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NYC’s Best Markets: Food Markets, Flea Markets & More!

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Weekends are great for wandering and sometimes nothing is more fun than spending a few hours sampling inventive foods or shopping all kinds of locally made goods in one location. That’s why we wanted to share the best of NYC’s markets:


Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

Artists & Fleas opened permanently inside Chelsea Market in April 2014 following a series of pop-up markets designed to bring the best of independent Brooklyn art, design, fashion, vintage and more in a dynamic marketplace setting open seven days a week. More than 30 individual sellers bring their merch and wares for a daily dose of show-and-sell in an environment that is uniquely created and curated to offer an alternative to the traditional retail experience. New sellers arrive every other week making Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market a place to consistently discover new, emerging talent and creativity. ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS IN WILLIAMSBURG & SOHO!

Get a special intro and complimentary tote bag on our guided Chelsea Market & High Line Food Tour! The tour is only $56 and is enough food for lunch + a great way to experience Chelsea Market, the High Line and we now walk to Hudson Yards!



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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar NYC is the largest curated weekly market in NYC, located on the Upper West Side. Every Sunday, all year-round, indoors & outdoors, local artists, designers, and antique/vintage dealers sell one-of-a-kind and limited edition art, antique watches, vintage collectibles and fashion, handmade jewelry and furniture. Delicious artisanal edibles will ensure that you will never leave hungry. While you nab up that one-of-a-kind find and delicious eats, you will be supporting 4,000+ school children as they donate 100% of the profits to four local public schools. You’ll also be keeping NYC creative and authentic by supporting local artisans, micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs!



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Union Square Greenmarket

This famous market takes place in Union Square every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Since 1976, Greenmarket has promoted regional agriculture and ensured a continuing supply of fresh, local produce for all New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other products at our open-air farmers markets throughout New York City.

Greenmarket is a producer-only market with rigorous “grow-your-own” standards. Why is that important? Because selling directly to customers means farmers, fishers and their children can keep doing what they love and feeding growing cities. It also means you get to know who grows your food.Greenmarket’s farmers and fishers come from broad a section of the Northeast, including parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and New England, providing New Yorkers with a bountiful and astoundingly diverse array of fresh foods.

Join us on our guided Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour – we walk through the market and learn about the park’s incredible history! $56 gets you enough food for lunch and a great way to experience Flatiron & Union Square NYC!



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Little Market NYC

We love Little Market NYC! Meet and buy from New York women artists and designers. Shop unique seasonal pieces and support local artists. From the founders, “The Little Market offers female artisans the opportunity to sell their handmade goods to customers. The purchase of each beautiful product allows women to earn a fair wage for their hard work so that they can support themselves and their families. We have seen that investing in women and supporting women has the power to transform communities.”

Soho: 505 Broome Street. Monday to Friday 12pm – 7pm / Saturday & Sunday 11am – 7pm


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Essex Street Market

Essex Street Market is New York City’s most historic public market. The market place has been around since 1888 and recently moved into a new facility which is a major upgrade from its former location across the street. The market as some of the freshest, most delicious, and most diverse food experience in New York.

If you’re looking to taste a lot of original new foods but also classic NYC foods by historic vendors, this is your spot! “Vendors all have an individual story and distinctive personality that add flavor and a special touch to their offerings. These are the people that give a true and genuine neighborhood feel to our historic public market.”

88 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002. (at the southeast corner of Essex & Delancey Streets)

Monday – Thursday 8AM to 8PM / Friday & Saturday 8AM to 9PM / Sunday 10AM to 6PM

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URBANSPACE Food Hall at 570 Lexington

Urbanspace runs three markets in NYC with two on the way. This one is located in the historic General Electric building at 570 Lexington Avenue, our second Manhattan location brings diverse, modern cuisine to an iconic art deco interior. From breakfast at Little Collins to a post-work beer from Top Hops and everything in between, Urbanspace Lexington has something for every taste.

Market Hours: Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm




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URBANSPACE Food Hall @ Vanderbilt (near Grand Central)

Featuring a rotating selection of chef-driven artisanal food concepts, Urbanspace Vanderbilt is New York City’s original food hall. Just steps away from Grand Central and loved by locals, commuters, and adventurers alike. Our favorite food vendors in this hall are Roberta’s Pizza (a great way to try this super popular NYC pizzeria without having to go out to Bushwick, Brooklyn), Mayhem (based in NYC with tons of great craft beers), and La Palapa (Mexico City style tacos and other Mexican specialties from various regions).

Market Hours: Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm



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Hester Street Fair 

Hester Street Fair is now at The Seaport. Please check website for dates and hours.

“Boo! Hester Street Fair and The Seaport are big into the spirit of Halloween. Join us on Saturday, October 30th, 2021. We’re bringing back our costume contest and an ultimate prize basket. There will also be a ‘paint your own pumpkin’ tent right next to the fair provided by the South Street Seaport Museum.”

Hester Street Fair was founded in 2010 by three Lower East Side locals. The fair has now moved but you can visit the old site and learn more about this historic fair and area on our Private Immigrant New York Food Tour: Lower East Side, Chinatown & Little Italy.

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Chelsea Flea Market

29 West 25th Street (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue)

Under new management, the new Chelsea Flea is continuing it’s historic run (started in 1976!). Located in the shadow of the Cathedral of St. Sava, Chelsea Flea is a place where both dealers and shoppers hunt for deals and hidden treasures. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m year-round on weekends. 135 vendors providing Art Deco and modern items from the mid-twentieth century. Antiques, decor, art, and tons of vintage clothing.

