Ponsonby Little Black Book

A-Z Cafés + Restaurants + Bars Guide

We are spoilt for choice in the greater Ponsonby area with some of the best bars, cafés and restaurants in New Zealand. Here is our latest guide to where the locals love to eat, drink and be merry. Please let us know if any of this information has changed. email info@ponsonbynews.co.nz

 

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3 BEANS COFFEE

A boutique coffee roaster, serving only a handful of cafes. Each batch is hand picked by owner Jonny McKessar, roasted to order and delivered fresh. This busy coffee roaster is a great place to get that quick fix on the run or sit in at the communal table for a meeting with colleagues or a catch up with friends. 

 

City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 524 0946 View websitewww.3beans.co.nz

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ADAM ARNOLD KITCHEN & BAR

A Ponsonby Road eatery focused on providing fresh, locally sourced and ethically farmed produce. With no freezer, deep fryer or microwave on site all dishes are cooked fresh to order. Adam Arnold thinks dining out should be a social spectacular and therefore serves all dishes to share. 

ALLPRESS COFFEE

Passionate about coffee? This is a must-visit store to experience exceptional-tasting coffee. Enjoy a perfect cup of espresso or discover single origin coffees and blends as a filter brew. A selection of fresh-roasted beans is available for brewing at home. Biscotti and handcrafted European-style biscuits are baked on site. 

ANNABEL'S WINE BAR

It offers a selection of well-priced, international and local wines by the glass, and Estrella on tap. From the cocktail list, three drinks: an Aperol Spritz, a Negroni, or a Spritz Blanco. Choose from a selection of tapas, cheese boards and jamón Ibérico. Open seven days, 3pm-11pm. 

AUGUSTUS BISTRO

The old Ponsonby Post Office has been transformed into a stunning French bistro. The owners are father and daughter Chris and Courtney Rupe of the very popular SPQR. This new restaurant boasts a tastefully designed interior by Emma Richardson that is monochrome with gold accents throughout. The dishes have been created by Des Harris (ex Clooney Restaurant) with offerings such as classic French onion soup, duck liver parfait with Saint-Germain jelly, steak-frites and more. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 11.30am-midnight, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-midnight. 

AZABU

A modern Japanese restaurant where co-owner and executive chef, Yukio Ozeki delivers a menu that combines Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes. They offer large and small plates designed to be shared or choose from the raw bar section that offers a variety of fresh fish creations. Hidden out the back, off Maidstone Lane, is Roji, Azabu’s sake and cocktail bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-late, Thursday-Friday, 12 noon-late.  

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BAMBINA

Bambina is a casual, relaxed breakfast and lunch cafe where simple food using only the freshest ingredients has been served for more than 20 years. Licensed for beer and wine, Bambina is an all-time favourite that consistently delivers and is a fabulous place to meet friends for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Monday-Friday, 6.30am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7am-4pm. 

BEATRIX

Dutch-born owner Mariette Van Steensel brings tastes of Europe to this part of Jervois Road. Try the Beatrix European Breakfast: glazed ham, Emmental cheese, a baby croissant, free-range poached eggs, Dutch honey breakfast cake and a side of fruit. You can also choose from a wholesome range of all-day brunch dishes, or a treat yourself to a French pastry supplied by Philippe’s Chocolate. Open seven days, 7.30am-3pm. 

BEDFORD SODA & LIQUOR

Bedford Soda & Liquor is a New York-inspired neighbourhood bar named after Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It serves handmade sodas, cocktails, floats, shakes, meatballs and sundaes. Open 12 noon-12 midnight, seven days, with an eclectic mix of DJs playing from 6pm Thursday-Saturday.  

 

Ponsonby Central,
5 Richmond Road

09 378 7362 View websitewww.bedfordsodaliquor.co.nz

BEN & JERRY’S - PONSONBY

Enjoy Ben & Jerry’s the way it was originally intended! Dig into any of their euphoria inducing ice cream flavours. Hand scooped with custom-built cones and sundaes, it’s ice cream the way it was originally served by Ben and Jerry themselves. The perfect way to finish a meal is with a walk along the Ponsonby strip to this dessert destination. 

BEST UGLY BAGELS

Montreal-style bagels prepared daily. Every one is hand-rolled and baked in a wood-fired stone oven right before your eyes. Fresh bagels are available to take home or you can enjoy bagel sandwiches made to order. They offer breakfast spreads such as marmite or jam ‘with a lick of butter’. Try the ‘Yodi’ house pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled cheese topped with a pickle or the classic ‘King Salmon’ smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill and lemon juice.  Open seven days, 7am-3pm. 

 

Shed 3, City Works Depot

09 366 3926 View websitewww.bestugly.co.nz

BIG SUR

This vegetarian cafe is situated in the middle of the West Lynn shops, right next to Dear Reader. Their menu has nine different options. Try the fried upma, which are Indian spiced yellow split pea fritters with coriander and mint raita, tomato kasundi, watercress and a free-range poached egg! Yummy and spicy! 

BIRD ON A WIRE

Bird On A Wire is a fresh and simple free-range rotisserie chicken store. They offer chicken sandwiches and quarter, half or whole free-range rotisserie roasted chickens with a choice of bastes from Jamaican jerk, Korean barbecue, salsa verde and truffle butter (the ‘Ponsy Coq’). Vegetarians are catered for with a grilled cheese sandwich, beer battered chips, roast vegetables and salads. Open seven days, 10.30am-10.30pm.  

BLAKE STREET CAFE

Relax, unwind and enjoy the ambience, wine and delicious food. The menu includes the all day breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the Euro breakfast plate or the Big Kiwi breakfast. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm all year except Christmas Day. No surcharge on public holidays. 

 

Corner Blake Street & Prosford Street

09 360 6261 View websitewww.blakestcafe.co.nz

BOLLIWOOD

Bolliwood restaurant offers quality food achieved by employing five-star chefs from India. Check out their special set menus that include vegetarian banquet, the Maharaja Banquet and the Bolliwood Special Banquet.  $10 mains on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights and $10 lunch special. Open seven days, 11.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-late. 

