both markets have a completely different feel to them and offer different goods. In my view, they are a bit like chalk and cheese.
Last time I was at The Rocks Market, there were hand made Australian items and produce for sale and a good mix of other items. It's a bit more up-market than Paddy's and that's possibly helped by some of the shops around the Rocks area, and being able to see the harbour is always a plus IMO.
Paddys Market which operates from Thursday to Sunday has cheap clothes and souvenirs as well as fresh fruit and veges. It's right next to Chinatown and due to its location at the southern end of the Darling Harbour precinct, it's a good place to start your exploration of the area.
Above Paddy's Market is a retail centre called Market City which has some outlet type clothing stores. There are also some cheap souvenir shops here but their prices can be quite high - eg $9 for a set of pens which you can buy at a $2 shop elsewhere, but if time is of the essence, it's probably not a bad place for shopping if the products are what you are after. On the top floor of this centre, you'll find a food court where you can buy different Asian dishes for a reasonable price otherwise you have a lot of choices at various restaurants in Chinatown and around Hay Street..
Check out the opening times in the web sites provided by Skateboardgirl
Last time I looked through th Rocks markets there was no clothing - mainly craft items and souvenirs - many handcrafted or well made.
Paddys fashion - T shirts, predominanently young women's and mens - teenage to 20s. Paddys also has very cheap souvenirs etc though fun to walk through.
I understand that Paddy's is also now open on Wednesdays. They were making a big thing about it while we were there last October.
If you have time go to Paddington market on a Saturday, more variety and upscale, one of a kind creations and gifts. Google the site and check past threads on this.
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