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Published January 21st 2020
I was very impressed with the Manly markets which are held every Sunday. Not overcrowded, mostly under cover of the wonderful old trees in the park, medium-sized and no junk. A perfect selection of new mostly homemade products, some plants, and a huge selection of fresh food. I bought an apricot croissant straight out of the oven. To die for. I will never ever buy another one that has been sitting in a glass case for hours.
However, what seemed like the busiest stall of all was the dog wash man. He had plenty of chairs set out so people could easily line up and I'm sure many doggie conversations are held while they wait. Of course, it's also a dog-friendly market as long as your dog is on a lead. The woodworking guys also catered to the dog industry with very upmarket food and water bowls set in lovely wooden stands.
I was very impressed by the young lad who was running an ice-cream stand. He had no problem standing out in the walkway and asking people, especially if they had children if they would like one of his ice-creams. Kudos to him. There was a chess game set up on the park picnic table. A young boy was sitting alone setting up the board. I watched as a husband saw his chance to escape and he asked if he would like a game. Of course, he did.
When it's time to sit down to enjoy your food and drink there is plenty of seating at the back of the market under the trees with views of the yachts in the marina. Definitely a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.