When the sun is shining, New Yorkers take their world famous shopping habits to the streets. Whether we’re talking the freshest organic produce, that unique vintage piece your home has been waiting for, or the latest street food sensation, there’s something for everyone at New York City’s best outdoor summer markets.
Madison Square Eats
Set in front of the iconic Flatiron Building, Madison Square Eats features some of the hottest food vendors in the city. Grab tasty favorites like Brooklyn’s Roberta’s Pizza and Melt Ice Cream Sandwiches and pop over to Madison Square Park across the street for a spontaneous picnic. One thing’s for sure—you won’t leave on an empty stomach.
Madison Square Eats. Madison Ave, New York, NY. (212) 520-7600
Brooklyn Flea DUMBO
A go-to spot in the city for vintage clothing, handmade furniture and one-of-a-kind collectibles, you never know what you’ll find at Brooklyn Flea. Keep it hipster with a leather-buckled backpack or rejuvenate your record collection with some new vinyls. If you get hungry, not to worry—the lobster cheese fries from Red Hook Lobster Pound should do the trick.
Brooklyn Flea. 80 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 928-6603
Union Square Greenmarket
A Union Square stronghold since 1976, Union Square Greenmarket is the best place in the city to find farm-fresh produce, meat, fish and baked goods. You can shop from the array of local farmers yourself or watch and learn as some of NYC’s best chefs demonstrate how to cook the ingredients to perfection.
Union Square Greenmarket. E 17th St & Union Square W, New York, NY. (212) 788-7476
Hester Street Fair
Housed in a former pushcart market in the heart of the bustling Lower East Side, Hester Street Fair just might be the best outdoor market in Lower Manhattan. Start with some vintage shopping, and don’t sleep on the modern leather sneakers of market newcomer Triesti. After you’ve worked up an appetite, snag a couple Bulgogi fried rice balls from Zha, and if you still have room for dessert, the Eggettes cone filled with vanilla ice cream and fruity pebbles is a fair favorite.
Hester Street Fair. Essex St, New York, NY. (917) 267-9496
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
If you’re looking for unique clothing and home decor near Times Square, there’s only one place you need to know about—Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Whether you’re in the market for a billowing vintage fur coat or a mid-century side table and lamp, this is your one-stop-shop for all things retro-cool.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. 519 9th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 243-5343