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Downtown Eastside Street Market

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The Wild East

This market has had a checkered history. Once upon a time, it deliberately flouted the law as a protest against what were seen as over-restrictive and oppressively enforced city regulations. The market has now come in from the cold. It's tolerated and, to a degree, cherished by the authorities.

You won't find organic kale or artisanal croissants here. The vibe is much more basic. It's a very busy scene where you may need sharp elbows, but you can find all manner of unexpected objects, often recycled form rubbish tips. First Nations people sometimes sell their art and artefacts here as well.

Go with an open mind and see what you can find. Sunday is the busiest day.

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