A City Centre Destination Shopping Guide

Indulge in some retail therapy
1 August, 2018

There's nothing like a bit of retail therapy to get you through the colder months, and the city centre is the best place for this. Offering a selection of unique retailers, many exclusive to the city, you know you’re in for an exciting shopping experience.

Le Creuset | 23 Customs Street East

The Rolex of all cast iron cookware, bakeware, pots, and pans, Le Creuset’s iconic products are a must have for any undercover master chef. Le Creuset pride themselves on creating high quality and long lasting products with a lifetime warranty, firm believers in buying once, and buying well. Explore their shop in the heart of the city and treat yourself to some cookware - the friendly staff may even offer you a piece of cake baked in Le Creuset products.

Marbecks | Queen's Arcade

As one of New Zealand's leading music retailers, Marbecks stocks a large range of classical, jazz, world, pop, vinyl and art-house films. Step back in time and buy a collector’s item or a nostalgic vinyl personal to you. Marbecks staff have unrivalled specialist knowledge, and the experience to source even the hardest to find recordings.

Smith & Caughey’s | 253-261 Queen St

An oldie but a goodie. Since opening its doors in 1880, Smith & Caughey’s is still one of Auckland's most loved retail stores. In store you will find a variety of homeware, beauty products, shoes, clothing, and lingerie from top local and international brands - in other words pretty much everything you could need or want is in this department store.

Mecca Maxima | 191 Queen Street

Mecca Maxima is your one stop shop for all things beauty. Find all your favourite skincare and makeup brands and finally try that new product your favourite beauty bloggers have been raving about. Mecca Maxima’s knowledgeable staff are there to help you throughout the shopping experience, to ensure you find the right products for your complexion. 

Unity Books | 19 High Street

Arguably the best bookshop in Auckland, Unity Books has a reputation for having all the books you could ever want - and if you can’t find that mysterious book you’ve been longing for they are always happy to track it down and make a special order for you. Pop into the High St store and flick through the pages of some beautiful books before taking a few favourites home with you.

Monstera | City Works Depot

Plants are fast becoming a popular household item, and we can see why. They look great, help clean the oxygen around us, and are proven to have positive effects on our overall well being. To start (or add to) your plant collection, visit Monstera in City Works Depot, from pot plants, hanging plants (both big and small), Monstera will have you sorted with all the best.

Aesop | 35 High St

Aesop is a favourite for all lovers of high end personal care products. All of their products have a lovely fragrance with notes of florals, citrus, and herbs. Pop into the calming High St store for a one on one experience with their helpful consultants. Test products at the basin, smell the different scents and find the perfect face wash, moisturizer or body scrub.

Jo Malone London | Atrium on Takutai, 37 Te Ara Tahuhu, Britomart

Upon entering the iconic British fragrance house Jo Malone London, you know you’re in for a sensual experience. The elegant flagship store in Britomart is where you can browse colognes, body creams and bath oils, home fragrances and scented candles. You’ll learn how to combine fragrances to create your own bespoke scent and enjoy a luxurious complimentary hand and arm massage with a Jo Malone London Stylist..