No weekend is complete without some market hopping. Christchurch is a city full of quality markets—from street food markets to those selling homemade and second-hand wares. Come satisfy your stall-crawling cravings with the best live music, bargains and goods from local creatives, food producers and musicians.
So grab your reusable bags because here are the best markets in Christchurch.
Christchurch Farmers' Market
Open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, Christchurch Farmers Market has been an institution since 2003. Situated in the historic and stunning grounds of Riccarton House and Bush, this market is a go-to every Saturday for all the noms. From enjoying a bowl of Posh Porridge by the river to grabbing a selection of Grizzly Baked Goods for later, there are so many amazing local food vendors to choose from. We’ve been known to visit twice in one day because we just can’t get enough.
When: Saturday from 9am -1pm
Where: 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton, Christchurch
Lyttelton Farmers' Market
Lyttelton Farmers' Market has been running since 2005 and it’s undoubtedly one of the region’s biggest farmers markets. Community run, by Project Lyttelton, its focus is on promoting the best local food and local musicians every week. There’s no better place to discover the amazing produce that Banks Peninsula has to offer, with fresh fish, meat , bread, cheese, vegetables and plants available every week. Having expanded in recent years, the Lyttelton Market takes over the main street of this portside town. The market has expanded and now takes place on the main street of this beautiful portside town.
When: Saturdays from 10am -1pm
Where: London Street, Lyttelton
The Nifty Markets
Food is often the focus at local markets, but The Nifty Markets offer local creatives of all kinds an opportunity to showcase their goods. Held monthly, The Nifty Markets are a collaboration between like-minded small businesses trading their hand-made and second-hand wares with an ethical focus. With a rotating roster of stallholders including Fable Store which was formerly housed in The Welder on Welles Street, you’ll find everything from plants to prints, embroidery to clothing.
When: Monthly, check their site for the next date.
Where: 105 Disraeli Street, Christchurch
Arts Centre Weekend Market
An integral part of the community, the Sunday market at The Arts Centre has plenty of delights for you to enjoy. Set against the backdrop of the historical Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, you’ll discover handcrafted items, delicious food and the usual hidden gems that only markets can deliver. This place is always full of people and buskers.
When: Sundays10am - 4pm
Where: Market Square, Worcester Boulevard
Friday Street Food Markets
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat on Friday night, head to the Friday Street Food Markets in Cathedral Square. One of the most popular spots, and for good reason, the markets bring together the very best food trucks and stalls with cuisines from all around the world. From OSAKA-YA, Lucky Ninja and Vagabond Chefs to Coq au Van and Kung Fu Dumplings, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat. There’s also live entertainment, buskers and music to enjoy while you eat.
When: Fridays 11am - 8pm
Where: Cathedral Square, Christchurch
The extensive Riccarton Market is the perfect excuse to get out and explore. Much more than a farmers’ market, this institution has more than 300 vendors. It started out as a car boot sale in 1989 and has since expanded to a weekly market selling everything from secondhand goods, arts and crafts and plants to seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Why not stay for a relaxing lunch and take in live music in a lovely outdoor seating area?
When: Sundays 9am - 2pm
Where: 165 Racecourse Rd, Broomfield
Opawa Farmers' Market
A growers market, The Opawa Farmers' Market prides itself on having the best selection of fresh local produce in Christchurch. Here you’ll find an impressive organic range from trusted local growers. Pop by to top up your veggie supply, choose from a selection of fresh artisan breads, intoxicating French pastries, locally-made Italian cheeses, and seasonal fruit.
When: Sundays 9am -12pm
Where: 275 Fifield Terrace (between Helios Medical Centre and Rudolf Steiner School)
North Canterbury Sunday Market
If you're after something a little different, head to The North Canterbury Sunday Market a 30-minute drive out of Christchurch. Set on rural land and held every Sunday (excluding their epic Christmas market which is on Saturday 19 December 2020), you'll find stalls from all over Canterbury selling quality, locally-made artisan products including fresh produce, flowers, handicrafts and much more. Don't forget to load up at the food court slinging a variety of delicious eats while you sit back and enjoy the Sunday entertainment.
When: Sundays 9am - 2pm
Where: Rangiora Racecourse via Lehmans Road entrance.
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