BONA PIZZA

With 18 years', experience, owner Pedro Komai offers a taste of fine Italian pizza and pasta. Bona Pizza is fully licensed and BYO with a happy hour from 4.30pm every day - $5 beer or glass of wine. You can eat in or take advantage of their delivery service and they cater for private functions. Open seven days. 

BONITA

Bonita is a wine and tapas bar with an excellent wine list and cocktail credentials. Bonita’s relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place for a casual drink or tapas indulgence. Happy hour runs from 4pm-6pm daily. Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-late.  

BOY AND BIRD

A fresh, vibrant eatery specialising in tasty and succulent free-range birds, along with extensive options for non-bird eaters! Dine in and enjoy something from the boutique drinks menu or choose to take home a delicious meal cooked from scratch. 

BROTHERS BEER

Brewery, retail store and tasting lounge with more than 200 beers - 18 of these on tap. Brothers is Auckland’s home for lovers of beer. It offers a range of beers brewed on site and an ever-changing selection of the world’s best craft beers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe and the United States. Enjoy a tasting paddle of five beers and try the thin-crust pizza. Brother's hosts regular events such as live music, tap takeovers and special releases. Open seven days. 

 

City Works Depot,
Shed 3D,
90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 6100 View websitewww.brothersbeer.co.nz

BROTZEIT CAFE & GERMAN BAKERY

A cafe with a bakery on site. Choose from their range of specialty German baked goods such as breads and rolls that are filled will natural goodness, and free of any preservatives. Or dine in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the fabulous view the cafe offers. Open Monday-Saturday, 6.30am-6pm, Sunday, 6.30am-2pm. 

BUOY CAFE

Beautiful waterfront dog-friendly cafe, fully licensed, sun-soaked deck, and great food. Serving Underground coffee. Available for evening functions. Many locals will know the owner - it is Ginette Auld who previously owned Salta in Three Lamps.
 

 

141-151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven

09 378 6667 View websitewww.buoycafe.co.nz

BURGER BURGER

Where they make simple, honest burgers, serve old-fashioned shakes and really cold beers and bubbles. Open seven days, 12 noon-late. 

 

The Lane, Ponsonby Central

09 360 8030 View websitewww.burgerburger.co.nz

BURGER WISCONSIN

Burger Wisconsin has been on Ponsonby Road for 28 years. The menu is regularly updated on their website and you can phone in your order for pick-up from 11.30am-late, seven days a week. They offer delivery on online orders within five kilometres. 

BURGERFUEL

The flagship store in Ponsonby was the first BurgerFuel to be open and for over a decade has been engineering the ultimate burger, built with the freshest ingredients. This includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-3am. 

BYZANTIUM CAFE

Byzantium is a friendly, fully licensed cafe and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A private function room is also available. Open seven days for breakfast and lunch and Tuesday-Sunday for dinner.  

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CAFE CEZANNE

For 38 years, Cafe Cezanne has been world-famous in Ponsonby for its wall murals and yummy food and coffee at reasonable prices. Renowned for healthy salads, they also offer a vegetarian menu, gluten-free options and a children’s menu, and everything is available to takeaway. Fully licensed and BYO wine. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-late, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-late.  

CAFE O

Cafe O is O Catering’s flagship cafe located in Grey Lynn. With a funky, retro-inspired interior, it’s a glamourous yet casual and comfortable affair. With all day sun and uber-friendly staff, Cafe O is a favourite destination for discerning cafe goers. They serve Allpress Coffee and modern Pacific cuisine, with an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, counter food, fresh juices and smoothies and a takeaway menu. Open Monday-Friday 10am-2.30pm. 

 

34/332 Great North Road

09 360 1860 View websitewww.ocatering.co.nz

CAFE VIET

Offering authentic Vietnamese food with small plates and main plates to choose from. Try the bang bang prawns or the fragrant and herbaceous pho - Vietnam’s national beef noodle soup. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5.30pm-late. 

CAFFETTERIA ALLPRESS

Located within the roastery, Caffetteria is a neighbourhood hub where you can enjoy expertly prepared Allpress hot air-roasted coffee, their iconic Italian-style sandwiches and healthy smoothies.  A selection of blends and single origin coffee is available for brewing fresh at home.  The knowledgeable team is happy to help. 

 

Corner Drake and Adelaide Streets

09 369 5842 View websitewww.allpressespresso.com

CAKE & CO

Cake & Co makes beautiful celebration cakes using fresh, quality ingredients.  They offer a good selection of gluten, dairy and egg-free cakes, with low sugar where possible. Popular flavours are dark chocolate and raspberry, ginger and white chocolate, lemon curd and coconut, fig, ricotta and hazelnut, salty peanut caramel, hummingbird and lavender. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm. 

CALUZZI BAR AND CABARET

Legendary Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret offers an unforgettable dining experience with entertainment by New Zealand’s most awarded drag artistes. It’s an interactive cabaret show with fabulous food, dazzling costumes, DJs and disco and is a great place to have a social get together. Bookings are essential.  

 

461 Karangahape Road

09 357 0778 View websitewww.caluzzi.co.nz

CARMEN JONES

A bohemian restaurant/bar with an interior straight out of Havana, which has one foot in the old world and one in the new. A philosophy of bringing cultures together through food and hospitality means a menu with so many good things it’s a given you’ll be visiting more than once. Feel like you make a difference when the profits of your 'Hummus for Syria' actually go to Syria via Unicef! Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-late, happy hour 4pm-7pm, brunch available Friday-Sunday from 10am.  

CASA DEL GELATO - PONSONBY

Based on the Sicilian style of gelato, they use only fresh milk and cream, and 
a majority of their natural flavours are gluten free. They combine the finest ingredients sourced from Italy, with the best of New Zealand seasonal fresh and frozen fruits. Open Monday-Thursday, 12 noon-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 12 noon-11pm, and Sunday, 12 noon-10pm.  

