Post-earthquake update 9 June 2011/21 November 2012
You find some of the foodstalls that used to be at the Arts Centre at the Ferrymead Heritage Park. Others can be found along Worcester Boulevard and at the Re:Start container mall.
The Arts Centre is the Arts Centre - and not the Art Centre, as the VT database suggests...
It is a pity that the foodstalls at the Arts Centre operate only on the weekends because the food is delicious and cheap, and you get it fast ;-)
There is such a lot on offer, with food from so many different countries, ie Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Lebanon, Greece, Germany (Black Forest foodstall with great wafers) and even Slovakia. The latter is the clear specialist in delicious desserts, with palacinka and liwance... There is also NZ food available, for example baked potatoes.
The Greek souvlaki are the greatest hit. Already the smell in the air is sooooooo Greek - nothing compares to Dimitris' food. I have tasted a lot of souvlaki and kebabs in the city, he is the clear number one. It is just not the right thing to chose if you are very hungry. The queues are long, and you get waiting numbers... The solution: Go to Dimitris' restaurant in the city during the week, it is in Colombo Street, just some steps from Cathedral Square, between the Camera House and McDonald's.
Enjoy your meal in the big courtyard under the trees.
See website for complete list of foodstalls.
In the market area are some more stalls with Italian breads, German smallgoods and produce.
Favorite Dish: The chicken combo of the Korean foodstall: chicken kebabs with rice, kimchi and a soybean pancake. A little adjusted to South Asian and European tastes because you would not find kebabs in Korea and especially no peanut sauce but the kimchi and the pancake are absolutely authentic. BTW It tastes much nicer without peanut sauce as this kills all other flavours, so just say it when you order.
Say "Annyong haseo" instead of "Hello" and the chef will be delighted... ;-)
Update Feb. 2011
German sausages on every day
I just have to add that if you really love proper sausages you should not miss Heck's German sausages who are sold at a stall at the Arts Centre - and not just on the weekend but also during the week. You cannot miss the stall. And they also sell meatloaf and some smallgoods.
Farmers Market on Fridays
On Fridays from 11am to 3pm there is a Farmers Market at the Arts Centre. Apart from fruit and produce you can buy a lot of nice food, including from the German baker who sells wonderful dark bread and fantastic cakes, like German cheesecake, beesting, and rocks... Delicious!
It's just a place to try out different types of food culture all at one spot.
Favorite Dish: I had a potato spud - large boiled potatoes and you can choose the toppings eg, mushrooms, bacon, sour cream, beef ...etc/
Something more economical and filling up your tummy.
Hungry and wanting for a quick bite to satisfy the craving? Head towards Cochran's booth vendor and grab a baked potato.
With a varied assortment of toppings which include unsalted melted butter, mayo, chili, beans, cheeze or perhaps the whole lot - its large enough to be a meal I reckon.
Favorite Dish: Spuds .. spuds.. and more spuds.. what else!
Enjoy the arts and crafts show at the Weekend Market and while there, have some food at the International food stalls, usually Greek, Thai, Korean, Chinese and German.
Enjoy your meal while watching the crowds, there's always something interesting.
Favorite Dish: A dish cost in the ballpark of 6 dollars.
Really liked the food stalls at the Arts centrre market. Many different nationalities, including Asian, Eastern European and more - all types of different food, and good value.
The vendors are always eager to attract customers, and the lady at the Thai foodstall even offered me a small taster, hence I bought my lunch here.
Favorite Dish: Thai spicy stir fry, rice and pancake, NZ$ 6