The first stop after we arrived in Sydney is Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket. This 150 year old market is located in Chinatown. It opens from 10am to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Housed in the Market City building, Paddy’s Markets has rows and rows of stalls selling a variety of goods from clothing to cosmetics, gadgets to gifts, travelling bags to toys, shoes to souvenirs.
One can also find good quality locally made handicrafts and leather goods. It’s definitely the place to be for souvenir hunters getting mementos of their holiday in Australia. Stuff sold here are of decent quality and prices are reasonable. Some stalls do offer discounts with bulk purchase.
The market reminds me of Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur but better as it’s indoor and air-conditioned.
There is also a fresh food section selling vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood and flowers where the locals shop. Apparently prices here are way cheaper too. Most of the traders here are of Asian origin. It was really interesting to hear the variety of languages being spoken in this market – Cantonese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mandarin interspersed with English. It’s truly a mini United Nations here.
The rainbow colours of fruits and vegetables were so vibrant and attention grabbing. They all looked really fresh and appetising!
It’s easy to get to Paddy’s Markets on public transport. It’s within a short walking distance from the Central train station. The Haymarket station on the light rail stops right at the door of Paddy’s.
From Paddy’s Markets we headed to Chinatown. Other than eateries, I didn’t find too much of interest here. It feels more like “Asiatown” rather than Chinatown given the variety of food found here – Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and even Malaysian food :).
When you are in Sydney, do check out Paddy’s Markets for the experience even if you are not looking to buy anything. And hop over to Chinatown for some great tasting meals from the variety of eateries there.