Whenever I am traveling, I always try to find out where the farmers’ market is and make a note of visiting it. Many times I’d even plan the trip so that on Saturdays or Sundays I am in cities where there are markets. There’s something about walking around rows and rows of fresh food, straight from the farm that just makes my heart glow. I love the hustle and bustle of the place and to be able to ask the seller all sorts of questions. Wellington, of course, has a lovely farmers’ market on Sundays and without doubt, Alex and I had to visit.
We went to the harbourside market (http://www.harboursidemarket.co.nz). It’s not too far off from Te Papa museum and as it’s name, it is right by the Harbourside. Unlike the Saturday night market, it is significantly larger with a lot more shops. There are stalls selling everything from fresh vegetables, fruits, breads, to duck truffled onion soup and pizza. I love it. It’s a good walk in the morning and if you wake up early, it opens at 7.30am so you can visit it before you start your day.
The market is outdoors and in a large space, so you don’t feel crowded and the noise level doesn’t get high. I love it. You can take a leisurely stroll and everyone is in a pleasant mood. I mean, who wouldn’t be surrounded by all the food! There are clowns there to entertain children and benches on which you can have your sandwich or roast chicken.
Being somewhat avocado crazy, I had to check out the Avos or avocadoes at the market. Imported avocados from New Zealand in Bangkok costs around 80thb each (2.50 USD) so I wondered how much there were locally. They were around $1 NZD (less than 1 USD) each and if you bought a large bag, the price was even lower. Wow, needless to say, I did have to buy some avocados to eat. The price doubles though if you are out in Wanaka but that is understandable considering transportation costs.
We had the duck truffled onion soup from “La Rotisserie de Canard” where the owners were speaking french. I didn’t ask where they were from but I do know the soup was good. It really warms your belly up on a chilly day.
We saw signs going to the covered city market (http://www.citymarket.co.nz/) but sadly we were out of time. There was the lovely Te Papa museum waiting for us to visit.