City Market is the brainchild of two forces in the food scene in Wellington, Rachel Taulelei (Yellow Brick Road) and Martin Bosley (award-winning chef of the eponymously named restaurant), situated within the Chaffers Dock Building on the waterfront, behind the farmers market. It was on the list for a wander before I had to return to Auckland later that afternoon.
City Market is opened on Sundays from 8:30am – 12:30pm, perfect for anyone with an early morning craving for a bacon buttie cooked by the maestro himself.
Emporio, well known for their coffee, also sells organic and fair-trade teas ($10 for 250g), in a range of refreshing flavours (try the peppermint and hibiscus blush) and bright labels. Miriam and her daughters make a great team, the girls have the patter down and are charming and delightful ambassadors.
Graeme is a jam aficionado and the jam maker at Jam It. If you like marmalade, you’re in luck, there is literally a wall of marmalades to choose from. And if you prefer a different fruit, Graeme doesn’t make it any easier. There are dozens of fruit combinations; take your time and with Graeme’s guidance you’ll be sure to find one you like.
Wakelin House Restaurant is a fine-dining establishment in Greytown, but I know them from the family-sized pies available through Farro Fresh. I was intrigued to see alpaca pies for sale, – the chef described it as a finer tasting mutton. I took one home for dinner; the pie had very generous pieces of tender meat, and the flavour was a lot milder than I expected. I would have liked more gravy, but the most wonderful part was the crust, really delicious short pastry, which crumbled beautifully.
Creative Cooking showcased their macarons, brightly coloured and flavoured almond meringues. I sampled the dark cherry and the moreish salted caramel. The canelés stole the show; these custard pastries with their caramelized crust were perfection. I have tasted stodgy canelés, but these were light, not too sweet with that shiny, chewy crust. I wished I had snuck a few more in my carry-on bag.
The Dumpling House with the very energetic dumpling queen Vicki Ha, fresh from demonstrating a masterclass for 40 bloggers the previous day, sells handmade dumplings made from the freshest of ingredients. My favourites were the Japanese six mushrooms and the Korean beef. Vicki has added a new flavour to her repertoire, – Whangamata scallops in turbot broth.
Yellow Brick Road supplies sustainably harvest seafood, from long-line caught fish, aquaculture oysters and clams to tuatuas and sardines.
There were other artisan producers such as Biofarm organic dairy products, Brezelmania German bakery, Simply Paris patisserie, Prodigal Daughter deli goods, and many others. This is a fantastic boutique market to while away a morning in the most delicious way possible.
Chaffers Dock Building
1 Herd Street, Te Aro
Sundays 8:30am – 12:30pm