Paddington Markets is reopening on Saturday 26 September. It's spring in Sydney and this means the sun is out and people are emerging from isolation and supporting local businesses again. COVID-19 has kept us at home with many markets forced to close, but now it is safe to venture out again. With the pandemic, the markets respect social distancing rules and they would like everyone who visits to comply.
Head out and discover the over 200 stallholders who surround a church and a public school in Paddington. You'll find Australian-made goods, boutique homewares, children's wear, designer goods as well as jewellery and accessories. With the reopening, you will also find the brand-new grower's market full of seasonal fruit and vegetables, sustainably sourced gourmet delicacies, artisanal cheeses and bread. Also, amazing seafood, fresh flowers and plants along with original gifts as well. This market is known for the unique items from local designers and artists, which you will find at the markets as always along with vintage goods.
Established in 1973 by the late Reverend Peter Holden after he returned to Sydney from assisting with the organisation of Woodstock, the legendary music festival. He believed in community and this vision carries on today. There is a mural donated by artist Stephen Ormandy, that depicts the inception of these Saturday markets. This mural is his way of giving back to the community who helped launch his career. "Dinosaur Designs launched at the Paddington Markets, so we will always feel a great sense of connection. It was a real gathering place for artists and artisans back then. My mural pays tribute to the creativity and community that sits at the heart of the markets and celebrates their almost fifty-year history as well as their future"
Reverend Danielle Hemsworth-Smith said the markets are a key point of connection and community. "We are all very much looking forward to the opening of a new chapter in the market's history," Rev. Hemsworth-Smith said. "It is a weekly destination for all, not only to shop, but also to meet friends, to learn, to create and ultimately to be challenged to be an active part of the community and world we share."
Paddington Markets is an all-weather venue, although in times of high winds, it won't be open. With a 4.2 on Tripadvisor and a new grower's market, there is now more to see and do at this iconic market. Stay for the day, enjoy the atmosphere of a community market and support local artists and designers.
Check the Paddington Markets website for up to date opening times, where to park and whether there may be a closure.
Public transport is also available -
Bus: 333, 340, 440 Train: T1, T2, T4
Photos are courtesy of Paddington Markets Facebook page.