What makes a market even more fun? Holding it at night. Why? We’re unsure exactly, but something about the evening atmosphere heightens the market experience.
Sydney boasts some of the finest night markets in the country, loved and frequented by locals and tourists alike. You’ll find something unique at a bargain price, from fresh produce to designer creations, while enjoying the market ambience and delicious food stalls. To help you decide where to go, we’ve pulled together the best night markets Sydney can offer, so read on!
When it comes to night food markets, Sydney has one sporadic event worth keeping an eye out for. The Night Noodle Markets aren’t a regular feature, but when they happen, you’ll want to be there (check the website for date announcements).
These markets feature a line-up of local legends such as:
Held at Prince Alfred Park, the space becomes a vibrant outdoor Asian street food festival that is dog friendly and the perfect outing for the family or a group of friends.
There is plenty of live entertainment, dragon dancers, and various surprise pop-ups from local brands, so you can shop for more than just great food. They even have a simple QR code ordering system, so the days of lining up are gone! This is one you don’t want to miss.
While you will find a range of foods from all over the world in Sydney night markets, we think some of the best falls under the category of Asian cuisine. Paddy’s Night Food Markets is one of those, and while you’ll find food choices that cover Indian, Italian, and Amer ican, there are some Asian inspired flavours here that cannot be beaten.
The set-up is usually around 25 food trucks that offer a variety of dishes, starting at snacks, working up to full meals and ending with some tastebud tempting desserts. Paddy’s is open on Saturday nights and is a great spot to gather some friends to catch up over something delicious with a unique atmosphere that beats the standard restaurant hang.
As we mentioned, the best night markets favour Asian flavours, and one of the best Friday night markets Sydney can offer is the Chinatown Friday Night Market.
Naturally, this one only takes place on Friday nights and only in the month of October. Why? Well, October is Good Food Month in Sydney, and this particular market is part of the ‘Asia On Your Doorstep’ event. The streets are transformed with lanterns that light up stalls with a range of Asian delicacies. From Japan to Vietnam and China, there are many Asian-inspired flavours for diets of all kinds. It is impossible not to find something delicious here, so pop it in the calendar.
Do we have you interested in Chinese cuisine? Check out our article, The Local’s Guide To Sydney’s Chinese Cuisine for more!
The Blacktown night market offers food trucks and stalls that cover just about every cuisine imaginable. The best part of this event, however, is the music. There are multiple performers around the area serenading you while you crunch down on something scrumptious, making this one of the most enjoyable Sydney Friday night markets on offer.
If you are looking for somewhere to catch up with friends, try something unique and listen to some great tunes, your Friday night is sorted in Blacktown.
This night market takes the idea of amazing market food to a whole other level. Carriageworks Burning Love Night Market is curated by two of Sydney’s finest chefs; Porteño’s Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz. They have pulled in 55 of the finest chefs in the state to create a range of luxury fine dining dishes served market style.
You’ll need to pre-buy a ticket for this one, but once inside, you’ll experience live demonstrations, live music and some of the best food in the country. Keep an eye out for the seafood dishes from Nick Smith of Rising Sun Workshop or John Susman of Fishtales. We particularly recommend the smoked mushroom toastie with cultured cream, salsa verde, and pickled onions that is made by OzHarvest. This is market food like you’ve never experienced before.
The Aussie Night Markets move around to different locations in Sydney, always at different time frames, so keeping an eye on their website is a must. However, if you can track them down, you’ll experience a night of music, art, and food that is always revolving.
While you never know what to expect, in terms of both entertainment and food, the highly curated market means you can always count on quality. Find the next location via the website below, and if it is near you, head along; you won’t regret it!
You now have a full list of great night markets for some fun in Sydney! We recommend taking the time to visit as many as you can, as they’re well worth the hype.