Ponsonby’s dining scene is always evolving, but great food and wine are a constant. By day, coffee is king and lunch can be guilt-free or decidedly decadent. When the sun goes down, people pack into award-winning restaurants, both long-time favourites and new destination eateries. Don’t miss Ponsonby Central, a laneway of street vendor-style eateries, an artisan produce market and uber-cool bars. Stay later for drinks and dancing – the nightlife is just as good as the food.
These two inner city suburbs combine shopping and dining beautifully. Discover a selection of elegant cafés, wine bars and restaurants in Parnell – relax with a bistro meal in a cobbled courtyard or dress up for a silver service affair. Parnell itself is compact but the collective menu is long, with an impressive range of cuisine. A buzzing café culture compliments Newmarket’s fashion line-up. Fuel up for a spree with a tasty breakfast and freshly pressed coffee, or relax afterwards with deli treats or a long, lazy lunch. At night, it’s the perfect place for a craft beer and a casual pub meal with friends.
In the vibrant inner-city suburb of Mount Eden, cool cafés and artisan food stores mix with award-winning restaurants and wine bars. Join the regulars at Kingsland’s lively cafés, bars and pubs; stop in for a drink or a meal before a rugby game at Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium and home to the mighty All Blacks.