In Short: Paddy’s Markets Pop-Ups continues their foray into bringing exciting eats to its markets across Sydney. For the month of July, it starts with a range of desserts across 3 zones. From the immensely popular Zumbo macarons, to honestly yummy donuts from Diego’s, to teas at Bubble Nini Tea, the pop-ups will have you covered.
Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket is iconic. For as long as I have lived in Sydney, it’s been the spot to go for great value fresh food and seafood, and is a haven for those who seek cheap knick-knacks. For me though, as a foodie, there’s nothing that beats the excitement of a Sunday afternoon where vendors go head-to-head with bargains in an effort to sell off the days’ fresh fruit and vegetables. Of late, Paddy’s move to become the centre of cheap eats has gathered pace. In 2017, we made multiple visits to to Paddy’s Night Markets in Flemington for memorable fried chicken, outstanding hot dogs, and delightful creme brulee. In 2018, it’s Haymarket’s turn to ramp it up with a 3 zones of pop-ups featuring all things dessert.
We followed the little foot steps, and our first stop was at Diego’s Donuts. Serving bite-sized donuts, where just one is definitely not enough. I particularly enjoyed the strawberry and nutella donuts. Cubes of strawberry with nutella. So simple yet so delicious!
From soft, puffy donuts, it was a quick shuffle right next door to Bubble Nini Tea to wash down the donuts with their fruit filled bubble teas and fruit teas.
With lots of walking already in the legs, I opted for the fresh and zesty looking Orange Tea with fruits. I loved the segments of orange and chunky pieces of pineapple. A sip revealed sweet, yet tangy, flavours. A tall cup definitely more than sated my thirst.
If you don’t know Zumbo’s macarons, then we need to talk. From Masterchef to his pop-ups all over Sydney, and beyond, the beautiful polished meringue perfection is definitely a crowd puller.
At Paddy’s Markets Haymarket, we sampled a toffee apple zumbaron and malted milkshake. Sampled may be overstating it, as our little Sammi commandeered the pair of zumbarons and we barely got a taste! I did get a sneaky taste of that beautifully crispy outer and chewy centre. Toffee apple pays homage to that bygone era of that sticky, crispy, and sweet flavours of the traditional toffee apple that used to be sold at so many market stalls.
Zumbo’s Passionfruit tart for me is all about that tangy passionfruit curd. Soft, creamy, and fragrant. The thin film of glaze showed ultimate technique with it’s shininess and clarity.
The ultimate cuteness award at Paddy’s Market goes to Baked By Andres and her Pineapple Man. It’s filled with flavours of hazelnut and roasted almonds, and the chocolate cream filling with almond sponge cake is decadent. It is made to look like a pineapple with yellow butter cream spikes and cute fondant eyes. A whole lot of cute, and equally yum.
While N2 is famous for their gelato, I couldn’t go past their offering of a Yuzu and honey beverage. Yuzu can be hard to procure, so whenever it’s on a menu, I am grabbing whatever it is. I was not disappointed, with the super zesty citrus flavour that is tempered somewhat by the honey. It’s the kind of tonic that I wish I could have every day.
From the zesty flavours of yuzu we moved on to a tonic that has gone mainstream over the past couple of years. Kombucha is almost a standard offering on most cafe menus these days. Amplify offered two of it’s kombuchas at Paddy’s Market. I sampled the ginger lemon and appreciated the warming sensation of the ginger and almost bubbly mouth feel. If you love ginger beer, you would love Amplify’s Kombucha.
We had a fun morning walking through Paddy’s Markets and sampling the the treats on offer. Our hope is that this pop-up concept continues into the future. I also loved the mix between the giants in the dessert world, like Zumbo, with smaller vendors who don’t have the huge footprint and presence, but yet still create delightful goodies. The pop-up concept runs through the month of July with stalls changing every week.