As exciting as it is being a tourist and exploring new places, let’s be honest, sometimes we all get a little sick of snapping iconic landmarks. One way to take time out from sightseeing is to find something a little more relaxing that you might do at home. Sometimes that can just be staying in your hotel with a DVD or a good book and
ordering takeaway. For an experience that’s a little more down-to-earth, check out some farmers’ markets in Sydney, hang out with the locals and grab a bite to eat. Here are our top 5 farmers’ market tips.
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1) Eveleigh Farmers’ Markets – Saturday – 8am-1pm
243 Wilson St, Darlington
Every Saturday Eveleigh Farmers’ Markets takes place at the heritage listed Eveleigh
Rail Yards. Over 80 stall holders offer up a range of produce, from fresh pastries and
biscotti, to seasonal fruit and vegetables, jam, cheese, olives and wine. If you’re in the
mood for a picnic, you’ll be sure to find some gourmet treats. Or if you’re already feeling
peckish, grab yourself a coffee and try a dish from one of the vendors, like a savoury
pancake from Billy Kwong, a smoked trout brioche, or if you’re in the mood for sweets,
choose from a selection of cupcakes, tarts and biscuits.
2) Marrickville Markets – Sunday 8:30am-3pm
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
The Addison Road Centre comes alive every Sunday with Marrickville’s very own
special organic food and farmers’ markets. Look for the yellow Certified Organic signs
on the stalls as they also sell conventional produce. In addition to smoothies, coffee,
cakes and produce, there are also stalls selling new and secondhand clothes, books
and homewares. To top it off, there’s live music at this hipster inner-west farmers’
market. So grab a good spot and take the time to chill out in the Saturday sunshine.
3) Pyrmont Growers’ Market – first Saturday of the month 7am-11am
Pyrmont Bay Park
The Pyrmont Growers’ Market is a great place to have breakfast or to stock up on
delicious treats for a picnic. In addition to stalls from over 70 producers, you can catch
Australian celebrity chefs in action, serving up delicious fare for early risers. Try a mug
of locally brewed coffee and get yourself a special breakfast. Buy a loaf of Artisan
bread, chocolate, tea or a jar of jam for later on, or skip straight to brunch and order
some Shanghai dumplings, grilled fish, or a venison pie.
4) Night Noodle markets – Every October
If you’re a noodle fan, head for the Night Noodle Markets that take place every October
in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Under the Morten Bay Fig trees you’ll find pop-up stalls as well
as stands from some of Sydney’s best restaurants. From Thai to Japanese, Himalayan
to Vietnamese, Chinese to Malaysian, there are SO many options we recommend going
with a few friends so you can divide and conquer! Just kidding – but if you do want to
taste a few different dishes you’ll need to work strategically – or make sure you go a
couple of times to try even a fraction of the noodles, dumplings, and delicious Asian
desserts on offer. Enjoy the festival atmosphere with DJ’s, Chinese lanterns, and live
dragon dances in the spring night air.
5) Bondi Farmers Markets – Saturday 9am-1pm
Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
While you’re in Sydney of course you’re going to head to Bondi Beach, but while
you’re there, check out the farmers’ markets on Saturdays. Grab a crepe, corn fritter,
quesadilla, or a frozen banana hand-dipped in Belgian chocolate. Take the opportunity
to taste some different cheeses, or try a handmade candy apple or ice-block (popsicle).
After meandering amongst the stalls, head down to the beach to enjoy a leisurely day in
– Jay is a food, lifestyle and travel blogger from Delivery Hero – your
personal menu hero for ordering takeaway online. When she isn’t blogging about all
things food-related, ordering sushi or experimenting in the kitchen, she likes travelling
and going to the beach.