We love re-imagined spaces and we also love great food that doesn’t cost the earth so it’s little surprise that we are in love with the Glenfield Night Markets.
The Glenfield Night Markets are held every Sunday night from 5.30pm. The cars leave and the carpark under Countdown transforms itself into a riot of colour, music spilling out from the buskers in different parts of the carpark and the smells of pizza, fried octopus and dumplings all mingle in the air.
It’s reported that some 10,000 people make their way through the markets each week and walking through the crowded aisles you can certainly believe it.
But it’s different than the normal Auckland crowds. People are happy, relaxed. There’s no pushing or hurrying. There are communal tables in the middle of the aisles were people not only sit and eat – they actually talk to each other. Imagine that, just chatting to strangers (or as we prefer to call them, neighbours) as you share a meal together. There are families with kids, couples and groups of teens – there simply is no “type” at the Glenfield Markets.
The food is as varied as the people who go there. For the daring there are Octopus cooked every way you could imagine and much more besides.
There is fried Hungarian bread…
There are pork buns galore (our youngest go to treat)….
And our personal favourite, prawn dumplings….
For the less daring there are chicken kebabs, pizza, ice-cream and hot dogs.
We’re regular visitors now. We take $10 each – the kids, James and I, and split up and head straight to our favourite stall. Then we meet at a table in-between and meet some new people as we perch on our plastic chairs and listen to the music.
After dinner we stroll through the other stalls. A mix of the traditional market fare – everything from jewellery, to dream catchers, to toy guns that give you a shock when you pull the trigger to cheap cases for mobile phones.
It’s Auckland at it’s finest. It’s beautifully blended – a bit like our family – and a great Sunday night out. Maybe we’ll see you there….