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The history of the iconic Paddy’s Markets in Sydney


Paddy’s Market is not as world-famous as other Sydney attractions like the Opera House or the Randwick Race Course, but it’s still iconic. Multiple generations of Australians can remember going to Paddy’s as both children and adults.

Paddy’s Markets has been a hallmark of the Sydney city area since the 1950s. However, some argue that it has existed as a fringe market in Sydney since the early days of colonial settlement in New South Wales.

Paddy’s Markets is an experience as much as it is a functional commercial district, and its origins go back to 1834 when grain and hay traders were moved there by Governor Bourke. This is why the area known is known as ‘Haymarket’ today. Paddy’s Markets really became a unique place when Governor Bourke allowed it to stay open to 10:00pm on Saturdays, making it a favourite weekend shopping location for Sydney residents.

By 1942, Paddy’s Markets was well established. It never stayed very clean or tidy for long periods, and decades of being nestled in the busy city gave it a healthy atmosphere. However, in the beginning, many people complained about it being ‘too clean’ and spacious. These complaints came back when, in 1938, the stalls were moved inside of a large brick building.

Paddy’s Markets is a tourist attraction and a feature of Sydney life, and it was eventually relocated when the Flemington entertainment centre was created. While the traditional location needed to move, it resulted in more space for more stalls, making Paddy’s Markets even better than it already was.

Paddy’s Markets is a very popular place, especially on the weekends when people have more free time to spend there. You can buy all kinds of things there, from homeware items to clothing and toys.

Milla Haines
Milla Haines
Milla Haines is an award-winning journalist and true finance author with 10 years' experience in covering international and nation events. She has worked as a foreign correspondent in the US, South East Asia and Europe, and now specialises in market and technology.

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