A visit to Auckland, New Zealand may mean partaking in bungee jumping and harbor tours but there is so much more to do and see, as anyone staying more than a few days will quickly discover. Foodies – especially Europhiles – won’t want to miss the Auckland French Market, La Cigale. It will make you dream of the street markets in France, with all the pastries, great coffees and other goodies that go with it.

Auckland French Market is a bustling place

The Auckland French Market is full of all sorts of wonderful delicacies and not to be missed.

The Auckland French Market is a bustling affair with baguettes, veggies, pastries, and it’s obviously also a neighborhood gathering-place evidenced by the chummy tables of folks with noses pressed together in a tête-à-tête. Go hungry, stay awhile, sip espresso, watch the crammed shop get full, wander the street stands outside, and enjoy the convivial atmosphere. It’s a great break from Kiwi-ism for a few hours – nothing against Kiwi stuff, for sure! But this market in an industrial area in Parnell (St Georges Bay Road) offers a great break.  Saturday opening 8 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., running both days til 1:30. But do check since schedules can change.

HITT Tip: We got to the Auckland French Market on public transit and on foot. Totally possible if you like to walk, but note that the buses and transit don’t run that often on weekends. So plan your departure carefully with “Maxx” — or plan to walk a ways. Which is also OK! Oh, and don’t miss the Paella… Huge pans of seafood/meat or vegie paella! We waited to get ours for lunch close to closing time and ended up with extra crab legs and mussels! YUM!!!
HITT Product Pick: Don’t forget your extra shopping bags, especially a compact one like the Sea to Summit Ultra-sil bags that can stash in your regular tote . They will come in handy at the Auckland French Market, promise.

At the counter in the French Market in Auckland, New Zealand

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Heads up! This information was accurate when we published it on HI Travel Tales, but, as we know, life is all about changes (and inflation, sadly). Please be sure to confirm prices, transportation schedules, hours of operation, safety and health considerations, request for perfect weather during your entire visit, and any other important details before your adventure.
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Therese Iknoian

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Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist before launching a freelance writing career specializing in outdoor, fitness and training. All the while trotting the globe, her focus finally turned to travel. Fluent in German, Therese runs a translation business (www.ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. Also a French speaker, she loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication and the search for great travel discoveries.
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