Sydney’s best markets for the alternative shopper


Fashion and food and produce markets in Sydney are popular tourist attractions, but also a place where locals attend regularly to find cheap buys, purchase the freshest products, and support their community at a fraction of regular retail prices. 

Be it secondhand clothing, fresh produce or vintage finds, this article of 21 of the best markets in Sydney is your new best friend to the alternative shopping experience.  


-Vintage & Fashion Markets-


These markets have a wide variety of vintage trinkets and clothing for sale. You never know what you can find!


1. Glebe Markets



Listed as the top vintage market in Sydney, Glebe Markets offers a variety of food, crafts, quirky items, and fashion stalls. Here you’ll find new stalls every week but also a number of regular store owners who peddle their wares.



 The atmosphere at the Glebe Markets is always bustling with chatter, live music, and the smell of tandoori chicken kebabs radiating off the grills. Each stall holds a uniqueness and authenticity that adds to the ambience, radiating dynamic vibes one will find absolutely charming. There’s a nice lawn space for visitors to relax, devour their food, bask in the sun, and listen to live music performances that will surely entice you to stay longer!


Keep an eye out for scented candles (especially the heavenly-smelling soy candles), tandoori chicken wrap (fresh off the grill and warm in your tummy) and the pho noodles served in a tall paper cup in a tasty broth. Be careful though, it’s piping hot! 

Address: Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037 (Glebe Public School)
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
Website: here


2. Newtown Markets



This small and quaint market is located in the hub of Newtown right next to the main road of King Street, giving off a bustling atmosphere. The markets offer a wide variety of affordable vintage items ranging from clothes and other fashion items, to a vinyl records and old film cameras.



Look out for the record stall offering a wide selection of classic vinyls that will take you back in time, or visit Black Star Pastry just around the corner (277 Australia Street) for their famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake. Everyone needs to try it, no ifs, buts, or maybes! 

Address: 1 Bedford St, Newtown NSW 2042
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm


3. Kirribilli Markets


b2ap3_thumbnail_image54-Copy.pngLocated in the beautiful Milsons Point, Kirribilli Markets has clear views of the harbour bridge, and is just a 5min walk to Luna Park. Getting to the markets could not be easier with public transport as it is located at Milsons Point station’s doorstep.



Kirribilli markets will allow you to breathe in the eclectic mix of stalls that touch on both contemporary and vintage products. Featuring over 200 different stalls, visitors will be spoilt for choice with the emergence of local designers as well as second-hand fashion stalls. The markets branch off and expands to the Burton Street Tunnel, which is home to arts and crafts, food, produce, toys, homemade chocolates/jams and vintage-style postcards just to name a few.


Live entertainment adds to the vibrant atmosphere to the markets, giving off some sort of Spanish festival vibe! There is a wide array of food stalls with different cuisines, from Japanese fusion wraps to classic Turkish gozlemes, allowing your taste buds to travel around the world.

Keep an eye out for the banh mi or Vietnamese bread rolls. For $6 a roll, this is probably the most reasonably priced food item at the markets. Do also check out Paella Casablanca. The smell as well as the massive wok of paella (you really can’t miss it) will lure you in! 

Address: Burton Street Tunnel & Bradfield Park Bowling Green, Milsons Point NSW 2061
Opening Hours: (1) Art & Design & Fashion Markets – Second Sunday of each month, 9am to 3pm. (2) General Markets – Fourth Saturday of each month, 7am to 3pm
Website: here


4. Paddington Market



Paddington Markets consists of 150 unique stalls selling a vast array of products including creative fashion, accessories, pictures, candles, beautifully scented soaps, and more. 

Here’s a good incentive for you to visit Paddington Markets – when you visit and buy a product from the markets, you’re not only supporting emerging local designers and their products, you are also supporting Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged through the Eddie Dixon Centre which is totally funded by Paddington Markets.


