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“Pass some time here” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paddy's Market

Paddy's Market
Ranked #66 of 470 things to do in Sydney
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Camden, Australia
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332 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
“Pass some time here”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

It's a Sydney institution and worth seeing but not one to go out of your way for. Repetitive stalls (think iPad covers, sunglasses, souvenirs, wigs, cheap toys - then repeat) but interesting enough to pass some time. Fresh market is better and if staying local worth visiting for some supplies.

Well located close to Central Station and easy to get to by bus, light rail or walking.

Visited January 2013
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Fun way to pass a couple of hours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Paddy's is a Sydney institution and the go-to destination for cheap, imported Chinese goods!

'Aussie' souvenirs (toys, clothing, boomerangs, etc), clothing, luggage, hats, mobile phone covers, toys, roasted nuts and Chinese massages are the main things you'll come across. Prices are reasonable but you pay for what you get, don't expect it to last forever! I was tempted by the giant wheeled-suitcases for $30-35AUD a pop! Many tourists were picking up an extra suitcase to fit all their new purchases in :)

It's crowded but not overwhelmingly so, and the industrial ceiling fans are impressively effective. It was great to see people from all over the world enjoying themselves.

Check out the fruit and veg market too if you have time, great range and prices.

A fun place to wander and pick up some cheap and cheerful mementos!

Visited January 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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138 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Varied cheap clothing and stuff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Okay if you're spending a day walking around but not worth going out of your way. There are lots of stalls selling assorted low quality cheap clothing and stuff. I purchased jandals there that are showing as much wear after two weeks as my other pair have after months of use.

It is very easy to get to by public transport!

Visited December 2012
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“Good deals for your tourist needs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Sydney is expensive. Even the tchotchkes are a hit on the wallet. If you're looking for quality products, try Pitt or George Streets malls and high end shops. But for t-shirts, stuffed kangaroos and koalas (of the toy kind not the taxidermy kind) and other things you promised to bring back home to your friends, this is the place. As an example an Australian made boomerang costs $15 at this market. The same exact item was $22 at the Rocks market (and $25 for a like boomerang in the hotel lobby). Nearby are Chinatown and a stones throw from Darling Harbour and the excellent Chinese Garden of Friendship; making it easy to add Paddy to a jaunt involving those stops.

Visited January 2013
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“Fruit and Veg.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

The fresh food market is unbelievable, such a large choice at very low prices. If you go late in the afternoon the prices drop even further. Free travel up George St. from Circular Quay on the free shuttle bus number 555.

Visited December 2012
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