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Grey Lynn entrepreneurs tend to think outside the square. How's a teapot cocktail sound? Hunker down in a dimly lit corner at the Gypsy Tea Room – pinkies up. Prefer a caffeine fix? Sip on a flight of coffees at a post office-turned-vegetarian café by Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters. And one can’t forget Ada, the super-popular Italian eatery tucked away in a boutique hotel.
Though known for its residential vibe, Grey Lynn knows how to let its hair down. Enjoy a bit of revelry at Freida Margolis, a whimsical bar with pop-up musical performances. For something a little quieter, bask in a sun-soaked terrace at the Malt Public House or clink glasses in a glassed-in courtyard at Pocket Bar.
Be sure to stroll through Grey Lynn Park, a lush ten-hectare oasis for dog-walkers, families and fitness fanatics. You’ll find basketball courts, a skate park, playgrounds, pockets of native bush, hidden sculptures and the odd bootcamp. If visiting in November, don’t miss the Grey Lynn Park Festival for fabulous music, stalls and a next-level spring picnic.
Marketgoers should beeline it the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market, a much-loved Sunday ritual with specialty goods like freshly made chai tea and Italian-style cheese. Next door, Honey Bones draws similar crowds for its Med-inspired brunch. Turkish eggs, anyone?
Scattered around Richmond Road are a handful of boutiques, gift stores and foodie gems. Impress guests with some dry-aged beef from Grey Lynn Butchers, a local gem known for its premium cuts. On the clothing end of the spectrum, peruse Jet Set Bohemian’s fab collection of frocks and handpicked vintage pieces.
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Grey Lynn is a 10-minute drive from the city centre and accessible by bus.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
There is plenty of parking along Richmond Road, but at busier times just park around the corner on a residential street. This is a great way to spot character-filled villas the suburb is famous for.