Take it from us that the hip Morningside precinct, a like-minded community of eateries and bars, is well worth a visit. Brunch at Crave Café is a must, for both its eggs bene and feel-good factor. When a collective of neighbours launched the charitable café, the intention was to use the profits to bolster the community of Morningside. Their plan worked. In 2019 the entire block transformed from a derelict factory to a trendy foodie hub thanks to Cheshire Architects. Today the bustling block boasts a bit of everything including a friendly tavern, dessert bar, a wee cidery, dumpling house and magical venue (and pop-up space) called The Glasshouse.
The precinct is the most well-known destination in Morningside, but you’ll find hidden culinary gems further afield. Transport yourself to Japan at Sake Bar icco for authentic dishes like karaage chicken and delectable sashimi (and a sake or two). If you have littles ones, let them enjoy the kid zone outside at Peel to Pip while the grown-ups indulge in a tasty brekkie or lunch.
Thirsty? Pub crawling has never been easier over along New North Road. Beer buffs will be spoilt for choice with a holy trinity of drinking spots within a block of each other: The Beer Spot, Urbanaut Brewing and 605 Morningside Drinkery.
If you’re after some retail therapy, Westfield St Lukes shopping mall is only a 5-minute drive away. Here you’ll find some of the biggest national brands as well as an eight-screen cinema complex – movie night anyone?
Location Te wāhi
MorningsidePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Morningside is a 10-minute drive from the city centre, and easily accessible by bus and train via Morningside railway station. The suburb is a quick drive to Mt Albert, Kingsland, Sandringham and Western Springs – talk about central!
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Save yourself from circling for a car park near Morningside precinct – it's not always easy. You’re likely better off parking a few minutes away on one of the residential streets nearby.