A market isn’t complete without food stalls; Paddington Markets allows you to choose from Himalayan food, Aussie BBQ, freshly baked goods from the Grumpy Baker, fresh juices, tea, coffee, cakes, and homemade soup. 


Check out Anne’s sponge roll located in the Hall, as well as the range of handmade jewellery on sale! The fresh cut flowers on sale are also bound to catch your eye. 

Address: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
Website: here


5. Redfern Night Markets



Located right outside Redfern train station, the Redfern Night Markets gives off a soulful and hipster vibe, especially with the live music line up featuring talented and budding artists. 


The stalls feature anything from arts and crafts, home wares, jewellery to fashion items. Sydney food trucks and food vendors also exhibit their assorted goods both indoors and outdoors. Redfern Night Markets is truly an upbeat space that celebrates art diversity, specifically appreciation for Aboriginal culture.


The Veggie Patch food truck is particularly noteworthy, selling healthy snacks such as the zucchini/haloumi burger, mushroom and kale salad, sweet potato fries and vegan hazelnut bliss balls. The Redfern Night Markets also feature overseas artists including the likes of The Roots Odyssey. 

Address: 29-52 Hugo Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Opening Hours: Every first Friday, 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Website: here


6. The Rocks Markets



The Rocks Market is probably the number one ‘touristy’ market Sydney has to offer. Its charming location within The Rocks gives this market a vintage and historic feel.


Most tourists purchase souvenirs and knick-knacks unique to Australia such as koala key chains, boomerangs, or bush honey. The Rocks Market never ceases to maintain its buzzing atmosphere contributed by live entertainment and talented street performers who showcase their skills.


Keep an eye out for Fudge Fabulous Fudge that offers a range of 17 mouth-watering flavours of gourmet fudge handmade in Australia. Do also check out Giorgio’s Gelato for some authentic Italian gelato. For a gift that is about as Aussie as it gets, check out Specialising in Boomerang, a boomerang stall with boomerangs that even have Aussie sayings like “g’day mate” engraved on them. 

Address: Jack Mundey Place, Playfair Street & George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5pm
Website: here


7. Bondi Beach Market



Every tourist has to visit Bondi Beach during their stay in Sydney, so why not drop by the Bondi Beach Market if you’re visiting on a Sunday? 


You can find almost everything at these markets, from second-hand steals to designer leather bags; there’s definitely something for everyone.


Even the kids can have some fun in the playground within the school compound. The school’s canteen operates on every Market Day and raises funds for the school and other local community groups by running Sydney’s best sausage sizzle, and offering light meals and cold drinks to market visitors.


If you’re a fan of charm necklaces or bracelets, there is a shop towards the back of the markets that offers a wide range of these accessories, all for an affordable price.

Address: Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi NSW 2026
Opening Hours: Sundays, 10am to 4pm
Website: here


8. Chinatown Night Market



Friday nights are always buzzing in Sydney’s Chinatown, where the weekly night market is a popular late-night shopping hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The markets effectively reflect a sense of culture and energy within the thriving Chinatown precinct. 


Chinatown Night Market showcases unique products from local designers, as well as giving visitors an opportunity to try a variety of delicious and authentic Asian street food, taking their tastebuds on a journey around Asia.

The markets include its own Little Eat Street with more than a dozen stalls offering cuisines from Hong Kong to Vietnam, with popular favourites including yum cha, teppanyaki, sushi, and pho. On top of all the food, the markets have over 50 stalls operated by students, young designers and local artists with Asian heritage or whose designs reflect Asian culture.


Some mist-trys when at the Chinatown Night Markets include the Emperor’s Puff (there’s always a line) served piping hot from the counter, as well as the dragon beard candy, a Chinese cotton candy spun to resemble a cocoon and usually filled with peanuts, desiccated coconut and white sesame seeds.  

Address: Chinatown, Dixon Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Fridays, 4pm to 11pm
Website: here


9. Brewery Yard Markets



Brewery Yard Markets is situated on the Chippendale Green lawn in Central Park, Sydney’s most contemporary development integrating residential and retail into one impressive infrastructure. 


