Market City is a multi-cultural shopping centre which sits at the southern end of Sydney’s CBD. It is surrounded by precincts such as Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Central Station and the educational facilities of UTS and Ultimo Tafe. The centre was established in 1997 inside a heritage listed building which was built in 1909 as the city’s vegetable markets.
The centre has become a symbol of the Haymarket area and an important part of the local Asian community. Market City regularly celebrates its Asian heritage with festivals to coincide with Moon Festival and Chinese New Year as well as other events throughout the year.
The centre comprises of four distinct levels on top of a basement car park housing 627 bays. Ground Level is Sydney’s famous Paddy’s Markets, a major tourist attraction. Level One features a food court opened in 2017, Thai Kee IGA supermarket and a number of speciality stores. The second level has over thirty factory outlet stores featuring national and international brands while the third level comprises of the brand new 1909 Dining Precinct, and a large games centre.
With a broad appeal, the centre caters to the needs of a number of market segments, primarily the following;
- The student market with a number of nearby campuses
- The tourist market
- Local and broader Sydney region families
- The CBD worker market
Market City is also adjacent to ICC Sydney, Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and events precinct as well as the new inner-city neighbourhood of Darling Square which is under development by Lendlease. With these developments and more the centre and surrounding area is seeing an influx of new residents and pedestrian activity.