CATCH 22

A Hip and funky little café, tucked away in the east side of Victoria Park Village. For you early birds they are open from 7am on weekdays & 8am on weekends, for breakfast, fresh coffee and an array of cabinet food, served with a side of smiles & funky attitudes. Fresh baked breads and bakery to follow soon… 

 

Victoria park village, Victoria street West

09 377 4450 View websitewww.catch22cafe.co.nz

CATROUX

Catroux offers a delicious seasonal brunch menu plus a cabinet full of tantalising salads and savouries.  For the sweet tooth there is plenty of baking (they also have an amazing online cake ordering system).  They make fresh juices, green smoothies and serve Eighthirty coffee. There is a children’s sandpit and blackboard out the back. They also offer a catering menu. Open Monday-Friday, 6.45am-3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7.30am-3.30pm. No reservations. 

CHAPEL BAR & BISTRO

A Ponsonby institution, Chapel embodies the spirit of Auckland’s most iconic and sociable boulevard. It is the perfect place for drinks with friends after work, for dinner, a snack or a night out. Well worth the visit to sample delicious and very affordable fare such as the crispy Italian-style pizzas. Open Monday-Wednesday, 3pm-late and Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-late.  

CHARMINAR - CUISINES OF INDIA

Charminar is an Indian restaurant located where Navas was on Ponsonby Road, directly opposite Studio One. They offer traditional and legendary Indian dishes. You will enjoy Indian authentic menu items such as Afghani chicken, tandoori, lamb chops and plenty more. Open for lunch, dinners and takeaways. 

CHERRY AND WHITES

Cherry and Whites is a favourite among locals for its amazing coffee and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Offers a great range of baked goodies supplied daily by Scratch Bakers and the cabinet is stocked with delicious sandwiches and salads. It uses award-winning Altura coffee and the smoothies are popular and proudly made from real ingredients. Open weekdays 6.30am-3pm and weekends 8am-2pm. 

CHOP CHOP NOODLE HOUSE & WHISKY BAR

A punk ramen bar with The Eagles on the radio, lip-smacking pork buns, fried chicken - and a damn fine selection of whisky. Expect handsome descriptions, like their peaty 10-year Ardberg, hailed as 'a long and glorious mix of sea-salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke'. They’ll even spike your choice of milkshake with a slug of bourbon. Chop Chop’s where tasty Asian street food gets hooked up with great whisky and killer cocktails. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late.  

 

Ponsonby Central, 140 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0708 View websitewww.ponsonbychopchop.co.nz

CIMA SUSHI

Located at the bottom of College Hill, directly opposite New World, Cima Sushi is offering Donburi and sushi to takeaway. They offer several vegetarian sushi roll fillings including steamed green beans with sesame seeds, tempura pumpkin, seaweed salad, avocado and cucumber. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-3pm. 

 

5 College Hill

09 366 6175

CLOONEY

Fine dining here is an experience, an elegant and clever use of space in a large modern room with exceptional cuisine created by head chef Jacob Kear. His food is sophisticated and expertly crafted with assertive flavours and simplicity. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-late. 

COCO'S CANTINA

This is a lively, busy, noisy bistro and bar bustling with energy. The food is best described as rustic Italian with influences from the Mediterranean and service is slick and skilful. No reservations required, but you can sit at the bar and enjoy a great wine or cocktail while you wait.  Check out the new communal dining room. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. 

 

374-376 Karangahape Road

09 300 7582 View websitewww.cocoscantina.co.nz

COCORO

Cocoro means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese and the food and service they provide come with all their heart and soul. They serve Jun Mai pure rice sake and there is an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. They now offer a sushi and sashimi course. Reservations are taken for the degustation menu only, casual walk-ins are welcome. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-2pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 

COFFEE & DURUM

Located at the top of Hakanoa Street in West Lynn, this café serves espresso, Turkish coffee and teas. From the menu, choose from a selection of Durum (wraps) beef/chicken/vegetarian or mixed. Or try their selection of dips and salads: humus, cacik, babaganush or mixed. 

 

2a Hakanoa Street

021 232 7579

CONCH KITCHEN & BAR

The Conch Kitchen & Bar is part of the entertainment scene day and night, serving South American-inspired food, New Zealand organic wines, fresh sugar cane cocktails and local craft beers. Open Monday-Thursday 4pm-late, Friday-Sunday 8am-late (winter hours).   

CORK GIN & WHISKY BAR

Small, intimate and classy, unlike its big brother Grand Central. Specialising in gin and whiskey, with one of Auckland’s largest selection of Irish whiskeys (and from around the world) and also over 65 different gins. Open Wednesday - Thursday 3pm till late and Friday - Saturday till 4am with its legendary happy hour Wednesday - Friday 3-7pm. 

 

65A Mackelvie Street

09 360 1260

CRAFT KITCHEN

Serving up a variety of wholesome handmade goodies daily that you can have cooked to order.  Choose from the cabinet or from their range of paleo dishes and treats such as paleo hazelnut chocolate cookies. Open seven days, Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3pm. 

CREPES A GO GO

Authentic French sweet crepes and savoury galettes made from the best ingredients New Zealand has to offer: real chocolate, homemade caramel, freshly squeezed lemon juice, free-farmed ham, free-range eggs, organic buckwheat, sugar and dairy-free options. Takeaway or dine in, check the website for opening hours. 

 

Ponsonby Central, 138 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.crepesagogo.co.nz

CRUMB

Crumb is a relaxed and friendly corner store, doing the basics and doing them well. It’s suited for a bite and a drink on the run or perfect for settling in and having a yarn. They’re here to bring the community and locals together on a beautiful corner in Grey Lynn. Open Tuesday-Friday, 7am-3pm. Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

 

Corner Crummer Road and Ariki Street

View websitewww.crumb.co.nz

CUBA LIBRE

A Cuban-inspired bar specialising in rum, cocktails and Cuban sandwiches and street food. With an emphasis on quality, ingredients and fresh local produce - it's all available in the Ponsonby strip. 

