilometres and supermarket giants. The fashion, art and homewares are unique, and the vibe is great.
Pro tip: Forgo breaky and grab a bite to eat on site, with plenty of local, tasty and healthy options. Don’t forget to wear your swimmers because Bondi Beach is directly across the road!
These monthly markets (directly across from Messina, yum!) are a hotspot for pre-loved and vintage fashion. Whether it’s dress patterns, something quirky, or a secondhand designer label you’re after, you can generally find it here. The markets are run by, and raise funds for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. This is supplemented by a Community Cafe running out of the library foyer. They selling delicious cakes and coffee to keep you going through your shopping spree.
Why we love them: You’re almost guaranteed to find some unique or designer threads here. Plus, once again, the proceeds support the local community.
Pro tip: If you’ve been looking for the perfect occasion to wear your trendiest outfit, this is it – while these markets are a more casual affair, visitors are usually dressed to the nines!
Reminiscent of an old-school flea market, these are perhaps one of the more well-known markets in Sydney, having operated for over 20 years. The antique lovers among us will feel at home here with delights including vintage paintings, records, furniture, homewares and fashion. To add to the quirky affair, plants, palm readings and massages are also on offer, and of course, no markets are complete without coffee, juice and food.
Why we love them: The Rozelle Markets are a Sydney establishment and provide plenty of visual inspiration, even if you’re not shopping.
Pro tip: Make a day of it and explore the local area – Rozelle boasts an array of restaurants and shops and is a stone’s throw away from the harbour and beautiful green spaces like King George Park.
Fancy catching a nice sea-breeze and getting away from the hustle bustle of the inner-city for a day? Coledale Markets are the perfect spot for a Sunday day trip. An hour and twenty minute’s drive south of Sydney, set on the spectacular Northern Illawarra coastline, these quaint markets are a great adventure.
With a resident DJ playing tunes that will have you shimmyin’ and shakin’ while you shop! They boast an array of secondhand clothing, and are helping to foster a growing community of local makers and artisans. If you plan ahead, you can even book into a Wild Rumpus class. This is a community-run group that teaches practical skills, emphasising sustainability and collaboration.
Why we love them: The location is like no other. Set at the base of the Illawarra escarpment, and looking out over the ocean, you’ll be in awe as you sip your coffee.
Pro tip: Take the scenic route along the renowned Sea Cliff Bridge – a drive you won’t regret!