29 West 25th St. (btw. 5th + 6th Ave.) / Every Saturday + Sunday • 8am-5pm • Rain or Shine / 50-60 Vintage + Antiques Vendors / Full Bar / Free to Enter, All Outdoors



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World Famous: Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is a block long and a block wide and has been one of the greatest indoor food halls in the world for 15 years. It would be no mistake to say their success didn’t play a part in the increasingly popular food hall scene in NYC. They have over 35 vendors serving everything from Japanese inspired Mexican cuisine (Takumi Taco) to delicious and healthy tahini treats at Seed+Mill. 

**Try bites from those vendors and others in Chelsea Market on our special 3-hour guided Chelsea Market & High Line Food + History Tour. The tour also includes Hudson Yards and the Vessel!




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Industry City

What is it: 6 million square feet of classic New York industrial architecture that has been repurposed for the economy of the future, all located on the Brooklyn waterfront. 40,000 square foot open air foot hall, beautiful views, five acres of open space, and one-of-a-kind retail experiences are just a few of the elements that attract designers, makers, and content creators to Industry City.

Food Hall: Eat your heart out Brooklyn. From Korean comfort food to Instagram-famous Avocado toasts, Industry City’s Food Hall is a delicious culinary gathering place in the center of campus. Stroll along Innovation Alley and beyond to discover other Brooklyn-based purveyors serving up local craft spirits distilled on site and some of the country’s best BBQ.

Shopping: Visit one of the oldest chocolate factories in New York, get a custom hat (or haircut) and uncover one-of-a-kind finds at ABC Home, Design Within Reach and Mitchel Gold & Bob Williams. There is also a Steven Alan pop up, Brooklyn Kitchen and more!

Join us and get a behind the scenes look at the maker’s at Industry City (such as Bee Raw Honey, Brooklyn Candle and more!) as well as guided food tastings and more on our Industry City – Brooklyn Design Center Tour!

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OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER. Always check the website for updated locations and times.

Williamsburg: 11am – 6pm / 35+ Vendors, Social Distancing. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Check out the market before or after you explore Williamsburg with us on our Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Foodie Adventure.

Prospect Park: Every Sunday, 11am – 6pm / 35 Vendors, Social Distancing. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Smorgasburg WTC: Every Friday, 11am-7pm / 5 Vendors (More soon, starting small + safe). Fulton + Church St.

Jersey City: Every Saturday, 11am – 6pm / 30 Vendors, Social Distancing, Waterfront Seating for 500. MAP/DIRECTIONS

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Brooklyn Flea

Always check the website for dates and times but here is the latest:

“Our outdoor markets are currently open through October 2021: Chelsea Flea (Saturday and Sunday); Hester Flea (Saturdays); Brooklyn Flea (Saturdays in Williamsburg, Sundays in Dumbo). The Flea also operates Smorgasburg, a giant all-food market that launched in May 2011 and happens Fridays at WTC, Saturdays in Jersey City. Sundays at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill, Saturdays in Williamsburg (reopening June 26) as well as every Sunday in Los Angeles (reopening July 4). Smorgasburg showcases the best of Brooklyn’s artisanal food scene, with 100 local and regional vendors in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

Hundreds of top vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor’s have ranked the Flea one of the best markets in the U.S. and the world; and Time Out NY named the Flea one of New York’s Essential Pick-Up Spots.

DeKalb Market Brooklyn

DeKalb Market

Showcasing  40 vendors who reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough, DeKalb Market Hall is raising Brooklyn’s profile as a hub of innovative cooking and dining experiences. With the Show Kitchen, cocktail bar, and daily live programming, DeKalb Market Hall is one of the largest food and entertainment centers in New York City. Discover the latest trends in Brooklyn cuisine and revisit classics from NYC history. With a design and atmosphere that pays homage to what has always made New York City cool, DeKalb Market Hall is where the next generation of classic Brooklyn dishes are being created.


FAD Market at Governors Island:

Operates for special occasions — Fall Market, Early Bird Holiday Market


Time Out Market

This food hall features 21 eateries, 3 full bars and an epic view of the Brooklyn Bridge from their rooftop terrace. Each eatery is taste tested and approved by local experts from the Time Out Magazine staff.

Visit the Time Out Market with some guided tastings on our Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Food Tour (groups only).


Gotham Market at the Ashland

A spin-off of Gotham West Market, this Fort Greene food hall offers 5 eateries featuring 2 full bars. They host weekly trivia and games nights making it the perfect places to hang with friends to try different foods and enjoy some drinks.  



LIC + Astoria Flea & Food

(Opening May 12 weekend) LIC Flea & Food is the premier weekend destination in Queens with the best selection of curated vintage, handmade designs and artisan food vendors, plus the All-Queens Beer Garden serving up local craft beer. LIC Flea & Food operates one weekend a month so check their website for date. The market has over 80 carefully curated vendors that sell items such as internationally inspired food & drink, antiques, art, furniture, fashion, jewelry, arts & crafts and much more.


Queens Night Market

Queens Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. Check the website for dates.


Queens Crossing

Queens Crossing originally opened as a shopping center but their newly curated food hall has taken center stage these days. Located in Flushing, the food hall features at least 9 different food concepts in its state of the art facility. 



Bronx Night Market | Fordham Plaza/ Saturdays Spring & Summer and Brooklyn Botanical Garden on Saturdays Nov-Jan

Bronx Night Market is the largest open air food centric market uptown and is the first of its kind for the borough. It’s features of 50 vendors selling food, drinks and artisan goods. 

In the winter they host a pop market at NYGB as a part of the garden’s Bar Car nights. Must be 21+ over to attend. 

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