Meet our Traders

Flamingo & Sass

The Niche Markets brings an entirely new wing of shopping opportunities to the familiar U-shaped market we have loved for more than 50 years. At the front left-hand side as you drive in, the space has been re-designed to house local, artisan traders and holds everything from food, gifts, clothing, home furnishings and more.

The Niche Markets are open Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

Meet our traders:

Backa Gourmet Food – Deli

Backa Gourmet Foods is a family-run business headed by Sasha Sijacic, specialising in gourmet artisan small goods and salami. Made from the highest quality Australian free-range beef and pork.

Only using natural ingredients, Backa’s products are gluten-free and are smoked with real wood, ensuring a quality and flavour unique to Backa.

Curtin Barber – Barber

Mokhtar Darvishzadeh is a familiar face around the local suburbs of Canberra. Originally owning the Curtin barber, Mokhtar is now set up within the Niche Markets. Offering cuts, face shaves and hair fades, Moktar really is the definition of the Fyshwick Markets now being a one stop shop for all your needs.

Flamingo & Sass – Home decor and jewellery

Flamingo + Sass is a brand-new lifestyle concept store that delivers glamour to Canberra. A collaboration between Christine Pearce and Jacqui Walsh, Flamingo + Sass is a one-stop shop for beautiful fashion accessories, home décor and custom-made furnishings.

Flamingo + Sass specialises in sourcing and creating unique and truly stunning pieces for you and your home.

KaransKloset – Retro and vintage women’s clothing

KaransKloset offers gently-worn designer, retro and vintage fashion and specialises in stylish, one-off recycled clothes for women who love the unique.

Proudly a sustainable fashion trader, Karan Day-Kahl’s collection has an edgy look and feel, promoting that feel-good vibe whilst treading lightly on the environment. The place to visit for colourful, expressive, affordable and fun pieces.

Krofne – European Donuts

Krofne is not your typical business. Not only do they make the best tasting Krofne (donuts), they are a social enterprise that provides genuine, engaging and meaningful employment for teens and adults with Down Syndrome and other special needs.

Founders and owners Danijela and John Vrkic started the business with the vision that their son, Anthony, who has Down Syndrome, would be fully involved in the production, sale and distribution of the donuts.

Krofne is proud of their ability to provide rewarding growth opportunities for this historically underrepresented group—as well as the smiles and positive interactions this brings to the faces of their customers and employees.

Piccolo Market Coffee – Coffee and small bites

Piccolo Market Coffee is a family business run by Marco and Rachel Caputo and their children Joseph and Sophia. Previously owning Deli Marco in Dickson in 2003 and Piccolo espresso to go at the University of Canberra in 2015, they are passionate about beautiful coffee and great service.

Piccolo Market Coffee’s aim is to deliver a consistent and memorable coffee experience, offering customers the chance to take home their house blend coffee beans or to sample specialty beans sourced from the finest coffee growing countries from around the world.

Supporting local business is important to Piccolo, and they love to use regional suppliers including Lonsdale Street Roasters, Country Valley Milk and Amore Cakes (which supplies delicious bites with options for Vegan, GF and DF options).

They also care for the environment, providing biodegradable takeaway cups, and providing a discount to customers who use their own Keep Cup.

Socks Kiosk Fyshwick – Socks and accessories

Expanding from her original store at the Canberra Outlet Store, Maggie loves being at the Niche Markets and offering unique and specialised items to those that pass by.

Selling all sorts of socks, including work wear, children, sports and stockings, Maggie also stocks hats, bags, belts, toys and popular gift items. If there is a style of sock you need, you can guarantee Maggie has it!

Spaza Store – African groceries

Spaza (pronounced spaarza) means “informal convenience store“. You can now pick up some of your favourite African groceries and goodies from the Niche Markets—Ouma rusks, Aromat, mielie meel, biltong and droewors—even boerewors when in stock. Fancy a potjie pot or an ethnic tablecloth? You’ll find Canberra’s best South African selection at The Spaza Store.

The Jewel in the Crown – Jewellery, clothing and accessories

Selling beautiful sterling silver jewellery and gemstones from Bali
and India, as well handbags, shawls and more, owner Pam Jane Spiridonov believes that beautiful pieces do come at affordable prices.

In her tenth year of running The Jewel in the Crown, Pam sees the Niche Markets as a fabulous opportunity to turn her online business into something more. A people person, Pam loves meeting her customers in person and helping women accessorise.

The Juice Hut Freshly squeezed juices

The Juice Hut offers fresh juice, smoothies and more. Not only are all of owner Fatin Deeb’s juices made on the spot or on request, but you also have the opportunity to create your own mix using fresh fruit and vegetables from Farm Fresh at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Fatin loves the family-friendly atmosphere at the Niche Markets and can’t wait to serve her customers.

Umami – Traditional and modern Japanese food

Dean Han, the Korean-born chef whose pedigree in Canberra includes working at Chairman and Yip and Tipsy Bull, has set up his own kitchen at the Niche Markets that will feature a wide array of Japanese cuisine.

This is not just your typical Japanese food. As well as delicious authentic hot dishes such as ramen noodles, Umami will also be selling the popular poké bowels and sushi in the shape of donuts and tacos.

Urban Jungle – Indoor plant specialist

Avant-garde florist Crystal Jung and Ken Chau of Weston Creek’s famed Orient Kitchen, have paired up and set their sights on providing original floral arrangements, hand-chosen to match vases brought in by customers, in their new store Urban Jungle.

You’ll also find an interesting selection of indoor plants, pots, books, cards, flowers and more—not only will you enhance your own home, but you can find that perfect gift for those you love.

Urban Jungle is the best place in town to get your green on!

Urban Thyme – Lebanese Bakery

The creation of Bilal Kadour, Urban Thyme specialises in Lebanese manoush (pizza) and desserts.

Baked fresh on site daily, the team feel privileged to share a big part of their heritage and culture with the people of Canberra.

Wren & Rabbit Interiors – Homewares from around the globe

Wren & Rabbit Interiors is a store offering high-end, unique homewares from across the globe. The store features a carefully curated selection of pieces, including modern and antique items sourced from Indonesia, India and Morocco.

The store is the result of years of dreaming and planning on the parts of Kate Bowman and Lizzy Howe, the team behind Wren & Rabbit, one of Canberra’s leading event styling companies. Every item in store has been hand-selected, with a focus on supporting artisans and boutique creators.

If you are interested in becoming a trader, call Alex Smith from Laing+Simmons on 0409 007 649 or email

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