This bar has been very well curated with all the hipster things. There is a huge wall made of cushioned panels covered in various different pairs and types of jeans, bunting, old-fashioned over-sized lampshades and china balls with lights inside that slowly change colour. They have a sweet little stage for bands to perform on. I recently saw Bad Bad Not Good there and it was pretty sick. They also serve cocktails in teapots, which come with shot glasses, which is pretty sweet!
Best with a few people to share different things with! And you can have a table with a huge lazy susan if you have a big group! My favourite item is the vegetarian dumplings, which I like fried and dipped in plenty of vinegar, soy sauce and chilli. I also love the aubergine and kumara, which is a little mooshy, but comes covered in some kind of delicious sauce and the bok choy, which comes steamed and sprinkled with cooked chunks of garlic! Yums.
Tasty, filling, hearty pizzas served with the beautiful view over the viaduct harbour to go with them! Prices are really reasonable for food and drinks. Lovely summery setting.
Good for a girl’s night out, Gina’s do a huge range of tasty pizzas! If you ask to book on the right night, the waiters serve topless too! Lol. Packed with yummy Italian flavours and served in a nice restaurant setting with lots of options to suit all tastes!
Pizza by the metre, what a genius idea! Great for a group (or a sleepover!), a metre of pizza will stuff four people for sure! You can get a half metre too. My favourite is the Boscaiola, which has champignon mushrooms, mozzarella, baby spinach, roasted pine nuts, cream, parmesan and truffle oil!!!!! Dear god so good!
One of my most long-standing fave takeaways. When I lived in England, Burger Fuel was one of the first things I would get when I’d come back to NZ for a holiday. So good. They do quite a good chickpea burger, but my all-time favourite is the combustion tofu, which comes with avocado and satay sauce. I love the kumara chips with aioli too. Oooh! And they do really good little icecreams too! If you can handle that much!!
Does exactly what it says on the tin! -Huge, cheesy, salty, delicious New York style pizza. Even the cheese pizza here is really good, I also love the veggie with capsicum and mushrooms and a lot of my friends love the pepperoni. They come either large or in individual slices, the NY way! Perfect for a big group of people!
Huge, hearty burgers at super sweet prices! I like the vegetarian burger, with a vege patty plus an egg and pineapple! They also do really good kumara chips and fritters, plus toasties and a huge variety of meaty burgers. The burgers are huge and are about seven bucks. Amaze.
Great place to buy good quality make-up, as you have lots of options, with all the main cosmetic brand counters all in one place. They also have a lot of staff to help you choose. MAC offer a great service, where you can go and get you make-up done (starting at $50), but you can then redeem the full cost of the make-over in product, so you basically buy $50+ worth of product and get your make-up done for free! You can learn a lot and ask questions from the make-up artist too, which is really handy.
One of my favourite stores from the UK, Topshop consistently delivers great design and well fitting clothing. So up with the play for street fashion, they are experts at what is both cool AND wearable.
This place is ideal if you want to prepare something special or festive or moreishly delicious that’s gluten free! Great if you want to treat someone that can’t have gluten. They will feel positively spoilt! They also sell a great range of ingredients for making your own gluten free treats!
Super convenient spot to get really good quality fresh produce in the middle of Ponsonby. Plus they have lots of semi-gourmet goodies too! Great cheeses, wines, bread, pesto, tapenade, etc. They also sell a beautiful range of fresh flowers.