Global flavours at Wellington Night Market

More than just dinner, held every Friday and Saturday on Cuba Street, Wellington Night Market is about community

Wellington Night Markets Credit PIVOT Photography v3

Where

Cuba precinct

Contact

+64 4 385 6671

It’s a capital city with an ever-increasing population, but Wellington still prides itself on its tight-knit community feel – and nowhere is that more evident than on Friday and Saturday nights, when locals and visitors of all ages gravitate to the CBD to sample flavours from around the world.

Many of the food stalls at the Wellington Night Market have been around for years and have developed a loyal following (and queues to match). Others are new kids on the block, eager to win you over.

Wellington Night Market dumpling stall and customers Credit Nicola Edmonds
Wellington Night Market Left Bank stall Credit Nicola Edmonds
Wellington Night Market Left Bank music performers audience Credit Nicola Edmonds
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On any given weekend, you might have your pick of Argentinian, Chilean, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean or good old New Zealand hāngī.

There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options galore, and nothing’s too pricy (which means there’s change left over for dessert!). Lots of the stalls sell bite-sized options, so if you’re feeling game, you can build your own tapas-style meal. Think of it as a gastronomical tour of the globe, without the cost of airfares.

Once you’ve made the toughest decision of the night – what to eat – you can relax and enjoy the live entertainment. The Night Market organisers love showcasing local talent, whether it’s big names on the Wellington music scene or talented buskers who they’ve shoulder-tapped and asked to perform.

 

When & where?

Friday market   //  Left Bank  //  5pm - 10pm

Saturday market  //  Lower Cuba Street  //  5pm - 10:30pm

The two weekly Night Markets have a lot in common – live music, a buzzing atmosphere, food from all around the world – but there’s a slightly different feeling to them, too. Fridays are a bit cosier, a bit more intimate and personal, thanks to the inner-city laneway location. Saturdays have more of a street-party feel, with the whole block closed to traffic and the stars twinkling above.

Speaking of which, weather is always a factor when it comes to outdoor events in our beloved city, but you can rely on the Night Market to go ahead rain or shine, except on the very stormiest of evenings. What better way to beat the drizzly-day blues than by treating yourself to some cheap and very cheerful comfort food?

Family eating at Wellington Night Markets

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