There are several Saturday morning markets across the Auckland region, selling fresh produce, meats, baked goods, relishes, preserves, oils, crafts, clothing and much much more. These pop up stalls are popular with locals and visitors alike, and I am embarrassed to admit that despite living in Auckland for six years this month I never been to one. So in sticking with the theme of this blog I set out this morning to explore some of the markets right smack in the centre of the city.
Firstly I started at the City Farmers’ Market, which is located between Britomart and Atrium on Takutai. There are just over twenty stalls here selling fresh produce, flowers, baked breads, and more. This market is most frequented by those who live or work in the city on Saturday and probably would not be worth a special visit if you live outside the inner city. If you choose to drive in, park at Britomart Car Park, on the corner of Britomart Place and Quay Street, and get your ticket validated at the market for a special rate of $6. You would be better advised to use public transport though.
After a few minutes walking around the City Farmers’ Market I headed to Customs Street East, where I caught an Inner Link (green) bus to Jubilee Building in Parnell. The Link buses are a perfect way to get around the inner city for those not familiar with Auckland as they provide clear visual and audio announcements for each approaching stop, and it’s only a $2.00 to Parnell from Britomart.
The Parnell Farmers’ Market is held in the car park behind the Jubilee Building. It’s worth taking the time to appreciate this building, which was built in 1908, and originally homed the Foundation of the Blind.
Next I walked down to the La Cigale French Farmer’s Market. It is a nice walk down the green leafy tree lined Parnell Road, past the old Saint Mary’s Church. This wooden gothic church was built in 1886, and moved to its current site in 1982 as part of the new Cathedral of the Holy Trinity complex. The walk takes just over 15 minutes, turn right and walk down Saint Georges Bay Road to Raskin Road, where you can enter through the car park to the back of the market.
I then jumped on another Inner link bus to Karangahape Road. The K’Rd Street market takes place on the Karangahape Overbridge. There is something unique about looking at brightly coloured clothes fluttering in the breeze as motorway traffic hurtles by below you.
From K’Rd I made my way to the waterfront and along to Silo Park. Vendors were setting up for the Silo Markets, not a Saturday morning market in the traditional sense as this food, art and craft market does not officially start until noon.
I was home by lunch and devoured my fruit loaf and cherries I picked up along the way.
City Farmers’ Market at Britomart
Saturdays, 8:00am – 12:30 pm
Behind Britomart Station, Gore St
Parnell Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8am – 12 noon
Jubilee Building car park, 545 Parnell Road, Road
La Cigale French Farmer’s Market
Saturdays 8 am to 1:30 pm
Sundays 9 am to 1:30 pm
69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
K’Road Street Market
10am – 4:30 pm
Karangahape Road Overbridge
Noon – 6 pm