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DANTE’S PIZZA & CASA PASTA

Owner Kevin Morris and his team blend fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy to create award-winning pizzas and fresh pasta.  The pizzas' sourdough takes four days to prepare, is hand stretched and made to order. The dough is friendly to those with gluten intolerance. The buffalo cheese is airfreighted from Italy. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 4443 View websitewww.dantespizzeria.co.nz

DEAR JERVOIS

A popular and very busy local cafe with wheat-free, gluten-free and vegan offerings. The menu boasts a range of options for all.  Try the acai bowl, the eggs benedict, or the smashed avocado on house-made Swedish rye, and waffles which are gluten free. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm, closed Tuesday. 

DESSERT DOJO

Dessert Dojo offers an exciting and innovative way of producing mouth-watering ice-cold desserts. The mixing of ice cream with a variety of quality toppings such as brownie, fruits and nuts, on the custom-engineered cold stone facilities, creates divine-tasting desserts in front of your eyes! Open Monday-Sunday, 1pm-10.30pm.  

DIDA'S FOOD STORE

Delicious food and exceptional coffee, created from the heart.  Eat in or takeaway. Dida’s has an extensive and impressive deli counter, boasting an inspiring array of lunch options, salads, tarts, pies, wraps and sandwiches alongside a well-presented cafe menu. A perfect place for breakfast and lunch, there’s also a smart little wine list and beer selection. Open seven days, 7am-5pm.  

DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE & TAPAS

Join us at Dida’s Wine Lounge to experience our comprehensive wine list and the ever changing, always-innovative tapas menu. The talented kitchen team works hard to pair traditional tapas with multiple by-the-glass options of local, imported and hard-to-find wines, craft beers and an impressive range of single malts. It’s a perfect spot in which to lose a few hours while broadening your hedonistic horizons. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.  

DIZENGOFF

People will make a special trip from near and far to get their morning coffee at Dizengoff. They serve a Jewish-inspired menu for breakfast and lunch and it is the place to go for a tasty meal with a difference. Open seven days, 6.30am-5pm. 

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EAST RESTAURANT

A casual dine-in environment, the meals have a western spin on popular Asian cuisine and are served in a funky box. The menu covers cuisine from Japan in the north to Indonesia in the south. Dine-in, takeaway or have your food delivered. Open Monday-Friday, 11.30am-3pm and 4.30pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday, 4.30pm-10pm. 

 

171d Ponsonby Road

09 360 6085 View websitewww.east.co.nz

EAT AT THE SHELTER

Eat at The Shelter, is offering the best that the Auckland food and coffee scene has to offer. Enjoy treats from Catroux, seed loaf from The Midnight Baker or a Best Ugly Bagels with your daily serving of protein and greens. Complement your meal with Eighthirty Coffee Roasters coffee or a nutritious seasonal vegetable blend. Gluten -free, dairy free, sugar free and vegan options are all available. Open weekdays - 7.30am-3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4pm. 

EIGHTHIRTY COFFEE ROASTERS

A little coffee roaster specialising in ethically sourced coffee, be it Fairtrade, organic or Rain Forest Alliance. You can pop in for a takeaway coffee at either location. The Ponsonby store is open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am-4.30pm; The K’ Road store is open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm. 

 

Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street and 553 Karangahape Road

09 551 3236 View websitewww.eighthirty.com

EL SIZZLING CHORIZO ARGENTINIAN BBQ

Try the real flavour of the Argentinian Pampas right here in the heart of Ponsonby. Offering Argentinian barbecue asado, homemade chorizo and empanadas. Licensed and open seven days from 11.30am-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday open till 10.30pm. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 0119 View websitewww.elsizzlingchorizo.co.nz

ELBOW ROOM

The Elbow Room is a favourite neighbourhood bar with a discerning wine list, a wide range of beers including Peroni, Sapporo and Emersons 1812 on tap, as well as an extensive cocktail selection. The bar can be booked for private functions, either exclusively or shared use. Open seven nights Monday - Tuesday 3.30pm - late and Wednesday - Sunday 3pm - late. 

EMPRESS GARDEN RESTAURANT

Renowned for their Peking duck, which must be pre-ordered, Empress Garden is on the corner of Herne Bay Road and Jervois Road and has been serving delicious Chinese food for over 35 years. Open seven days, 12 noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 

EMPRESS OF INDIA

This Indian restaurant is located on the corner of Surrey Crescent. It has a large, well -presented dining room, and the staff is welcoming.  Try something a little bit different, like the Empress Special Curry (chicken/lamb/beef) cooked with onions, fenugreek and Indian mild spices. Open seven days, lunch 11am-2.30pm, dinner 5pm-till late. 

ERAWANN THAI RESTAURANT & BAR

Erawann Thai has built a reputation over the past 15 years for its excellence. What makes it so special is the courteous, obliging and helpful staff. The restaurant has consistently superb food and a good wine list. Open seven days for dinner and takeaway. 

ESPRESSO CORNER

Espresso Corner Cafe Victoria Park Market is serving organic Allpress coffee and freshly baked food everyday. They bake their own bread, muffins, scones, cakes, slices and prepare fresh sandwiches. They roast chicken daily and serve it with salad. Homemade cooking is available - moussaka, lasagna, burgers. They offer gluten-free, vegan and raw food daily.  Open 7.30am-3.30pm, Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Sunday. 

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FARINA

Situated in a bright airy space at the top of Summer Street, Farina (meaning ‘flour’ in Italian) has fast become a popular eatery. Sergio Maglione and Mike Ross offer the legendary metre-long pizzas, perfect for sharing with a group of friends at one of their communal tables. Also on offer are fresh pasta dishes, a range of Neapolitan antipasti and more. Open seven days, 12 noon-10pm. 

FARRO FRESH FOOD

Farro Fresh is a unique fresh food market. Whether you’re stopping in for a quick coffee or looking for the ingredients for a recipe, they have it all under one roof. Farro stocks the very best local and international ingredients and prides itself on being a one-stop shop for fresh, wholesome and delicious food.  

