Balmain Market
Balmain Market
3.5
Flea & Street Markets
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Neighborhood: Balmain
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens and shops offering wholefood products and organic cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates from the hotels at night. As the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has commonly been known for its “working class culture”. It has evolved into a health-conscious heaven with a laid back attitude, offering one of the most vibrant food and bar scenes in Sydney.

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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles44 reviews
Excellent
11
Very good
9
Average
12
Poor
6
Terrible
6

Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Balmain Market is for those people who have absolutely nothing better to do. We were in Balmain for the day, and happened to come across the Market. Old stuff mostly, nothing really exciting, but people were willing to haggle and bargain. We just watched.
Written October 16, 2017
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Jackie R
Darwin, Australia39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
A pleasant morning was has browsing the markets which were small but interesting. Local media had it hyped as something more but we were still pleasantly surprised by the local artistry presented.
Written July 5, 2016
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roger h
Greater Sydney, Australia117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
I dont want to be a knocker, but the life has gone from this once vibrant market.
I dont know what the problem is. Probably too many stalls selling new stuff...not enough 2nd hand, not enough fresh farm produce..who knows?
Written July 29, 2013
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Niktravel1
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The once bustling vibrant markets is a ghost town! Only 5-6 stalls compared to the 100 that it used to be and claims to still have on its website.
Written September 13, 2013
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wtandy
Launceston, Australia869 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Re-visiting this market after an absence of 10 years I couldn't believe the change. 10 years ago it was small but bustling and of a similar standard to Paddington, Glebe & Salamanca (Hobart) in terms of art, handmade craft, and jewellery for sale. Yesterday, on a perfect Saturday, it took me less than 10 minutes to view all the stalls!
Written August 17, 2013
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James C
Melbourne, Australia679 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Actually very very small, full of junkkies and weirdos and not to mention homeless people sandwich with other market stand, nothing worth buying and nothing worth seeing
Written November 26, 2016
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
If you like markets with glitz and verve, then this is a gem to visit. It has, without a doubt, the best antique and estate. jewelry found anywhere.
Its proximity to the city makes your visit easy. Why not combine it while mooching around Glebe. Its the next suburb.
Balmain, once a working class area with shipyards, dry dock and repair facilities,now presents a charming and bustling enclave that retains its village atmosphere and character. There is no shortage of superb cafes, excellent vegetarian eateries,great pubs with live music.
This is one happy suburb within a long amble to the city. Use ferry runs or busses to exit or continue exploring the harbor wonderland
Written August 17, 2013
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mvtwong
Sydney, Australia118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
I love it here, felt like I've lost myself in another planet and didn't feel like I was in Sydney. It's much smaller than a lot of the markets I'm used to but it's about wandering about and the vintage stuff that I found for the house plus the cakes - divine!
Written June 25, 2013
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Star707
Sydney, Australia610 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
Balmain Market used to define Inner West weekend market life in its heyday. It was set up as a weekend activitity and a fund raiser for the church in whose grounds it is conducted. It attracted a myriad of fresh arts and crafts and bargains across the board. People would enjoy the casual eating outlets and the coming together of community. The running of the market has long since fallen into the hands of unimaginative and bored management with perhaps only an interest in the income raised from renting out stalls. Those stall holders who enjoy the social interaction with buyers and the cut and thrust of market trade have long since migrated to other markets where there is still a breath of life. Balmain Market is expensive, boring, predictable and has long since lost its Mojo.
Written July 14, 2012
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RonWamberal
Sydney, Australia13,239 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Wouldn't make a destination trip here - nothing special but more a local community market. A few second goods but doesn't have the interest of say farmers markets in regional centres.
Written December 2, 2017
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