We love a market, and lucky for us, Wellington is pretty damn good at them. From street food, to produce, to handmade goods, we’re spoilt for choice.
To help you out, we’ve compiled our picks for some of Wellington’s best.
The Harbourside Market is a Sunday classic. Skip the supermarket and head here for fresh produce as well as free range eggs, beautiful flowers, and home baking to rival your nanas. If you're feeling a little too dusty on a Sunday morning for veggie shopping, the Harbourside Market also hosts an array of some of Wellington’s finest food trucks, so treat yourself to a delicious hangover cure (we recommend the bacon and egg buttie from Food for the People) and enjoy it by the sea. PS. if you love dogs as much as we do, you're in luck, because the Harbourside Market is an absolute prime dog spotting location.
Where: Corner Barnett and Cable Streets
When: Sundays, 7:30 am – 1 pm in winter, and 7:30 am – 2 pm in Summer.
Wellington Night Market
You'll hear the Friday night market before you see it. From 5pm every Friday night, Left Bank Arcade is a haven of live music, homemade crafts, and the tastiest food from all over the world, guaranteed to hit the spot after a long week of work. It's the epitome of cheap and cheerful, and the atmosphere can almost make you forget that you're sitting on the ground eating dumplings in the middle of a brisk Wellington winter.
On Saturday nights, the market moves to lower Cuba Street. Here, more stalls come to play, and you can easily eat a 15-course meal by snacking on everything on offer. We recommend trying the Chinese-style crepes from Mr Circle, the loaded mac and cheese fries from Milano Pasta Bar, and anything from the SUPER DONUT HERO menu. Unmissable.
Where: Service Lane, Te Aro
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 5-11 pm
Thorndon Farmers' Market
For a wholesome market experience, look no further than the Thorndon Farmers' Market. These guys put a huge emphasis on organic and free-range products, as well as sustainability. They offer a selection of stalls that sell some of the very best cheeses, meats, breads, vegetables and condiments that Wellington has to offer. Take your reusable bags down and stock up on delicious food and products, straight from the people who have made and grown them. We can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning.
Where: Hill Street, Thorndon
When: Saturdays, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Wellington Underground Market
Our city is full of creatives, and at the Wellington Underground Market, a tonne of these crafty cats come together to sell their goods. The market is the brainchild of Wendy Jasper and Helena Tobin, who noticed back in 2007 that Wellington markets were mainly fruit and veggie-focused, and not much else. 12 years on and the Wellington Underground Market is thriving and hosts anywhere between 70 and 100 stalls each week. This really is the perfect spot for some good old fashioned retail therapy, so grab a coffee and a snack from one of the food trucks, and prepare for a whole lot of spending. Best of all? When you buy, you’re buying straight from the maker and supporting local businesses, which is a way better feeling than buying another $7 cushion from Kmart.
Where: Wellington Waterfront
When: Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm
We know that some of you may argue that technically Capital Market isn’t an actual market. But look, it’s got market in its name so we’re going with it. If you're ever unsure of what you feel like for lunch or dinner, Capital Market will not let you down. The covered market offers a huge variety of eats, so it's the perfect spot to go if you're indecisive—just get one of everything. We love the Filipino BBQ at Smokin BBQ Grill but if that’s not what you’re feeling, there’s Malaysian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese to choose from, to name just a few. If you’re planning on heading in on a weekday, try to avoid the midday rush. Capital Market is a very popular spot for a quick work lunch.
Where: 151 Willis St, Te Aro
When: 10:30 am – 9 pm every day.
Image Credit: Wellington Night Market