It’s rare to discover a marketplace that’s brimming with produce (freshly picked the day before!) that also offers a day of entertainment with pony rides for thrilled kids, coffee to perk up tired mums, plus gorgeous surroundings that make you appreciate the gorgeous Australian weather. But Cambridge Markets EQ is just this kind of magical place, perfect for a wonderful weekend (or weekday!) wander.
When you’re a parent, finding a place that is truly family-friendly can be a big ask! But for over twenty years, the markets at the Entertainment Quarter have been a trusted place for parents to scoop up bags of fresh produce and indulge in some boutique shopping while the kids squeal delightedly on a pony ride.
Taking a trip through the markets is like wandering through another time, when shopping meant more than a frazzled trip to the supermarket but was instead a chance for the family to bond and experience the small joy of a cheese morsel sample, or a single bloom of a rose bought on a whim for mum.
Produce Stalls: Fruit, veg, olive oil, fresh cheese, gourmet coffee, artisan breads and fresh flowers
At Cambridge Markets EQ , you can take your time slipping between more than 70 stalls, meandering by racks of salted, smoked fish fillets, breathing in the tempting scent of French croissants baking and lazily debating the merits of a tub of ripened olives versus a new pitcher of good quality olive oil, fresh from the farm, then stop by stallholders proudly displaying their rainbow jars of heady spices, brine fish freshly caught and plump loaves of bread.
It may be cold outside but the market is a fabulous place to enjoy in the winter. There’s all sorts of winter warmers to enjoy including gourmet hot food, beautiful seasonal vegetables and lots of great products to help keep you warm. There’s no avoiding the seasons at the market and we love revelling in all aspects of winter, including the chilly mornings, perfect for steaming hot coffees and pastries.
Boutique shopping: Linen, baby clothes and toys, boutique bags, stylish fashion and handcrafted jewllery
More than a generic supermarket aisle, the market experience means kids can meet the makers, and connect with the people who are the heart and soul of Australia’s rich farming and food history. Lean on the counter and get the inside tip from the people who grow the crops, bake the breads and put love and care into the food they sell.
After your morning shop, tuck your prized goods away and take a lunch break with a plate of steaming bao or a delicately fragranced curry.
With your hunger satisfied, you can then while away some pleasant hours browsing a number of clothing and homewares stalls offering goods as varied as French linen to charming toys and baby clothes.
Family fun: Pony rides, jumping castle and bungee jumping
The sound of your child laughing is a priceless part of parenthood, and something you don’t often encounter in a shopping centre. In fact, you more often have to deal with a tantrum than a shout of pure joy. But that’s because most supermarkets aren’t set on the sprawling grounds of Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, where’s there’s a crowd of friendly ponies to ride, a bouncing castle to spend hours on, a fishing game to test your skills and a hair-raising bungee jumper ride.
- Where: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
- When: Saturdays and Wednesdays, 8am-2pm
- Parking: There is two hours undercover parking provided for free
- More details: Cambridge Markets EQ
The Entertainment Quarter’s Cambridge Markets is Sydney’s most treasured farmer and produce market. Come and experience the difference, with new stalls, a greater emphasis on artisan and organic produce, more support for real farmers and local producers and a warm personal touch that makes visiting this very special market a rewarding experience you will want to incorporate into your week.
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