Lyttelton farmers’ market

Funky little Lyttelton. It’s a place I was introduced to by a friend, who was born and bred in Christchurch. On the way back to Christchurch from a daytrip to Akaroa, he suggested we stop by in Lyttelton.

Where? I asked. The place wasn’t on my radar at all. But, as I soon found out, it really does not only make a great stopover en route to the Banks Peninsula, but deserves a visit in itself, even just for an afternoon.

Lyttelton is essentially the port of Christchurch and a settlement of about 3000 people, and perhaps fresh in people’s minds as the epicentre of Christchurch’s recent earthquakes. What most visitors don’t know, however, is that Lyttelton has quite an artsy crowd and an organic vibe, and its very own farmers’ market.

Lyttelton market

Lyttelton market

The farmers market takes place in central Lyttelton, not far from the ferry, on Saturdays, from 10 am to 1 pm. It is located just off Oxford Street, which is not far from the ferry terminal that crosses over to Diamond Harbour.

She Chocolat, Lyttelton market

She Chocolat, Lyttelton market

In fact, it’s a great place to have a late breakfast – how about a hot chocolate from She Chocolat? The latter are a local outfit from Governors Bay nearby. Their seducing concoctions feature a fine hot chocolate with chili (I believe it was called the Mayan spice), or handmade chocolates with lavender.

Of course you’ll find plenty of other stands to complete your breakfast experience with. From artisan breads to dried cured meat from Canterbury Biltong for the meat lover, there are lots of yummy foods to choose from.

Lyttelton market bread stand

Lyttelton market bread stand

Fancy a bit of locally produced jam with your croissant? Perhaps Peninsula Preserves could tempt you with one of their delicious marmalades, jams or chutneys. There’s plenty of fresh produce from the region around too, so those fruit and veggie enthusiasts will feel right at home.

Lyttelton Market jam stand

Lyttelton Market jam stand

Lyttelton market stands

Lyttelton market stands

And on top of that, there’s also a flea market in the grounds next to the farmers market once in a while. There are great bargains to be found, from second hand books to home decorations and various clothing stands. It’s a curious little bargain paradise right in the heart of this versatile little town. It’s a port town, with a great cafe culture, a local community that is all about sustainability and organic growing of fruit and veg. A great place to get to know the real New Zealand!

The pooch, at Lyttelton flea market

The pooch, at Lyttelton flea market

Have you been to Lyttelton market?

Christina Hegele

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  17 comments for “Lyttelton farmers’ market

  1. Meagaan
    12 March, 2012 at 18:24

    Your blog has grown so much! I always get travel antsy when I read your articles. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Christina
      15 March, 2012 at 23:22

      Thanks Meagaan! I hope I get to benefit from you getting travel antsy – London is calling!

  2. 12 March, 2012 at 22:52

    Quiet, down-to-earth, real food straight from the source. Can’t beat that, anytime, anywhere. Thanks for the post and great tip, Christina!

    • Christina
      15 March, 2012 at 23:25

      Well I hope you get to check it out when you’re down there! Thanks for your comment Henry!

  3. 15 March, 2012 at 23:05

    My kind of farmers market with a chocolate vendor. I really enjoy finding markets when I travel, too. The one in Lyttelton looks great. Cute pooch pic, too.

    • Christina
      17 March, 2012 at 10:58

      The hot chocolate was divine, Cathy!

  4. 17 March, 2012 at 04:10

    I LOVE farmers market. Farmers market is the place to go to try local food and treats. We should compose like a list of all the farmers market we like in different big cities around the world XD

    • Christina
      17 March, 2012 at 11:34

      Annie, let’s do that! Love the idea. And farmers markets!

  5. 17 March, 2012 at 16:44

    Now THIS looks like a farmer’s market! We have some around here, and one good one downtown (which is actually excellent, but it’s far from me), but it’d be so nice to have more like this. You’re lucky!

  6. 17 March, 2012 at 17:14

    Always love Farmer’s Markets like this!

  7. 20 March, 2012 at 12:45

    Markets – one of the many things I miss from New Zealand…

  8. 21 March, 2012 at 05:45

    I love Farmers Markets! This looks like a great one. 🙂

  9. 10 April, 2012 at 05:27

    Love the adorable pooch 🙂

    • Christina
      10 April, 2012 at 11:31

      How could one not?! He is gorgeous 🙂

  10. 13 August, 2012 at 02:01

    She Chocolate does make some of the best chocolate around Christchurch! They’re regulars at markets and they even have a restaurant in nearby Governor’s Bay. Our faves? Their ginger hot chocolate or their white chocolate mocha. Yum!

    • Christina
      14 August, 2012 at 19:33

      I’d love to go to She Chocolate’s restaurant. I’d better put it down on my list for later this year. I’d quite fancy some chocolate soup followed by chocolate-marinated something and a chocolatey desert! Overkill? Maybe. But delicious nonetheless I expect!
      The white chocolate mocha sounds yummy indeed. I have to say, that little farmers market was a great place. I also had really good beef jerky and delicous croissants from that baker.

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