I try to find something new to experience or somewhere new to explore every weekend in Sydney and last Saturday was one of the best ever!
Located at Manning House, in the picturesque grounds of University of Sydney, just 15 minutes from my apartment on foot, Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market is one of the most coolest alternative market I have been to so far with all things rock & roll related.
I consider myself pretty lucky to chance upon this lil gem cause its held every two months (and the next one is in April after I leave Sydney). It is a part market, part music festival + meeting place with really unique vintage + punk rock shopping. There were loads of cool stalls featured across all 3 levels of the Manning House (in and out doors). I’ve never seen so many beautifully hand-crafted alternative and vintage jewellery, accessories and artworks in my life! Of course they were really pricey too. The “flea” market was packed with stalls selling vintage clothing, oldies music including rock posters, cult DVDs, second-hand books, old Marvel comics, and make up stylists to create your retro hair and make up look!
As I ventured up the stairways lined with paintings done by students from the university, I heard live band jamming away from Manning Bar on the rooftop. It was a cozy little bar, carpeted so you can sit anywhere you want to, with a dance floor right in front of the stage. I managed to catch 2 different bands amongst the whole line-up for the day from across the country and it was just so relaxing and enjoyable listening to the great rock n roll, people watching, dancing along and having cold cheap beers. Just so everyone knows, Heinkein here is better than in Singapore! Oh, and the awesome ciders! 🙂
Its a great place to hang out with friends and the fact that its housed in such a beautiful university makes me miss my school days even more. Yes, I am a nerd and I loved my university days the most 🙂 The friends, the times we spend together, the memories forged, the wild freedom and the late night suppers.