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Baskets and bargains: What are the best markets in Auckland?

Baskets and bargains What are the best markets in Auckland

Forget fancy malls and overpriced boutiques! Auckland’s markets are where the real treasures hide. If you’re looking for a good buy, you’re on the right page, as we’ll go on a quest for vintage finds, artisanal treats, and a whole lot of local flavor. 

From the bustling farmers’ markets overflowing with fresh produce to hidden flea markets packed with pre-loved gems, the city’s market scene has something for every savvy shopper. Let’s see the best markets now!

The Shed Collective Farmers’ Market and Venue

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Location: 99 Parrs Cross Road, Henderson, Auckland 0612, New Zealand

Contact: +64 20 483 6341

Opening hours:

  • Saturday – 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


Forget perfectly stacked produce and fluorescent lighting – this place is a charming mishmash of local characters, unexpected finds, and 35 vendors who are just as passionate about their products as you are about finding something awesome.

In particular, if you’re a plant foodie, prepare to be delighted. The aromas of Kopiko Sourdough’s organic loaves will tempt you, while the vibrant displays at Live and Let Dry will brighten your day with their dried floral arrangements. 

Hungry yet? Zeki’s Turkish bread serves up wood-fired pide with plant-based fillings so good that you’ll forget all about meat. Lulu’s will cool you down with dairy-free coconut soft serve, and Miso Ra’s plant-based ramen? That’s a hug in a bowl, friends.

Long Bay Village Market

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Location: 57 Glenvar Ridge Road, Long Bay, Auckland 0630, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 915 6899

Opening hours: Open 24 hours


Do you want your weekend market trip to feel like a mini-vacation? Then head over to Long Bay Village Market, where coastal charm meets local craftsmanship. We’re talking handmade treasures – think unique clothing, jewelry, homewares, toys, and even gourmet treats!

But here’s what makes it special: it’s super accessible with free entry, ample parking, and toilets up in the piazza. No more stressing about the logistics!

Supported by the Templeton Group, this market is about more than shopping. It’s about celebrating local makers, soaking up the sun with live music, and maybe snagging a fresh bite from a Long Bay Village cafe.

Kumeu Market

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Location: 35/41 Access Road, Kumeu, New Zealand

Contact: +64 210 403 218


Nestled in the Kumeu Showground, Kumeu Market is a throwback to the good old days – think fresh farm produce, homemade goodies, and a laid-back atmosphere that’ll make you want to stay all day.

Picture over 80 stalls (indoors and outdoors), buzzing with energy. Here, you’ll find everything from locally grown fruit and veggies to even bric-a-brac treasures waiting to be discovered. Plus, Auckland buskers are regulars, adding a lively soundtrack to your shopping adventure. 

Oh, did we mention the pony rides? Perfect for keeping the little ones entertained while you stock up on the good stuff.

La Cigale French Market 

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Location: 69 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand

Contact: [email protected]

Opening hours: 

  • Wednesday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


If you’re craving a little taste of France without the hefty plane ticket, get yourself to La Cigale French Market! This award-winning weekend market in Parnell is a Parisian paradise right in the heart of Auckland.

Imagine a bustling market filled with the aromas of freshly baked croissants, crusty baguettes, and gourmet cheeses (both local and imported!). You’ll find stalls overflowing with artisan treats, French antiques, kitchenware, fresh produce, flowers and so much more. 

It’s the perfect spot to grab a croque monsieur, sip an expertly brewed coffee, and soak up the irresistibly chic French atmosphere.

Parnell Farmers Market

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Location: 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 555 5154

Opening hours: 

  • Saturday – 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM


This Saturday morning institution is where local producers and passionate foodies come together. Imagine strolling through the Jubilee Building car park, transformed into a foodie paradise overflowing with the freshest seasonal produce and artisan goodies.

You’ll find stallholders eager to share their passion for what they grow and create – from organic heirloom tomatoes to handcrafted cheeses. This is the perfect spot to stock your kitchen with deliciousness, grab a coffee and a bite to eat, and soak up the lively community atmosphere.

Avondale Sunday Market

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Location: 23 Elm Street, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand

Contact: +64 274 874 790

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Established in the funky 1970s, the Avondale Sunday Market has aged like a fine wine – bolder and more beloved with each passing year! Now drawing over 10,000 visitors a week to the Avondale Racecourse, this market is less a shopping trip and more a whirlwind adventure.

Get ready for a treasure hunt like no other, where the freshest seafood, vibrant fruits, and quirky vintage finds will tempt your wallet (and your tastebuds!).

Think of the Avondale Sunday Market as the cool older sibling of those fancy farmers’ markets – a little rough around the edges, but with a heart of gold and a whole lot more personality.

Howick Village Market

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Location: 91 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland 2014, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 534 4505

Opening hours:

  • Saturday – 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM


Forget those big-box stores, the Howick Village Market is where the phrase “get it fresh, find it first” becomes your mantra. Picture this: free samples galore (because why not?), a cheerful chorus of stallholders ready to banter, and the freshest seafood imaginable!

And foodies, brace yourselves because the cheeses, fudge, cakes, pastries, and deli treats here will make your picnics the stuff of legend. 

But wait, there’s more! The charming village itself is an extension of the market experience – think cozy cafes, tempting eateries, and boutiques bursting with personalities. 

Matakana Farmers Market 

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Location: 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand

Contact: [email protected]

Opening hours:

  • Saturday – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Nestled in the gorgeous Matakana Coast, this is where fresh produce gets its rockstar moment and sustainability isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a delicious way of life. 

