In the central city there are two Farmers Markets: the City Farmers Market that runs in Britomart Square every Saturday morning rain or shine, and the Silo Park Night Markets which run from 5pm on Fridays over the summer, with a mixture of fresh and artisan produce, hot food to eat on site, coffee and live music.
The inner city suburb of Parnell hosts two markets: the Saturday morning Parnell Farmers Market, behind the Parnell Library, which has a focus on fresh produce, and La Cigale, which runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings with a gourmet and fine food focus. On the western side of the city the Grey Lynn Farmers Market is also recommended.
Those after bric-a-brac should venture to the Browns Bay Market on Auckland’s North Shore, where each Sunday morning you’ll find truth in the old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
Meanwhile, Ōtara’s huge Saturday morning market is reputedly the biggest Polynesian market in the world. It’s where South Auckland’s large Māori and Pacific Island population comes to shop and socialise, creating a colourful weekly scene. Enterprising Asian stallholders add to the cultural potpourri. Customers start arriving around 6am and it pays to get there early because the stalls start coming down at noon. There are bargains aplenty, from piles of fresh produce to Māori and Pacific Island arts and crafts, clothes and bric-a-brac.
You can also shop well into the night – Auckland’s night markets are held in five different locations around the city, between Thursday – Sunday. Most open around 5pm and keep cranking until the clock has struck midnight. Find out more: [www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz (http://www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz )