Love fresh produce, international cuisine, live music and finding unique items at the markets? Then you need to get down to Chatswood Mall Markets, which happen every Thursday and Friday! NSM Discoverer Emma Bannouri went along to check them out. Here’s her verdict…
After a busy morning of shopping at Chatswood with my daughters, we decided to skip the food courts at lunchtime and head outside to Chatswood Mall for some fresh air and to check out their weekly markets instead.
When we first got to the mall, we did a quick lap of the market to check out all the stalls and see what was on offer. The food stalls were mostly towards the top of the mall near the station with the retail stalls further down towards Anderson Street. The girls enjoyed checking out the kids clothing, squishys, soft toy llama’s and Bonsai trees (Miss 5 wanted one for her fairy garden).
We also tasted some delicious local Ingleside honey and walked away with a jar of raw honey that had been harvested just this week.
There were so many different cuisines to choose from it took us another lap of the markets before we came to a decision. Some of the ones that caught my eye were the paella, gozleme, japanese pancakes and bao buns, the Mojo Picon was buzzing with a constant queue for their chorizo & prawn rolls.
I finally settled on a Sacred Bowl ($14) from Sacred Seed Food Co. which had delicious sauteed zucchini and oyster mushrooms, drizzled with tzatziki, topped with cashews & hemp seeds with a side of sweet potato wedges – which Miss 2 demolished! Miss 5 requested a plate of cheese and veggie quesadillas which she gobbled up, sharing a few bites with her little sister.
The girls were begging for a treat after lunch so we decided to try something new and went to the Taipei Dainty Bakery stall. On recommendation from the stall holder we got a Taiwanese Red Bean Pastry (for $2), Miss 5 loved it.
Musicians play at the mall from 12 – 2pm, 3.30 – 5.30pm and 6 – 8pm on market days. We managed to snag ourselves a front row seat watching the Spanish guitar players while we ate lunch. Miss 5 really enjoyed it (I have the movie Coco to thank for her recent ukulele obsession) and was very interested to find out the gentleman had been playing guitar since the age of 16.
- Location: Chatswood Mall between the station & Anderson St
- When: Every Thursday & Friday, 9am – 9pm
- Parking: The Albert Avenue car park has 3 hours free parking and is a 5 minute walk up Victor Street to the mall
- Public Transport: Trains & Buses regularly service Chatswood, and the mall is right by the station.
- Nearest toilets: Lemon Grove Shopping Centre or Chatswood Westfield
Still want more markets? Find out what’s coming up in our What’s On: Markets section.