Sydney is famous for its incredible beaches, wonderful surfing, great food and interesting cultural attractions. But its cool and quirky fashion markets often go unreported. You’ll find a huge range of different types of clothing, jewellery, leather products and much more on offer at a range of different markets held around Sydney.
They can be great places to spend a couple of strolling pre-lunch or, if you fancy eating on site, some even include great food stalls and pop-up restaurants.
Here’s our pick of the best fashion markets in the city:
This market, with a fabulous beachfront setting, offers a mix of handmade craft products by hip young designers, jewellery and vintage clothing.
Where: Bondi Beach Public School
When: 9am-4pm, Sundays
Stallholders range from ‘Chase Fate’, with stunning jewellery – much of it made from natural stones, to the funky street wear of ‘Warrior Road Apparel’. This up-market venue also hosts a range of quality food retailers.
Where: Central Park, Chippendale
When: 10am-4pm, every second Sunday
The ‘Finders Keepers’ concept may now have popped up in other Australian cities, but Sydney was where it all started. These twice-yearly events are pretty epic – with over 200 stallholders displaying their wares which include women’s and men’s fashion, sleep and loungewear, hats and other accessories and much more. There are also food trucks, workshops, and live bands running throughout the days of the event.
Where: Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh
A mix of cutting edge fashion, second-hand books, vintage finds and records, Glebe has a great ambience. People tend to go to browse for a bit and then kick-back on the grass, listening to music and sampling some of the delicious street food on offer.
Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe
When: 10am–4pm, Saturdays
Run by the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, all profits are ploughed back into this community organisation. This beautifully located venue, with great harbour views, offers over 220 stalls of vintage and up-cycled clothing and accessories, plus some great food stalls. What’s not to love?
Where: Bradfield Park, Kirribilli
When: 9am-3pm, every 2nd Sunday of the month
Running since 1973, this is a great place for fashionistas and families alike. It was originally set up to support the work of local designers and craftspeople and it’s proven greatly successful. You’ll now find over 150 stalls of stylish clothes, stunning jewellery, handmade candles and much more. There’s a climbing frame under a tree at the centre of the space and, next to that, kid-friendly, hunger-inducing food stands of crepes, coffee and wraps.
Where: Paddington Uniting Church, Paddington
When: 10am-4pm, Saturdays
A great place to buy souvenirs, Sydney’s oldest market operation offers everything from handbags and dresses to electronics and toys, all under covered roofs on two sites. There’s a free shuttle bus available from some city locations.
Where: Haymarket and Flemington
When: Haymarket – 10am-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday
Flemington – various times, Friday-Sunday
Organised by Sydney University Student Union, this alternative market is held every two months. Expect to find vintage dresses and suits, as well as hand-made jewellery on stalls spread over three floors and across two giant courtyards. There’s also a host of other shops selling posters, artwork and retro vinyl LPs. The ‘Tiki Bar Courtyard’ allows you to try different types of international food and there’s an activity area for kids, as well as a classic and vintage vehicle display.
Where: Manning Bar, Camperdown, opens 10.30am
When: Sunday 13th September and Sunday 22nd November
Just a short stroll from Sydney Harbour Bridge, this charming cobbled-street venue has been reinvigorated to include a special ‘Designer’s Market’. It showcases the best of Australian fashion and accessories by established top-end labels and emerging new talent.
Where: George Street
When: 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday
This award-winning market concept for ‘pre-loved’ or ‘second-hand’ women’s fashion started life in Melbourne, but has now reached Sydney too. The emphasis is on quality and designer clothing, jewellery and accessories.
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
When: 10am-3pm, 22nd August and 14th November,
Offering space to a maximum of 100 stalls, the Rozelle Markets have become increasing popular amongst bargain hunters over the last decade. Amongst furniture and bric-a-brac, expect to find lovely vintage clothes and jewellery. There’s live music and puppet shows too.
Where: Rozelle Public School, Rozelle
When: 9am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays
With so many Fashion Market options, in different locations all over the city, you are bound to find somewhere to suit your style, interests and budget.