The Rocks Market is a must see when visiting Sydney. The Markets are Saturdays and Sundays. The vendors have every type of souvenir imaginable as well as food, pet wares, jewelery, beauty and bath products, clothes, Christmas ornaments, books, pictures and housewares. The Rocks Market is a great way to people watch and take it all in. We always have fun strolling around, shopping and even playing a small game of spot the American.
Our most recent trip to the market was during our 2010 trip. I found a nice photo album with a Sydney Scene on the front cover; perfect for our photo memories. Liz bought a Christmas Ornament; it is a tradition that we buy an ornament from every trip. I found a nice pair of cuff-links as well in the market but was going to pass when I saw the price. My wife said since it was my Birthday trip I'm allowed to indulge; so I bought them.
What to buy: There is something for everyone at the market and in every price range.
What to pay: Depending on the item it can range from inexpensive to rather pricey. My Photo album was $80, the Christmas ornament was $15 and my cuff-links were $65.
This is a HUGE flea market type market in the basement of Market City in Chinatown. You can get EVERYTHING you would want to take home and at a discount. There are tons of vendors selling clothing, jewelry, toys, luggage, fruit, souvenirs, shoes, etc.
I have been here several times and admittedly do not always find something I need to have. It should be noted that the market is only open Thursday through Sunday.
What to buy: Any type of souvenir you need to bring home can be found here. Our most recent visit in 2010 we had a lot of requests for souvenirs for the family and friends back home. We bought baseball hats for my Father, myself, and my Father in law. We bought tee shirts for my brother in law and for one of our friends Daughter. I also purchases a stuffed kangaroo for my step-brother....he wanted one. A key chain and shot glasses were big request items and we found those in abundance at the market. Liz actually found some dresses here and for cheap.
What to pay: Inexpensive. The hats were $2 a piece. The shirts were $12. The key chains were $1.50 and the shot glasses were $3. Liz's dresses were $20. The stuffed kangaroo was $4.
This market located at the Rocks is held every weekend (Sat-Sun) rain or shine. You will find all sorts of jewelery, arts and crafts, local pottery even doggie treats. I purchased my green necklace I have on during my visit to watson's Bay, and of course some doggie treats as my little Cookie always benefits from any of my trips.
What to buy: Local arts and crafts
Paddy's Markets located in Haymarket near China Town is a fantastic place to shop. An indoor market with thousands of stalls selling everything you can imagine.
What to buy: We purchased some socks, local crafts and of course the obligatory souvenirs. We picked up some key chains, stuffed koala bears, bomerangs, postcards and a beautiful photo album.
What to pay: Really inexpensive, the best deals around.
A wonderful collection of unique stalls selling anything from new locally made clothing to locally made jewellery.
You can also find alot of unique artwork and photography as well as some second hand clothing including shoes. There are also massage stalls, tarot card readings etc
Great for travellers who need to get unique Australian gifts and want to experience some Australian Beach culture.
All of this- right across the road from Sydneys most famous Beach.
Only on Sundays, from 9 or 10 am to 3 or 4pm. Markets are cancelled during periods of bad rain.
What to buy: Framed photography and artwork of Sydney sold at these markets is something that you wont find in many other places around the world.
Apart from this kind of thing, i just love the unique clothing.
What to pay: varies anywhere from -0.50cents to $500+
Paddys Markets hold over 800 stalls. You can buy almost anything there, from Pets to food. I have bought many pets from paddy's. Its a very cheap place to shop for souveniers also. People are very freindly and there is no bargaining. Its located on the Ground floor of a shopping centre.
What to buy: Souveniers, Food, Pets, Clothing,Electronics, just about anything you can think of. They also sell the traditional sheep skin covers.CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!!!!
There are 2 locations. Flemington and Haymarket. The Haymarket location is only open from Thursdays to Sundays
What to pay: $1- $100 depending on what you're shopping for.
It's your last couple of days in Australia, you're flying back home all too soon, you're mostly broke by now, and then it hits you - souvenirs!! Well, you're in luck. Paddy's Market is there to save your butt. Located on the ground floor of Market City, a big shopping complex on the edge of Sydney's Chinatown, Paddy's is a cornucopia of kiosks & booths with local vendors selling anything from souvenirs, trinkets, clothing, & gadgets to most anything else you might need. Prices tend to be much more reasonable than in a souvenir shop in the city, and you can always try your hand at bargaining with the sellers to get an even better deal. There's also a produce market adjacent to the booths, for all your fruit and vegetable buying needs. Up the escalators from Paddy's is a food court and a regular mall, full of the usual brand-name and boutique stores that you'll find at just about any other mall in the city.
