The shops of Fifth Avenue, SoHo, and Bedford Avenue have plenty to offer. But you’ll find the true gems at NYC artisan markets, full of color, creativity, and culture. At the following pop-ups, immerse yourself in a world of handmade jewelry, vegan soaps, sustainably prepared foods, and other unique items crafted with care and consciousness.
From April through November, weekends are all about the Brooklyn Flea, where antiques, crafts, charmingly salvaged furniture, collectibles, and vintage finds—the focus of the market—come together for an unforgettable shopping experience. On Saturdays, the Brooklyn Flea, with its colorful tents shading tables of one-of-a-kind wares, can be found in Fort Greene, hugged by leafy green trees and the early 19th century, Gothic Revival-style Queen of All Saints Church. On Sundays, the market moves to Williamsburg’s waterfront East River State Park, a cooling breeze providing you some comfort as you peruse bike art by Taliah Lempert, homemade herb-infused lotions from Apotheke, and Star Wars figurines from dAN’s Parents’ House. And you can do it all while munching on Asiadog’s curry and kimchi-laced hot dogs, among other local bites.
Bushwick’s Vegan Shop-Up is guilt-free shopping at its finest. Walk into the laid-back Pine Box Rock Shop, filled with arcade games, walls showcasing empty beer cans, chalkboard cocktail signs, and an old-fashioned register. Grab a free sample of dairy-free ice cream before ordering a chocolate and Kahlua-laced “Red Moco Cooler” at the bar, which has a tiny umbrella adding a carefree feel. Continue to the back of the space, where stalls of animal-free beauty products, foods, and accessories line the walls. The party keeps going into a back room where you can savor Freakin’ Vegan porkless sliders and nut-based cheeses from Cheezehound, or soothe skin with FLO+THEO’s luscious Orange Harvest Body Butter.
Riis Park Beach Bazaar
During your time in NYC, you may have been lucky enough to experience the Brooklyn Night Baazar in Williamsburg, wandering the enormous warehouse to take in concerts, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, photo booths, and stalls of locally made food and goods—all with a drink in hand. After having the space taken over, however, the team relocated to Queens for the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, adding a daytime twist to their former party-meets-market concept. Dance in the sand to some daytime rock, sip a cocktail while sunbathing in a lounge chair, have your hair done on the boardwalk, or have your most pressing questions answered during a tarot card reading. Next, hit up the beachfront market, sniffing handcrafted botanical perfumes, sifting through vinyl records, and checking out the latest hipster fashions. Pro tip: The stalls are best explored with a scoop of antibiotic-free Ample Hills’ “Salted Crack Caramel” ice cream or a triple pork sandwich from Bolivian Llama Party.
Escape to the Mediterranean without even leaving New York with a trip to Eataly, an Italian marketplace that goes beyond simply selling traditional foods. The store is composed of numerous sections, each dedicated to something different: wine, cheese, meats, produce, olive oils, pastas, cookies, books on Italian cooking, and more. Enhance your Italian tasting experience by gaining an understanding on where your food comes from on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Eataly, hearing purveyor stories, learning about the places themselves and exploring Italy through the palate. Even if this is the only one of the NYC artisan markets you make it to, you—and your stomach—are sure to be satisfied.