Sydney is by no means the cheapest place to visit. It’s a city that makes it super easy to blow your hard earned travel money very quickly. Things here add up, the food and the accommodation are very expensive. So what can you do when you want to go shopping? Avoid the department stores and check out this list of Sydney’s best markets.
Don’t get us wrong, the department stores and upmarket places in Sydney are worth a look. There are plenty of beautiful shops in the city. David Jones is particularly beautiful when they have a piano player on the grand piano and Queen Victoria Building is a must see for anyone visiting Sydney. But if your looking to save a dollar or two check out these places to find Sydney’s best markets.
Sitting next to Chinatown and only a few minutes walk from Central train station and Darling Harbour Paddy’s Market is the place to get a bargain in Sydney. These markets are large enough to easily get lost in. You’ll find everything from clothes to make up and costumes to fruit and vegetables here.
The markets sell some great cheap souvenirs and it’s definitely the spot to stop by before flying out to pick up all your last minute buys. Just the size of these markets puts them in the list of Sydney’s best markets.
Chinatown Night Market
Sydney’s Chinatown is a great place to hang out and explore. There aren’t just great restaurants but also lots of interesting shops and people watching to be done. Chinatown also has its own night markets with everything you could possibly want to buy.
Stop by for authentic Asian street food, arts and crafts and the odd street performance. These markets are a great place to stop by for a snack on your way down to see the lights of Darling Harbour. They easily make the list of Sydney’s best markets for food lovers.
Manly markets line the beach and the surrounding area on a Saturday. You can pick some amazing designer, one of a kind and hand made clothes here. Stop by on a sunny day and take in the great view while you shop.
They are also a great place to pick up some art of your walls back home. There are a lot of amazing photographers that sell framed pictures of Manly that make fantastic memories.
Paddington markets can be found on Oxford street on Saturdays. They are an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and locally designed one of a kinds. Oxford street is ground zero of alternative culture in Sydney so these markets are a must see. Stick around and enjoy lunch at one of the many great cafes around Oxford street.
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