Australia & NZ
Australia’s Best Fashion Markets
â€‹Forget walking around a sterile shopping centre that could be anywhere in the world. You donâ€™t go on holidays to shop at generic stores under harsh fluorescent lighting and arctic air-conditioning. So itâ€™s just as well that in Australia we like to make the most of our beautiful weather and what better way than with alfresco shopping at some of the best fashion markets in the world.
â€‹Bondi Beach Markets
â€‹Any fashionista worth her weight in gold knows that Bondi Beach Markets are THE PLACE to go for one-off pieces, unique designs and pre-loved designer threads. Ladies, leave your man at home or get him to bring his surfboard, because youâ€™re going to need a good few hours here. But if your guy is well trained in the art of shopping he wonâ€™t be disappointed, because this is just as much a guys market. Plenty of local t-shirt designers like Das Monk sell their gear here without the hefty store mark-ups. And if youâ€™re lucky, you might just find some Bondi hipsters selling of their collections of Ksubi jeans, Spring Court kicks and Alexander Wang threads to fund a new board or their next surfing trip to Indonesia.
â€‹Paddington Markets are located smack bang in the middle of one of Sydneyâ€™s hottest shopping strips. These are the markets that famously launched Aussie label Sass & Bide with the designers selling their customised jeans to Sydney fashion pack from their regular stall. Fashion and accessories are the main attraction with unique and original designs dominating the stalls. For something unique, keep a look out for accessories designer Pratten who uses eel skin to make beautiful wallets and bags in just about every colour of the rainbow. And if youâ€™ve got enough time, make sure you sit down with one of the local tarot card readers for what is predicted to be a fabulous shopping trip.
Where: â€‹395 Oxford Street, Paddington
â€‹When:â€‹ Saturdays 10am â€“ 4pm
Where:â€‹ 226 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach
When:â€‹ Sundays 10am â€“ 4pm
â€‹Take a short walk from the city and some of the best hotels in Sydney and youâ€™ll find Glebe Markets; an eclectic mix of up-and-coming designers, unique jewellery and endless racks of vintage fashion. From cut-off Levis and sweet little dresses that look straight off the set of Man Men, to leather satchel bags and cute clutches, Glebe markets are your ultimate destination for pre-loved clothes.
Where: â€‹Corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe
â€‹When:â€‹ Saturdays 10am â€“ 4pm
â€‹Rose Street Artistsâ€™ Markets
Fitzroy street scene – Photo credit
â€‹If you like handmade designer pieces crafted by local artists, youâ€™re going to love the Rose Street Artistsâ€™ Markets. Located in the bohemian and eclectic suburb of Fitzroy, youâ€™ll find more than 70 stalls displaying unique, well-made goods. This market has been inspired by similar markets in New York, London and Berlin that enable artists and crafts people to avoid hefty commissions by selling their creations direct to the public.
Where: â€‹60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When:â€‹ Saturday and Sunday 11am â€“ 5pm
â€‹If youâ€™ve ever wondered how those effortless fashion types in Melbourne manage to look so darn cool, itâ€™s because they have access to the amazing clothes and accessories at Camberwell Markets. Known for its awesome stash of vintage gear, these markets are worth setting a Sunday morning alarm. Itâ€™s not unusual to overhear trendy types in bars on a Saturday night, refusing drinks in an effort to get up early. Because Melbourne fashionistas know that the best designer pieces will go long before the crowds start to arrive. Bonus: superb Melbourne hotels reside close by.
Where: â€‹Station Street, Camberwell
When:â€‹ Sundays 7am â€“ 12:30pm