 

34 Westmoreland Street West

09 360 0499 View websitewww.farrofresh.co.nz

FATIMA'S

Serving Middle Eastern takeout with a unique twist. Fatima’s is all about flavour and fresh produce. Zingy lemon, fresh herbs and the warm aromatic spices from the East. Taste their harissa chicken, spiced lamb or fresh falafel wrapped up in a toasted pita with their handmade salads and sauces. They also offer potato koftas with sweet chilli aioli. Open seven days, 11.30am-10pm.  

FHLOSTON PARADISE

Take a trip back in time to this 90s inspired bar. On Friday and Saturday nights they combine today’s hits with the best tunes from the 90s. On weeknights you can enjoy karaoke, or join for one of their 90s movie nights. The upstairs area is available for private functions with a separate bar. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 4pm-late. 

FIERA CHARCOAL BBQ

At Fiera Charcoal BBQ, they use the freshest of New Zealand meat, seafood, vegetables and wheat products, with lamb skewer the main feature on their menu. With the charcoal barbecue cooking method, they use the finest selection of charcoal to get the best results. Try their fresh and delicious charcoal barbecue shashliks accompanied by original Taiwanese lager beer, pineapple flavoured beer or mango flavoured beer! 

FISH FISH

Fish Fish is a fishmonger, takeaway and dine-in restaurant from the team behind Burger Burger. They source the fish from Auckland Fish Markets and Yellow Brick Road, and will cook it to your preference, battered or panfried. They are proud to serve fresh and delicious seafood, seven days a week. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
4 Brown Street

09 390 4397 View websitewww.fishfish.co.nz

FOOD TRUCK GARAGE

Food Truck Garage is the bustling home of The Food Truck, where chefs proudly serve up healthier versions of classic fast food including burgers, tacos and sodas. With a huge garage door that opens up to the sunshine, plenty of parking and Hallertau beer on tap, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick, healthy and affordable feed on the run. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-late, Sunday 11am-3.30pm. Dine in and takeaway. 

 

City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 973 2305 View websitewww.foodtruckgarage.co.nz

FOOD TRUCK GARAGE - PONSONBY

Offering delicious wholesome food quickly. Choose from its dine in menu, the Chicken Crunch Burger: buckwheat crumbed chicken tenderloins, house salad, tangy date tomato relish and green goddess ‘mayo’. Or the super healthy Super Bowl: avocado, super grains, baby spinach, beetroot, carrot, almonds, sprouts, toasted buckwheat, sauerkraut, flax seeds and miso dressing. Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-8.30pm. 

FOXTROT PARLOUR

It’s no surprise that Foxtrot Parlour is owned by Tara Brogan. Her attention to detail is always exceptional, and from the food to the coffee to the staff Foxtrot is pretty damn flawless. No longer a secret are its famous injectable doughnuts and, of course, the bulging cabinet of home-baked delights. It offers Supreme coffee, or try the now much copied green smoothie - kiwifruit, mint and spinach. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
7 Richmond Road

09 378 7268 View websitewww.foxtrotparlour.co.nz

FRED'S

Fred’s is basically Agnes Curran with a facelift, with an emphasis on friendliness. They’ve kept all the favourites from the good ‘old’ days, ie, lamingtons, but have expanded the menu to include gourmet hot dogs, toasties, Bircher muesli, halloumi salad, traditional and experimental milkshakes. They are open early till 3pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends. 

 

corner Franklin and Ponsonby Roads

09 360 1551 View websitewww.fredsespresso.co.nz

FREEMAN & GREY

Freeman & Grey is a great sunny spot with a laid-back atmosphere, great sharing plates menu and a heap of fun to be had. It’s the perfect location for that special event, birthday, corporate event or Christmas. They’ll take the stress out of your next function, offering a wide range of food and beverage options, and can sort audio visual details for you. Open from 12 noon Monday-Sunday.  

FUSION CAFE

Fusion has a wonderful outdoor garden which features a sandpit, making it ideal for relaxing with Allpress coffee. Fully licensed and with a seasonal menu, its a great spot for enjoying breakfast or lunch with the family. Fusion is also available for functions. Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm. 

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GARNET STATION

Garnet Station Licensed Cafe serves cooked breakfasts, seven days a week and thin, crispy wood-fired pizzas on Wednesday-Sunday nights. They use Chiasso organic coffee, Green Valley organic milk, free-range eggs and only organic meat. Great vegetarian salads, GF options, sweet treats. Lots of cosy seating in the house or outside down the sunny lane.  Free venue hire. Open Wednesday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 8am-8pm, Monday-Tuesday 7am-4pm.  

GELATO AMANTE

Gelato Amante is a family owned business serving genuine Italian ice cream. If you are after a late coffee or dessert, they are situated just across from the Ponsonby International Food Court. Open until midnight with a promise of hot desserts coming soon for the winter months.  

GIUSTO

Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that includes vegetarian, gluten free and dairy-free options. To start the day, try the field mushrooms cooked four ways; five-grain toast, whipped feta, mixed herbs, goji berries. Or for after work, choose from the platter options such as the classic plougman’s platter, accompanied by a glass of wine or a craft beer. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-late, Saturday, 9am-late.  

GRAND CENTRAL

The oldest and best-loved bar on the strip and still going strong after 17 years. Famous for its live music and late nights of dancing and good times. Huge range of craft beers now available (six on tap). Live music seven nights, great outdoor smoking areas, two function areas available. Open seven nights until 3 or 4am. Ponsonby’s longest-running happy hour, 4pm to 7pm. 

GRATO CAFE

Nestled at 104 Richmond road in a cute strip of black and white businesses is Grato. A humble cafe with Italian flare and a big heart. Meaning grateful, Grato serves cabinet favourites, Mamma’s meatballs or try something more exotic from the bruschetta menu; raspberry and vanilla ricotta with honey or lemon ricotta with a chilli fried egg while drinking the bold flavours of Allpress coffee. 

