Every Saturday morning from 10am – 1pm, there is a farmers’ and artisan food producers’ market in Eveleigh right outside Carriageworks. We were there to see the 19th Biennale of Sydney exhibition inside Carriageworks, but right outside was this bustling market! Already lots of people were heading off for the rest of their weekend with their fruits and vegies and other random goods.
To get here, there is some free parking (a 5 minute walk away in the residential areas), but they also run a FREE shuttle bus between the markets, Redfern train station and Eskineville . See their website for details.
Many people just walk here. Like this dog.
We took some snaps of this cute little chap, before his owner came over and we ran away.
Eveleigh Farmers’ Market is a very dog friendly market – tons of people were towing their dogs along (and children). The website even has a K9 code for bringing your four-legged friend to the markets.
This market features 70+ stalls operated by local and regional NSW and ACT farmers and artisan food producers. What are artisan food producers? I guess it’s like the people who hand-make food – like jams (see this guy in the bottom left of the photo), bread (Sonoma had a stall but were packed up already), milk, cookies and…even dog biscuits.
Check out these super round carrots! They almost look like potatoes.
The focus of the Eveleigh Markets is on buying fresh, seasonal, local produce. This is not only for people shopping for their groceries, but restaurants as well. There’s many benefits not only in terms of quality (fresh), quality (seasonal, organic, biodynamic – I’m not sure what that means…), but also the good karma that comes from supporting the local Aussie farmers and reducing one’s “food miles”.
While you’re here, sample a drink or buy a bottle!
There’s a number of venues serving lunch foods too. Unfortunately we’d already eaten brunch at St Jude, so we could only eat with our eyes.
But we fit in a free sample of these “flats”. It makes me think of ballet flats (shoes), but this is basically flattened fruits/vegetable mixes – kind of like a chip.
You can also get Asian foods. Check out this stacked steamer.
It’s too bad the Sonoma stall is already closed for the day, but there’s plenty of other bakeries set up in the hall.
What I like about the Eveleigh market is how open it is. The place is undercover, but essentially open on three of the four possible walls. It’s a lot less dank that the wet markets in Flemington and Market City.
Here’s one final photo of a beagle, taking a rest while the family eats their lunch.
Afterwards, we headed across the road to check out the Potting Shed, a new bar at the Grounds of Alexandria. BUT when we weaved through the crowded Grounds to get there, it wasn’t opened! This was a bit disappointing, as I had heard it had opened late March and was open from 11am… 😦 The Grounds website doesn’t say anything about it as yet, so I guess it’s still in the works?
Plus it was hot and I was looking forward to nice cold drink.
Thankfully, with the wonders of the Internet, we found some other nearby options at 21 Fountain Street:
Open: Mon – Fri (6.30am – 4pm), Sat & Sun (8am – 4pm)
When you walk into 21 Fountain Street, the first ‘stop’ is the Campos Bar. In fact, that’s the only signage you see from the outside. We’d been looking for Bread & Circus and walked right past 21 Fountain Street, because the outside sign only says “Campos”.
Further in past Campos, however, is Bread & Circus! But straightaway, it’s obvious that there is a line of people waiting for tables. Sigh. I’m not a fan of waiting, which is why I always prefer to book ahead or just go somewhere else.
I can never understand the people who show up at Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian and are happy to wait 1 hour! From memory, we’ve waited at Chai Thai in Westfield Sydney (40 minutes!) and Reuben Hills (15 mins).
Anyway, we decide to grab a drink at Campos instead – since we’ll be having a big dinner later.
D2D orders a white chocolate affogato and I get the peanut butter affogato. It’s so good for a hot afternoon. I can’t taste much difference between the two affogatos, but it doesn’t really matter since anything with ice cream usually just tastes awesome.
While we waited for our affogatos, I’d wandered around.
Next to Don Campos is the cafe and bakery for the Rosetta Stone Artisan Bakery. Behind this small shop front is a large glass walled area for industrial baking! No one was baking this late in the afternoon, but it looked pretty pro.
I then snuck up to Bread & Circus and asked how long the wait for a table for two is. It’s only 10 minutes! So we quickly drink up our affogatos and go up….just in time for the line to be cleared except for another table for two! 🙂
Open: Mon to Fri (7am – 3pm) and Sat & Sun (7am – 4pm)
Call: 0418 214 425
Bookings: only for weekdays for groups of 5+
Communal table sharing available
Signposted with a giant spoon with “Bread & Circus” written on it, this place has a large open kitchen with fruits, vegetables, jars, sacks, pots, and buckets decorating every possible space!
I love the atmosphere of this place – kind of like a farmer’s market combined with a candy shop. I’m quite sure that if I tried this at home, it would look like an absolute mess.
I say candy shop because the colour theme of B&C appears to be PINK. Usually this would seem tacky, but somehow they manage to use the colour to make the place look quite beautiful with pink homewares, shelves and menus.
The staff here are all smiles and seat us with table water and the menu at the end of a communal table which isn’t too crowded. All the tables here at large wooden tables, seating probably 10 people each.
Check out all these people!
B&C has daily changing menus, which are uploaded on their website! The food menu is quite wide ranging, with Breakfast separated into a “bread” section (covering things with bread/toast) and “things with fruit” section. Lunch is then separated into soups, salads, sandwich boxes and the “daily plates”.
I would have loved to try more of their menu, but we’re only here for afternoon tea, so we order:
This seems to be a standing item on the B&C menu and also one of their more well known dishes to try. What can I say? It’s very good and rather peppery – a nice big bowl (think 2-3 Chinese rice bowls) for only $14! You can also get it as a ‘side’ for $8 (not sure how big this is) or takeaway for $10.
Their drinks menu is also impressive. They have a page for a variety of teas, plus coffees, and freshly blended juices etc.
Juices are around $8. I can’t recall which one we ordered, but it was delicious and had a nice sour touch.
This place is nice table decorations. Perhaps an easier way to describe B&C is via comparison to the Paramount Coffee Project. PCP can be described as ‘beautiful’ – it’s white spaces, minimalist, crisp, modern, glass, clear. B&C is pastel, organic, homely, real.
Notes: the food and drink did take a while to come out. So it’s best to come when you’re up for some relaxation or have time to spare.
Also, it’s probably best to come in a small group where you don’t mind table sharing. Otherwise you’ll have a wait a while.
They also take credit card and offer email receipts, which I thought was a nice touch towards being ‘paper conscious’.
AND, you can also sit outside on these colourful deck chairs for relaxation and a dog-friendly afternoon. Unfortunately there’s a bit of construction going on the adjacent building at the moment so the view from the deckchairs isn’t great (you can see the fencing in the photo there).
All in all, this was a cool find that I definitely prefer over the overcrowded Grounds.
What else is around:
Cipro Pizza al taglio is also located at 21 Fountain Street. This is an Italian eatery run by Rockpool chefs and rated 4 stars by TimeOut.