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Sydney's Best Flea Markets

Updated on July 9, 2011

Sydney’s Best Flea Markets

Sydney has many flea markets – some are undercover, others in church grounds and yet others are located on a shady suburban street corner.

As with flea markets around the world, the Sydney flea markets have a unique character. If you're visiting Sydney and want to take home some souvenirs, then visiting flea markets could be just what you need. Markets like Paddington display gorgeous works by artisans. Even if you're not buying, it's a treat to sit and watch people.

To find one that suits you here are some of Sydney’s best flea markets along with a map and information on when its the best time to visit them:

Paddington Flea Market, Sydney
Paddington Flea Market, Sydney


The Paddington flea market comes to life in shade of the old St John’s Church.

Vintage and designer clothing, exquisitely crafted jewelry, stunning photographs, lampshades, creative art and souvenirs all vie for visitor attention. Paddington flea market is a classy market located in the historic suburb of the same name.

The delicious smells emanating from the food section will tempt you, so be sure to leave room for a snack on the run.

Location: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington

Visit: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4p.m.

Getting there: Take the bus from the city

Great clothing at the Rocks Flea Market
Great clothing at the Rocks Flea Market

Paddy’s Market

Right in the city, Paddy’s flea market is cheap and (pick through the over 1000 stalls to find the) chic.

Paddy’s flea market is undercover and bustles with activity. Clothing, souvenirs, tableware and more. This is the place to look for a bag or suitcase and to stock up on fabulously fresh Australian fruit and vegetables.

Escape the crowds and go upstairs for more civilized outlet shopping.

Location: Cnr Hay and Thomas Streets, Haymarket. It’s just off George Street and is in Chinatown.

Visit: Thu-Sun 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Getting there: Walk – it’s in the city!


Visiting this wonderful flea market is like wandering through a maze with stalls to tempt left and right. Located in the delightful Australian suburb of Glebe, this flea market has designer tee shirts, clothing, creative handbags, jewelry and more.

It is definitely worth a visit and it is close to the city. Afterwards, stop awhile for breakfast or lunch at any one of the interesting cafes in the neighborhood. Excellent coffee is to be had in this suburb.

Location: Cnr Glebe Point Road and Derby Place, Glebe

Visit: Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Getting there: Bus from the city

The Rocks

Sydney’s historic Rock’s area is a “must see” on any tourists itinerary. This area has certainly spruced up since its squalid beginnings as one of the first European settlements. Restored old cottages and sandstone buildings give a glimpse of Sydney of a bygone era.

Tasteful creative product, opals and outstanding souvenirs are offered in the Rocks area which is close to the approaches to the Sydney Harbor Bridge. This flea market is spread over a few streets, so take time to wander. In the main this offers classy product.

Location: George Street, the Rocks

Visit: Saturday and Sunday 10a.m. – 5 p.m.

Getting there: An easy walk from most accommodation in the city


An eclectic mix of mainly old and (limited) new makes this suburban flea market of 100 stalls extremely appealing. Collectable goods, used books, art, craft and general bric a brac is displayed under leafy green trees.

Location: Corner Darling and Victoria Street, Rozelle

Visit: 9a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Getting there: Bus from the city over the stunning Anzac Bridge

The Rozelle flea market is just up the road from Balmain, so consider combining it with a trip to this quaint, vibrant area of Sydney.

Visiting flea markets gives the tourist tantalizing options. Whether you like to browse, hunt for unique souvenirs or simply want to add to your wardrobe this list has something to suit every flea market shopper.

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Map of Sydney's Best Flea Markets

Paddington, Sydney:
Paddington New South Wales, Australia

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The Rocks Sydney:
The Rocks New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Paddys Market, Sydney:
Paddy's Market Monorail Stop, Sydney New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Rozelle, Sydney:
Balmain New South Wales 2041, Australia

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    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Sydney is an amazing place to live. My time there was short and very sweet! Glad this bought back happy memories. The Paddington Market was on my doorstep and so I went there many times.

    • Ausemade profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      I lived in Sydney between 1974 to 2005, most of the time was living in the city and the eastern suburbs, so your article brought back memories of those wonderful markets...

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • tylercoop profile image


      8 years ago

      Flea Markets in Sydney. An I though all of the flea markets were in the US. Thanks for this info.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for adding the Bluesky flea markets at the Sydney Opera house SGG.

      Sydney has some excellent flea markets and they are great for tourists on a Sydney Getaway weekend to browse awhile and maybe buy some unique souvenirs.

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      Sydney Getaways Guy 

      8 years ago

      Good useful info here travel espresso. I just read your profile and I wish I had been photographing everything I saw and done earier on. Good on you for making the decision to step out and go explore discover enjoy.

      As a side point there is also the Bluesky markets at the Sydney Opera House every Sunday in the OPera House forecourt ;-)

      The Sydney Getaways Guy

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      How cool that you've worked at the Balmain flea market. I love that market too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • wytegarillaz profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      worked at the Balmain market , loved the Rozelle market !!visited Paddington/ Bondi markets and paddys market !

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Yes, the Balmain markets are one of the best for eclectic browsing/buying! Thanks for stopping by.

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I like the Balmain markets

    • apricotmousse profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice hub travelespresso.I love your name because just like you, i love to travel and i'm addcited to coffee. i've been to bangkok, thailand 5 times and i still get excited whenever iim thinking of going back to that place. i also adore singapore, hongkong, ang macau. i wish i can also travel to other parts of the world.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      It's a marvellous city festersporling1. I am sure you will enjoy your time here when you visit.

    • festersporling1 profile image

      Daniel Christian 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      My sister just moved to Sydney. I am excited to go visit her!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Godslittlechild. They are fun huh! If you are interested, have a look at my hub about the Bac Ha flea market in remote Vietnam. I'll add the link to this one.

    • Godslittlechild profile image


      9 years ago

      I love flea markets! We have some good ones here in the southern US where I live too.


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