GREY LYNN RSC

The Grey Lynn RSC is a city fringe club with bar, bistro and restaurant. Located in Francis Street, Grey Lynn in the West Lynn Shopping Centre. The RSC has Jimmy the Cook creating delicious fresh seafood meals and more in their downstairs bistro. The bistro is open Wednesday-Saturday from 6pm. The RSC is open 365 days of the year, a unique gem in the middle of Grey Lynn. The upstairs function rooms are available for private events. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Quality live music on Fridays.  

GREY LYNN TAVERN

The Grey Lynn Tavern is a friendly neighbourhood place to have a drink, dance, sing or watch the game on the big screen. TAB facilities and pokie machines are also available and the bar can be hired for private functions. Open seven days 11am - late. 

 

521 - 523 Great North Road

09 376 6521

GUSTO ITALIANO

At Gusto they keep things traditional; you will find the very best pizza, gnocchi, tortellini, fettuccine, ravioli and spaghetti. A private room is available for functions. Open Monday-Wednesday, 5.30pm-late, Thursday-Saturday, 12 noon-late. Sunday open from 5pm. 

GYPSY CARAVAN

This is a pop-up restaurant from the Miss Moonshine’s team. It serves an array of Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean cuisines. Try the Yellow Belly Flounder with freekah, baby fennel and saffron. Or from the sweet's selection, Happy Black Forest with cocoa, cherry, yoghurt and stone fruit. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 

 

Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4075 View websitewww.gypsycaravan.co.nz

GYPSY TEA ROOM

Gypsy Tea Room has been attracting people from far and wide for the past 14 years. There is a smaller private room for up to 30 people, a tasty bar snack menu, thoughtful wine list, beer including Peroni, Sapporo and Pilsner Urquell on tap and cocktails for the discerning. This is a great place to meet friends old and new. Open seven days Monday - Thursday 4pm - 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 3pm - 2am and Sunday 3pm - 11.30pm. 

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HANSIK

Hansik is a Korean bar and restaurant located right next to Victoria Park Market and is great for after-work drinks. The outdoor deck is a ideal for sunny afternoon cocktails to go with its mouth-watering menu of authentic Korean barbecue. 

 

9 Drake Street, Freemans Bay

09 930 0055 View websitewww.facebook.com/hansiknz

HARRY

Harry is your new little local. He has all the elegance you need without the fuss. Pop in for a cheeky glass of wine and feel at home. Private hire available. Venture further out the back to discover their little secret bar, fast becoming a hit with the Ponsonby locals. Open Tuesday - Sunday 3pm - late. 

HARU NO YUME

Originally from Tokyo, Rex Chang, the executive chef at Haru No Yume creates authentic Japanese cusuine that is beautifully presented to pleasure all your senses. He and his team use traditional Japanese cooking methods with a modern twist. 

 

3 Vernon Street, Freemans Bay

09 309 5446 View websitewww.harunoyume.co.nz

HONEY BONES

A new cafe has opened in the space previously occupied by Muck Floral. With a fresh new look check out their menu - like the mashed peas with ricotta, pickled butternut, roasted grapes, poached egg, rye.  

 

480 Richmond Road

View websitewww.honeybones.co.nz

HONEYBEAR

Follow the neon pink light to this new eatery by Mark Wallbank and Che Barrington, their third instalment located in Ponsonby Central. This South East Indian-influenced restaurant offers a tasty whilst short menu featuring five large and six small plates. From the beverage list, choose from one of their kombucha-based cocktails, and try the specially brewed honey beer, produced by Blue Fridge Brewery. Open seven days for lunch and dinner, 11.30am-late. 

 

Ponsonby Central
4 Brown Street

09 360 8080 View websitewww.honeybearponsonby.co.nz

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IL BUCO

Il Buco serves the best Roman pizza by the slice. You can buy one slice for a snack or 100 slices for a party. Owner and barista Jonny Rudduck serves Eightthirty coffee and other popular menu items are beef lasagne, tiramisu and the little shots of hot chocolate are to die for. Open seven days, 7.30am-9pm.  

ILIADA MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

Iliada is a Mediterranean cafe located on Ponsonby Road. It offers a large variety  of Mediterranean dishes, which can satisfy the preferences of people with different  tastes. They offer vegetarian food, as well as chicken/beef/lamb/fish. Open from 6.30am for breakfast and from 11.30am till 3.30pm for lunch.  

iVILLAGE

This Indian restaurant has recently celebrated its fourth birthday. Relive the joys of a bygone era; enjoy traditionally cooked Indian cuisine in a rustic setting.  Open lunch Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 

 

216 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Market

09 309 4009 View websitewww.ivillageatvictoria.co.nz

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JAFA

Jafa has a cool, laid-back atmosphere with a warm and welcoming team. There's Allpress coffee, and fabulous food like lamb’s fry and bacon or Balinese sticky black rice. There is a conference room upstairs for private group breakfasts, lunches or corporate meetings. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

JANKEN

Janken is a sophisticated, trendy Japanese restaurant taking its name from the popular decision-making game ‘paper, scissors, rock', offering Japanese cuisine with a fusion twist. They offer a number of options for vegans/vegetarians. A unique space with its minimalist décor and exposed grey concrete.  Open five days for lunch (Tuesday-Saturday), six days for dinner (Tuesday-Sunday).  

JERVOIS RD WINE BAR & KITCHEN

Your local place for friends, colleagues and families to gather.  They offer a full menu with options of smaller tapa-style plates or larger main plates with pudding and platters. Local wines mixed with intriguing foreign varieties adorn the beverage list with five rotating draught beers and delicious weekly cocktail menus to indulge in. Champagne Wednesdays for $75 bottle and live music most Sunday afternoons with local artists performing from 3pm-6pm. Happy hour daily from 5pm-7pm. Venue available for hire. Open six days.  

JERVOIS STEAK HOUSE

At Jervois Steak House, you can discover the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef with head chef Rob Forsman. There is a great range of beef, lamb, chicken and fish and pre-ordering is essential for the restaurant’s signature slow -roasted prime rib. Bookings are essential. Open, lunch Wednesday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm.  Dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm. 

