Let’s lower to the chase: Auckland is stylish. Like, uber stylish. The individuals, the cafes, the boutiques – all terribly stylish. Even the homes dotted alongside tree-lined residential streets are – you guessed it – stylish. So what do you have to do with two days in Auckland? I’m glad you requested!
I just lately spent just a few days in Auckland to convey to you this very stylish information to Auckland, New Zealand. And whereas I feel 4 days was perhaps an excessive amount of, I might say two days is the proper period of time to discover town and absorb the highlights. So with that, right here’s my information to Auckland!
The World of Wanderlust Information to Auckland
For starters, this wasn’t my first go to to Auckland. I’ve been a handful of occasions to go to certainly one of my greatest associates who lived right here pre-pandemic. Each time my good friend would present me new cafes, boutiques and areas to discover, nonetheless since she rellocated to Los Angeles, I visited Auckland this 12 months for the primary time with out her as my information.
For me, Auckland is all the time stuffed with inspiration. Town has fairly the popularity for being the design, cultural and foodie hub of New Zealand. Certain, Wellington is a eager contender – particularly the place meals and drinks are involved. However should you’re on the lookout for a metropolis that has all of it (together with nice summers), Auckland is your best choice.
Eat your manner via Ponsonby
To begin your Auckland journey, I extremely advocate starting your day on Ponsonby Highway. That is the place you will see a lot of Auckland’s greatest cafes, bakeries, bars and boutiques. And while you’re completed exploring Ponsonby, you could possibly all the time enterprise on foot to close by Karangahape Highway ( “Ok street”), which is equally stuffed with nice spots and has a barely grungier really feel to it.
Don’t miss these prime picks:
Duck Island Ice Cream – the O.G. Ice Creamery on Ponsonby Rd. A neighborhood’s favorite.
Little Hen – A really vegan eatery with scrumptious wholesome bites (and lunch menu!)
Superette – A luxurious idea retailer stuffed with worldwide and native designers. The main target is especially on trend, however there’s an important choice of homewares and wonder/wellness merchandise as nicely.
WORLD – A principally French parfumerie with bougie candles and excessive trend items.
Cake & Co – A tiny little gap within the wall cake store. Excellent when you have one thing to have fun!
Little & Friday – A small cafe with nice takeaway savouries and candy treats. This was one of many cafes my good friend Sophie and I used to frequent (and it’s simply nearly as good as I bear in mind).
Purchasing in Ponsonby
As I discussed earlier, Ponsonby is filled with designer threads, small boutiques and idea shops. There are tonnes of outlets to discover they usually’re greatest visited on foot, so I might advise you park someplace close by in a residential road or snag a parking lot on the primary road should you can, and provides your self at the very least just a few hours to discover the road in its entirety.
Go to Bluebell’s Bakery
When you’ve completed exploring Ponsonby, it’s time to park up at Bluebell’s Bakery for a caffeine hit and a few candy treats. This was certainly one of my favorite bakeries I visited on this journey and it’s a straightforward one to go to as there may be parking proper out entrance. The lemon curd cupcake was a standout, plus you possibly can watch the baking workforce at work via the viewing window.
Cafe hop round city at these prime spots
Talking of bakeries, I visited fairly just a few on this journey! As a lot of you recognize I just lately opened my new bakery Brooki Bakehouse in Brisbane, so testing Auckland’s thriving baking scene was excessive on my agenda. There are too many nice bakeries and cake shops in Auckland to call all of them, so I’ll do you a favour and simply embody my prime picks.
Catroux – A fab little discover with unbelievable vegan and dairy free cake choices.
The Caker – As soon as the most well-liked cake store in Auckland and nonetheless one of many prime contenders. I walked away with a prepare dinner ebook as nicely for future inspiration!
Magnolia Kitchen – You’ll want to rent a automotive to achieve this one however it’s actually price the additional effort should you love bakery hopping as a lot as I do. The workforce at Magnolia additionally do retail treats now, so if you want to strive their goodies however don’t need to endure the journey, discover a native stockist on the town as an alternative.
Ripe Deli – The most effective take away lunch spot in Auckland, fingers down. This deli is filled with candy and savoury treats, plus a number of wholesome salads and wraps. The right place to seize a packed lunch earlier than a street journey!