If you like to wander, discover old treasures, taste new foods, and support local - organise a trip around the markets.
There are plenty around the city to choose from: from central city Riverside Markets, to bric-a-brac, artisan or second-hand stalls in the suburbs:
Lyttelton Farmers Market - Saturdays. Stallholders offering fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants sell at the market every week. There are also treats and creative stuff too.
Christchurch Riverside Market - every day, inner-city. Offering a range of eateries, enjoy perusing a huge number of indoor and outdoor eateries which cater for all tastebuds - and they make great coffee here too! Browse the stalls and grab some groceries for the week - local merchants offer meats, bread, seafood, eggs, salamis, cookies, kombucha, fresh vegetables (some amazing avocadoes!), sweets, and even beer to take home! A great one-stop option if you want to give your family a real treat. If you want to dine al fresco, sit at the tables outside the market, or wander down to the Avon Riverside terraces.
Riccarton Market - Sundays, Riccarton Racecourse. Peruse and pick up up bric-a-brac, memorabilia, repurposed clothing and this community market. An idea for kids when they have saved up some pocket money, and an opportunity to show them how to get value for money on recycled and repurposed goods.
Christchurch Farmers Market - Saturdays, Riccarton Bush. Enjoy brunch at one of the many food-stalls throughout the market; enjoy the opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce and baked goods.
Mt Pleasant Farmers Market - Saturdays. Offering vegetables, berries, herbs, mushrooms, honey, milk & cream, The Weekend Press, meats, organic food, gluten-free baking, pastries, breads, cheeses and more.
Opawa Farmers Market - Sundays. This market prides itself on having the best selection of fresh local produce in Christchurch, including a large organic range from well-known and trusted local growers. Top up your vege shop with fresh artisan bread, French-style pastries, free-range eggs, locally made Italian cheeses, seasonal fruits and much more.
The Works Market, Waterloo - Sundays, 9am-2pm. Welcoming families, friends, dogs on leads...anyone! Offering quality produce, baked goods (including a good range of gluten-free and coeliac friendly options from FOG Food), coffee, art, other creations and entertainment for the children. Plenty of off-street parking and toilet facilities. 400 Waterloo Road, Islington Christchurch.
Such a great way to see the city and support local!