Arts, crafts, delicious food and coffee, and plenty of character. Wellington visitors (and locals too) are lucky to have lots of cool markets to browse. From longstanding weekend events to periodic fanfares, here’s a look at some of the very best places to get your market fix in New Zealand’s capital city.
Street performances, a melting pot of different foods, and plenty of energy – if you’re looking for a awesome spot to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night, Cuba Street’s Wellington Night Market is the place to visit. Asian cuisine features prominently along its stalls – though you can also find treats like churros and waffles too. Both night markets run from 5pm to 10pm, making them the perfect stopover for a quick bite to eat before hitting the town.
Rain, hail or shine, the Thorndon Farmers Market is a great place to grab some local produce while getting a glimpse of life in the Wellington suburbs. Organic products, gluten free goodies, artisan hauls, and plenty of sustainable products are some of this vibrant markets’ strongest features. You’ll find the Thorndon Farmers’ Market by the Cathedral of St Paul’s car park, every Saturday from 8:30am until 2:30pm.
A newcomer in the Wellington market scene and definitely one to watch. The Vegan Vault set up its first installation in April 2017, and were amazed to find that 2,000 people turned up to support them. Due to popular demand, organisers even expanded the number of stalls, from the initial 12 to 23. The monthly event was established by the owner of the Sweet Release Cakes and Treats cafe, so that vegans can join in on Wellington’s bustling market action.
A yearly pop-up market on the Miramar peninsula that has been supporting local talent since 2013. Along with vibrant stalls, Craft Central keeps the community spirit alive by hosting creative activities that both children and adults alike can get into. Some of the items you can expect to find on a typical Craft Central event include beauty products, childrenswear, home decor, gifts, and jewellery.