These markets are home to fashion, art, music, food, and drinks that are all of high quality. There are ping pong tables for your entertainment and deck chairs for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the live performances onstage. What a perfect way to end your week. 


Brewery Yard Markets is also a good place to discover less popular brands and labels Metal Head’s handmade heavyweight jewellery, pocket squares by Atoll, fresh-cut blooms from Bluebird Flowers and baked goods from Cakey Bakey Heart.


 Before you leave, don’t forget to check out Eatabella’s Vietnamese BBQ stall and also Prodjuice for cold pressed juices great for countering the effects of Saturday night’s revelry. 

Address: Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Opening Hours: First and third Sunday of every month, 10am to 4pm
Website: here


10. Rozelle Collectors Market



If you’re interested in rummaging through second-hand items, Rozelle Market is the place for you. You may stumble upon a number of unique and rare finds for a fraction of what you pay for at retail stores. The market resembles a typical European-style flea market, and encompasses an array of vintage items and antiques. 


There’s an assortment of international food, massage services for those in need of relaxation, and even tarot card readings for the curious. Enjoy live performances by talented musicians and singers between 10.30am- 2.30pm at the rear of the Market and 11am – 3pm at the front of the Market.

Keep an eye out for John Shepherdson’s Light Industrial stall – a creative and ingenious innovation of handcrafted industrial lamps that are created from old theatre lights.

Address: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 2039
Opening Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am to 4pm
Website: here


-Food and Produce Markets-


Check out the following markets for Sydney’s best selection of fresh homegrown produce and homemade food products.


11. The Grounds of Alexandria



The Grounds of Alexandria has got to be one of every Sydney-sider’s favourite breakfast and brunch spots. With numerous amounts of positive reviews and a long wait list every weekend, the food served at The Grounds is made with the freshest ingredients. Their aromatic coffee is also not to be missed.


The monthly markets at The Grounds features colourful fruits, flowers, pastries, desserts and much more. It is highly unlikely that you won’t be tempted to purchase something. These mini donuts injected with chocolate or jam, will literally give you a taste of heaven. 


You’ll also have the opportunity to taste-test some homemade spreads, sauces and freshly roasted nuts before buying them, so you know you won’t go wrong with your purchase.  The  lemonade stall is hard to miss with fresh punnets of strawberries on display, as well as colourful caramelised apples for sale!


You’ll also be greeted by the beautiful sight of the sprawling garden with potted edible herbs, flowers, and some furry friends at the mini farm. I’m sure it won’t just be the kids who will be amused! 

Address: Building 7, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015
Opening Hours: First weekend of each month, 8am to 3pm
Website: here


12. Paddy’s Market



Paddy’s Market is one of Sydney’s most famous indoor markets where you will find a wide range of souvenirs (fridge magnets, Aboriginal art, boomerangs), fashion, gadgets, bags, and much more. 


These markets are also famous for their fresh fruit and vegetables, and all prices are much lower than what you would get at standard supermarkets. 


It would definitely be an experience for tourists to get the chance to wander around the over 1000 stalls and sample some local culture before heading home. Tip: go on a weekday if possible, it gets pretty crowded at the fresh produce section on weekends.


Get your hands on some very ripe bananas for a steal at prices as low as 99c per kg, cheap mobile phone and tablet covers in a variety of colours and designs, as well as onesies perfect for the cold winter nights at a very affordable $15! 

Tip: Go on a weekday if possible; it gets pretty crowded at the fresh produce section on weekends.

You’ll also be greeted by the beautiful sight of the sprawling garden with potted edible herbs, flowers, and some furry friends at the mini farm. I’m sure it won’t just be the kids who will be amused! 

Address: Market City, corner Hay Street & Thomas Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Website: here


13. Sydney Fish Market



Did you know that the Sydney Fish Markets is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world? Offering some of the freshest seafood that Sydney has to offer, the Sydney Fish Markets is definitely a must-visit.


