Neighbourhood Watch: Where To Eat, Shop & Visit In Parnell
Parnell is on the up, with charming boutiques, weekend markets and lots of good eating
Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez (previously Maldito Mendez) have created the ideal local with Baruhlo, modelled on the neighbourhood bars of Europe and South America, with a colourful Euro-Latin-style tapas menu that changes often and a drinks list featuring pisco sours, blood orange negronis and lots of rioja. “We have a tiny space, so it’s noisy and communal and it suits the informal bar style of service,” Sarah says. The food is "fresh and colourful", with quality ingredients, plus bold, rustic flavours.
Where: 7-15 Faraday St Contact: 09 379 0277 Visit: Facebook.com/Barulho.Parnell
La Cigale Market
For weekends that start with buttery pastries and coffee, La Cigale Market is the ticket. This Parnell food market is full of French flare, with croissants, baguettes and crêpes on offer, but there's also fresh produce and a range of other cuisines on offer. Dine inside at one of the cafes or restaurants, or browse the stalls outside with a hot coffee in hand.
When: Saturdays, 8am-1.30pm & Sundays 9am-1.30pm Where: 69 Georges Bay Rd Visit: Lacigale.co.nz
In New Zealand's only traditional men's hat shop you'll find quality men's hats from fedoras, to panamas and top hats. It's a one-stop shop for hat lovers.
Where: 235 Parnell Rd Visit: Hattitude.co.nz
Doran and Doran
This bespoke menswear tailor also stocks a selection of homewares (in the store opposite) that evoke the same laidback and ever-so-cool luxury style. Look out for the linen and bedding selection from Matteo Los Angeles. There are towels, ceramics and nice room sprays too.
Where: 15/7 Faraday St Visit: Doran-and-doran.com
This quirky and vibrant cafe puts delicious spins on classic brunch dishes like the brioche French toast with meringues, and 'magical' mushrooms served on a herb crepe. This is in addition to the jaw-dropping baking that fills the cabinet.
Where: 100 Parnell Rd Visit: Winonaforever.co.nz
Come away inspired by the innovative cooking on show at Parnell's Pasture. The small independent restaurant is owned by passionate duo Laura and Ed Verner who craft a seasonal nature-inspired set menu. Flavours are heightened by fermentation and preservation techniques, and a unique curated beverage list to match, including handmade juices that can be enjoyed alongside each course. Read Viva's review here.
Where: 235 Parnell Rd Contact: 09 300 5077 Visit: Pastureakl.com
Parnell Rose Gardens
For a moment of blooming bliss take a stroll around the manicured grounds of the Parnell Rose Gardens, which has over 5000 varieties of roses.
Where: 85-87 Gladstone Rd
This all-day eatery is a popular local spot for breakfast through to dinner. For breakfast start with bircher muesli and a scampi omelette, then come back for a main course of market fish, beef short rib and cauliflower fritters.
Where: 82 Gladstone Rd Contact: 09 369 1182 Visit: Rosieparnell.nz
Les Bistros des Gourmets
This is a beautifully authentic French restaurant serving classic dishes like pork terrine, roast kidneys and lemon creme legere. Read Viva's review here.
Where: 237 Parnell Rd Contact: 09 374 3938 Visit: Lebistrodesgourmets.co.nz
Chef Che Barrington takes the best of smokey Texan barbeque and pairs it with the zingy flavours of Asia. Expect your meat slow-cooked with lemongrass, ginger and chilli. The dishes are made to share and the interior is warm and inviting, complete with fuzzy booths.
Where: 196 Parnell Rd Contact: 09 309 5055 Visit: Woodpeckerhill.co.nz
Bowl and Arrow
This Parnell cafe makes delicious vegan and vegetarian food, great coffee and is best known for smoothie bowls decorated with fresh fruit.
Where: 1 Faraday St Visit: Bowlandarrow.co.nz
46 & York
Opposite the green of Fraser Park, 46 & York is a sophisticated spot for a fancy drink in an old heritage building. Beer and cider are on tap, along with wine, bubbles and seasonally inspired cocktails. For those with an appetite, there's a full bistro-style menu too.
Where: 46 Parnell Rd Contact: 09 377 96 75 Visit: 46andyork.co.nz