Think baskets overflowing with impossibly juicy strawberries, creamy artisan cheese that’ll make you question everything you know about dairy, and those elusive gourmet ingredients that turn your kitchen into a Michelin-worthy experiment. 

So, bring your reusable bags (and your appetite), because this market is where you’ll meet the passionate farmers and makers, savor the flavors, and support a community that cares about good food and good vibes.

Smales Farm Market

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Location: 72 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 488 2300

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM


Say goodbye to boring grocery runs and hello to the Smales Farm Market, your Sunday Morning upgrade! This is where the best of the Coatesville Market gets a fresh, urban twist, thanks to the visionaries of Takapuna.

Think artisan delights, vibrant produce that begs to be Instagrammed, and a buzzing energy that’ll perk you up faster than an espresso shot. Here’s the kicker: they’ve solved the dreaded Auckland parking curse with (drumroll please)… free parking!

And if all that browsing works up an appetite, don’t worry – Goodside (Smales Farm’s dining hotspot has your back with cafes and restaurants ready to tempt your tastebuds.

Boric Food Market 

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Location: 1404 Coatesville Riverhead Highway, Kumeū 0892, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 412 8310

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday – 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM


Owned by the Boric Brothers, Franco, and Stefan, this market is the fruit (pun intended) of generations of passion for quality produce and artisanal foods. 

Here, you can stroll through a sprawling 85-acre orchard, handpicking sun-kissed fruits, then head inside to a treasure trove bursting with gourmet goodies. 

Craving more than just groceries? Their delicatessen is a wonderland of handcrafted treats, fresh smoothies, and organic coffee ready to fuel your market exploration.

Clevedon Farmers Market

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Location: 107 Monument Road, Clevedon 2582, New Zealand

Contact: [email protected] 

Opening hours:

  • Friday – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturday – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Since 2005, this vibrant hub has been the heart of the community, celebrating fresh flavors, local craftsmanship, and a feel-good atmosphere you won’t find in any aisle. Picture over 60 stalls bursting with seasonal goodies, and those elusive gourmet ingredients. 

Families flock here – think pony rides for the kids, a warm welcome for your furry friends, and (insider tip!) don’t dare leave without trying the legendary whitebait fritters. This place is all about connecting with your community and leaving with a smile as wide as the rolling hills.

Mangere Bridge Sunday Market

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Location: Coronation Road, Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 634 4250

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


This bustling bazaar is where fresh produce sings with flavor and prices won’t break the beak. Prepare for a fest of Pacific flavors – think Polynesia delicacies like taro, freshly caught seafood, and sizzling food stalls serving up tastes from distant shores. 

Bargain hunters can even unleash their inner treasure seeker here. Car boot sales spill over with vintage finds, quirky collectibles, and those practical items you secretly crave.

But the real magic lies in the atmosphere – the Mangere Bridge Sunday Market is the community’s heartbeat, where friendly banter and lively energy make it more than just shopping.

Titirangi Village Market

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Location: 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland 0604, New Zealand

Contact: +64 27 655 0785

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Nestled in Titirangi’s heart, Titirangi Village Market is a buzzing creative hub. Over 100 independent vendors come together to offer you an eclectic mix of everything you could desire. 

You’ll find mouth-watering food to tickle your tastebuds, arts and crafts that are a feast for your eyes, clothing that wraps you in a unique style, and vintage finds that whisper tales of yesteryears. 

Operating on the last Sunday of the month from February to November, with special dates in December, this market ensures that no month goes by without a communal celebration.

Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market

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Location: 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Contact: +64 21 928 202

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


The Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market is all about bringing a slice of farm-fresh goodness to the heart of the city. Since way back in 2009, this market has been your Sunday go-to for the freshest produce around.

It’s more than just a place to stock your fridge – think of it as a community gathering where you can chat with the very people who grew your carrots or baked your sourdough. 

They also prioritize local connections by showcasing those who use locally sourced ingredients, along with fair trade, organic, and free-range goodies.

Otara Markets

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Location: Newbury Street, Manukau, Auckland 2023, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 274 0830

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Hailed as the most popular market in Auckland, Otara Markets has been a cornerstone of life every Sunday from 6 AM to noon. Once you’re here, expect to see a vibrant mix of fresh produce, clothing, arts and crafts, and delicious food with strong Polynesian influences.

But what truly sets this market apart is its deep commitment to its people, focusing on contributing to the greater success of the Otara community, and its environment. You might even catch some live musical or cultural performances to round out the experience!

Britomart Saturday Market

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Location: Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street, Britomart Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 914 8431

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM


Think of Britomart Saturday Market as your escape from the mundane. Imagine strolling into a cityscape where the freshest produce beckons, the aroma of artisan coffee fills the air, and the tempting scents of street food make your stomach rumble.

This is a place where local makers and creators set up shop, offering unique finds that you won’t see on any department store shelf. But this market goes beyond shopping. It’s also a dog-friendly affair – a place for families and friends to gather and soak up the laid-back weekend vibes.

And don’t forget that sweet bonus: two hours of free parking at the Britomart Carpark with a $50 receipt, giving you all the time you need to explore and indulge.

Central Flea Market

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Location: 170 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

Contact: [email protected]

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Central Flea Market is a place where pre-lived gems practically wink at you, stacks of vinyl records hum with forgotten tunes, and those one-of-a-kind finds that make your inner collector do a happy little dance. 

Now what can you do here? Well, you can find that funky retro dress that whispers your name, or snag that vintage teapot that seems destined for your next tea party. 

Oh, the cherry on top? It won’t cost you a dime to enter. Your wallet and your eclectic soul will both leave feeling satisfied!