JOY BONG THAI

Joy Bong Thai specialises in Royal Thai as well as rustic Issan Thai cuisine with a modern twist. The food is typically delicate and spicy, always fresh daily. With friendly staff and great food, this is a great place for parties, large and small. Tell Apple, the owner, we sent you. Open for lunch weekdays, 11.30am-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 

JUK - JESS' UNDERGROUND KITCHEN

A Herne Bay eatery and flagship store aka Jess’ Underground Kitchen serves up home cooking at its best - ready-to-heat meals, baking, seasonal salads and cabinet food, artisan deli goods and, of course, good coffee. They also offer bespoke catering for weddings, birthdays, corporate and office events. 

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KOKAKO CAFE

At Kokako Cafe you can enjoy an expertly made Kokako espresso, filter batch brew or nitro cold brew coffee or choose from a range of coffee blends and single origin coffees to brew at home. Kokako Cafe has an extensive cabinet and seasonal à la carte menu with a focus on local produce and extensive dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm.  Weekends, 7.30am-4pm. 

 

537 Great North Road

09 376 6086 View websitewww.kokako.co.nz

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LA BOULANGE

Homemade baguette, croissant, pain au chocolat and pain au raisin are a few of the highlights of this little French bakery, cafe and sandwich bar. There are a few seats in the window and outside to enjoy a traditional pastry and Supreme coffee or try one of their delicious French baguette sandwiches or macarons. Open seven days, 7am-3pm. 

LA ZEPPA

One of Auckland’s favourite rooftop bars with impressive views over Victoria Park and to the Sky Tower. La Zeppa offers delicious hot and cold tapas to enjoy with friends and a glass of wine and is the perfect venue for social functions from two to two hundred. Open Tuesday-Friday 4pm-late and Saturday-Sunday 2pm-late.  

LE VIETNAMESE KITCHEN

At Le Vietnamese Kitchen you can experience the dedication to quality and the balance of intense flavours. Enjoy the fresh and aromatic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine finished with French flair. Mouth-watering, authentic dishes full of local, fresh vegetables, meat and fish will feature, along with a divine menu of Vietnamese-inspired cocktails. 

LIME BAR

Small but perfectly formed, Lime is a quintessential Ponsonby favourite and the perfect spot for a refreshing craft beer, celebratory Champagne or a really well made cocktail. It’s an easy vibe featuring their trademark tunes from Sinatra to Springfield and an older, more sophisticated late night crowd letting their hair down. Open Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 2am. 

LITTLE & FRIDAY

With boutique espresso and filter coffee, their whole range of cabinet food and with almost all of their menu available, you will no longer need to battle the traffic across the bridge or travel to Newmarket for your Little & Friday fix. Open Monday-Sunday 8am-3.30pm. 

LITTLE BIRD ORGANICS - THE UNBAKERY

Little Bird goodies are made from the best raw organic ingredients they can find, and are completely vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. There are 45 seats, full table service and an extensive menu available to view online.  And with a range of delicious breakfast items, lunch dishes from 11am, along with smoothies, teas, teeccino, matcha, raw cacao drinks, Kokako coffee, cakes, tarts, slices, cheesecakes and cookies from the cabinet all day.  Open seven days, 7am-4pm.  Kitchen closes at 3pm. 

LITTLE BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY & CAFE

Little Bread & Butter Bakery specialises in organic breads. There are many different types of sourdough, European speciality loaves, bread rolls and pretzels. You can choose from a wide selection of handmade pastries, cakes and savouries, sandwiches and gourmet pies. At the large communal table you can toast your own slices of freshly baked bread and enjoy them with butter and jam, while you watch the hustle and bustle of the market area. 

 

34 Westmoreland Street, & Ponsonby Central, Richmond Road
09 376 4007

09 378 9111 View websitewww.breadandbutterbakery.co.nz

LITTLE EASY

Little Easy delivers unpretentious fun and classic ‘pubdom’ with great tasting food and vibes to match. This is much more than the average pub fare. They run weekly food specials, happy hours everyday from 4-7pm and DJs jamming till late. The classic Kiwi pub menu is infused with American traits - their burgers are served on fresh brioche buns, a range chicken wings. Both not to be missed! Open Tuesday-Thursday, 4pm-late, Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-late.  

LOKANTA EATING HOUSE & BAR

Lo-Kahn’ta means ‘Local Eating House’ in Turkish. They offer simple, tasty food of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. The menu has a selection of small plates, flat breads, main meals and desserts. Try the octopus - chargrilled and served with lemon on fava bean puree. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm. 

 

137a Richmond Road

09 360 6355 View websitewww.lokanta.nz

LONGROOM

With a covered courtyard and north-facing sun deck, Longroom offers a unique, alfresco environment for drinking and dining any time of day. An inspiring new menu consists of small and large shared dishes, a grazing platter, individual dishes and a few sweet treats. Let’s not forget the great range of beverages available including a substantial cocktail offering. DJs play during the evening Thursday to Saturday, live music and DJs on Sundays. Open seven days during summer and open Tuesday -Sunday during
winter.  

LONGSHOT

Baby sister to Longroom Bar & Restaurant, Longshot has quickly become another favourite breakfast and coffee hotspot for Ponsonby visitors and locals. Serving an array of tasty and innovative breakfast and brunch dishes. There’s also a great range of sweets and savouries to enjoy on the spot or take away. Allpress is the coffee offering which can be brewed to satisfy all preferences, and there’s a special selection of teas, juices, smoothies, crazy shakes and Bloody Marys. The cafe space opens up to the sunny ‘atrium’ style, covered courtyard for enjoyment all year round. Open 6:30am-3pm weekdays and 7am-3pm weekends. 

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MAD MEX

Mad Mex offers gourmet burritos and tacos that are made to order using only the freshest produce, flavourful salsas and authentic slow roasted and grilled meats. Open Monday, 11am-9.30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 10.30am-3.30am, Sunday, 10.30am-9.30pm. 

