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 must you 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 right period of time to discover the town and take in 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 instances to go to one among my finest buddies who lived right here pre-pandemic. Each time my pal 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. The 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 for those who’re in search of a metropolis that has all of it (together with nice summers), Auckland is your best choice.
Eat your means by means of Ponsonby
To begin your Auckland journey, I extremely suggest starting your day on Ponsonby Street. That is the place you can see a lot of Auckland’s finest cafes, bakeries, bars and boutiques. And once you’re completed exploring Ponsonby, you could possibly all the time enterprise on foot to close by Karangahape Street ( “Ok highway”), 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. An area’s favorite.
Little Fowl – 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 style, however there’s an awesome number of homewares and sweetness/wellness merchandise as effectively.
WORLD – A largely French parfumerie with bougie candles and excessive style items.
Cake & Co – A tiny little gap within the wall cake store. Excellent you probably have one thing to rejoice!
Little & Friday – A small cafe with nice takeaway savouries and candy treats. This was one of many cafes my pal Sophie and I used to frequent (and it’s simply pretty much as good as I keep in mind).
Purchasing in Ponsonby
As I discussed earlier, Ponsonby is stuffed with designer threads, small boutiques and idea shops. There are tonnes of retailers to discover and so they’re finest visited on foot, so I might advise you park someplace close by in a residential road or snag a carpark on the principle road for those who can, and provides your self not less than 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 one among my favorite bakeries I visited on this journey and it’s a simple one to go to as there’s parking proper out entrance. The lemon curd cupcake was a standout, plus you’ll be able to watch the baking crew at work by means of 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 realize 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 unimaginable vegan and dairy free cake choices.
The Caker – As soon as the preferred cake store in Auckland and nonetheless one of many prime contenders. I walked away with a prepare dinner ebook as effectively for future inspiration!
Magnolia Kitchen – You’ll want to rent a automobile to achieve this one however it’s actually value the additional effort for those who love bakery hopping as a lot as I do. The crew at Magnolia additionally do retail treats now, so if you need to attempt their goodies however don’t need to endure the trip, discover a native stockist on the town as a substitute.
Ripe Deli – One of the best take away lunch spot in Auckland, arms down. This deli is stuffed with candy and savoury treats, plus numerous wholesome salads and wraps. The right place to seize a packed lunch earlier than a highway journey!