Green Lane Market
Last Saturday of every month, 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
22 Southwark Street, Christchurch
There’s something therapeutic about a great Saturday morning market. Green Lane is just that, and because it was founded on sustainability and supporting locals, it’s not only a great market - but a market with a mission specific to the Garden City and all of its talented inhabitants.
Located on Southwark Street, Green Lane brings sustainable food, ethical crafts, locally grown plants and slow fashion together in what was once Hammond’s Panel Beaters workshop. The space still has an open air, industrial feel to it but the white washed walls, vaulted ceilings and colourful vendor stalls give it its own personality. Step in off the street and enter the environment which is Green Lane - it feels like a greenhouse, farmers market, vintage shop and cosy cafe rolled into one.
Within Green Lane you’ll never find the exact same thing twice. There’s a core group of permanent vendors who are joined every month by guest vendors in any and every product category. The usual gang includes folks like Grocer Jax and The Brothers Green. Jax Hamilton, local chef and Masterchef NZ star, offers locally sourced produce, eggs, fresh bread and other creative treats while The Brothers Green bring visitors a full range of hemp products which are grown right here in Christchurch. Monstera & Men, another permanent vendor, have got the goods when it comes to house plants and Bellbird Bakery boasts naturally leavened bread and French pastries you won’t be able to go past.
Green Lane vendors also go outside the box when it comes to market trading. Beachhaus Creative, for one, offers on-site stick and poke tattoos and graphic prints to boot. No Brand Bag has got beautiful handcrafted bags, Grain does a cheese scone that's almost unbeatable and Brotique NZ specializes in vintage bro-styles. Regardless of what they’re selling, every Green Lane stall represents a small Ōtautahi business with a big heart.
Created by Ben and Ben, who both grew up in Christchurch, Green Lane is a place to shop and explore as much as it is a place to connect. After the 2020 lockdown the two realised just how many Cantabrians wanted to find new ways to benefit both the environment and the community. With that they designed Green Lane as an accessible platform for small businesses to get into the central city and grow together. It’s a human approach to business and it just works. Pop in and you’ll soon see the exciting, colourful and ultimately welcoming end result.
On the last Saturday of the month from 10 til 2, Green Lane comes alive as an event market on Southwark Street - it’s a community you’ll want to be a part of for many weekends to come.
Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou
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