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Shopping in Balmain

  • Rozelle Markets
  • Darling Street, Balmain

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Window shopping on Darling Street

Antique stores, book shops, homewares, vintage and designer clothing; Darling Street is a fantastic place to browse a varied range of old and contemporary wares. On the weekends, try to swing by the colourful Balmain and Rozelle Markets, two of Sydney’s most well-known market places.

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Shopping in Balmain, Sydney

Rozelle Markets

The inner west enclave of Balmain offers an eclectic and upmarket shopping precinct and a fabulous spot for a leisurely and enjoyable browse. Make a beeline for Darling Street, where you can find everything from designer clothing to arts and antique stores to galleries and cafes.

For designer clothing, check out the high-end, sustainable pieces at Bassike, and don’t forget to swing by fashion boutique duckeggBLUE, with a selection of beautiful womenswear and footwear from both Australian and international labels. Their sibling store, quintessential duckeggBLUE offers industrial, antique and upcycled homewares and furniture, a striking mix of old and new finds.

Hunt Leather is a great place to check if you’re looking for a gift or something special just for you; they have been in business since 1975 and are one of Australia’s leading independent leathergoods retailers. For shoes, try Shoes in the Attic, specialising in quality european womens’ shoes. If you’re looking for super healthy, unprocessed ingredients for your next big cook up, try The Source, an eco-savvy store specialising in raw and bulk ingredients.

On the weekends this harbourside suburb has a vibrant buzz, when visitors flock to Balmain to check out the markets. With everything from food to arts and crafts, the Balmain Saturday Market is held on the grounds of St Andrews Church, which is over 150 years old. Be sure to sample homemade vegetarian snacks and organic fruits and vegetables at the market’s multicultural food hall.

The nearby Rozelle Markets, within the leafy grounds of Rozelle Public School, have been running since 1991 and is one of Sydney’s go-to secondhand markets. There are up to 100 stalls every Saturday and Sunday, with a large variety of antiques, collectables and clothing. There are also some great food stalls, so take a seat in the shade and have a snack.

Balmain is very accessible. You can catch the ferry from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to one of Balmain's three ferry wharves on an approximate 15 minute trip, or get a the bus from the City Centre and be in the heart of Balmain in about 20 minutes. 

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