Sydney Fish Market
This working fishing port – with many types of fishing vessels in Blackwattle Bay, wholesale and retail fish markets, shops, a variety of indoor and outdoor eateries, and picnic tables on an outdoor deck – is well worth the journey to Pyrmont. Get up early and catch the noisy wholesale fish auctions; they start at 5.30am, with tours for public starting at 6.40am. It’s the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and you won’t find more varieties of fish on sale anywhere outside Japan: it trades more than 100 species a day and over 1400 tonnes of fish a year. The Sydney Fish market is also the home of Sydney Seafood School which offers a wide range of classes in handling and cooking seafood (from $85-$155), some held by well-known local chefs. Behind the Scenes Tours are held every Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri (except Public Holidays and between Christmas and New Year). Bookings for these tours are essential. Adult: $35; child $10.
Paddy's Markets - Haymarket
Brothers, sisters, mums and daddies, you know this is the market you’re supposed to be at. The 150-year-old institution spans two locations – Haymarket and Flemington – and as well as the usual food, fashion and bric-a-brac, Paddy’s stallholders hawk knock-offs, tourist tat and so many mobile phone covers.
100 Squared: Emerging Designer Market
Found on the lower levels at Westfield Sydney, Westfield Bondi and now in the ‘Shire at Westfield Miranda, 100 Squared is more like an incubation space for up-and-coming fashion designers and retailers. The markets run whenever the shopping centre is open and revolving stallholders have varied from the boisterous bold print label Show Pony to clean, classic tailoring from Vanessa Rogers (formerly Coco & Rogers). Beeline for… Sydney-based fashion label Minty Meets Munt for a club-ready flirty neon number.