The best markets in New York (and when to visit them)
When the weekend rolls around, New York's markets and flea markets take over the city. Food stalls, vintage clothingvarious treasures...
Some are installed with good weather and others, throughout the year and even daily. So, travel when you travel, take note of when to visit the best markets in new york!
The best markets in New York
New York markets open all year
- Artists and Fleas Chelsea – Every day (Chelsea Market). In addition to dozens of restaurants and shops, in the chelsea market you will find this market of clothing, beauty and accessories from local artists and artisans.
It's at one end of the market, so it's a great stop to start or end your visit.
- Artists and Fleas Williamsburg – Saturdays and Sundays (Williamsburg). Another of the markets in New York, in this case in Brooklyn, which overflows with art, accessories and vintage clothing.
In the warmer months, we recommend that you combine your visit with the Smorgasburg market, which we will talk about later. And, at any time of the year, with the thousand and one Williamsburg shops and restaurants.
- Canal Street Market – Every day (Chinatown). This modern Chinatown market has two parts: an area with stalls for art, jewelry, beauty... and another area with food stalls and tables where you can sit and fill your stomach. Here is our guide to the Canal St Market.
- Chelsea Flea Market – Saturdays and Sundays (Chelsea). Antiques, decoration, vintage clothing and accessories are piled up in the stalls of this neighborhood market, which is set up very close to Madison Square Park.
- Grand Bazaar – Sundays (Upper West Side). One of the most traditional antique markets in New York, although today the style tends more towards vintage and modern than to the junk
It is held in the courtyard and interior of a college on the Upper West Side, one minute from the Museum of Natural History, and also has some food stalls.
New York markets in spring and summer
Some New York markets, especially those with food stalls, start the season in April and they finish it in October either in Novemberwith the arrival of the cold.
These are the most famous seasonal markets:
- Williamsburg's Smorgasburg – Saturdays (from April to October). When it comes to food, Smorgasburg is the king of New York street markets.
At Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, you'll find dozens of tempting stalls where you can grab a plate and enjoy it by the river overlooking the Manhattan skyline. We recommend you go early, since at lunchtime it is full!
- Smorgasburg from Prospect Park – Sundays (from April to October). On Sundays, the Smorgasburg moves to Prospect Park, the great green lung of Brooklyn.
The same irresistible dishes, but in a quieter environment than Williamsburg, since Prospect Park is huge and you'll always find a little bit of grass where you can disconnect from the crowd.
- Smorgasburg from the World Trade Center – Friday (from April to October). If you prefer to stay in Manhattan, on Fridays you can also try some of the Smorgasburg food at the market that is set up in the World Trade Center, right next to the Oculus.
- Brooklyn Flea from Dumbo – Saturdays and Sundays (from April to December). On weekends, this antique, clothing and art market is set up in the dumbo neighborhoodunder the Manhattan Bridge.
Very close, you have the also great Time Out food market.
- Queens Night Market – Saturdays (from May). One of the most original markets in New York: held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Queens, it opens at night and combines food stalls from around the world with crafts and live music.
An original plan in New York if you want to get out of the ordinary!
- Hester Street Fair – Saturdays and some Sundays (from April). A veteran that recently moved to the South St Seaport neighborhood, this market congregates stalls selling local food and crafts.
Make the most of your visit to discover the maritime district and, if you still have the energy, cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot.
- Nolita Market – Friday, Saturday and Sunday (from March to December). Strolling through the Nolita neighborhood and browsing its shops and restaurants is always a great plan, but also, during a good part of the year, various artists take to the sidewalks of Prince St (between Mulberry and Mott) with t-shirts, accessories and paintings.
Farmers Market, the farmers markets of New York
In addition to all these markets in New York, in the city you will also find tens of farmers marketsfarmers markets.
They are local markets (with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, flowers…) that are installed in squares and parks one or several days a week.
Usually, open all yearso that New Yorkers can stock up on local food without having to leave their neighborhoods.
In the Grow NYC website you can see when the farmers markets of New York in each zone.
The most emblematic is the Union Square marketwhich takes over the square on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
Food halls, food markets
If what you want is visit a food marketIn addition to Smorgasburg, in New York we have dozens of food halls.
They are open all year, they are indoors (ideal for a rainy, cold or sweltering day) and have restaurants of all kindsso you will find options to suit each traveler in your group.
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Map of the best markets in New York
Here you have all the places we mentioned collected on the city map.
Shopping in New York
If after visiting these markets you still have energy (and a few dollars!) to continue shopping, here are other ideas:
We hope this list of New York flea markets encourages you to visit somewhere new!
Have you already been to a market? What is your favorite?
New York guide updated May 2023.
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