MilseAuckland CentralFancy some dessert and a wander around the area, pop in her - you can take away or sit in. It’s about 12 mins walk to the Arena from here.
Mexico Auckland CentralAuckland CentralSuper close to Vector Arena, good atmosphere, cocktails, they don’t take bookings so best to pop along a bit earlier and settle in to make sure you have time.
EbisuAuckland CentralAmazing Japanese food! great service. They only take bookings for large groups, pop in and ask for a table - if there is a waiting list out your name/number down then go next door to Tyler Street garage for a drinks. 5 mins walk to Vector Arena from here
The Britomart Country ClubAuckland CentralCasual drinks before the concert? Easy to meet here - it has area to drink and also an area to dine so take your pick. Also good to end up back here after the concert.
OrleansAuckland CentralGreat new Southern inspired place, has live music at night, pretty big inside - great easy food, small plates, large plates, cocktails, good atmosphere :)
Auckland Art GalleryAuckland CentralGreat spot, check in and see what exhibitions they have one - wandering around looking at great art can make things a little less intense.
Auckland ZooWestern SpringsOldie but always a goodie. First check to see of they like zoo’s. The sea lion enclosure is stunning, check when feeding time is on the animals you really like - makes for a more interesting walk around.
Metrolanes BowlingAuckland CentralSee how competitive they are, and if they put on decent socks! ha.
La Cigale French MarketParnellVery romantic casual way to start a day out, these markets are on most Sundays, double check it’s on before you go. Great food, coffee, cheeses etc.
Rocket KitchenMount EdenImpressive looking range of cakes that will look like you ordered it weeks ago.
PetalNewmarketStack a cake stand with these puppies, sweet happiness!
MilseAuckland CentralIf you want to turn up to a birthday party and impressive the pants off everyone, stop in here for a Bomb Alaska or a Gelato log - gourmet all the way!
The Cheesecake Shop - PapatoetoePapatoetoeThe easy fix, grab one of these babies, put it on a platter of your own and spell out their name in lollies, job done :)
Glengarry Wines - Victoria ParkAuckland CentralFor all those uncles you haven’t seen in a year, distant cousins and for that emergency gift you need on hand to avoid awkward moments when someone you hadn’t expected to see shows up, with a pressy. Aged whiskeys, Christmas champagne, Marlbourough Pinots, craft beers, dessert wines - done, easy #crowdpleasers.
Smith & Caughey's NewmarketNewmarketWho doesn’t want to smell like a dream? An easy fix for all ages - the new Elle Saab is hot for any female. Get the great staff to help you, nail a few pressies in one go here.
Typo - Queen StreetAuckland CentralThis place is AWESOME. A must stop for stocking fillers, secret santas for the office, difficult teenagers, nieces, nephews etc. Good prices, fun gifts to keep things interesting.
Postie - St LukesMt AlbertIf you need stocking fillers for teenage ladies - this place has a stack of lip glosses, nail polishes, hair accessories, loads of quick things to add to the pile. Also kids togs - HEAPS - loads of super cute toddlers beach wear and swim wear.
As Colour BritomartAuckland CentralOkay this place will save your soul - needed guys stuff? Great cotton T’s in on trend shapes and lengths - they usually have a deal on - four t-shirts for $60. They also have hoodies and singlets - it’s a winner!
Little Oneroa DairyLittle OneroaSamosas! Home made - so good - vegetarian, tandoori chicken, mince and cheese. They sell out quite quickly in the weekend, all the locals clean it out.
Franco's La PanetteriaOstendVery popular French bakery in Ostend, on the main drag, across the road from the RSA. Their pizza is a religious experience, seriously, there is no sharing once you get your hands on a piece and it sells out quickly. Also amazing pastries.
Stefano's PizzeriaWaiheke IslandThe mozzarella bread is insanely good, start with that, then move onto any of the pizza’s - the Diavola is great if you like a chilli kick. Great thin crisp bases, awesome staff.