For a slice of Europe in Parnell head to Barulho. Photo / Supplied

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:

A weekend morning spent at La Cigale Market is a Parnell tradition. Photo / Supplied

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:

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:

Bespoke suit tailors Doran & Doran also stock a curated range of bed, bath and linen. Photo / Supplied

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:

For next level brunch and baking make a trip to local favourite Winona Forever. Photo / Supplied

Winona Forever
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. T
his is in addition to the jaw-dropping baking that fills the cabinet. 
Where: 100 Parnell Rd  Visit:

Indulge in innovative cuisine at Parnell's spectacular Pasture Restaurant. Photo / Babiche Martens

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:

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:

For an authentic French experience visit Les Bistros des Gourmets in Parnell. Photo / Supplied

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:

Woodpecker Hill
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:


Smoothie bowl lovers rejoice at Parnell's Bowl and Arrow. Photo / Supplied

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:

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:

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