If you’re not a seafood lover, there are stalls that sell sandwiches, freshly baked breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, sushi, Asian food, and juices. 


Enjoy your meal overlooking the wharf with beautiful waterfront views, or you can bask in the sunlight at Wentworth Park located right across the markets. The Sydney Seafood School is also located at the market; it holds a variety of seafood cookery classes including some hosted by Australia’s leading chefs!

Do beware of the seagulls on a mission to steal your food (especially fries) if you are seated outdoors. Recommendations include the grilled lobster mornay, torched scallops and if you’re craving something different, try Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant’s egg tarts. 

Address: Bank St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7am to 4pm; Friday to Sunday, 7am to 5pm
Website: here


14. Eveleigh Farmers’ Market



Awarded as one of Sydney’s best farmers market, Eveleigh Farmers’ Market offers the most authentic, local produce. 


Many artisan food producers as well as local NSW based farmers transport their freshest seasonal produce directly to the markets for visitors to enjoy.


You’ll be able to find seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, artisan bread, dairy, boutique wine, and much more. These markets are fully supportive of organic, biodynamic wholefoods for the health enthusiasts. 


Visit Blini Bar offers a delicious ham, cheese, and mushroom crepe fresh off the grill, Bird Cow Fish for some moist banana cake, and Billy Kwong for steamed pork buns as soft as clouds in your mouth. Ausbuff Stuff also sells a wicked buffalo mozzarella and buffalo milk ice-cream, and Murrungundy Pistachios offers a variety of nuts in interesting flavours like curry. 

Address: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
Website: here


15. Parklea Markets



Parklea Markets is great for a spot of bargain shopping, or to stock up on your weekly fresh food supplies. This five-acre market proves to be the biggest, most vibrant market in the Southern Hemisphere where abundant amounts of colourful fruits and vegetables brighten up the market environment.


In the fresh food department, international food, seafood, meat, frozen food, and even baked goods are on sale. There are also kitchenware, camping/fishing products, cosmetics, fresh flowers and plants, computer software, souvenirs and much more that are available for purchase.


You can even get yourself a pet at entry no. 2 where birds, puppies, and other pet accessories are up for sale! 


Check out Angel’s Gifts and Garden section for beautiful pots and decorative items for your garden, and get your hands on some street food, kebabs, burgers and Dutch pancakes at the available food trucks. 

Tip: Don’t purchase the first thing you see – prices are very competitive given the variety of options available.

Address: 601 Sunnyholt Road, Parklea NSW 2768
Opening Hours: Friday to Sunday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Website: here


16. The Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market



For the early risers, The Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market (or known as The Good Living Growers’ Market) is a great way to start your morning. Loyal regulars and visitors fill their mornings with specialty breakfasts, locally roasted coffee and much more. 


The Good Living Growers’ Market in the beautiful Pyrmont precinct consists of stalls selling meats of all sorts, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses and other fresh products. 

Market-goers are able to get monthly recipe inspiration from guest celebrity chefs at the Market Chef Stage, hosted by various friendly faces from The Sydney Morning Herald. This quality-based market ensures that the freshest produce is offered, making you flock back for more fresh food goodness!


For freshly baked bread, try the sourdough loaves at Sonoma. If you’re feeling peckish, the venison pies from Mandagery Creek are popular with visitors and the sweet treats from Sweetness the Patisserie are sure to leave you wanting more. Carnivores will also appreciate the smoked ribs from Emundi Smokehouse.

Address: Pyrmont Bay Park (opposite Star Casino), Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Opening Hours: First Saturday of every month, 7am to 11am
Website: here


17. Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market




Although this market is one of the newer additions to the farmer’s market scene, it has already won several awards and is highly regarded as a market with quality produce. 


In 2012, Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market received the Rockdale City Council award for ‘Business of the Year’. This market provides an extensive range of the freshest fruits produce that are guaranteed Certified Organically grown.


