The best thing about markets is the food. I challenge you to argue otherwise. There’s nothing like eating your way around a weekend market and stocking up on fresh produce for the week ahead. Not only do you get to feel all smug for functioning that early on a weekend, but you also leave with a belly filled with glorious food. Whether you’re all about making things from fresh, local produce or chowing down on offerings from food trucks and artisan producers, Auckland’s markets have you covered. Here are our picks of the best markets to hit this (and every other) weekend.
La Cigale French Market
Parnell, Saturday and Sunday
There’s nothing like a fresh croissant—hot out the oven—to bring in the weekend. Auckland's French-inspired market boosts a delightful mix of baguettes, cheese and pastries. The dudes of Organic Mechanic, who make a killer kombucha and superfood smoothie, are set to return soon—bigger and better than ever. The Turkish gözleme (flatbreads) with spinach are amazing if you manage to save some stomach space after all those baked goodies.
City Farmers’ Market
Britomart’s City Farmers’ Market brings a serious dose of country to the city every Saturday. Between 8.30am and 12.30pm you can browse the stalls of freshly made artisan goods and pick up some fruit and veg while you’re at it. The baked treats are a delight and we dare you to try to walk past the doughnuts from Al’s Deli without stopping and drooling. Make sure you look out for the silver tea van, home to tea sisters Storm & India for a cup of their amazing coconut chai.
Grey Lynn Farmers' Market
Grey Lynn, Sunday
For seriously good market produce get your butt over to Grey Lynn Farmers' Market. You'll find a huge range of fruit and veg—lots of it spray-free and grown locally. This is the spot to stock up on green smoothie ingredients for the week ahead. Or, for a different green beverage, try Matcha Matcha’s matcha latte—it’s delish! The best thing about this sweet little 'burbian market is that it's indoors—perfect for weekends when that pesky Auckland rain rears its ugly head.
For those who are hard-core early birds, head to Takapuna Market from 6am on Sundays to get your food and craft fix. You'll wanna get in quick to this bustling market as many of the best stuff goes pretty fast. Afterwards, hit nearby Lululemon for a free yoga class at 8.30am or hit the beach to feast on your loot.
Victoria Park Markets
Auckland CBD, Saturday
The Vic Park Markets have gone through a major revamp as of recently, and the market held there every Saturday showcases how the historical building can be utilised to its best advantage. Filled with fashion, crafts and food, this is a great way to spend your precious Saturday morning. If you've got gift to buy for an f'ing hard recipient this is your place. They do a bloody good feed too with street food faves such as Judge Bao, Project Paco and Goodnight Cocoa feeding the crowds.
Matakana Village Farmers Market
Matakana Village, Saturday
Come Saturday morning Matakana Village Farmers Market is the place to be. Arrive early to avoid the disgusting traffic that backs up right into the village. The traffic and the crowds are testament to the quality of fare on offer. Buffalo meat burgers, oysters, olive oils, cheese and of course lots of market fruit and veg. Treat yourself to sweet delights by the river and pick up supplies for a northern adventure.
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market
Hobsonville, Saturday and Sunday
Housed in an old airplane hangar, the Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market is a one-stop shop for your foodie needs. For some idiotic reason, coffee is quite often found at the far end of a market—but not here! Local Hero Coffee Works do amazing freshly roasted coffee to sip on while you browse the other great stalls.
Mt Albert Market
Mt Albert, Friday and Saturday
The Mt Albert Market is an unassuming little charmer with tonnes of fresh produce, meat, sweet treats and artisan cheeses. Make sure you grab a great brew from Sprout to enjoy as you browse. Come Friday eve this little covered space also houses a night market with great wood-fired pizzas and other delicious food, along with craft beers and organic wine.
Avondale Sunday Market
To get a grip on just how multicultural Auckland has become, visit Avondale Sunday Market and see food from almost every cuisine imaginable. If you’ve been trying to track down an obscure ingredient or something not commonly found in New Zealand, this might just be your best bet. The sheer size of this market is pretty startling – it’s the biggest market in the country!
Auckland Night Markets
Papatoetoe and Silverdale, Friday. Pakuranga, Saturday. Glenfield, Sunday
The Auckland Night Markets are an experience that everyone needs to tick off. And, with nine locations across all seven nights of the week, you don’t have an excuse not to! Over the weekend they’re held in Papatoetoe, Silverdale, Pakuranga and Glenfield. Come with a wad of cash and an empty stomach and brace yourself for a multicultural feast! There are the usual Thai and Chinese suspects, but also a whole heap of lesser-known cuisines to tempt you. This is street food at its finest.
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Image credit: La Cigale French Market