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On your mark(ets), get set, GO!

Noël SydneyCredit: AGB Events

Noël Sydney

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

On your mark(ets), get set, GO!

Noël Sydney Credit: AGB Events

Noël Sydney

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Hashtags #feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Feel the warmth of sunshine on your face as you browse market stalls across Sydney this spring and summer. Grab a coffee and a freshly baked pastry and join locals in the know to seek out thoughtful one-of-a-kind gifts, unique souvenirs and your next favourite outfit in the city’s network of multicultural markets.

Soak up Sydney’s Christmas spirit

Where: Martin Place Christmas Markets, Martin Place & NOËL Sydney, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Marvel at the majestic festive tree lighting up Martin Place in the heart of Sydney before browsing for Christmas wreaths, puddings and gingerbread and gifts from jewellery to candles at market stalls lining the pedestrian plaza. Then keep the yuletide vibe flowing on the short stroll from Martin Place to NOËL Sydney at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Browse stalls offering hand-crafted and artisanal objects and marvel at light installations and nightly entertainment, including a Christmas dancing drone show.

Find the perfect gift in Sydney’s historic quarter

Where: The Rocks Markets, George Street and Playfair Street, The Rocks

Take in the dramatic streetscape of sandstone colonial buildings dwarfed by the steel arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge in The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest settlement, before diving into the dizzying array of market stalls that set up each weekend. Seek out hand-crafted homewares and collectibles, local fashion and jewellery and artworks before snacking on delicious multicultural street food from Filipino barbecue to slow-cooked pork belly.

Savour farm-fresh food in the city centre

Where: Quay Quarter Lanes Markets, Customs House, Circular Quay

Taste an incredible variety of fresh produce from providores, farmers and bakers from across Sydney and New South Wales just steps away from the ferry wharves at Circular Quay. Sample organic farm produce and pick up Mediterranean-inspired treats for a harbourside picnic, such as cured meats and olives, to go with sourdough bread from renowned inner-city bakery Brickfields. Or simply indulge in small-batch European-style doughnuts from Berliner bakery and pastries and coffee from acclaimed city restaurant Grana.

Christmas Lights, Martin Place Credit: Destination NSW

The Martin Place Christmas tree illuminated by lights.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Christmas Lights, Martin Place Credit: Destination NSW

The Martin Place Christmas tree illuminated by lights.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Streetscapes, The Rocks Credit: Destination NSW

Crowds enjoying a visit to The Rocks Friday Foodie Market along Playfair Street, The Rocks.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Streetscapes, The Rocks Credit: Destination NSW

Crowds enjoying a visit to The Rocks Friday Foodie Market along Playfair Street, The Rocks.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Immerse in the vintage vibe across Sydney

Where: Glebe Markets, Glebe Point Road, Glebe; Kirribilli Markets, Alfred Street South, Milsons Point & Surry Hills Vintage Market, Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, Surry Hills

Experience the thrill of finding the perfect thrifted outfit at Glebe Markets, in the grounds of a public school on the main street of chic inner-city suburb Glebe. Take in sweeping harbour views as you browse for new and second-hand fashion, antiques and collectibles at the Saturday edition of Kirribilli Markets, in the park between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park near North Sydney. Or join the bohemian locals seeking out vintage looks at the Surry Hills Vintage Market in Surry Hills, on the fringe of the city centre.

Embrace fashionable markets in the east

Where: Paddington Markets, Paddington Uniting Church, Oxford Street, Paddington & Bondi Markets, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach 

Make sure you take note of the friendly faces manning the stalls at these two eastern suburbs markets, as you might be buying from a future star — some of the biggest names on the Australian fashion scene began by selling their designs here. Wander around the 150-plus stalls at Paddington Markets, in the heart of trendy Paddington, to find edgy clothes, crafts and jewellery (iconic homewares brand Dinosaur Designs started out here, as did the sisters behind the global hit label Zimmermann). And breathe in the salt air carried across the road from iconic Bondi Beach as you check out emerging fashion designers at Bondi Markets, where world-conquering Sass & Bide was launched.

Delight in amazing produce from around the state

Where: Carriageworks Farmers Market, Eveleigh; Marrickville Organic Food & Farmers Market & Sydney Fish Market

Crunch into fresh seasonal produce from across the state while chatting to the farmer who grew it at the Carriageworks Farmers Market, in the inner-city suburb of Eveleigh, between Newtown and Redfern. Let yourself be carried away by the buzz of the coffee-fuelled crowd at this former railway workshop as you sample organic and biodynamic produce, boutique wines, native Australian ingredients and more. Soak up the distinctive atmosphere of a vibrant community centre housed in a former army barracks as you pick up certified-organic fruit and grab a tasty lunch box at multicultural Marrickville’s weekly farmers’ market. Or head to Pyrmont, on the fringe of the city centre, to visit Sydney Fish Market, the southern hemisphere’s largest seafood retail hub. Immerse in the clamour of the busy working market as you pick up freshly caught and cooked prawns for a picnic, or choose from the day’s catch to be grilled to order and relished on the spot.

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