Gratia - markets
Parnell Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 8-12am
I don’t know how many friends and family members I have now dragged along on my favourite Saturday morning ritual: fresh pastries and strawberries at the Parnell market, followed (on a well-behaved day) by a brief but excruciating gym class nearby. It’s a wonderful way to start the weekend – the carpark next to Parnell Library is filled with food stalls, relaxed market-goers and their dogs, and the smell of coffee, earthy vegetables and breads.
A vibrant new social space in the heart of Auckland
The Viaduct Harbour is a social, modern new space that connects the busy central city with the ocean, allowing people to relax and enjoy the best that Auckland city has to offer, just two minutes’ walk from Britomart. Some of the best restaurants and cafes in Auckland are situated along the harbour, with outdoor tables overlooking a spectacular view of Auckland, the ocean, and the many white sails of the yachts that have become emblematic of the City of Sails.
Deliciousness Every Thursday, 3PM to 6PM
After eating rye sourdough from The People’s Bread and beautiful gingerbread biscuits from Pembroke Patisserie for the past month, I thought it was about time to write a blog about their source – Wanaka Farmers Market. Every Thursday afternoon, year-round, a group of talented bakers, artists, grocers, brewers and one masseur gather to put on Wanaka Farmers Market. Here they sell their handmade, home grown, and generally wonderfully local products on Ardmore Street, directly across from the lake - in rain, shine, snow, or anything in between.