The Best Food Markets to Visit in Wellington

Wellington Harbourside Market
Wellington Harbourside Market | © Phillip Capper/Flickr
Thalita Alves

Wellington is renowned for serving its visitors with delectable restaurants, and an enticing coffee culture to match. If you’re eager to explore some local market stalls, you’ll fall in love with some of the local treats to be found in New Zealand’s vibrant capital. Read on to discover some of the city’s best stalls, foodie fixes and local produce.

1. Harbourside Market

Market, Museum

Wellington Harbourside Market
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Since starting operations in the 1920s, the Harbourside Market has grown to become a strong part of the community. With a variety of local produce on show, as well as the occasional live performance to entertain the passing crowds, this is the place to stop by on a sunny weekend. The Harbourside Market is on every Sunday from 7:30AM-12PM, next to Te Papa museum.

2. Wellington Underground Market

Market, Vietnamese, Coffee, Fast Food

Staying true to its name, the Underground Market is your pit-stop for an exotic blend of food, coffee, fashion, arts and crafts, and live music. Selling everything from Vietnamese cuisine to locally produced jams, this is a must-visit for all foodies who are eager for a taste of something new. The Underground Market runs every Saturday from 10AM-4PM, under St Kitts Park on Jervois Quay.

3. Wellington Night Market


Cuba St Night Market
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Going on three years strong, the Wellington Night Market is a showcase of Cuba Street’s community of artists, street performers and eateries. Grab a bite from any of its delectable stalls, and stick around for a bit of alternative entertainment. The Wellington Night Market’s surge in popularity allowed it to expand into two nights a week, at different locations. On Fridays, it’s at 116 Cuba Street, from 5-10:30PM. The Saturday market is at Lower Cuba Street, from 5-10:30PM.

4. Thorndon Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market, Market, Gluten-free, Oceanian

Quick stop at the Thorndon Farmers Market
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Thorndon Farmers’ Market encourages Wellingtonians and passing visitors alike to buy local. Stalls are filled with organic produce, artisanal products, home-made baking, gluten-free foodstuffs, fresh fish, and free-range farmed goods to name a few. Rain or shine, you’ll find the Thorndon Farmers’ Market running every Saturday from 8:30AM-12:30PM at its namesake suburb. Its home is the car park at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Hill Street.

5. Capital Market

Food Court, Oceanian, Street Food

Underground market meets food court in this hip establishment. Lined with street-food stalls of all kinds, the Capital Market is a popular choice in the city – and it’s open every day but Sunday. If you want to get your weekly fix of market treats, pop down to its central Willis Street location for a cheap bite to eat, then go browse for some interesting fashion accessories.

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