A visit to Sydney – or a Saturday out for Sydneysiders – is encapsulated by a day out at Paddington Markets.
After forty years, this bustling group of 150 stalls in the churchyard on Oxford Street, Paddington still seethes with crowds sifting through the one-of-a-kind dresses, quirky earrings, or gorgeous hand-made ceramics.
None of the items are sold in your standard mall, and many are completely Australian-made.
Chill with a Chinese neck massage, add to your old vinyl collection, light up your life with an off-the-wall pendant lamp, wrap your baby in a colourful hand-stitched comforter, spice up your look with some modish millinery: the range of goods for sale is huge.
This is the place for eats, too. Stock up on artisanal breads or chocolate-covered inca berries, and grab a freshly brewed java under the trees.
The markets are an initiative of Paddington Uniting Church, whose sandstone walls provide a picturesque backdrop for the stalls. When you shop there, not only are you supporting local craftspeople and creativity. The markets completely fund the Eddie Dixon Centre for disadvantaged and homeless people.
Paddington Markets are open for business every Saturday from 10am – rain or shine!