On Auckland’s North Shore, the coastal suburbs of Takapuna and Devonport attract diners looking for great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Sound good?

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Takapuna

Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, Takapuna is a stylish but laid-back combination of shopping, dining and by-the-beach lifestyle. There are more than 100 cafés and restaurants to choose from – including a strip of modern new restaurants directly opposite the beach, boasting beautiful sea views across to Rangitoto Island and beyond.

Devonport

Hop on the ferry to the seaside village of Devonport, just 12 minutes from downtown Auckland. Visit the chocolaterie for divine handmade chocolates and truffles, have lunch in the sun at one of the cafés along the main street or by the sea, stock up on picnic supplies at the French café and deli, or come for dinner and drinks where the locals dine.