9 awesome markets hitting NSW this summer

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In parts of Europe, Christmas markets are famous for mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and smatterings of snow. Here in NSW, summer stallholders have a few other tricks up their short sleeves. From designer wares to flotation devices, there’s plenty to peruse in markets across NSW, and with each shopping spree close to public-transport options, it’s easy to leave the car at home.

The Finders Keepers Market

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Support local fledgling businesses at these popular art and design pop-up markets. More than 200 stallholders will be selling creative handmade wares – it’s the perfect place to pick up unique Christmas gifts for your favourite people. Tickets are $5 and available at the door (kids under 12 are free).
When: 6-8 December 2019, hours vary
Where: The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
Getting there: Take the F3 or F4 ferry to Barangaroo Wharf.
More info: thefinderskeepers.com/sydney-markets


Glebe Markets

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More of a bric-a-brac type? This is a hotspot for stallholders selling second-hand fashion (get there early for the chance to nab some cool designer pieces), accessories and homewares.
When: Every Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe
Getting there: Take the 431 or 433 bus from Central Station.
More info: glebemarkets.com.au


Sydney Sustainable Markets

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You can’t get any better than buying fresh produce direct from growers, farmers and artisans. At this not-for-profit market, you’ll find organic fruit and veg, pasture-raised meats, biodynamic and free-range eggs, flowers and more – and every cent goes directly to each producer. Get there early to nosh on a brekkie roll while you browse.
When: Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm
Where: Taylor Square, Darlinghurst
Getting there: Take the 333, 340 or 399 bus from Town Hall Station.
More info: facebook.com/sydneysustainablemarkets


Chinatown Night Markets

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If you love the Night Noodle Markets but don’t want to wait until October for good street food, this will become your regular late-night hotspot. Here, you’ll find dishes from Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as jewellery and homewares stalls.
When: Every Friday, 4pm to 11pm
Where: Dixon Street, Chinatown
Getting there: Take the L1 Light Rail from Central Station and alight at either Capitol Square or Paddy’s Markets.
More info: chinatownmarkets.com.au


Carriageworks Farmers Market

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This pet-friendly market doesn’t just serve up organic and biodynamic produce, single-origin coffee, artisan breads and boutique wines – it also connects you to the food industry with free chef and producer demonstrations (Roy Ner of Surry Hills’ Nour will be presenting at 10.30am on 7 December). Take a few reusable bags with you and visit on an empty stomach to make the most of the samples.
When: Every Saturday, 8am to 1pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Getting there: Take the train to Redfern Station, then walk 15 minutes west.
More info: carriageworks.com.au


Sydney Fish Market

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If you only ever visit here one day each year, it should be Christmas Eve. Sure, the festive Aussie staple (prawn) is slightly more costly than those that can be bought from your local seafood retailer, but the freshness is worth every cent!
When: Every day (except 25 December), 7am to 4pm
Where: Pyrmont
Getting there: Take the L1 Light Rail from Central Station and alight at Fish Market.
More info: sydneyfishmarket.com.au


Marulan Book Exchange

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This is less of a market and more of a… well, a book exchange. If you’re one of the people who still cherishes the smell and feel of a paperback or hardback between your palms, make your way here to pass on some old titles and pick up some new ones.
When: Second Saturday of every month
Where: Marulan Memorial Hall, Marulan
Getting there: Take the Griffith Xplorer or Southern Xplorer train to Moss Vale, then another train to Marulan.
More info: nsw.gov.au


Boat Bits Bonanza

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If getting out on the water is more your thing, stay on dry land for just a moment to pick up some marine-themed wares at this car-boot-style event. We’re talking boats, kayaks, surfboards, wetsuits – anything nautical. If you’d rather sell your stuff, it’s a $10 fee at the gate.
When: 23 February 2020
Where: Rathmines Park, Rathmines
Getting there: Take the Central Coast & Newcastle Line train to nearby Awaba Station.
More info: nsw.gov.au


Support regional communities

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Want to give a gift that really makes a difference this Christmas? Support struggling communities by buying regional. NSW has incredible and unique products – you’ll find country stores, fine food, fresh produce and wine, original fashion and jewellery design, and beautiful gifts for kids. Buy online at nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/buy-regional-this-christmas


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