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Best foodie markets in Sydney

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With so many different markets on offer, there’s nothing better than grazing your way through and soaking up the sunshine while you’re at it. Explore our list of Sydney’s best markets for foodies covering fresh produce, food stalls, gourmet treats and food, glorious food.

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Paddy’s market, Haymarket and Flemington

Two locations selling fresh fruit, nuts, spices and vegetables.

The Haymarket location has a big range of Asian vegetables and you can also find a butcher and fishmonger tucked at the back of the markets and a spice and tea merchant near the front. Located in Chinatown, it’s conveniently close to some great Asian grocers (try New Yen Yen or Thai Kee for rows and rows of condiments, sauces, noodles, spices and ingredients that never end), butchers and roast BBQ shops to help you whip up the Asian dish of your dreams.

Address: Haymarket, Market City, Hay Street, City

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

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As well as being a fruit and veg market, the Flemington location is also home to Australia’s largest flower market where you can pick out fresh cut flowers, potted plants and flower supplies. Their website has a handy page on the fruits and vegetables in season, information on what to look for when selecting produce, tips on storage and how to prepare and cook along with recipe ideas. (https://www.sydneymarkets.com.au/markets/produce-market/whats-in-season/autumn.html)

Address: Paddy’s Market Flemington
250-318 Parramatta Rd, Homebush NSW 2140

Opening times: Sunday 9am-4.30pm

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Carriageworks farmers markets, Eveleigh (Open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm)

There’s over 70 stalls selling seasonal fresh produce, organic and bio-dynamic foods from local farmers and producers from NSW. Farmers and food artisans unpack their trucks in the early hours of the morning with the fresh produce and homemade goods they grow, rear or make. The market features organic, locally sourced produce goods like fresh flowers, artisan cheese, local oysters, organic chocolate, cultured butter and fresh sourdough. It’s the perfect place to stop by if you’re filling up a picnic basket.

Address: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

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Kings cross organic food market (Open Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 2pm Sat, 10am to 3pm Sun)

Loved by locals, it’s a great place to pick up some organic fruit, vegetables, cheese, fresh bread, flowers and hotfoods. There’s a delicious gozleme stall too to help fuel the weekly grocery shop.

Address: Kings Cross, Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay Street, Kings Cross, 2011,

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 Marrickville markets (Open Sundays 9am-3pm)

A popular spot with Sydney locals for a weekly grocery shop, this open-air market in the inner west offers certified organic vegetables and produce. Producers and growers sell seasonal fruit and vegetables, Asian greens and herbs, cured meats, juices, nuts and honey. The markets also sell crafts, vintage items, books, rugs, plants, flowers, eco-friendly products and unique individual and personally produced goods. They get extra brownie points for being dog-friendly and having the $5 Marrickville pork roll down the road which always goes down a treat (There’s a second stomach for pork rolls right?)

Address: 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204

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 Orange grove markets (Open Saturday 8am-1pm)

Located in the Orange Grove school grounds, you can find farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, leafy greens, air-dried meats, small goods and condiments. Do yourself a favour and grab their famous bacon and egg roll for brekkie, you can thank us later.

Address: Corner of Balmain Road and Perry Street Lilyfield

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Sydney fish markets (Open from 7am every day except Christmas)

The home of seafood, the Sydney fish markets is where you come to find the catch of the day. It offers a vast range of local seafood from octopus, clams, fish, mussels, caviar, abalone, oysters, prawns and live crabs and lobsters. If you’re eating there, you can select your seafood of choice and the vendors with tables will cook it up for you in the style you want (Salt and pepper mud crab? Ginger and shallot lobster with egg noodles? Singapore chilli crab?) If you’re feeling indecisive, there’s also grilled and fried selections from a bain-marie from a range of other vendors.

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Considered a Sydney pastime, locals pick up their sashimi and seafood from the markets and take it across the road to the park to enjoy (honestly there’s a lot less seagulls at the park, you’ll see what we mean). The fish markets are also home to a Chinese restaurant upstairs which serves dim sum in the mornings, a fruit and vegetable store, a deli with artisan cheeses, cooking classes and Vic’s butcher in the same precinct. Come early in the morning and you may be lucky enough to catch some pelicans walking around too.

Address: Corner Pyrmont Bridge Road and Bank Street, Sydney

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The Grounds Markets (Open every weekend from 9am till 3.30pm)

Relatively new on market scene, this curated marketplace in the old Salts Meats Cheese warehouse now sells food, beverages, skin care, gifts and homewares and hot sauce across its 80+ stallholders. It’s full of local produce stalls, artisan goods and kids love the little farmyard with chickens, a pig and ducks. Not gonna lie, we adults don’t mind the cute farmyard too and it’s a nice stop-over when waiting for a spot at the popular The Grounds café or the Potting Shed.

Address: Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street Alexandria

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The Rocks Markets (Foodie Markets open every Friday from 9am to 3pm, The Rocks Markets open 10am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays) Jack Mundey Place and Playfair Street

Two different markets run at the Rocks; the foodie market on Friday and the regular markets on the weekend. Delicious scents fill the air on Friday with buzzing street food stalls and sweet treats lovingly prepared by vendors. There’s something here for everyone and it’s always a good vibe along the cobblestones where you can also find artisanal wares, artworks and gifts. The grilled corn on the cobs with butter and chilli (optional) is a hit with locals and tourists alike.

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The weekend markets feature locally designed fashion, jewellery, textiles, photography prints and homewares. It’s a lovely weekend stroll, close to the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay. The area is rich in culture and heritage with its historic bars, restaurants and cafes and exudes old world charm.

If you’re wandering around the nooks and laneways of the Rocks, some great places to stumble upon are the ‘Renaissance café’ for baguettes and irresistible French desserts, ‘The Glenmore’ for a rooftop drink with a stunning view of the Harbour or ‘The Tea Cosy’ for hot scones, cream and jam.

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Bondi farmers markets (Open Saturday 9am-1pm)

Held at Bondi beach public school, the farmers markets offers fresh produce, organic meat and poultry, fresh flowers, artisan breads, homemade jams, cheeses, olive oils, herbs and spices, juices and coffee. You can ‘park’ your dog at the gate near the front and the markets offer delicious meal offerings like corn fritters, baked jacket potatoes and pho if you’re feeling hungry. We’re always hungry and we’re cool with anyone who has pho for breakfast.   

Address: Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Street

 

Monica Limanto