By: Lisa - Lisa@CheapInTheCity.com
Last Updated: April 12, 2013
New York City has a number of wonderful green markets, or farmers’ markets, found throughout the five boroughs of the city, the most famous of which is the Union Square Market. These markets offer up locally grown produce, meats, eggs, dairy and crafts for a price that can be cheaper than what you may find in a grocery store- plus it tastes better! Most of the vendors are even happy to offer free samples! Many locations offer recipes for in-season produce complete with cooking demonstrations.
Tip: Try purchasing toward the end of the day. Many vendors will offer lower prices and/or extra goods if you are buying last minute. It’s cheaper to give stuff away and/or sell it for less than to go through the trouble of hauling the leftovers back to their shop/home. Bargaining is acceptable, so don’t be shy.
For a complete list of locations, visit the Green Market website. grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets You’ll also find information on what vendors will be there each day and what’s in season. You’ll find markets in every borough in almost every neighborhood, so please check the site!
Everyone knows that flea markets in general are a great place to find amazing goods for a steal. New York City’s flea markets are special because of the great variety they offer. You’ll find everything from records, arts and crafts, and antiques to vintage clothing and accessories. Since everyone knows that shopping makes you hungry, most flea markets even include a variety of food trucks. What more could you ask for?
Tip: There are a lot of great pieces of unique antique furniture available at most flea markets. But what do you do when you’re a New Yorker without a car? Don’t worry. Most vendors offer free delivery! Just make sure to double check before purchasing. Also, much like the famers’ markets, many vendors offer discounts at the end of the day. Doesn’t hurt to ask!
This is probably one of the most well known flea markets in the city, and for a good reason! You’ll find just about anything your heart desires here. This market is open on weekends year round. They head inside for the winter, and have two outdoor locations in the warmer months. Check out the website for the complete list of vendors at each location.
Hell’s Kitchen, W 25th St, and Antique Garage
Named one of the Top Ten Shopping Streets in the World by National Geographic, so you know you’re in for a treat. This flea market is held in 3 locations- two on West 25th St and one on W 39th. All 3 locations are open weekends year round, pending weather. The Antique Garage specializes in eclectic antiques, whereas the other two locations have pretty much everything. Don’t forget to check out the website for a complete list of vendors and directions. And remember, don’t be afraid to haggle!
This location is open on the Upper Westside on Sundays only. Check out the site for a list of vendors.
Every winter, several spots are turned into massive holiday markets with over 100 vendors which sell absolutely everything: candles, books, clocks, clothing, dishes, handmade scarves, foods, etc.
The Holiday Markets are a great place to purchase unique presents for loved ones or decorations for your home. The prices are decent and many of the items available are hand made or one-of-a-kind. You’ll also find lots of food vendors that offer delightful holiday eats. Everything from hot chocolate and apple cider to savory crepes or pot pies.
Save some money this holiday season and buy something unique for that special someone at a very unique open air market, which only takes place one month out of the year.
The Shops at Bryant Park
You'll also find free ice skating here!
Union Square Holiday Market
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Thanksgiving – Christmas