Shabby, funky, loud and unapologetic. Frankton lays claim to being one of the oldest and brownest suburbs in Hamilton and is the best place to buy meat in the city (Frankton Butchery, 118 Commerce Street). On a Saturday morning the place is crammed with street sellers touting T-shirts, watercress and fluffy slippers. Reggae blasts the eardrums.
Kids run loose while mums and dads sell hotdogs for the rugby club. The market has been running for almost 30 years. When there was a move to close it down two years ago (congestion affecting a retailer’s trade) the city roared with one voice: “No!” A compromise was reached, shifting the market away from the main drag, where it continues to draw thousands every week. Commerce Street, 8am-1pm Saturdays, visithamilton.co.nz/ shopping-and-dining/markets/frankton-markets