We have chosen the best food and design markets in town
Orange Grove Organic Food Markets
These markets fill the playground of Orange Grove primary school with covetable goods on a weekly basis. Farm fresh fruit and veg is everywhere here and you’re spoilt for choice for truss tomatoes, plump berries, technicolour capsicums and leafy greens. There’s also a glut of small producers for all your smallgood and fancy condiment needs; grab a fragrant saucisson (an air-dried pork sausage); or rummage through bright yellow, ice-filled eskies for some juicy free-range steaks and nab a carton of free-range eggs. The popularity of the bacon and egg rolls from Bowen’s has reached celebrity status, with queues long enough to make you think Bieber is signing autographs at the end of the line. CF Cnr Perry St & Balmain Rd, Leichhardt 2040. 02 9999 2226. www. organicfoodmarkets.com.au. Sat 8am-1pm.
Marrickville Organic Markets
You can find pretty much anything here: from vintage clothes, books, rugs and eco food wraps to healing crystals, rice bread and tarot reading. There are stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, plus Asian greens, honey and fresh seafood. Pick up a paper lunch bag filled with sweet, mini plums and stop by Brooklyn Boy Bagels for a poppy seed dough with cream cheese, lox, dill and caper schmear. If you visit on the first or fourth Sunday of the month, the longest lines will be found at La Casa Latina – a pop-up diner where you can eat authentic Mexican food. There’s plenty of grass behind the community hall to throw down a rug – just watch out for the pony rides passing through. JY Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville 2204. 02 9999 2226. www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au. Sun 9am-3pm.
Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Go for the pho stand for a traditional Vietnamese start to the day. There’s a bibimbap stall that will even replace the rice with shredded cauliflower if you don’t believe in cheat days, and a French crêpe stall and a classic bacon and egg roll for creatures of habit. The big hitter is always Billy Kwong, where a perfect fried egg is swaddled in a Chinese pancake, packed with salad and dressed in a luxe ginger tamari sauce. And for breakfast dessert, get a baked treat from Flour and Stone – they soak their lamingtons in a panna cotta mix to
make sure they’re extra soft and rich. Once the hounds of your hunger have been quieted it’s time to prepare for your next meal, or seven. Maybe you need the sweet bite of Pickle Hill’s Worcester sauce for the pantry? Or some fresh goat’s curd from Willowbrae? While you’re there you may as well get some smoked salmon, fresh ravioli from Pasta Emilia, free range eggs, a load of beer and barley bread form the Bread and Butter Project. ELT245 Wilson St, Eveleigh 2015. 02 8571 9099. carriageworks.com.au. Sat 8am-1pm.
Over 200 stalls take over Glebe Public School each Saturday morning, but it’s the fashion ones that attract most visitors. There are rows upon rows of eccentric and colourful vintage clothes, alongside handcrafted jewellery, accessories and new clothing designed by locals. There are vintage stalls scattered all around the market, but the smaller section just off Derby Lane at the back of the school is a goldmine and a slightly quieter place to scour through racks and try things on. Here you’ll find Muns Vintage, a treasure trove of recycled fabrics turned into new garments. The lane of food stalls just opposite the lawn has gözleme, kebabs, dumplings, fancy doughnuts, gluten-free baked goods and tandoori chicken wraps from the Madras Cuisine stall, which has been part of the markets for more than two decades. BNGlebe Public School, Cnr Glebe Point Rd & Derby Pl, Glebe 2037. 0419 291 449. www.glebemarkets.com.au. Sat 10am-4pm.
Northside Produce Markets
These North Sydney markets stake the claim for being Sydney’s longest continuously running produce market. Snaking through the seemingly small parklet on the northern CBD’s fringe, this bimonthly produce fair brings stallholders peddling orbs of creamy burrata, blood sausages, double-fist sized heirloom tomatoes, salted caramel meringues, fresh egg pasta, free range eggs and soda bread. Luca Ciano’s jarred pasta sauces and Italian olive oil dressings are excellent Italian treats; and Martin Teplitzky will fry you up a golden croque madame with Iggy’s bread and ham off the bone. JK220 Miller St, North Sydney 2060. 02 9922 2299. www.northsydneycentre.com.au/markets/northsideproduce-market. First and third Saturday of the month, 8am-noon.
Every Saturday, more than 100 stalls line the grounds of Paddington Uniting Church and the neighbouring school selling Australian-made fashion, handmade crockery and metal costume jewellery. The market has been operating since 1973. Many of the stallholders return week on week, like the elderly Japanese couple selling Bonsai trees and the Spanish shoemakers selling espadrilles. It’s predominantly an art, clothing and design market – and alongside the kitsch bric-à-brac and Australiana-print tea towels you’ll find straw hats for $35 from local milliners and soft Tunisian-made ‘Turkish’ towels from young Eastern Suburb entrepreneurs. Antique, vinyl and vintage stalls are few and far between, but leather satchels, beach photography prints and patterned baby rompers are two a penny. Gilda, a Brazilian singer, shakes her maraca as she serenades the market goers in Portuguese. EJ395 Oxford St, Paddington 2021. www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au. Sat 10am-4pm.
Kirribilli Art, Design & Fashion Markets
Fans of expertly curated market events such as the Finders Keepers will be happy to know there is a monthly market offering a comparable experience a stone’s throw from Luna Park, centred on the weather-proof location of the Burton Street Tunnel under Milsons Point Train station. Here you’ll find quirky millinery, hilarious knitted parrots, octopuses and Barbie outfits, and cool laser-etched wooden phone cases. An antiques corner features groovy typewriters from the 1960s and several stalls offer funny and handmade greeting cards. There is a food court area where you can get a roast pork roll, quesadillas, churros, gözleme, paella, blynis, dim sum, or gelato. Afterwards, head over to the outdoor fashion zone and browse the $10 and $20 bargains. ND Alfred St South, Milsons Point 2061. 02 9922 4428. www.kirribillimarkets.com. Second Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm.
Rozelle Collectors Market
The schoolyard of the Rozelle Public School has been a hive of weekend crate digging for more than 20 years, and while some stalls have almost earned long service leave, there are always newcomers. The market runs across the weekend, although Saturday is better if it’s pre-loved clothing you’re after. You can find bargains for less than you’d spend on a coffee. Don’t be afraid to dig down into the tables of tops and skirts, T-shirt piles and racks of leather jackets. And if you don’t need vintage boots, a floral dress or a designer bargain, stroll through stalls selling antiques, cut glass crystal, old suitcases, DVDs, furniture and bric-a-brac. ELT 663 Darling St, Rozelle 2039. rozellecollectorsmarket.com.au. Sat, Sun9am-3pm.
Rozelle Collectors Market
Marrickville Organic Markets