NZ Fashion Designers Share Their Favourite Haunts

Ahead of NZ Fashion Week, we find out where industry heroes like to spend their time away from the workroom

Jenny Joblin from Federation is a fan of Tok-Tok in Takapuna. Picture / Babiche Martens

Jenny Joblin from Federation
“I hardly ever eat at home so I have a number of favourite restaurants in my arsenal. When I’m on the Shore, I frequent Madam Woo, Tok Tok, Burger Burger and Poke Poke (basically any place with a name that repeats itself!), and when I’m in the city, I’m a huge fan of Clooney and Amano.”

Kelly Coe from Augustine
“I have been to the new cafe Winona Forever a few times lately and it was amazing. I had the Super Paleo Bowl (a gado gado paleo-ish bowl with fresh shredded vegetables, cured salmon, avocado and a peanut and tamarind sauce) and while I am sooo not paleo, it was incredible. The food presentation here is like a work of art, and the cabinet is full of sweet treats that you just can’t walk past. Service is quick and easy and it all tasted amazing. Every dish that came out was Instagram-worthy!”
Winona Forever, 100 Parnell Rd, Parnell. Visit

Francis Hooper from World
“My favourite place for some R&R is Fort Greene. They make the best iced coffee in summer and a perfect flat white for the rest of the year, not to mention, they build the best sandwiches in Auckland.”
Fort Greene, Shop 22, St Kevins Arcade, K Rd. Visit

Abby van Schreven and Emilie Pullar from Maaike + Co
“We make all our important business decisions over the fried chicken at Bedford Soda & Liquor. It’s a handy walk from our Ponsonby Rd shop. In fact, we decided to take the lease over because of said chicken!”
Bedford Soda & Liquor, Shop 10, Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown St, Ponsonby. Visit

Karen Walker
“It’s pretty hard to beat the Orphans Kitchen house-made crumpets served with honey from their rooftop hive, with a nice warm mug of their manuka tea.”
118 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn. Visit

Andrea Moore
Cafe Viet in Grey Lynn has superb Vietnamese food which I love. For something not so local, I love the Sawmill Brewery in Matakana. Its fabulous luxe rustic combo make it a great place to visit and the slow-cooked food is delicious.”
2 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn. Visit

Caroline Sills
I’m often at the Sills + Co Herne Bay store which means you’ll likely find me lunching on the run. My go-to is Five Loaves Cafe where I grab a flat white and stuffed baked potato to take away. They also have great pre-done dinners for when I’m caught short after work. I usually have my griffon dog Monty in tow, as he likes to visit the Five Loaves’ resident griffon.”
— 208 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. Ph (09) 361 5820.

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