A Foodie’s Guide to the Best Markets and Local Produce Stores in Sydney
This is hands down the best sourdough bread in Sydney. Get there early to avoid missing out, and if you bring your own bag Iggy's will show their gratitude by gifting you a small roll or two - just the thing to nibble on your way home.
49 Belgrave Street, Bronte
This local gem is a bit of an amalgamation of everything delicious. Part-deli, part-cafe, they have excellent coffee, pastries, charcuterie, dips, breads and sandwiches. Spot it from around the corner by the happy customers spilling out onto the street.
2 Hopetoun Street, Paddington
Feather and Bone
We don't eat a lot of meat, but when we do it's almost always from Feather and Bone. Laura and Grant are passionate about supplying pasture-raised livestock from sustainably-managed farms that don't use chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or growth promotants. Animals roam free and there are no stress-inducing sheds, feed lots or prophylactic antibiotics. All that equates to the best-tasting meat you can buy. Sign up to their newsletter to find out what's available for delivery that week and prepare to be endlessly entertained by Laura's charm and wit, or catch them at the Moore Park (Entertainment Quarter) market.
8/10-14 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville
It's not exactly local to me, but it's worth the trip. We zip across town, fill a paper bag with their still-hot buttery, flakey croissants, race home, make coffee and pretend we're in Paris.
660 Darling Street, Rozelle
Walking into this charming shop you could be stumbling into a rambling Tuscan farmhouse. Anna Maria's fresh pastas are 100 percent organic and are handmade with so much love. Stock your freezer with them (Nettle & Gorgonzola is a family favourite) for embarrassingly easy mid-week dinners.
259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
This Aussie company makes the most delicious (and award-winning) smoked seafood products. My favourites include smoked ocean trout fillets, rillettes and their seafood chowder, piping hot from the cauldron. Find them at Moore Park Markets (in the Entertainment Quarter) and Eveleigh Growers Markets, About Life and selected delis (like Alimentari).
I make an annual pilgrimage to this family-run corner butcher shop for the best-tasting Christmas ham. They cure and smoke their own bacon and hams and the flavour is incredible. If you're in the vicinity just follow your nose - the intoxicating smell of smoke wafting out from the back will lead you there.
48 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Definitely visit Bondi Markets on a Saturday morning. There is fantastic produce, delicious food and live music, all with the stunning backdrop of Sydney's most famous beach. Take a picnic blanket and nab a spot in the sun. The local produce scene in Sydney just keeps getting bigger and better. And there are little neighbourhood markets popping up all over the place, giving growers, bakers and makers a chance to sell their goodies (and giving us all a chance to buy them).
Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi
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