One of the best ways to tap into the culture of any city is by visiting their local markets. The markets Auckland city centre offer don’t stop at fresh produce and general essentials, but also cover local arts and crafts, delicious food and beverages, and even continue on into the evening with night markets. Here are the ones to add to your must-visit list.
Shortland Street Night Market | 28 Shortland Street | Every Friday 5 - 9pm
Each Friday night from 5pm-9pm the open air car park on Shortland Street transforms into one of the most popular and diverse night markets Auckland city centre has to offer. Here you will discover a broad range of cuisines from Thai street food to Chinese sweets. Nestled amongst the delicious food you will find quirky bric-a-brac and local art accompanied by live music.
Britomart La Cigale Market | 130 Quay Street | Every Saturday 10am - 1pm
This classic French market brings together European delicacies with fresh produce to create a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere, the perfect place to enjoy some family time on the weekend. Essential to any La Cigale visit is the purchase of a Pain au chocolat and coffee.
Victoria Park Market | 210 - 218 Victoria Street West
Victoria Park Market is home to over 40 unique shops and restaurants all located in the newly refurbished, historic brickwork buildings of Victoria park village, just across the road from Victoria park. Unique in every aspect, this Auckland market is unlike any other location in the city–it combines an open air arcade style shopping experience with amazing food and interesting arts and crafts retailers.
Auckland Fish Market | 22 - 32 Jellicoe Street | Open daily
Auckland Fish market is an institution, providing the city with the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. This indoor-outdoor market is a go-to spot for locals and travellers alike. Centred around the fish market are some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, all of which take full advantage of the fantastic seafood on offer– favorites include Azabu, Super Pizza and Ika Bowl. Located in the beautiful Wynyard Quarter precinct the fish market offers great parking and is just over the road is Silo park, the perfect place to let the kids run around after lunch.