It’s only halfway through the working week and you’ve already grazed through all your groceries… and food budget. Bugger. Rather than hunkering down with a bowl of cereal, why not hit up one of Auckland’s food-filled night markets?
Be it dumplings, burgers, oodly noodles or churros, these markets are your ticket to a tasty midweek dinner without having to dip into the ol’ savings.
Without further adieu, gather your fellow hungry friends and head to these Auckland night markets. They’re ready and waiting.
Cool, waterfront vibes and more food options than you can shake your 20 bucks at—Food Space at Silo Park is hands down one of the best things to happen to Auckland foodies. With a rotating line-up of vendors, groovy summer tunes and a chance to enjoy a Wednesday winedown, you’ll find everything from fluffy pork belly buns, cheesy pretzels and homemade gelato at this street food retreat. The food is churned out from 5pm every Wednesday, so remove your booty from your desk and divulge in a taco or two.
Now you’ve experienced the joys of a night market, you might not be able to stop. And why should you? A guy/gal’s gotta eat. On Friday night during the summer months, Silo Park becomes a food hub once more. This time you’ll find vintage clothing, art, knick-knacks, and of course, delicious fare to sample. Don’t forget to hit up Judge Bao, Tiger Burger, Goodnight Cocoa, Double Dutch Fries, House of Dumplings and a slice of sweet, sweet goodness from The Pie Piper.
The Truck Stop @ La Cigale
So you’re a sucker for the La Cigale French Market on the weekend? Get your midweek fix at The Truck Stop every Wednesday from 5-9pm. Featuring a fleet of some of Auckland’s best food trucks plus La Cigale’s irresistible dishes, The Truck Stop sees the likes of Bare Knuckle BBQ, The Roaming Dive, The Food Truck, Little Yellow Food Truck and a few other favourites serve up the goods. New food trucks make an appearance each week and refreshing bevvies are available from the inside bar for those in need of a post-work tipple. This is a Wednesday night done right.
Auckland Night Markets
The big papa/head honcho/crème de la crème of Auckland’s evening feast fests, Auckland Night Markets is something you just gotta do if you call this fine city home. Held in a different location each evening, it’s a chance to sample all sorts of international noms and you’re guaranteed plenty of bang for your buck. We’re slightly (utterly) obsessed with the spicy beef noodle soup, Chinese kebabs and baklava. Check out their timetable here.
The Food Truck Stop
No.1 Queen Street Cafe & Bar
This permanent pozzy at the bottom of Queen Street is an inner-city pit stop where you can become acquainted with Auckland’s best food vendors and enjoy a brew or two. Running until 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Food Truck Stop hosts Achos and their chicken katsu buns, CheLucio BBQ’s empanadas, Go Go Mexico with their cheesy quesadillas, and the Minty B Ice Creamery to name a few. Like the other food truck-focused markets, new vendors roll in each week so keep an eye out on The Food Truck Stop’s Facebook.
The Street Food Collective
Okay so they’re not technically a night market, but The Street Food Collective is open from 5-10pm, seven days a week for your eating and drinking pleasure. It’s a shared space where vendors can park up and introduce Auckland to their scrumptious offerings. Regulars include Maidstone Burgers, Coreano, Little Yellow Food Truck, The Tin Kitchen, and Brooklyn Dogs. Herbie The Bar is always available for when you need a well-earned cocktail.
Green Bay Street Food
Head out west to Green Bay for their weekly Friday night market. Green Bay Street Food is a weekly zero waste, community-focused street food fiesta, featuring some of Auckland’s best food trucks and stalls. Expect to see the likes of Judge Bao, Go Go Mexico, Kraken Crumpets, CheLucio BBQ, and Mediterranean favourites, Mama Tahina, plus so much more. It’s the perfect way to get behind this lovely little community and have an awesome feed while you’re at it!
Looking to keep up with some more food trucks? We’ve got details on Auckland’s best.
Image credit: Food Space