There is something ultra-relaxing about markets. Maybe it’s the fact that you can slowly peruse the stalls without needing to rush through, the friendly faces proudly displaying their homemade goods or the live music and four-legged friends that usually go hand in hand with the affair.
Well whatever it is, markets are a favourite Auckland activity for your Sunday mornings and Friday nights, so we've rounded up a list of all of the best to check out.
Devonport Craft and Food Market
Devonport is a favourite suburb in Auckland for its beautiful, relaxed scenes and friendly neighbourhood vibe. The monthly market runs every second Sunday of each month and is a great reason to head over for the day and spend some time wandering the stalls and enjoying what’s on offer. As a craft and fine food market the array of goods to check out ranges from specialty preserves, to bath bombs, to dainty jewellery and everything in between.
When: Every second Sunday of each month, 10am-2pm
Where: Devonport Community House
In the tranquil setting at the beautiful Coatesville Settlers Hall is a rural market destination that has been running since 2007. On the first Sunday of every month, the Coatesville Market sets out to bring communities together with their offering of local produce and crafts that people from all over Auckland come to enjoy. Home-made goodness and friendly atmosphere in a beautiful setting—what a way to spend your Sunday.
When: First Sunday of each month, 10am-2pm
Where: Coatesville Settlers Hall
Waiheke Ostend Market
If you are lucky enough to be a local on Waiheke Island then you will already know the deets, but if you are keen to hop over to escape the city for a Saturday then the Waiheke Ostend Market needs to be part of your itinerary. Every Saturday the market gathers an array of stall-holders selling crafts, food and beverages, produce and all sorts of other homemade goods—all in the most beautiful spot.
When: Every Saturday, 7.30am-1pm
Where: 76 Ostend Road, Waiheke Island
Matakana Farmers’ Market
Why not make a day out of your market trip and hit up the Matakana Farmers' Market? With a place to sit by the river, take in the peaceful surroundings, and enjoy the sun, the Matakana Markets are a firm favourite. 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 to 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 pain au chocolat, aged cheeses, fresh seafood paella (Spanish but hey), 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 and Parnell—Saturdays 8am - 1:30pm, Sundays 9am - 1:00pm
Where: Takutai Square, Britomart and 69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Catalina Bay Farmers' Market
Catalina Bay Farmers' Market is an absolute must. 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. Breakfast of champs or what?
When: Fridays, 10am - 7pm, Saturday & Sundays, 8:30am - 2pm
Where: Catalina Bay Road Extension, 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. 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
Oratia Farmers Market
Specialising in fresh quality food produce and products, the Oratia Farmers Market is all about encouraging Aucklanders to buy from local producers. The permanent market runs every Saturday morning and makes for an enjoyable and relaxed way to do your weekly shop. The live music, good coffee and tasty treats also make getting out of bed that much easier.
When: Every Saturday, 9am-12pm
Where: 441 West Coast Road, Oratia
Te Atatu Night Markets
Friday nights are a joyous time of the week and there is nothing like a night market to head along to in celebration of the weekend rolling around. The Te Atatu Night Markets are a guaranteed good time with their exceptional selection of food trucks on hand to feed your bellies and plenty of stalls with crafts and homemade treasures to wander through.
When: Friday nights, 5pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre
Mt. Eden Village Craft Market
The Mt. Eden Village Craft Market is a fortnightly market with an amazing selection of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gems. Held on the second Saturday each month right in the centre of the village, stock up on locally-made crafts and chat with the local creatives behind the unique treasures.
When: Every second Saturday of the month, 10am - 4pm
Where: 449 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Parnell Farmers' Market
Held at the Jubilee Building every Saturday morning, grab a coffee and stock up on fruit, veggies, meat, flowers, cheese and other deli produce. Rain or shine, you'll find the Parnell Farmers' Market in the car park in the building that is home to the Parnell Community Library. The perfect place to stock up on your favourite weekend treats.
When: Saturdays, 8am - 2pm
Where: 545 Parnell Road, Parnell
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market
Take a scenic drive out Whitford ways to the hidden Clevedon Showgrounds where you’ll find the Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market. Filled with top quality local produce, it definitely makes the drive worthwhile. Think fresh fruit, veggies, 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
Mt Eden Village Wellbeing Market
Love your mind, love your body and love your spirit is the philosophy of the Mt Eden Village Wellbeing Market. Held on the last Saturday of the month at the Mt Eden Village Centre, this vibrant market is home to natural health therapies, nutritional support, crystals, jewellery, art as well as on-site massage, reiki and reflexology foot massage. Take a little time out for you.
When: Saturday, 29 June 10am - 3pm
Where: Mt Eden Village Centre
Mt. Albert Markets
Street food festival by night and farmers' market by day, Mt Albert Markets is a crowd favourite for Aucklanders. On Friday nights, a little part of New North Road is decked out into 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 into 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
Takapuna Sunday Market
If you are a super-duper early morning person, the Takapuna Sunday Markets was made for you. Every Sunday from the six in the morning, the car park 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, Chinese 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: 17 Anzac St, Takapuna
Smales Farm Market
The North Shore’s ultimate Sunday market, the Smales Farm Market, delivers fresh, organic and sustainable goods and produce from Auckland’s leading artisans all within the leafy and relaxed environment of Goodside, Smales Farm’s acclaimed dining hub. In conjunction with the team at Market Collaborative, creators of the Coatesville Market and Auckland Plant Market, the Smales Farm Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month between 9am and 2pm.
When: Second Sunday of every Month 9am-2pm
Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna
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