Stylish Hot Spots Around Town

The places to see and be seen during New Zealand Fashion Week and beyond


Simon Gault's new restaurant Giraffe is one of the most stylish additions to Auckland's dining scene. Picture / Greg Bowker

Giraffe
This fine all-day eatery heralds the return of culinary maestro Simon Gault to the Viaduct. Boasting a fine curation of small plates and dishes well worth sharing, the inviting space designed by Paul Izzard brims with hints of mustard and gun-metal grey, as well as accents of leather for a casual and contemporary feel.
85-87 Customs St West, Viaduct Basin

READ MORE: Simon Gault's New Restaurant Giraffe

Annabel’s
Celebrating the art of the aperitivo, the slick new bar at the Three Lamps’ end of Ponsonby Rd designed by Rufus Knight, is the perfect pitstop to snack on a flavour-packed caprese salad and sip on either an aperol spritz or an expertly-made negroni.
277 Ponsonby Rd, Three Lamps

READ MORE: New Opening: Annabel's, Three Lamps

The Halcyon
Behind the unmissable pink door of The Halcyon lies an all-day eatery from the team behind Ponsonby Road Bistro. Already a firm favourite with locals, The Halcyon is ideal for a little after-work bonding with the team followed by a feast of its famous lamb shank shepherd’s pie by the roaring fire.
194 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay

Middleton Cafe & Bar
Elegantly approachable and perfect for a quick drink or a leisurely lunch, the steady stream of delectable dishes making their way out of the Middleton kitchen sing of the flavours the chefs love to eat and Mother Nature’s best-in-show, picked in their prime.
125 Queen St, Auckland Central 

Hugo’s Bistro
If you’re a fan of Odettes Eatery, you’re going to love this stylish inner-city addition which has the likes of clams, peppers, plum tomato and pernod, and hog sausage, crab apple, cabbage and mustard on its menu of reimagined European classics.
67 Shortland St, Auckland Central

Gerome
For truly Instagram-worthy dining, you can’t go wrong with this slick new space with velvet booths and marble tabletops that set the scene for a feast of wood-fired, flame-grilled specialities. The enclosed deck allows guests the option to enjoy the outdoors without being exposed to the elements. Read Jesse Mulligan's review here.
269 Parnell Rd, Parnell

The Barnacle
This pohutukawa-shrouded spot overlooking Orakei Basin is a prime locale for an after-work wine with a side of freshly shucked oysters (they even do a $2 oyster happy hour). For a pub on the water where fresh seafood is king and the craft beers and cocktails are flowing, look no further.
232 Orakei Rd, Remuera

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