We have pulled together the latest and greatest of the city centre’s recent openings to give you new ideas for the best places to shop, eat and explore.
The Brit | 122 Quay St
The Brit is located in the historic Northern Steamship building and is Britomart’s newest pub and eatery. Serving a range of local brews, creative cocktails as well as a classic and comprehensive food menu, The Brit is the modern take on the conventional pub. Be sure to try the Buttermilk Chicken Schnitzel, and the never-disappointing Scotch Egg. Open 7 days - an ideal place for an evening catch up or a Sunday session.
Rebel Rebel | 104 Fanshawe St
For those lucky enough to be situated near-by during the working week, Rebel Rebel, whose doors are only open Monday-Friday, brings the Spanish and Scilian roots of its operators to the table. Occupying part of the iconic Kauri Timber building, Rebel Rebel offers up a diverse range of tapas-style dishes, a selection of takeaway sandwiches and pastries and Allpress roasted coffee.
Shut The Front Door | 23 High Street
Shut the Front Door is an gift and homewares store with an eclectic, fun and ever changing range of products from all over the world. You are guaranteed to find a gift for everyone and definitely something for yourself and your home. Some of their key homeware brands include General Eclectic, Middle of Nowhere, Sage & Clare, White Moose, Mustard, Ethique, and Ashley & Co.
Allbirds | 5 Gore St
Founded by New Zealand native Tim Brown, Allbirds specialises in creating footwear that is simple, practical and made to last. Constructed from natural fibres, and designed with the environment in mind, Allbirds are a go-to for the stylish and socially-conscious consumer. Visit their first New Zealand store in Britomart this month to view their range of footwear and become part of the journey.
The Churchill | 396 Queen St
Staying true to its namesake, The Churchill takes you back to a bygone era with its Art Deco interior and curated selection of drinks. With more than 180 varieties of gin and Winston’s personal favourite champagne, Pol Roger - it’s the perfect place for an after work drink (midday in Winston’s case), or a pre-theatre snack. Located on the 20th floor of central Auckland’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Churchill is the best place for a drink with a view.
Prior | 59 High St
Joining the likes of Parlour and Magic Hollow, Prior brings premium streetwear and vintage clothing to upper High Street. What sets Prior apart is that it caters to vintage clothing fans, streetwear-obsessives and sneakerheads. Visit in-store to get your hands on rare finds from labels such as A Bathing Ape, Supreme and Tommy Hilfiger.
The Rolling Pin | G04/141 Pakenham St W
A prominent fixture in Auckland’s food truck scene, The Rolling Pin has recently opened its first permanent location in the heart of Wynyard Quarter. The truck offers healthy, homemade South East Asian cuisine including bao buns, asain slaw, and their famous dumplings. Featuring generous sized portions and fast service, this is the place to go for a healthy and affordable lunch.
Iko Iko | 26 High St
Previously a mainstay of both K Rd and Ponsonby Road, Iko Iko has brought a bit of the Capital’s quirkiness to Central Auckland. Inside you will find a selection of charming knick-knacks, eccentric homewares and playful Kiwiana. Iko Iko is the ideal place to make those last minute gifts a little more thoughtful.
La Petite Fourchette | 9 Britomart Place
Here to share their love and passion for French food and culture, owners Natalie and Roomain La Gal’s newest eatery boasts a wide variety of baked goods. Serving classics such as the ‘Brioche Pain Perdu’ and new offerings of patisserie and savoury items, La Petite Fourchette is the ideal midday snack stop.
Coops Corner Pub | 204 Queen Street
Coops Corner Pub is on the corner, but not just any corner. Prime spot, heart-of-the-viaduct sort of corner. Formerly Degree Bar, Coops offers stunning waterfront front views matched with hearty pub grub and drinks, making it a perfect spot for something to eat with a cold one one a sunny spring day.
Misyoo | 17D Wakefield Street
Watch out Bubble Tea, Rice Yogurt is in town! Misyoo Rice Yogurt is new to the Heart of the City and offers delicious, tangy, sweet, and refreshing rice yogurt treats. Open late into the evening, Misyoo is a great place to stop for a unique dessert. Their flavour range is extensive, from avocado to mango, strawberry, and black rice - a crowd favourite.
Hummus and Falafel | 75 Victoria Street West
Serving unique and traditional Israeli food, Hummus and Falafel is a great option for a cheap but delicious lunch. With menu options also catering to vegans, this hole in the wall is another vegetarian friendly addition to the city centre.
Coming soon to the city centre
There's so many new openings to know about, and so many that are coming soon too! Keep an eye out for Pieces on High Street coming soon, as well as Yoyoso on Queen Street. Watch this space!