Parking in Auckland’s CBD can be touch and go, especially when time is tight. Taking public transport, when the City Farmers' Market – Britomart is only open until 12:30pm was way too risky. Delighted to discover $2 in the parking meter goes a whole lot further on a Saturday morning. And even better, a parking spot just around the corner.
In a grassy square, surrounded by high rise office buildings every Saturday morning you’ll find a smorgasbord of stalls. From fresh produce: artisan bread from Pukeko Bakery, Blue Frog Breakfast muesli, fresh honey, Clevedon Herbs & Produce, flowers and eggs to meat from The Butcher Provenance and fabulous tea from Storm and India too.
The location and the blend of inner city dwellers and tourists see a lot more ‘ready to eat’ food than at a traditional farmers’ market. And more international flavours from French crepes to Argentinean empanadas, Hungarian bread puffs and Latin American arepas too. But let’s not forget old fashioned Kiwi mussel fritters, local juices and Aotea organic coffee too.
Grab a coffee or a bite to eat and make the most of sitting on the grass in Takutai Square listening to the resident Britomart DJ – it’s quite a contrast to week day mornings, with city workers and shoppers rushing from one place to the next.
City Farmers' Market – Britomart - Saturdays: 8am – 12:30pm, Takutai Square, 44 Galway Street, Auckland
Time to get those herb plants into pots.