Jason Godfrey visits the Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, New South Wales
From produce to clothes, here are five markets that you can find in and around Sydney.
Markets are a great way to explore a city. They provide you with the opportunity to sample regional produce, purchase a souvenir created by a local artist and mingle with the locals.
Australia offers premium-quality produce and a plethora of ways to experience it. Head to a Farmers Market in Sydney to find a gathering of producers from across the state serving up delicious food such as artisan bread and organically grown, in-season vegetables ready for you to eat without leaving the city.
Alternatively if you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone back home, you can find an array of unique options including art, handmade jewellery and homewares from one of the many outdoor markets that pop up in neighbourhoods on the weekends.
Here are five markets to explore when you’re in Sydney.
Sydney Fish Market
Featuring fresh seafood from Australia’s plentiful oceans, Sydney Fish Market is one of the city’s most popular attractions, drawing in millions of tourists, foodies and locals every year including Jason Godfrey from Savour Australia.
The massive market is located just behind iconic Darling Harbour and while it provides produce to Sydney’s finest restaurants, it also trades directly with the public. Stop by for a bite at one of the on-site restaurants or pick up supplies and ingredients from one of the six seafood retailers.
“At the Sydney Fish Market, my guide pointed out the wide variety of seafood available there. With more than 600 species a year, it is the second largest diverse seafood market in the world! It was fascinating to watch the fish auction, though you have to get there very early because in this case the early bird gets the fish. Besides the fish market, I also had the chance to visit the Eveleigh Farmers Market, famed for its fresh produce. It’s great that, in a global city, the passion for local produce remains stronger than ever.” Jason Godfrey, Savour Australia
Eveleigh Farmers' Market
Sydney’s only weekly farmers’ market is housed in what was once the Carriage and Blacksmith Workshops at the Eveleigh Rail Yards site, located a short distance from the centre of Sydney. Every Saturday the shed bustles with shoppers lugging baskets and pulling trolleys of fresh produce. Good-natured farmers and organic and biodynamic growers man their stalls, offering a taste, bagging up their produce, chatting and imparting recipe suggestions to customers.
Try…Ester, from Country Valley Dairy at Picton, the closest milking dairy to the Sydney city who brings tubs of the dairy’s award-winning yoghurt and bottles of milk; Sam Hayes brings her lamb (served on Qantas First Class) from her family’s Mirrol Creek property; and Michael Champion brings his organic fruit, vegetables and leaves from Mangrove Mountain, just north of the city.
Don't miss the popular Saturday Glebe markets, where bargain hunters and bohemians flock to trawl the second hand goods, records, furniture, arts, hand crafted jewellery and leather goods. Try some of the delicious food that is available at stalls and sit back and relax while you listen to the live music on the lawn. Alternatively head back out to Glebe Point Road and stop in one of the many cafés and restaurants that line the street.
Bondi Farmers Markets and Bondi Markets
Every weekend, Bondi has two markets located at Bondi Public School just opposite the beach. On Saturdays, explore Bondi Farmers Market where you’ll find an array of delicious and fresh produce including organically grown meat and artisan breads. While on Sundays, fossick to your heart’s content at Bondi Markets where you can find rare sunglasses, handcrafted jewellery or clothing from up-and-coming designers. After shopping up a storm, enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafés, walk the Bondi to Coogee walk or simply relax at the famous Bondi Beach.
Pyrmont Growers Market
The Pyrmont Growers Market is held on the first Saturday of the month on the edge of Sydney Harbour opposite Sydney’s The Star casino complex. Grab a basket, a coffee from Single Origin Roasters and settle in to watch cooking demonstrations using the day’s best produce. Of the 85 stallholders a few are still farmers while others are noted distributors and wholesalers who will tell you all about their product.
Try… artisan bread from Sonoma Baking Company; a selection of international and Australian cheeses from Formaggi Ocello cheese mongers; and vegetables grown within the Sydney Basin including heirloom carrots and tomatoes from Veggie King.
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