What to buy: Souvenirs, trinkets, produce, you name it!
What to pay: Shop around different vendors before shelling out the $$. It's not unusual for some to have better prices than the competition for the same thing. Try to bargain with them, you might save some $$.
Don't miss the Paddington Market while in Sydney. It happens every Saturday morning.
There is a huge choice of goodies to buy. Everyone is catered for, whether you are looking for new, secondhand, handmade, or maybe food.
An ideal place to find that special present or something special for yourself. Choose from books, jewellery, clothes, hats, bags, belts, toys, cushions, photo frames, old wares, jams, chutneys, pickles, chocolate etc.
Feeling peckish? Plenty of food to choose from........burgers, sausages, falafel, doughnuts, and lots more. Wash it all down with a coffee or a cold drink.
Paddy's Market is best described as a huge flea market in the Chinatown vicinity. Vendors sell their wares from stalls throughout the building. There is an abundance of souvenier type items from stuffed animals, key chains and shirts. Prices range from vendor to vendor so if you are a smart shopper you can walk away with a bargain.
Our most recent visit to Paddy's Market I walked away with a few tee shirts for my nephew. They are cheap and probably won't last a few washing but he's an ever growing baby; he'll out grow them fast. Three tee shirts were very cheap at $6. I spent a little more money $15 a shirt for a Sydney tee for my friend's teenage daughter who happens to be named Sydney.
Paddy's Market is open Thursday to Sunday. Expect crowds; this is a popular tourist and local destination.
There are lots of stalls in Paddy's Market selling almost everything except electronic goods. I think this place is airconditioned unlike the night markets in Hongkong, Singapore and Malaysia. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
But unlike Asian markets, sales assistants expect you not to put their items in disarray as you choose what you want. Just tell them what you need and they'll give it. Maybe you can try haggling but I think it's not very common here.
You can also eat while shopping.
What to buy: Anything and everything except electronic goods
What to pay: Lower than those in department stores
Glebe Markets are a great place for something different. There's clothing, Jewellery, food stalls, second hand stuff, cd's. A great place for gift shopping, when you've run out of ideas.
It's a great alternative to Paddy's.
It's there every Saturday from about 9am - 3pm
What to pay: $-$$$
Many tourists like to visit Paddy's Market as this is a place to bargain for souvenirs and trinkets.
What to buy: Things on sale are from sheepskin rugs to kangaroo hide handbags and clothings.
What to pay: Depends on what you want to buy. Probably USD50 is enough.
Glebe Market is simply fantastic. I didn't expect that I could find such a place, which was so London, in Sydney. It should be a hidden treasure in the locals' eyes as I didn't see many travellers (at least no other Asians apart from some stall owners). There were lots of stalls selling second-handed clothing, which I liked to check out the most. It's a great place to spend half of your Saturaday if you're in Sydney.
Opens on Saturaday only.
What to buy: Tee! There are several stalls selling nice Ts, both second-handed and brand-new.
I found one stall (it's on the right edge of the market, somewhere in the middle (geographical height) but on the right if you face 'uphill') selling wonderful Tees, which were very funny, new yet gave you a vintage feeling! I bought one which cost AUD18 originally and in the end just AUD16! The stall owner also sells at Bondi Beach Market on Sunday. Don't miss it!
Paddington showcases the very best of Australian contemporary art, craft and fashion, directly by the artists and craft makers themselves. Paddington Markets is Sydney's creative cutting edge. Emerging design, art and fashion students compete for an opportunity to launch their oeuvre on the Sydney art, design and fashion scenes.
Every Saturday from 10am, the markets come alive with 250 stalls.
What to buy: unique collectibles and retro, the latest fashion styles, contemporary designed jewellery, home wares and original art.
Haymarkets are open from 9am every Thursday to Sunday. Its the biggest market of its kind in Sydney. Inside the building you will find many stalls in this market selling a large range of items from fruit and veg to clothes, cds, home goods, souvenirs, toys, wigs, sunglasses etc. The market covers two floors with the lower ground stall holders and the first floor a dinning area.
What to buy: I got some great presents to take home and there were differently some bargains to be had if you shopped around. I got a funny logo T shirt for my husband and some beautiful Chinese fans. My daughter got a funky woollen hat and scarf set.