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24 Nov 2015 • 2 Comments
You can learn a lot about a city from their markets, which is why they're the first thing I look up when I’m travelling to a new country. There you'll find what's truly local about a city - local growers with vegetables plucked from the ground just the day before, food stalls with local delicacies or local artists and artisans showing off their wares.
It's no different in Wellington. For a reasonably small population we have markets peppered throughout the city on almost every day of the week and it’s no surprise that most of them are food related. In a city where flat leaf parsley grows wild all over Mt Victoria we’re called the culinary capital for a reason.
So if you're exploring for the first time or just need to get out a little more, let me give you a little insight to some of Wellington’s best markets and a few of their stand out stalls:
Every Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm on the corner of Cable Street and Barnett Street beside Te Papa
House of Dumplings
Made with free range meat and the best local ingredients each dumpling is a happy little parcel of love, much like their owner Vicki who lovingly makes each one by hand.
Community Fruit Harvest
Using unwanted fruit from local residents’ back yards and turning it into delicious jams and baking. They were into urban foraging way before the hipsters were doing it.
The Noodle Guy
Not his official name but how I identify this treasure. In front of a nondescript white truck and a simple trestle table stands the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet. He greets you like a friend week on week and you’ll be visiting him week on week because he makes the most delicious fresh noodles and tofu around.
Martin Bosley is a busy man these days and has many fingers in many pies. Lucky for us one of these pies isn’t a pie at all but delicious Maple and Crispy Bacon doughnuts fresh out of the fryer every Sunday.
La Boca Loca
Excellent authentic Mexican treats and the most face meltingly hot Habanero salsa that is so delicious you keep going back for more. It’s a mixture of pleasure and pain.
Every Friday and Saturday night, 5pm till late on Lower Cuba Street
A husband and wife team that serve up tongue numbingly good Sichuan noodles and dumplings. Choose from level 1,2 or 3 spiciness, but either way don’t plan on feeling your face for a few hours afterwards.
I remember trying a Chinese crepe on the streets of Beijing about a decade ago. I have been craving one ever since, and finally found it here at the bottom of the world. Do as their name suggests and TRY IT!
Three Little Birds
Hot, spicy and soul warming jerk chicken.
Every Saturday, 10am to 4pm at 31 Jervois Quay in the carpark beside Frank Kitts Park
Classic vintage style dresses, custom made to suit all body types. Expertly made with beautiful colourful fabrics.
Surely this is one of the main reasons you have children? Being able to dress them in the cutest kids clothing around. Playful dresses and jumpsuits including watermelon, T-Rexes and, my favourite, a cheese dress with its very own mouse brooch.
If I've missed your favourite market or stall, let me know in the comments below - and don't forget to tell me what you like most about it!
Written by guest blogger, Beth Brash (Eat & Greet)