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Outdoor Markets: Make the Most of the Spring Weather

March 18 2024

Spring is here - which means New York’s outdoor markets are finally reopening after a long winter. The Big Apple is home to plenty of outdoor markets, selling everything from fresh produce to artisanal goods. If you enjoy an outdoor market, as the weather warms up there is no better reason to head outside into the sunshine and make the most of the t-shirt weather. 

But what are the best outdoor markets in New York City?

Union Square Greenmarket

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Union Square Greenmarket is a farmer’s market offering some of the best farm-to-table produce in the city. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and baked goods, or plants and flowers - don’t miss the Union Square Greenmarket. 

Friends eat street food at an open air market in New York City


Smorgasburg is the “largest open-air food market in America” and offers perhaps the best selection of food vendors in the country. Vendors work on a rotating lineup, offering a diverse and ever-changing selection of different cuisines and dishes. Whether you’re looking for authentic tacos or gourmet burgers - you can find just about anything at Smorgasburg in the sunshine. 

Smorgasburg is open April - October, and operates three days a week at different locations. You can find them on Fridays at the World Trade Center, Saturdays at Williamsburg in Marsha P Johnson State Park, and Sundays at Prospect Park. 

Fresh produce in wooden boxes at an open air food market

Brooklyn Flea 

Love a vintage market? Look no further than the Brooklyn Flea. Home to vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts the Brooklyn Flea has something for everyone. The outdoor market is offered at a variety of locations - Chelsea Flea which is open on Saturdays and Sundays, the Brooklyn Flea which is open on Saturdays in DUMBO from April through December. Brooklyn Flea are also present at Smorgasburg on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

Queens Night Market 

Every Saturday between 4 pm and midnight you can head down to the Queens Night Market. Located in the heart of Queens behind the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, the market takes place weekly during the spring and summer months. 

The market is extremely popular, attracting over 10,000 visitors every Saturday, and was listed as the #9 best restaurant in New York in 2023. As well as finding art, merchandise, and live performances, the market is best known for its great food. Featuring food from over 80 different countries, dishes are capped at $6 - making great food affordable, even in the heart of New York. 

Are you visiting New York this spring? The Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of Manhattan, just moments from some of the city’s most popular attractions.