This week's best markets and pop-up shops
It’s imperative that you do not eat before you visit the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. You’ll want to save maximum belly space for your personal version of The Bachelorette where you decide who gets your dollars and what delicious produce gets to come home with you. Maybe you like something soupy and savoury first thing? In that case 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, no visit is complete without 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, and some jersey milk butter to go on it. If you forgot your sweet French basket the 2 Duck Trading Co stall sells them, so you can pack them full of fresh
These pint-sized produce markets take place in Pannerong Reserve just back from Rosebay’s main drag selling bunches of aromatic sage, fennel and mint, miniature organic eggplants and juicy grapefruits. On the Tuesday we visit there’s a jazz guitarist, long tables to sit at and umbrellas to lounge under. There are around ten stalls each week, so it’s more of a snapshot of the Sydney market rotation rather a full spread. Grab an eggy quiche lorraine filled with bacon, caramelised onion, shreds of tasty cheese, cream and milk from Tart by Ursula; or get a taste of the Northern Beaches via Berkelo’s hearty loaves of bread. Fresh blooms including leucadendrons, pineapple lillies and proteas come in buckets (or arrangements) from local florist Sweet Pea and Honey Bee Flowers. You’ll also find Gwydir Grove Olive Oils, who bring drums of olive oil (perfect for refilling bottles) and briny, dense olives. Ultra sweet fire grapes and dried sugar plums from Prickle Hill are also a hit.If all this perusing has you hankering for a snack you’ll be pleased to smell the aromas of Jimmy Liks. The former Potts Point restaurant will serve you up a roti ‘taco’, which see the charred flat bread packed with slow cooked curried chicken, pickled cabbage, chilli and fresh coriander. Find more Sydney markets.
You’ll find massive variety among the 200 stalls that take over Glebe Public School each Saturday morning, but it’s the fashion ones that attracts most visitors. There are rows upon rows of eccentric and colourful vintage clothes, alongside hand-crafted 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. Even if you’re not searching for a new wardrobe, Glebe Markets is a great place to grab some lunch and relax on the school lawns where live musicians serenade the crowd from noon. The lane of food stalls – just opposite the lawn – has old market favourites and more high-end offerings: 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. Best of all, you can get a freshly squeezed, made-to-order lemonade from the Citrus Factory. It’s mixed together in a cocktail shaker and you’re able to request a little more lemon or sugar, depending how sweet your tooth is. Find more Sydney markets.
Plant lovers Josh O’Meara and Linda Vydra started the Jungle Collective in 2017 as a way to share their love of horticulture through a series of pop-up indoor plant sales. They’re selling thousands of varietals like fiddle leafs, monstera, birds of paradise, peace lilies, rubber trees and more, every couple of weeks in a warehouse in St Peters. They like to theme their events, offering discounts to those who dress up for the occasion or bring a friend. This time around they’re giving a $5 discount to anyone wearing safari themed outfits. How does it work? If you want the best chance at securing rare or specific species, or just the best looking ones, we suggest acting fast on securing a ‘VIP early bird’ or ‘Morning shopper’ ticket for the Saturday. However, if you’re in it for any fresh greenery going, register for the Sunday shopping day – it’s free and allocated to broader time slots. As the sales are super popular, you must register for a ticket to gain entry via Eventbrite. Tickets are limited to one per person. However, once you’re in you can start building that indoor Jumanji with the help of on-site horticulturists, jungle-themed tunes and easy EFTPOS facilities.
It’s all change for Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2018 – they’ve upsticks from the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, which is being developed, to new locations: Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. They’re also shifting the timing of this long running event to almost a month earlier, starting on April 30. Michaela McGuire is still at the helm as artistic director, and she’s expected to reveal this year’s program on Thursday March 15. Though the main hub will be Carriageworks, events are planned for familiar haunts Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, Roslyn Packer Theatre and venues in Parramatta and Chatswood.
