Warmer weather and longer days are among us with Spring in full force! And with Christmas creeping closer (12 weeks to go!!), our favourite Auckland markets are finally back after a winter break. Get ready for all the tropical fruit juices, fresh strawberry smoothies, and handpicked flower bouquets coming your way. Break out those sunnies, sandals and summer dresses and make sure you tick off all these markets in October.
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market
Take a scenic drive out Whitford ways to the little hidden Clevedon Showgrounds where you’ll find the Clevedon Village Farmers Markets. Filled with top quality local produce, it makes the drive worth while. Think fresh fruit, veges, meats, fish, cheeses, yoghurts, bread, chutneys and more deliciousness to try while taking in the authentic farm set-up. The market is also animal friendly, with pony rides for younger market-goers. So, grab a coffee and some pastries for brunch and take home some homemade spreads and baked goods for later.
When: Sundays 8:30am-1pm
Where: Clevedon Showgrounds, 107 Monument Rd
Te Atatu Night Market
Sometimes you just want to skip the Friday night drinks and settle down with some great comfort food. We’re so happy to announce that the infamous Te Atatu Night Markets are finally back for summer. With only the best street foods around, there’s something to cater for everyone (yes, we’re talking even your pickiest friend). With stalls from Pork’N’Beans TexMex Asian fusion (oh my!), Judge Bao’s steamed buns, Wise Boy’s plant-based burgers, and homemade Italian pasta fresh from Got Pasta, Te Atatu’s Night Markets are about to become your favourite Friday night food spot.
When: Fridays 5pm-9pm
Where: Te Atatu Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Rd
Mt. Albert Markets
Street food festival by night and farmers' market by day, Mt Albert Markets is a heavy crowd favourite amongst Aucklanders. On Friday nights, a little part of New North Road is decked out in to a street food station. This night features only the best food trucks in town and their line up has included Hapunan, Peach's Hot Chicken and even Judge Bao. The following morning, the street food station is turned in to a farmers' market where people can enjoy the aromatic coffee beans brewing on the side while they pick out the fresh produce from the stalls.
When: Street Food Station: Friday, 5pm-9pm. Farmers' Market: 9am-12:30pm
Where: 847 New North Road, Mt Albert
Matakana Farmers’ Market
Why not make a day out of your market trip and hit up the Matakana Farmers Markets? With a place to sit by the river, take in the peaceful surroundings, and enjoy the sun, the Matakana Markets are a firm favourite of ours. The stalls feature Italian-style sausages, locally-brewed beer, fine wines, and organic chocolate, as well as live music and fresh ground coffee to really kick-start your weekend. Don’t forget to take a wander around the town centre and see everything artisan Matakana has to offer.
When: Saturdays 8am-1pm
Where: Matakana Square, 2 Matakana Valley Rd
La Cigale French Markets
Have we really compiled the best Auckland Markets for you to visit if we haven’t included La Cigale? No, of course not. Remaining one of our absolute top picks, La Cigale in Britomart and Parnell transports you to France—minus the expensive plane ticket! Think buttery croissants, melting pan au chocolat, aged cheeses, fresh seafood paella, smoked salmon, cream eclairs—the list goes on but we’re sure you’re already drooling. If you haven’t already visited these legendary markets, make sure you head down to La Cigale in Britomart and Parnell on Saturday mornings for all these French delicacies (and lucky for us, Parnell is open on Sundays too, in case you’re needing a double hit!)
When: Britomart - Saturdays 8am - 1pm
Parnell – Saturdays 8am – 1:30pm Sundays – 9am – 1:00pm
Where: Takutai Square, Britomart
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Catalina Bay Farmers Market
Now that the warmer seasons are rolling in, Catalina Bay Farmers Market is set to be a crowd favourite. Located on the waterfront on Hobsonville Point, Catalina Bay offers not only killer stalls but also a banger of a view. The stalls at this market include fresh produce and some of the best doughnuts in town from Gourmet Gannet. These bakers go beyond the regular balls of fried dough, we're talking lamington doughnuts filled with fresh cream!
When: Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am-2pm
Where: Catalina Bay Road Extention, Hobsonville Point
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
For a real sense of community, head on down to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and take in all the local produce that is so loved by the people of Grey Lynn. Priding themselves on being green, the zero waste market regularly offers gardening and preserving workshops to build up an appetite for all the mouth-watering pastry, coffee and fresh fruit stalls. Yum! This one is the perfect market for a quiet breakfast to start your Sunday.
When: Sundays 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market
Devonport’s once-a-month market offers the highest quality food and crafts with a short walk to a waterfront view of the city. Pick up some ultra special Xmas presents from the craft stores and then treat yourself at the food stalls with some baked goods, locally grown macadamia nuts, pressed olive oil, jams and pickles. This is the perfect brunch spot to hit up on a Sunday. After filling your bellies with pastries and coffee, take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or even up Mount Victoria if you’re feeling brave.
When: Sunday 14th October
Where: Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St
Takapuna Sunday Market
If you are a super duper early morning person, the Takapuna Sunday Markets was made for you. Every Sunday from the 6 in the morning, the carpark along Anzac Street is booming with fresh, organic produce, little gems created by the people of the neighbourhood and of course, food stalls. We're talking French crepes, Chiese dumplings, Vietnamese pho, Indian dumplings and Hungarian flatbread. Takapuna Sunday Markets have seriously got it all and they are not to be missed!
When: Sundays 6am – 12pm
Where: Victoria Park Market, CBD
Auckland Night Markets
Sometimes you crave those delicious market treats at night…and we don’t blame you. And that’s why the Auckland Night Markets are one of our fave spots to hit when we get a little bit hangry. With six different locations full of every type of food stall you can imagine, the Auckland Night Markets make it so easy to beat your hunger! Grab some friends and make a night out of food-truck-hopping this month.
When: Various dates in October
Where: Various locations
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