Best Street Food Markets in Hoboken, New Jersey

Emily Tan / © Culture Trip
Photo of Katherine Oakes
10 March 2018

Most people know that the one square mile city of Hoboken is full of good eats and drinks. However, not everybody knows that some of the best fare can be found on streets — street food markets, that is. Looking to eat your way through Hoboken? Here are the best street food markets in town.

Hoboken Chili Cook-Off & Home Brewing Contest

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Get stuck in to some chili | Get stuck in to some chili

This market is a chili cook-off and a brewing contest all in one. While we could easily just leave it at that, what makes this two-in-one street food market even better is that attendees have the option to be judges since there is also an award for the fan-favorite chili – everyone’s a winner.

Hoboken Italian Festival

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Enjoy some Italian fare | Enjoy some Italian fare

The Hoboken Italian Festival’s name gives it all away: this has some good eats. This annual event is derived from a nearly 600 year-old celebration in Italy and is happily celebrated here in Hoboken to this day. From the fireworks, to the live music to the food which is accurately dubbed, “The Feast” the festival is one of the city’s biggest events.

The Mutz Festival

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Mozzarella: the star of the show | Mozzarella: the star of the show

While it’s not an outdoor street market, The Mutz Festival still ranks high on the list simply because it’s all about mozzarella cheese. New Jersey cheese lovers and especially, Hobokenites, affectionately refer to the delicious dairy product as “mutz” and have even dedicated an entire festival to discovering who makes it best. Need we say more? Go decide for yourself at The Mutz Festival

Garden Street Farmers' Market

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Take your pick of fruit and veg at the farmers' market | Take your pick of fruit and veg at the farmers' market

Every neighborhood needs a good farmers’ market and Hoboken’s Garden Street Farmers’ Market is exactly that. Grab your market haul full of fresh veggies, fruits and artisan-crafted goods from local and sustainable farms nearby town. Swing by the market every Saturday from 9am to 2pm from May through the end of the summer.

Hoboken Downtown Farmers' Market

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A bunch of sunflowers can brighten even the darkest of days | A bunch of sunflowers can brighten even the darkest of days

The Hoboken Downtown Farmers’ Market is the perfect stop for a busy commuter looking for fresh market goods. Located just a few blocks away from the Hoboken Path Station, the market features a handful of local, organic farms, handmade goods and a popular sunflower vendor. Stop by from June through November on Tuesdays at 3pm to 7:30pm.

Hoboken Harvest Festival

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Get creative with your pumpkin carving | Get creative with your pumpkin carving

Aside from a slew of fun fall festivities like a hay maze, pumpkin carving and general spookiness, the Hoboken Harvest Festival is also known for serving up some tasty street food. At this annual event visitors can peruse Pier A Park while enjoying seasonal snacks like apple cider doughnuts and apple pies, plus, fare from local vendors like Planet Juice.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

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Sample delicious Greek food as part of the ethnic dishes on offer | Sample delicious Greek food as part of the ethnic dishes on offer

Food is an art, right? If you asked us and the folks behind the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, we’d all say yes. Other than great live music and vendors with artistic displays for sale, many people come to this street fair for the food. Hoboken restaurants set up outdoors to sell a wide array of ethnic dishes, from Thai to Indian, Greek and of course, Italian food. So swing by the festival for entertainment and even better eats.

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