These dog-friendly markets aren’t just a ritual for locals – loyal visitors from all over Sydney trek to Addison Road Community Centre for organic groceries and a wander around Reverse Garbage. You can find pretty much anything here; vintage clothes, books, rugs, eco food wraps to healing crystals, rice bread and tarot reading. There are plenty of 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. It’s a major drawcard for tamales, chilaquiles, tacos al pastor and pazole. Wash it all down with a Michelada – a popular Mexican drink that combines beer, lime, tomato juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce. If the picnic tables are full, there’s plenty of grass behind the community hall to throw down a rug – just watch out for the pony rides passing through. Find the best markets in Sydney.
This mini-market is your go-to if you’re looking to downsize your wardrobe, share some handmade craft or pick up some vintage threads. Vendors will be offering everything from pre-loved clothes, jewellery and shoes to bric-a-brac, records, books and art. They’re keeping things simple and accessible, replacing car boots and sale counters with suitcases. So either come prepared to haggle and trade for your favourite items or fill a suitcase and hold your own makeshift stall. Anyone is welcome to offer up their goods and wares, however prospective vendors must register in advance.
Using the expanses of Orange Grove primary school, these markets fill the playground 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. They’re undeniably delicious. But our breakfast of choice is a steaming carton of Eat Fuh pho, purveyors of one of the most fragrant broths in Sydney. Try their vegan option, too; the broth has a rich mushroom aroma that almost overshadows the meat version. And, if the crisp crunch of an organically grown carrot isn’t your thing on a Saturday morning, the market also has tables laden with top notch baked goods. Grab a slab of Flour and Stone’s popular lemon cake or a goat cheese and zucchini savoury tart from Croquembouche patisserie, or collect flavoured seed varieties at Brooklyn Boy Bagels.Food isn’t the only thing on the menu – there’s also a range of handmade and environmentally conscious clothing, second-hand records and jewellery. Find the best markets in Sydney.
‘Farmers’ market’ is a bit of a misnomer at the moment, as there isn’t much in the way of fresh produce at these weekly Friday markets. The massive $2 billion development underway at Parramatta Square has truncated the area; stalls no longer line Church Street, instead they’ve settled into the middle of Centenary Square, alongside the Square’s colourful street furniture and ping pong tables.When we visited there were only two stores flogging fruit and veg, however there’s plenty of food to take home. From lengthy flat beans, exotic looking chillies and trays of fresh berries and eggs to Shepherd’s Artisan Bakehouse’s traditional, crusty Italian, spelt and rye and Patisserie Bruni’s family sized quiches and Burgundy beef pies. One of the market’s most popular stalls is Zerrin’s Evergreen, who sell succulents, hanger plants and aloe vera to greenify your home with, plus flower pots for as little as $2.20.The Square is a busy thoroughfare located between the train station and the CBD’s office buildings, which means the market is busiest at lunchtime. Looking for a quick bite? Opt for street food dishes like paella with mussels and calamari, kimchi burritos, pork and chive dumplings or currywurst hot dogs.
A new wardrobe doesn’t have to mean popping tags on hundreds of dollars worth of swag, especially when you’re shopping at this long-standing secondhand market in Rozelle. 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 keen to swap their good and chattel for some cold hard cash.The market runs across the weekend, although Saturday is the best day if it’s pre-loved clothing you’re after. You can find bargains for less than you’d spend on a coffee – it’s all about the chase. 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. There’s a stall out the front that sells crafting supplies and manuals, another that trades in new socks, and enough Glo-Mesh purses to clothe an entire Mad Men ball.When you’re completely overstimulated head to the top right corner of the market where a handful of food stalls sell Himalayan fare, fresh juices squeezed on demand, gozleme, and dim sum. Because it’s a school there are no soft drinks sold on site, but a watermelon and rockmelon juice should sort out any dusty heads, and if nothing in the second-hand market grabs your attention, you can always grab a plant from th