26 December 2011

Just Photos - La Cigale

A perfect Saturday morning is the sun shining and a trip to La Cigale, the French market here in Auckland.  So many tasty treats on offer, breads, cheeses, pates, cakes, pastries, croissants, freshly squeezed juice, olives, flowers, seasonal fruit and vegetables.

And only one way to start the day and that would be with coffee and breakfast.  For me a long black and being a the french markets I had to go with the continental breakfast.   French bread, a hard boiled egg, ham, salami, Gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard and cornichons.

Sustenance completed and time for a wander around the markets.  Along with the markets there is a beautiful store with a fantastic array of products from France.  They really do do things so beautifully. 

And then there is all the food...

Cheese....we picked up some lovely soft, fresh white goat cheese and a little taleggio to be slather on to some freshly baked bread.

And the pastries...buttery, flaky deliciousness.

 And pizza...how good does that look?

The Serbian sausages above are amazing, full of spices and good hit of heat.  If yoghurt or cheese is your thing check out the Buffalo Yoghurt and cheeses from just down the road in Clevedon...creamy and oh so delicious.

Some of my favourite flowers...poppies and peonies.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings the markets is transformed in to a French bistro.  Each night one entree, 2 main courses, 2 desserts and cheese are on offer. You can read about that here.

La Cigale
Open Saturdays 8am to 1.30pm
Open Sundays 9am to 1.30pm
69 St Georges Bay Rd (off the Strand end)
Ph 3669361


  1. Sigh, I LOVED going there with Alli after the NZFBA conference. Hope I can come visit again soon, those pastries are so good!

  2. OMG that looks totally awesome. You can't beat the French for the best pastry and cheeses.

  3. Your blog is just beautiful. I love the dreamy quality of your photos - all of it. Well done! I’ve included your blog in my picks for The Versatile Blogger Award, a fun way to call attention to the beautiful work you’re doing.


    Happy cooking!

  4. Hope your parents enjoyed La Cigale, always a favourite of mine

  5. Lovely photos Mairi, I particularly like the images with the wooden spoons and the flowers :-).

    Ciao and enjoy the rest of the holidays


  6. It all looks so good! La Cigale just got bumped up a few notches on my "must visit when in Auckland" list :)

  7. @Bron Thanks Bron, hoping you get here for another visit too!

  8. @Domestic Executive Thanks Julie, the next time you are up you must visit...so much delicious food.

  9. @peasepuddingThanks Alli, always come back with so much deliciousness from La Cigale.

  10. @Alessandra Thanks Alessandra, I hope you are enjoying your holidays too.

  11. @milliemirepoixIt's a little bit of foodie heaven Mika, well worth a visit.


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