Welcome Back Vic Park Markets

Driving along Tamaki Drive to the city, bright spinnakers sprinkled the inner harbour like M&Ms, a gentle gusty breeze urging them towards Rangitoto Island and beyond. As the sun twinkled on the water a sudden realisation the sunblock had been forgotten yet again; let’s hope there is some shade at our destination.

Around the corner, under the motorway overpass the entrance to Victoria Park Market was jammed with pedestrians – some curious tourists (their accents gave them away), some locals out for a stroll and many, like us manifesting a carpark and with high hopes the new market would live up to our expectations.

Iconic Auckland symbols high above the entrance

Iconic Auckland symbols high above the entrance

Laidback music filtered through the crowd – we soon discovered Anika Moa playing a set in the courtyard. The labyrinth of walkways was studded with stalls from artisan crafts to flowers, vintage antiques, fashion jewellery and clothing, to sweet and savoury foodie delights.

Anika Moa entertaining the crowd

Anika Moa entertaining the crowd

Looking down into the crowd

Looking down into the crowd

Brought to you by the team behind Little Big Events, the legendary Vic Park Markets (facebook page) are back, every Saturday 9am – 2pm at 210 Victoria Street West. While on-street parking is available, catching the link bus might be a good option too.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to meet friends on a Saturday morning, indulge in some tasty treats or simply get your Christmas shopping underway, followed by lunch at one of the many permanent cafes and restaurants, make Victoria Park Market your meeting place next weekend.

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Fancy sipping on a cider, tucking into a pie, paella or freshly made crumpet?  Or are you in need of a sweet pick me up for now or later? A post on the foodie delights of Vic Park Markets will be up on the blog later in the week.

Michelle

A Smorgasbord of Stalls

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.

Heartmarks in Takutai Square

Heartmarks in Takutai Square

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.

Artisan bread from Pukeko Bakery

Artisan bread from Pukeko Bakery

Blue Frog Muesli - nice to try before you buy

Blue Frog Muesli - nice to try before you buy

Grabbed some herb seedlings from Clevedon herbs and produce

Grabbed some herb seedlings from Clevedon herbs and produce

Morning detox teas being delivered to the Lululemon store

Morning detox teas being delivered to the Lululemon store

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.

Arepas from Latin American

Arepas from Latin American

Hungarian bread puffs topped with feta and tomatoes

Hungarian bread puffs topped with feta and tomatoes

The Kiwi mussel fritter sandwich

The Kiwi mussel fritter sandwich

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.

Aotea organic coffee

Aotea organic coffee

City Farmers' Market – Britomart - Saturdays: 8am – 12:30pm, Takutai Square, 44 Galway Street, Auckland

Time to get those herb plants into pots.

Michelle