Five of the best weekend markets in Auckland
Markets have become a staple of Auckland life, with nighttime and weekend markets a regular part of many an Aucklander's evening and weekend routine.
With cheap, and often surprisingly wholesome, food on offer, they are a key ingredient in a healthy urban lifestyle.
To remind you just how spoiled for choice Auckland is, here are five of our city's best weekend markets.
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La Cigale Market, Britomart, Saturdays 8am-1pm
This is a farmers' market for those living in the concrete pastures of Auckland's CBD, bringing Parnell's La Cigale French Markets and the old City Farmers' Market together.
You'll see many French food stallholders here, alongside fresh produce and a treat that'll get every Aucklander excited: $5 central city parking with any purchase.
Mount Albert Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
With all the trappings you'd expect of a good local market – fluffy dogs sniffing about on leashes, live music, and fresh organic produce – this is a routine weekend outing for the friendly people of Mount Albert.
The venue is also covered by the freestanding roof of a former petrol station on the site making it perfect for Auckland's less than predictable weather.
Crafternoon-Tea Market, Kingsland and Mount Eden, Saturdays 10am-2pm
Crafternoon-Tea is an opportunity to discover the creativity of your fellow Aucklanders in both food and handmade crafts, from knitted playmats to intricately decorated cakes.
It shifts between two locations depending on the weekend – variety is the spice of life.
Grey Lynn Farmers' Market, Sundays 9am-12.30pm
Grey Lynn Farmers' Market isn't just about selling food, but a way of life.
In addition to the usual fare you'd expect from the market, it hosts regular talks on subjects like gardening in urban areas and disposable environmentally-friendly packaging.
Hobsonville Point Market, Saturdays and Sundays 9am-1pm
The highlights of this market are all ocean-based and delicious.
Mussels and smoked salmon are both favourites of market regulars, but visitors from outside the area might like to complement their trip with a Saturday afternoon cruise around the harbour too.