The Rocks Friday Foodie Market

Angharad Rees
13th Mar 2016

There are many reasons to visit The Rocks Friday Foodie Markets, and mouth-watering produce and culinary delights are only the start. Every Friday from 9 am until 3pm, the cobblestone lanes showcase Sydney’s best of local produce. So why wait for Saturday to kick back, relax and treat your taste buds to the diversity of artisan street-food, when you can get an early taste for the weekend with a Friday-feeling twist? We’ve got five reasons to get your booty down to The Rocks Foodie Friday Markets.

Location, Location, Location

Stepping into The Rocks is a little like stepping into Alice’s wonderland. Cobblestone lanes twist around corners, and hidden alleyways guide you down the rabbit hole. In itself, it’s an experience. From certain vantage points, you’ll see the iconic Sydney Harbour glistening under the sun, reminding you that you’re not actually in a faraway European town. It’s the perfect spot to lose yourself in the market vibe and get that Friday Feeling.

The Market Vibe

Tempting aromas and aromatic spices waft over the harbour breeze with a fusion of a carnival atmosphere. People mingle in the hustle and bustle. Somewhere, a busker strums his guitar, serenading you as you stroll by. Chefs and stallholders holler and call, inviting you to try their local produce as you explore your options. The only problem you’ll have is choosing which of the local delights you’ll devour first.

Food, Glorious Food

The hero of the Foodies' Market is of course, the food. ‘Where to start?’ you may ask yourself, and that would be a good question. Succulent roast pork rolls with Phillip’s Footes’ signature crispy crackling is a real crowd pleaser. Smokey scented BBQ skewers full of plump garlic infused prawns from the Daniale family might be more your thing. Or, like the ‘in-the-know’ locals, perhaps you’ll find the best place to start is at the end of the long lunchtime queue winding its way from the Dare Café’s infamous gozleme stall. The choices are endless and there’s sure to be something to tickle your taste buds! After all, only tenants of the infamous Rocks area, renowned for their lovely offerings, have the opportunity to showcase their produce at the Foodie Markets.

Life Changing Chocolate & Desserts

The Rocks Friday Foodie Market offers an array of guilty (and not so guilty) pleasures for your sweet tooth. Handmade Brazilian chocolates, so decadent, one bite will leave you spellbound. And Monet’s Cupcakes are more than a work of art, they’re a taste sensation, and don’t even get me started on the gelato! But for those of you who want the taste without the naughtiness – you’ll even find a healthy bean-to bar, addictive free chocolate stall. You could give them as a gift… or eat them all yourself!

Handmade and Unique Gifts

While strolling around the markets with your newfound street fare, you also get the chance to peruse the unique gifts on offer. From exclusive jewelry and fashions to quaint home-ware and artists’s quirky creations. It’s so easy to lose track of time chatting to the stall owners who are all friendly, passionate and enthusiastic about their beautiful products. We’ve given you five reasons to go, but you’ll find so many more reasons to stay at The Rocks Friday Foodie Market.