Love a good bit of history: opened in 1973, Paddington market is an institution in the stylish neighbourhood. Every Saturday since its beginning, dozens and dozens of home-grown emerging talent from fashion and jewellery designers to artists and craftspeople artists, fill the market stalls. To date, there are over 100 stalls and more often than not, you’ll find unique creations found nowhere else in Sydney. Special indeed!
Did you know that the high-profile brand Sass & Bide started out in this market? No joke! In 2011, Myer, the biggest department store in NSW, invested $42.25 million for a 65 per cent share of the label. Sass & Bide have been gaining traction way before this deal and have showcased their work in London and New York fashion weeks but this certainly catapulted them to stardom. Talk about rags to riches! An absolute inspiration for many at the Paddington Markets who wish to follow in the same footsteps.
During our market exploration day at Paddy (yes Rita is adamant to call it that), we met so many accomplished designers and at first glance, Ritmo BCN immediately caught our attention. With gorgeous Spanish handcrafted espadrilles, Ritmo BCN is a cool, young and vibrant brand. They have perfect shoes for that perfect weekend stroll, a day at the beach or that countryside road trip just waiting to happen. If Miguel, co-owner of Ritmo BCN, doesn’t charm into getting a pair with his cute Catalan accent, then you’ll deal with Matt, smiling and beyond friendly. What a pleasure meeting them. I finally got to practise my Spanish too.
We then met the lovely Chris and Kate from The Tie Collective. Both Rita and I were absolutely amazed by their original subscription concept. Calling all men out there, and ladies who need gifting ideas for the special man, check them out. Each month, you’ll receive a box with a tie, picked by yourself, a pocket square, lapel pin, cufflinks and a tie bar as part of your monthly subscription. I just wish I had a boyfriend, he would not have a choice in this matter! Suit and tie, voila, doesn’t get sexier than a good tie unique to your style.
It wasn’t long before hunger kicked in and voila, what do you know. Paddy is full of food choices, from Argentinian to Vietnamese, German and Italian, Egyptian and Himalayan. Yepp, I said Himalayan, it was like a United Nations of cuisine. Rita was fascinated by the Egyptian stall and was eventually lured into the fresh smelling falafel. Surprising really as she’s not a fan of falafel but she insisted I try it, so she can try it. Cheeky. OMG she was not wrong, Definitely in my top 3 falafel I’ve ever had. EVER! Served with a plate full delicious home-made specialities including humous, tabouleh salad and rice wrapped in vine leaves. So much flavour for a$15 plate and it was worth every penny! Devoured that in minutes.
Rita grabbed a donut filled with salted caramel from Neu the lovely German baker.
Sitting in the sun with our food and our hearts filled with the jazz music played by a saxophonist. What a perfect morning! And to end if off on high, we picked up some flowers Stephen (@gateway_florist) who has been a florist for 35 years and a veteran at Paddington market.
We left the market with smiles on our faces, flowers in our hands and stomach stuffed with yumminess 🙂
Does it break the bank?
- 6.5/10 : The food is on the pricier side but worth every penny.
Shall we get an Uber?
- 8.5/10 : It is such a lovely stroll to walk to Paddington market. Beware of all the shops you will find along Oxford Street en route to Paddy market because your wallet may suffer some serious damages.
What about the eye candy?
- 0/10 : honestly for once, we were too engrossed into what the market had to offer, we didn’t really look for any. Wow, I’m seriously surprised at this. Oh well, now we need to go back 🙂
What’s the verdict?
- 8.5/10 : Lovely market. Fashion lovers and avant-gardes will definitely find some gems
We didn’t get to try all the food here but don’t worry next up, is food central at Sydney’s famous fish market. Seafood haven, here we come.
More yumminess for your eyes!