When the historic Britomart precinct was given a contemporary makeover, it quickly became the star of Auckland’s dining scene – and one of the city’s premium shopping destinations.
Within Britomart’s compact block of cobbled laneways, streets and open spaces is an eclectic collection of hip bars, cafés and restaurants. The district’s heritage buildings have been transformed with funky new fitouts, from a revamped industrial garage to minimalist modern spaces. Keep it casual with artisan French pastries and great coffee, or indulge in contemporary Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Cajun and Creole flavours, fresh seafood, or something sweet at the specialty dessert restaurant.
Night owls: the area has become one of Auckland’s most popular nightlife destinations too – check out late night DJs or catch a live music gig. Early risers: pick up delicious artisan foods at La Cigale market, on every Saturday and Sunday morning.
Understated or avant-garde, this shopping district is the place fashion lovers come to stay ahead of the trends. Browse the latest season’s collections in the flagship stores of some of New Zealand’s most famous designers, alongside international fashion and beauty labels like Chanel, Tiffinay & Co and M.A.C., Jo Malone and L’Occitane.
In and around Queen Street
Shopping, art, culture, dining, nightlife and adventure – all so close together.
Pick up high street fashions and big brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci in lower Queen Street, then browse designer fashions in High Street and Chancery and stop at Vulcan Lane for a pub lunch. Afterwards, wander through Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.
Catch a live performance at one of our main theatres, including the stunning Civic Theatre. Visit the comedy club to see the best local and international comedians. Don’t miss a trip up the Sky Tower for the best 360-degree view in town, or get adventurous with the exhilarating SkyJump or SkyWalk. At the base of the tower, Federal Street is home to some of our newest bars and restaurants.
And speaking of foodie hot spots, City Works Depot is just a short walk from Queen Street. Head over for a delicious bite to eat with a Kiwi twist and New Zealand craft beers.
Karangahape Road – K’ Road
Every shop, café and restaurant is different, but there’s a strong sense of community in K’ Road, a favourite gathering place for artists, students, musicians and writers.
High fashion sits comfortably next to retro, vintage and streetwear stores. Unique design shops offer everything from imported handmade jewellery to locally made home furnishings, and music stores sell enviable vinyl collections and instruments.
Among all this are some of the most unique cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs in the city. There are plenty of places to just sit back with a perfect coffee, and when it comes to dining, Auckland’s multicultural diversity is reflected in the cuisine on offer: Middle Eastern, Asian, European Fusion, Indian, Mexican and even Portugese.
K’ Road’s nightlife is perhaps Auckland’s most colourful; the strip is home to cabaret-style restaurants, karaoke bars, gay clubs and local pubs offering live music.