Let’s minimize to the chase: Auckland is fashionable. Like, uber fashionable. The individuals, the cafes, the boutiques – all terribly fashionable. Even the homes dotted alongside tree-lined residential streets are – you guessed it – fashionable. So what do you have to do with two days in Auckland? I’m glad you requested!
I just lately spent a couple of days in Auckland to convey to you this very fashionable information to Auckland, New Zealand. And whereas I believe 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 certainly one of my finest associates who lived right here pre-pandemic. Each time my buddy 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 filled with inspiration. Town has fairly the popularity for being the design, cultural and foodie hub of New Zealand. Positive, Wellington is a eager contender – particularly the place meals and drinks are involved. However for those who’re searching for a metropolis that has all of it (together with nice summers), Auckland is your best choice.
Eat your means by Ponsonby
To begin your Auckland journey, I extremely advocate starting your day on Ponsonby Street. That is the place you can find lots of Auckland’s finest cafes, bakeries, bars and boutiques. And whenever you’re completed exploring Ponsonby, you might all the time enterprise on foot to close by Karangahape Street ( “Ok highway”), which is equally filled with nice spots and has a barely grungier really feel to it.
Don’t miss these high 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 filled with worldwide and native designers. The main target is especially on style, however there’s a fantastic choice 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. Good you probably have one thing to have a good time!
Little & Friday – A small cafe with nice takeaway savouries and candy treats. This was one of many cafes my buddy Sophie and I used to frequent (and it’s simply nearly as good as I keep in mind).
Purchasing in Ponsonby
As I discussed earlier, Ponsonby is filled 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 avenue or snag a carpark on the principle avenue for those who can, and provides your self at the very least a couple of 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’s parking proper out entrance. The lemon curd cupcake was a standout, plus you possibly can watch the baking group at work by the viewing window.
Cafe hop round city at these high spots
Talking of bakeries, I visited fairly a couple of on this journey! As lots 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 embrace my high picks.
Catroux – A fab little discover with unimaginable vegan and dairy free cake choices.
The Caker – As soon as the most well-liked cake store in Auckland and nonetheless one of many high contenders. I walked away with a prepare dinner ebook as effectively for future inspiration!
Magnolia Kitchen – You’ll want to rent a automotive 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 group at Magnolia additionally do retail treats now, so if you want to strive their goodies however don’t wish 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 numerous wholesome salads and wraps. The proper place to seize a packed lunch earlier than a highway journey!