There’s no shortage of cool shopping precincts in Sydney, but the places to find the really unique clothes, jewellery and interesting knick-knacks for your furnished apartment is at the markets – and no two are the same.
The most famous market in Sydney is Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket. With hundreds of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cheap clothes, souvenirs and electronic accessories, Paddy’s Markets has great last minute gift ideas and inexpensive essentials for parties. Need a crazy wig or a sequined cowboy hat for fancy dress? You'll find it at Paddy's. The great thing is once you're done shopping, you can feast on some delicious Chinese food at any of the authentic restaurants in Chinatown.
Paddy's Market Haymarket - Market City, Ground Level, 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket. Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
Emerging designers are the real attraction at Bondi Markets, with many Australian designers starting out with stalls every Sunday on the grounds of Bondi Beach Public School, before moving onto greater success, such as the fashion label Lover which is now stocked in exclusive boutiques across the world. As well as getting your fashion fix, Bondi Markets are also great for some star spotting as local and visiting celebrities are also frequently seen at these markets.
Bondi Markets - Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach. Open Sunday 10am-4pm.
Paddington Markets also has a focus on emerging Australian designers. You'll find great women's and men's fashion and accessories amongst stalls selling vintage and antique wares. Not to be missed though is the amazing food on offer - gorge yourself on delicious cakes, homemade jams, traditional Aussie BBQ snags and more! If you're feeling a little guilty afterwards, just walk off that food baby by checking out all the shops on Paddington's famous Oxford Street.
Paddington Markets - Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Paddington. Open Saturday 10am-5pm.
Want something a bit grungier? On Saturdays, Glebe is the place to be. The quirkier designers will be out in force but you’ll also get a decent array of vintage and second-hand goods, such as clothes, books and records. When you get peckish at the markets, there's nothing better than the gozleme. Freshly made gozleme at Glebe Markets will soon become a Saturday morning tradition.
Glebe Markets - Glebe Public School, cnr Derby Pl and Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Open Saturday 10am-4pm.
The Rocks Markets is also one of Sydney's most famous and popular markets. Located in the historic Rocks area, the beautiful location alone makes The Rocks Markets a must see. The Rocks Markets is on every weekend, rain or shine, and stalls offer a great mix of uniquely Australian souvenirs, trinkets and art.
The Rocks Markets - George St, The Rocks. Open Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
On the first Sunday of every month you'll find the Eveleigh Artisans' Market where you can find independent artists selling everything from ceramics to textiles underneath the heritage-listed Blacksmith Workshop. Limited to 75 stalls with each artist handpicked for their innovative design or artistic products, you won't get overwhelmed with masses of products – and you won't find the item you've just bought selling for a cheaper price at the next stall!
Eveleigh Artisans' Market - Blacksmith's Workshop, 243 Wilson St, Darlington. Open first Sunday of each month 10am-3pm.
Living in the Sydney's city centre or eastern suburbs means these markets are easy to get to, and living in furnished apartments like those at Furnished Property, means it’s easy to plan a day out at the markets with your mates.