French Markets

Three of my besties and I made the rare and unusual decision to get up early on a Saturday morning for the only thing that can get me up early without getting paid – the promise of good food. Our destination was the Parnell La Cigale French Markets. I immediately wondered why no one had told me about the markets before, it’s truly a feast for the eyes and belly. There’s so much to choose from, savoury and sweet. The first round of breakfast began with a serving of Mac & Cheese and this delightful tasty sausage, melted cheese roll.

We’d been advised to get there around 9/930 am and I’m glad we did, it meant we got a table with ease, and had the time to indulge in as much food as possible. After the first round of savoury treats and a coffee, it was on to the sweet stuff. It was at this point that we realised the benefits of going with a group of four as it meant we could try an array of treats. A cherry donut, rhubarb tart, lemon meringue tart and raspberry custard danish made up round two of our breakfast.

I think we spent about 3 hours there that morning, if we’d stuck around a little longer, we’d have probably gotten lunch there too. Instead, we bought caramelised onion bread and beetroot dip to have at home later, and made mental notes of all the delicious looking things we were going to try when we returned.

There were the most amazing array of different flavoured macarons, and I was dying to try the feijoa ones, but by the time we finally left they were almost all gone. So, note to self: Don’t just take pictures of the macarons, buy them before everyone else does.

8 Responses to French Markets

  1. Joe June 14, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    My wife and I lived in Parnell for a year and regretfully we never went to this market during that time. I think we’re gonna have to make up for lost time.

    BTW if you get a chance, you should make a visit to the Mexican Specialties cafe in Ellerslie. Their beef taco and bean soup are amazing. Best, most authentic mexican food in Auckland.

    • lei June 14, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      yes, do it, it’s so good! Ah, I’ve been told about that cafe, I will def have to try it and then blog about it haha

  2. Lise June 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I was there on Sat morning – almond croissants is all I have to say!! They are gorgeous …

  3. Nix June 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    So good. I’m going to start making a habit of going there. Oh, and this Mexican Specialties cafe – have been hearing a lot of that place lately. Must try :)

  4. Natasha June 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    I tried the fejoa macarons from there! They’re prettty good, the taste doesn’t hit you straight away, but its nice & sweet. I loved the lemon and raspberry though :)

  5. belle July 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    the most fun is sabato in mt eden if you have nothing to do on a sunday, you get to fill up on all the amazing samples and they will make you a complimentary coffee to drink while you shop! my boyfriend and i used to lot walking there, stuffing our faces and getting a free coffee before buying an amazing antipasto up mt eden -and you don’t feel too bad because you trekked that bloody hill! check it out if you haven’t already!

  6. Nivea August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Wow just looking at your pics make my mouth water lol! where bouts are these french markets please? x

    • Nivea August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      oh dont worry ive just found it lol

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