Bars, cafés and restaurants

“My morning coffee is usually Café on Kohi – they also do a really good brunch and if you’re in a rush they have great coffee and takeaway food at The Store next door.”

Sir John Kirwan


Ponsonby’s dining scene is always evolving, with new destination eateries joining established favourites – with accolades all round. Lunch and coffee (or fine wine) at a stylish café is the order of the day, and when the sun goes down on Saturday night, you’ve got an array of cocktail bars, hip pubs with an edge, and award-winning restaurants to choose from.

Mount Eden and Kingsland

The inner-city suburbs of Mount Eden and Kingsland really liven up on weekends. By day, it’s coffee or craft beer at a chilled-out café or pub, by night, dine on authentic Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine along Mount Eden’s main strip, or join the regulars at a Kingsland bar before a rugby match.


Newmarket has always been one of Auckland’s best shopping destinations, and its fashion line-up is matched with a cool café culture. Refuel after a Saturday shopping spree at one of the modern cafés among the boutiques on Nuffield Street, Teed Street and Kent Street.


Much smaller than its fellow dining precincts, Parnell’s compact centre is home to award- winning restaurants, sophisticated bars and new cafés. Check out Chocolate Boutique, a specialty chocolate shop and café – stay for dessert or choose from 250 types of chocolates to take away (good for gifts too).

Orakei Bay Village

Visit the recently opened Orakei Bay Village, combining cafés and restaurants with stylish shops selling designer homewares, linens and clothing. Hot coffee, smoothie bowls, fresh oysters, craft beer, organic wines and views across the water to the city skyline.

Central city

If you haven’t dined out in the city centre for a while, do it this weekend. Some of our best eateries can be found in Britomart’s refurbished heritage buildings and cobbled lanes, from modern cuisine to a dedicated dessert restaurant. Federal Street is one of Auckland’s newer foodie precincts and a number of its restaurants are led by notable chefs, including Al Brown and Peter Gordon.


Wynyard Quarter’s first restaurants along North Wharf, right by the water’s edge, have now been joined by newer restaurants lining Jellicoe Street, and on Friday nights in summer you can fill up on street food from the Silo Park markets. Viaduct Harbour has around 30 cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from, and you can’t beat oysters overlooking the superyachts.

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