Sydney markets
Market Wanderings

A Fun Weekend of Sydney Markets

A trip to Sydney means different things to different people.  To me, a trip to Sydney is incomplete without visiting at least one Sydney market!

Sydney markets remind me of a time when I was young and carefree and could spend my weekends traipsing around whichever market took my fancy.  Not being quite so young and carefree but with the excuse of going to an Adele concert, I relived some of my youth while in Sydney recently!

There are so many amazing Sydney markets but with only a few days to explore, I had to limit the markets to a few in and around the eastern suburbs and inner west.

Paddington Markets

Paddington Market is my market crush!

Sydney markets

Having lived in and around Paddington for many years, most weekends involved at least some time at the Market.  Either meeting friends for brunch and shopping or just to wander and enjoy the buzz of the market.  I still have clothes that I bought from designers more than (and perhaps I shouldn’t admit this) twenty years ago!! And …. they still fit me!!  (Bit of a boast there!!)

The market was established in 1973 to encourage local fashion designs, crafts people, jewellery makers and artists.  And it is still the place to find emerging designers, handcrafted jewellery, art, home wares, fresh produce and delicious market food.

Sydney marketsI bought my god daughter baby clothes from this market shop.  She is now 18!!

I am unable to go to Paddington Market without spending more money than I should.  And this trip was no different.  A new sunhat, 2 scarves and the most gorgeous winter camel jacket that I have ever seen!  Now that the weather is cooling this jacket will be my “go to” jacket – I just know it!

I couldn’t buy any food this time as we were out for the day, but generally I buy bags of delicious bread and baked goodies to share with whoever I am staying with in Sydney.

Sydney marketsFresh locally made artisan breads.

I had hoped to meet the market manager but our messages didn’t quite connect in time.  We’ve since caught up and I can’t wait to meet the people who run this amazing market next time I’m in Sydney !  And next time will need to be sooner rather than later ….

Paddington Market is held every Saturday, 10am – 4pm, come rain or shine at 395 Oxford Street in Paddington.

Sydney marketsWindow charms hanging from a market umbrella.

Balmain Market

Saturday afternoon was spent in Balmain, in Sydney’s inner west.  Balmain was not my usual haunt when I lived in Sydney, but I was a regular at the Balmain Market for many years.

Balmain Market is held in the grounds of the beautiful St Andrew’s Congregational Church in Balmain.  The Market wasn’t huge but when I entered the Church grounds I felt I had entered a little piece of tranquility amongst all the hustle and bustle that is the inner west of Sydney.

Sydney marketsThe beautiful St Andrew’s Congregational Church hosts the Balmain Market.

I didn’t know this, but the Balmain Market is the third oldest Sydney market!

Wandering around the market I saw arts and crafts, jewellery, bric-a-brac, books, clothing, candles and plants.

Sydney marketsPolynesian art.

Sydney marketsGarden love …

A very friendly market, I found Stewart, the Market Manager, who I had been ‘talking’ with over social media in the lead up to my Sydney trip.  Stuart is the son of the Minister of St Andrew’s and it was obvious that his heart was with the market.  Though our markets are very different, I enjoyed chatting to a fellow market manager.  I should do it more often.

Located at the St Andrews Congregational Church, on the corner of Darling Street and Curtis Road, Balmain, the market is open every Saturday from 9.000am – 3.00pm.

Sydney marketsMarket styling!

Bondi Market

Brunch at Bondi Beach on Sunday morning gave me the excuse that I needed to go to the fabulous Bondi Market.

Sydney marketsThe market was bustling with visitors.

A bustling beachside market with people wandering around in their beach clothes, I could feel the ‘fun’ as I wandered through the market.

A very different market to my own country market, I loved the vibe of this beach market and managed to buy myself a gorgeous boho sundress.   A dress that is now packed away until next summer!  I think I forgot that I live in the country and not at the beach!  I desperately wanted to buy a gorgeous bunch of hydrangeas from the flower lady, but didn’t think they’d survive the five hour drive home.

Sydney marketsI desperately wanted to take a bunch of hydrangeas home with me!

Bondi Market is an eclectic market.  It was filled with clothing for both big and little people, jewellery, art, homewares, vintage pieces, bric-a-brac, candles, flowers and plants and a whole lot more.   And food, food, food.  I was ever so pleased that the freshly squeezed lemonade man was still at the market!  And another favourite of mine, yoga mats printed with scenes of Sydney beaches!!  I should have bought one …. next time!

Sydney marketsA freshly squeezed lemonade is a must have at Bondi Market.

The Bondi Market is open every Sunday, 9am – 4pm at Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Parade, right across the road from Bondi Beach.

Sydney marketsThe beautiful Bondi Beach.

I Love  Sydney Markets

Unfortunately we had to cut our time at Bondi Market short as we had to leave for home.  I had hoped to visit at least one other Sydney market while in town but we ran out of time!  I must arrange another trip to Sydney soon …

Do you have a favourite Sydney market?

Write a comment