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Paddy's Market

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Paddy's Market

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Dimitris L wrote a review Nov 2020
Sydney, Australia17,498 contributions57,055 helpful votes
Paddy's Market is a Sydney institution. It has been there for what seems like forever. The shops or shop fronts are small businesses selling all kinds of items, mainly catering for the tourist dollar, but also for the locals. It can be a day out and we have been there a few times, but have never bought anything.... It is a destination to either pass the time or satisfy your curiosity.
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Date of experience: March 2020
23 Helpful votes1 Repost
Brian T wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom3,085 contributions4,798 helpful votes
Sydney has two large markets which will be of interest to tourists, and we visited both on the same day - the fabulous and carefully curated Rocks Market in the Rocks area of Sydney, and sprawling Paddy’s Markets complex adjacent to Chinatown. They couldn’t be any more different. I’ve reviewed the Rocks Market separately. Paddy’s Market in the Haymarket area (there’s another in Flemington in Sydney) has been around for about 150 years. It’s apparently named after the St Patrick’s Bizarre in Liverpool, that city’s original Paddy’s Market. There were plans to demolish the Sydney market in the 1960s, but the outcries won, as it was deemed that Paddy’s Market was a confirmed part of Sydney life. With redevelopment of the area, the market has remained, albeit in a slightly different place. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Essentially it’s a flee market, full of cheap goods… the kind of stuff I call ’tat’. There’s stall after stall, row after row, of Australiana stuff: blow-up boxing kangaroos, plastic boomerangs, ’stubbie’ holders, those plastic roadsigns you stick on your fridge, telling you there are kangaroos crossing ahead, and crocodiles in the nearby swamp. The stalls continue with vast amounts of what surely must be cheap imported clothing: T-shirts and caps by the zillions, repro Aussie Rules football shirts (and plastic footballs), and (as we visited in February 2020 just prior to Mardi Gras), every bit of rainbow-themed you could poke a stick at! To be honest, after wandering a half a dozen rows of stalls, I was seriously bored. It was just so much of the same old, same old stuff. So we left. But if that’s the kind of stuff you like and want, you’ll have a field day there and could spend hours browsing through the hundreds of stalls. It was colourful and lively; ‘cheap’, 'cheerful' and ‘plastic’ seemed to be recurring themes. It adjoins Chinatown, and is a short walk from Sydney's Central Station. There is a stop - Paddy's Markets - on the new light rail network that connects Central Station with Dulwich Hill. The lower (and main) level of the market is at ground level and fully accessible to those requiring mobility assistance.
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Date of experience: February 2020
17 Helpful votes
Finds_posts wrote a review Sep 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia209 contributions133 helpful votes
It is fine. there is lots of souvenirs and food stores. there is a supermarket which sells lots of Asian brand foods and products.
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Date of experience: October 2019
3 Helpful votes
Deborah J wrote a review Jul 2020
Sydney, Australia83 contributions91 helpful votes
Basically the same old Chinese knock offs and cheap crap you can find in most $2.00 shops just on a larger scale. Same junk repeated through out the market and not worth the time
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Date of experience: December 2019
2 Helpful votes
DavePen49 wrote a review May 2020
Penmaenmawr, United Kingdom215 contributions70 helpful votes
Not just souveniers this place has everything. In the basement there is a vegetable market. First floor a bar a food hall. Clothing stores. Then there's the upmarket restaurants on the 2nd floor.
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
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