Australia may be known for its barbecued shrimps, but Sydney’s fame is as a paradise for bargain hunters. With flea markets springing up all over the city, you won’t have to scout around long to find a real bounty of treasure to take home.
Overlooking the harbour and set amongst some of Sydney’s most beautiful cobbled streets, the Rocks Market is a fantastic location for awakening your inner hoarder. Within its triangle-tented stalls are original art works, jewellery, food and mulled wine, accompanied by the sounds of local wandering musicians.
L6 Harrington Street. (Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm).
The perfect place to pick up that porcelain fish you’ve always dreamed of, the Rozelle market is a treasure trove for knick-knacks. Situated on the grounds of Rozelle School, the market boasts a wonderful collection of antiques, clothes, books, and anything else the stall-owners have dug up.
663 Darling St, Rozelle 2039. (Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm).
A Bric-a-Brac lovers dream day out, Kiribilli Market has over 200 stalls to scope out everything from vintage fashion to antique collectables. Situated on the old Kiribilli Bowling Green, visitors can revel in fantastic harbour views and the occasional accompanying BBQ when they can tear themselves away from searching for a bargain.
Kirribilli Bowling Green, Corner Alfred and Burton St (Fourth Saturday of the month).
Beside the looming tower of St. John’s Church lays the longstanding Paddington Flea market. As upmarket as flea markets can be, Paddington offers exclusive artisan products and is an ideal place to pick up a non-tacky souvenir. With over 40 years of history, this well-established market is a hive for plenty of activity every weekend.
395 Oxford Street, Paddington. (Saturdays, 10am-4pm).
Como Craft and Antique Market
Once a month the would-be Como Public School is transformed into a shrine for second hand dealings. There are stalls selling plants, jewellery, toys, clothes, books, jams, cakes and an endless stream of objects to suit your every need.
1 Genoa Street, Como. (Second Sunday of month).
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Written by Lance van Dijk
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