Join the throngs of hip Inner Westers – and their many knit-wearing dogs – here on a Saturday morning and it’s not hard to see why. Farmers and producers come from all over the state with gorgeous-looking produce – wicker baskets of curly-ended carrots and radishes catch our eye at Block 11 Organics – and some big Sydney names are represented, too. There’s Sonoma, and Bourke Street Bakery’s Bread and Butter Project (a social enterprise designed to train new bakers), and Kylie Kwong is behind the steamers at the Billy Kwong stand… her plump and fluffy pork buns all drizzled with chilli are a must. That smoky smell in the air is coming from the Eumundi Smokehouse, just opposite Kwong’s stand, a real find for lovers of interesting sausages and salamis. And be sure to pay Richard at Murrungundy Pistachios a visit for his specially flavoured nuts (chilli, curry and more). Further into the undercover hangar-like space you’ll find Raw Raw Honey, Shepherd’s Bakehouse and Frenchified, gluten-free, fit-for-high-tea-with-gran baked goods at Kimmy Choux. But our favourite part of Eveleigh – aside from a dog we’ve seen there wearing a skull-and-crossbones knit – is that sun-exposed Carriageworks wall just opposite. Take your cuppa from the Ritual Coffee stand and a slice of banana cake from Bird Cow Fish, park your bike and take a seat with the other cool kids. Saturday morning bliss.
Beeline for... Ausbuff Stuff for buffalo mozzarella and buffalo’s-milk ice cream.
Eat at... Billy Kwong or Bird Cow Fish are the stars, but don’t forget the Blini Bar up back: their ham, cheese and mushroom crepe, folded and tucked into a cardboard cone, is wonderfully gooey and spongy.
Hot tip... Park at Australian Technology Park and take the free shuttle service to Eveleigh from 8.15am to 12.30pm from Bay 8.