From food for the soul to couture crafts, these inner-city Wellington markets have something for everyone. Here are our top four for those visiting the Capital, or making the most of a staycation.
The market that began it all, as the first market to open in Wellington back in the 1920s, is still one of the most popular Wellington markets today. It’s helped launch local brands including House of Dumplings, whose owner Vicky Ha used to peddle her wares to the market on her bike before the delicious morsels took off. The dumplings still have a stall at the market as well as being stocked in supermarkets nationwide.
Next to Te Papa on the waterfront, it’s a picturesque market with a range of cuisines and a healthy side of vegetable stalls. Freshness is king at this local market, where fishermen are known to pull up at the wharf with their catch of the day. It coincides with the City Market in the Chaffers Dock Building nearby, with even more artisan foods and gifts. It really is a one stop shop.
Sunday 7.30am – 1pm
They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, but when Wellington is blowing a gale, you can’t beat the Underground Market. Supporting local artisans and small businesses in a completely covered area by the waterfront (under Frank Kitts Park), it’s a sweet spot to pick up a gift while sipping organic coffee.
The market has grown to over 100 stalls, so you’ll see something new every time¬ – especially if you attend during a special weekend, such as the Mother’s Day or mid-winter madness market events.
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Thorndon Farmers' Market
Beside the pink Cathedral of St Paul on Hill Street, this Thorndon community market is enthusiastic about regional, organic produce. Connect with local producers with a range of expertise from celeriac connoisseurs and boutique butchers to organic skincare specialists.
A little less frantic then some of the markets on the harbour, with a regular acoustic busker band, it’s a relaxing place to meet a friend, or to take the family.
Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Victoria Street Farmers Market
This carpark market is a no frills get together of local growers, conveniently located between Cuba Street and Willis Street shopping areas in Te Aro. For those on a fruit and vegetables mission it has a colourful but condensed offering of in-season produce.
Sunday 6.30am - 2.30pm
Words: Jessica-Belle Greer, Simply You