Now that our time is coming to an end in Auckland, New Zealand, we would like to share the following hotspots of where Melburnians will feel most comfortable in the City of Sails.
Ponsonby Central tops our list because it doesn’t just offer bars and more bars - it offers a fresh food market, a fortune teller, an array of International cuisine and awesome coffee. It is also open on weekends. On the downside, their website is the worst in the World and the cafes close way too early - after 5pm you will be hard-pressed to find that good coffee.
Britomart failed to top our list due to the fact that there are too many bars but it is Auckland’s only pedestrian friendly space (of course there is always room for improvement). A DJ entertains beanbag loungers on the square, top-notch restaurants and the most divine dessert bar - Milse. For awesome views across a working Harbour, visit Ostro. On the downside, no street artists and a market that disappears as quick as it arrives.
St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road. This is Auckland’s hub of cool where hipsters, young designers and artists congregate. If you are looking for something unique, old and very Melbourne this is where you will find it. On the downside, too quiet, lacks live music in the arcade and a permanent art market.
Silo Park Markets, Wynyard Quarter. Unfortunately only pumping during the Summer / dry months this is a mecca for Auckland’s young, gorgeous and ultra cool crowd. The markets are a designer’s wet dream and the choice of food trucks is a culinary delight. An open-air cinema and DJ adds to the Bohemian charm on Auckland’s waterfront. On the downside, the space is too small, way too much traffic in the area and limited to good weather.
Federal Street, Sky City. Currently a construction site as Federal Street is converted into one of those horrible shared spaces that Auckland loves so much (not pedestrian friendly and riddled with vehicles looking for free parking) but that aside the street boasts some of Auckland’s best restaurants such as Depot, Federal Deli (harking back to a 1950’s diner experience), The Grill by Sean Connolly, Bellota, The Sugar Club and MASU. Here you can sky jump from Sky Tower and enjoy some of the best views in the city.
Note: We would have included City Works Depot, an old warehouse style conversion of hip cafes, bars and advertising/film execs but it is surrounded by a sea of car parks which is both dangerous and does nothing but detract from the experience. If you don’t mind dodging vehicles and rude drivers then by all means drop on in.
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