Discover a hotbed of culinary treasures along Symonds Street and the upper end of New North Road, from British-style pubs to cafés fit for coffee connoisseurs. If bagels sound good, pop into Goodness Gracious for a sinfully saucy bagel sandwich and espresso. You can also caffeinate yourself over at Coffee Pen, the cutest little coffee shop with a daily selection of sandwiches and sweets. One doesn’t need to be vegan to enjoy the plant-based cauliflower wings, Caesar salads and nachos over at Gorilla Kitchen. If you’re wanting to impress, you can’t go wrong with dinner at Sid at The French Café. Expect modern Kiwi cuisine with a fine-dining twist – truffle and gruyere beignets, anyone?
Feeling thirsty? Pretend you’re in the UK with a pint at Galbreaths Alehouse, a popular watering hole for its warm atmosphere, housemade beers and tucked-away outdoor terrace. Across the road, treat yourself to a glass of wine at The Corner Store or celebrate with friends in the cool hideaway bar outside.
When the sun is shining, be sure to check out the good vibes over at Basque Park. Picnic on the grassy slopes alongside families and free spirits or explore the Stonehenge-like rocks in the heart of the reserve. If you’re into music, The Powerstation is a legendary spot to boogie the night away.
Bookworms can easily wander in a sea of books and tales within Hard To Find Books, one of the best and largest secondhand book shops in Auckland. Peruse shelves upon shelves of books of all genres in the beautiful historic building on Saint Benedicts Street – it's easy to spend an entire arvo here! In keeping with the creative vibes, you can also get your art fix at Starkwhite. This contemporary-cool gallery exhibits a range of local and international artwork worthy of any arts afficianado.
Location Te wāhi
Eden TerracePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Eden Terrace is an eight-minute drive or 20-minute walk to the city centre. Several bus routes operate along Symonds Street and Mount Eden Road, making it one of the most bus-friendly suburbs in the city.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Walk up the majestic Maungawhau (Mount Eden) from Eden Terrace. You can walk to the base in 10-15 minutes – the views at the summit are well worth it.