There is never any shortage of new things to do in NYC but one thing that never gets old is the markets. Whether you’re a food lover or a fan of vintage clothes shops, NYC has an abundance of both indoor and open-air markets to keep you satisfied. Everything from delicious food to antiques and crafts can be found at these markets which are popular with both tourists and savvy locals.
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The New York Times has called it the Woodstock of eating. For the present season, you can find it every Saturday and Sunday at Industry City in Brooklyn. During the summer months, it also opens at Williamsburg and Prospect Park. Here you can find the produce of almost 100 different vendors, most of which specialize in making one thing really well. While you’re enjoying a delicious lunch, you can gaze at the Manhattan skyline from over the East River. Learn more at Smorgasburb.com.
Smorgasburg isn’t the only reason for making a trip to Industrial City this season. Until the summer months arrive you can find the Brooklyn Flea market there as well. First started in 2008, the Brooklyn Flea is the place for finding anything vintage, from furniture to vinyl records to old knick-knacks. You can also find plenty of T-shirts, jewelry, and prints from the arts-and-crafters of Brooklyn.
Union Square Green Market
First established in 1976, this world-famous market now has over 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers selling their produce. Open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this sprawling marketplace sees an estimated 60,000 people ramble through it every day. The variety here is some of the best in the city, with fresh fruits and vegetables, award-winning cheeses, artisan cakes and tons more. There are also often free cooking demonstrations.
A trip to the Meatpacking District wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Chelsea Market. Taking up almost an entire city block, this former biscuit factory is now one of the best-enclosed food halls around. Its sees about 6 million visitors a year, who come to enjoy its gourmet fare of every variety. No matter what your taste is you’ll find something you like here. Check out Hale & Hearty for homemade chicken soup, the Doughnuttery for three types of mini-doughnuts, and Ninth Street Expresso for the best flat white this side of Surry Hills.
The summer in SoHo wouldn’t be the same without the NoLita Market. Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from March to December, NoLita is where you can find all things handmade. Every summer, the streets are lined with New Yorkers. All of them out to buy and sell everything from T-shirts to antiques and jewelry. Almost everything you see is 100% homemade and many vendors will even take custom orders.
Rock N’ Shop
Rock fans and art lovers can’t get enough of this one. Dreamt up by Brooklyn indie rock band and art collective the Bushwick hotel, this “alternative mall” can be found at The Paper Box in Bushwick. Here you can enjoy local bands playing on the stage while looking through vinyl records and browsing handmade crafts from over 40 vendors. Neighborhood food stalls also serve pizza, burritos, coffee and other gourmet delights. Learn more at rocknshop.nyc.