Market stalls include but are not limited to fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, bread, coffee and tea, dairy products, meats, cakes and desserts,cheese, skincare products, clothing, jewellery and assorted cooked foods. 


Do check out the cronut stall – half croissant, half donut, the texture of this sweet treat is perfectly executed and is definitely a must try for foodie lovers (try the cherry custard flavour). For vegans, try the vegan sausage roll with 0% sausage and 100% taste, and for the gluten-averse, try Pod Prebiotic Meals with delicious meals made out of legumes, beans and lentils. The Adzuki Mustrard Melodi made with local organic mustard also deserves particular mention.

Address: Ramsgate Public School, corner Chuter Ave & Hawthorne Street, Ramsgate Beach NSW 2217
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 8am to 2pm
Website: here


18. The Rocks Friday Foodie Market



What better way to celebrate the upcoming weekend with a stroll through the Rocks Friday Foodie Market during a quick morning tea or lunch break? 


Nestled between Sydney’s picturesque harbour and the Harbour Bridge, these markets enable visitors to enjoy the outdoors whilst surrounded by great culinary delights ranging from farm fresh produce to traditional Italian gelato. Anyone with a passion for fine food would fall in love with these markets.


Inspired by the famous French artist Claude Monet, Mini Monet Cupcakes offers a wide spread of multi-coloured cupcakes and resemble Monet’s famous painting ‘Haystacks’.

Emporium of Chocolate features handmade chocolates inspired by Brazilian desserts. These goodies are wrapped in different vivid colours and are very presentable as gifts or souvenirs. Do also check out Nuttyland for their chilli cashew and lemon and pepper macadamia nuts.

Address: Jack Mundey Place, corner of Argyle Street & George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Fridays, 9am to 3pm
Website: here


19. Bondi Farmers’ Market



For those looking for some of the freshest produce, Bondi Farmers Markets are a must-visit. This outdoor beachside market allows you to be close with nature, and be surrounded by hand picked produce and gourmet delicacies such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, seafood, olive oils, quality cheese, and wines.


Bondi Farmers Markets allows locals and tourists to have a chat with stallholders and become more informed about their food first hand, rather than purchasing it straight from the supermarkets.


Head for Gelato Cart for some delicious gelato made with organic ingredients, A Taste of Bush for native Australian herbs and spices to enhance your cooking; and Mayfarm Flowers for their variety of beautiful flowers sourced directly from farms. 

Address: Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi NSW 2026
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 9am to 1pm
Website: here


20. Kings Cross Organic Food & Farmers’ Market



These markets offer organic, gourmet and artisan produce, and freshly baked products such as breads and pastries. The culture of ‘eating clean’ is booming in the health scene in Australia, and organic foods are definitely becoming an important part of a healthy lifestyle.


Know where your fruit and vegetables come from and help support local farmers and their produce. At these pleasant community markets, you will find healthy, eco-friendly and sustainable fair-trade products.


To know if a stall’s products are organic, look out for a yellow sign on each stall.

Address: Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 8am to 2pm
Website: here


21. The Beaches Markets



Boasting with close to 100 quality-guaranteed stalls, the Beaches Market features farm fresh produce. These include organic and conventional fresh fruit and vegetable sellers, dairy products, meats brought directly from the farms, tasty treats and more! 


A selection of homeware products, jewellery, local artisans and unique fashion stalls are also available. The market has become a meeting place for the locals to catch up with friends and family, do their weekly groceries or shopping, and have a coffee while the kids bounce on the jumping castle or discover new furry friends in the petting zoo.

Do check out the smoked fish stall and Nougat Royale. It’s no surprise these soft, chewy and creamy slabs of goodness are a popular favourite. 

Address: Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood NSW 2102
Opening Hours: Fridays, 8am to 1pm
Website: here


Visit a Sydney market today!


Whatever your intentions are for visiting a market on this list, it is guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed. The markets are bound to suit your needs through its diverse range of products, so come along and help support what these passionate stallholders have to offer!