Besides famous landmarks and touristy areas, Sydney has some of the best markets around. There is always something exciting to be found and always something special to be discovered. No matter whatever you’re interested in and whatever your budget, markets in Sydney offer an extensive range of produce, new and second-hand merchandise that might capture your attention.
1. Sydney Fish Market
Established in 1945, Sydney Fish Market is the second largest fish market in the world. It is located just behind Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour and only 2km west of the Sydney CBD (Central Business District).
Featuring finest and the freshest seafood from Australia’s plentiful oceans, Sydney Fish Market is one of Sydney’s most popular attractions. Millions of tourists, foodies and locals visit the market to grab a bite at its on-site restaurants or get their seafood supplies. Besides seafood retailers, the market also has a delicatessen, a sushi bar, a bakery, a fruit and vegetable market, a meat deli and a seafood cooking school.
Where: 1 Bank Street, Sydney NSW 2009
When: Daily 7:00am to 4:30pm (except Christmas)
- Sydney Light Rail: Catch the Sydney Light Rail from Central Station, The Star, Haymarket or Darling Harbour to the Fish Market stop which is located across the road from the Market. Services run from Central to Lilyfield and back every 10 – 15 minutes. You can access the light rail platforms via corner of Jones and Miller streets.
- Bus Services: Catch Bus 501. This City/West Ryde/Ryde bus service departs Central Station every 30mins. Passengers can disembark at Miller street, opposite Jones Street and the Market is a five minute stroll.
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2. The Rocks Markets
Head to The Rocks Markets on weekends to enjoy a vibrant market scene packed with more than 200 stalls in the quaint cobblestone laneways. The markets are filled with goods from local prints, homewares, jewellery, leather, arts and crafts, as well as entertainment provided from buskers.
Sample a wide range of local-made gourmet at The Rocks Foodies Market which are held every Friday. Be sure to indulge in goodies like decadent chocolates, freshly baked bread, barbequed salmon, lamb kebabs, seasoned cured meats and gourmet sausages.
The Rocks Foodies Market
Where: Jack Mundey Place, Playfair Street, The Rocks
When: Every Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
The Rocks Markets
Where: Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Getting there: The Rocks is an easy, 15-minute downhill stroll from Town Hall station, 10-minutes from Wynyard station and a two-minute walk from Circular Quay. The main entry point to The Rocks is via George Street. If you’re walking from Darling Harbour, you can take Hickson Road via Walsh Bay, or Kent and Argyle streets through Millers Point.
- By Train: Take the train to Circular Quay, head in the direction of Sydney Harbour Bridge, and you’re only a stroll away. If you’re coming from Wynyard station, walk north down George Street towards the harbour and you’ll be here in 10 minutes
- By Bus: For buses travelling through the CBD along Elizabeth or George streets, get off the bus at Bridge Street and head north to The Rocks.
- By Ferry: Catch a ferry to Circular Quay and you’re only a short stroll away.
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3. Paddy’s Market at Haymarket
Located at Haymarket near Chinatown, Paddy’s Market cater to both locals and tourist and is home to approximately 500 stalls that sells almost everything from cheap imported clothes, accessories, sporting goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pets supplies, clothing, electrical goods to arts and crafts, souvenirs as well as knick-knacks. Souvenir hunters will love this lively and chaotic Chinatown market, where bargaining deals with stallholders are somewhat common.
Where: 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
When: Every Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
- By train:Catch the train to Town Hall or Central Stations. It’s only a five minute walk to Paddy’s
- By bus:The Sydney Explorer stops right outside the door
- By Light Rail:Alight at Haymarket, right at the door of Paddy’s.
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4. Paddington Market
Opened in 1973, Paddington Market is one of the oldest markets in Sydney with over 250 stalls in the grounds of the historical Paddington Uniting Church on Oxford Street, Paddington.
Paddington Market is a paradise for shoppers looking to get great buys on creative fashion, accessories, candles and more Australian-designed relics that are not sold in malls or other places. Besides things for fashionistas, the market offers a variety of local breads, pastries, chocolates and wine such as Turkish savoury delicacies, delicious artisan cakes and Himalayan cuisine.
Where: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington
When: Every Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Getting there: Take the train to Museum Station and get any of Sydney buses no: 380, 333, 378 (blue and white) or M40 (red bus) up Oxford St and get off at the first stop after Paddington Town Hall.
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