MALAY PARLOUR

A newly opened eatery specialising in Malaysian and Asian cuisine. We recommend their seasonal vege laksa - buddhist style onion vege curry base in noodle soup with cauliflower, tofu, egg, French beans, potatoes, bean sprout, carrot and tomatoes.  

MALT PUBLIC HOUSE

Grey Lynn’s gastro pub has undergone an extensive renovation, re-emerging as the Malt Public House. The new bar and dining areas provide a relaxed and comfortable environment to catch up for drinks, brunch, lunch or dinner. The chef uses premium local ingredients to deliver hearty pub staples with a tasty twist. Open Monday- Friday, 11am-late, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-late.  

 

Corner Richmond Road & Hakanoa Street

09 360 9537 View websitewww.maltpublichouse.co.nz

MAMATA BAKEHOUSE

This bakery-cafe-hangout is a Grey Lynn favourite. Whether your tummy growls for a sandwich, roll, pie, slice or muffin you’ll be able to get it here. Mamata is renowned for their made to order bagels, Ponsonby News’s favourite is the avocado and tomato toasted sesame seed bagel! Open Monday-Saturday, 7am-5.30pm. 

MARY'S

The old fire station is home to Mary’s cafe. A tastefully refurbished interior that is light- filled and spacious. They have familiar breakfast favourites such as red flannel hash with gourmet red potatoes sautéed with red onions, tomato and chorizo and topped with fried or poached eggs. Or you may be in the mood for a healthy protein power lunch. Try the kale salad! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

MATSU SUSHI

The atmosphere at Matsu is perfect for pleasure or business and for a great price, you can enjoy the best sushi with the highest quality of service, presentation and freshness. Dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience. 

 

Victoria Park Market

09 377 6848

MEA CULPA

A bar for the serious cocktail drinker - whether it’s a classic or modern creation using seasonal produce - the drinks menu displays imagination and finesse. Passion and love go into every glass and it’s easy to see why they have won so many awards. Open Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - late. 

 

3/175 Ponsonby Road

09 376 4460

MEKONG BABY

A modern southeast Asian fusion restaurant designed with unique roughened floors, crudely painted walls with simple, yet elegant, nostalgic prints of life in Vietnam covering the walls. They have seating for as many as 80 guests in the bar, 60 in the restaurant and 30 in the Mekong function room. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 

MEXICALI FRESH

A Californian-style Mexican eatery, that offers burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos and more. Enjoy feasting on tasty yet nutritious food in a fun Mexican-style atmosphere. Open Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm, Friday-Saturday, till 3am. 

MEXICO

A lively eatery on the strip offering great Mexican dishes. Try one of their quesadillas or soft shell tacos and look out for their weekly specials. They take bookings for groups over 10.
Open Monday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 

MISS ISTANBUL

Serving simple, tasty Turkish dishes. Try one of the mezze platters with accompanying dips and flatbread. Or a classic durum (wrap): beef, chicken, halloumi, falafel, lamb or fish with sumac red onion, cacik, hummus, tomato and greens. Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-10pm.  

 

Ponsonby Central,
8/4 Brown Street

09 600 1158 View websitewww.missistanbul.co.nz

MISS MOONSHINE'S

Slow cooking, wood smoking and quality New Zealand meat. It’s barbecue cooking inspired by pit masters and street markets. Rubs, ribs and distinctive smoky flavour that can only come from hours of cooking over burning wood. It takes the time-honoured American grill and enhances it with New Zealand freshness from quality timber and meats. Open seven days. 

 

Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4075 View websitewww.missmoonshines.com

MOOCHOWCHOW

Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets and food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses, capturing that vibrant zang of sweet, sour, salty and hot that makes Thai food a party in your mouth.  Cocktails of fresh fruits, shaved ice and smashed herbs will cool, refresh and tantalise.  Private dining rooms are also available.  Open lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday from 12 noon until late, and Saturday dinners from 5.30pm-late. 

MOREPORK BBQ

Morepork BBQ is introducing damn good barbeque to New Zealand. Chef/owner Clint Davies combines homemade rubs and sauces with hand-picked premium cuts of meat and smokes them low ‘n’ slow in a custom built smoker, co-designed and co-built by the chef himself. Options to dine in at the fully licensed restaurant or takeaway a full meal for the family to enjoy. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am until sold out! 

 

Corner of Jervois & St Marys Road

09 303 0477 View websitewww.moreporkbbq.com

MR TOMS

Alluring, powerful and flirty, Mr Toms is a combination of all things Ponsonby. With eloquently crafted cocktails, tasty small plates to share and their infamous, rustic baked pizzas, Mr Toms does the simple things right. 

MURDER BURGER

At Murder Burger, they serve an uncompromisingly fresh meat burger that’s worth it. A place you would come to enjoy a range of exciting burgers minus the guilt. 

MUTIARA MALAYSIAN RESTAURANT

Mutiara is a specialist in authentic Malaysian cuisine and authenticity is the top priority for chef and owner Roy Lim. Malaysian cuisine is diverse in its influences and styles and this is reflected in the menu which offers signature dishes such as Rendang Kampung (thick curry), Ikan Bakar (Malaysian style grilled fish) and Mamak Noodles. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm and dinner seven nights, 6pm-10.30pm. 

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NAMO

This Japanese restaurant is found where Thai Me Up used to be located. The food is very good: fresh, creative and beautifully presented. The chef is Japanese and at one time worked at Nobu in Tokyo. 

NISHIKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Robata-yaki means having dinner and drinks in a cosy and social atmosphere watching the kitchen. Because most of the dishes are grilled and deep fried and snack sized, you can order many different kinds of food to share. Also available is a wide selection of Japanese sake, wine and beer; BYO wine. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-11pm. 

 

100 Wellington Street

09 376 7104 View websitewww.nishiki.co.nz

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OCCAM CAFE & BAR

Occam is a popular spot with locals for breakfast, lunch, coffee, snacks or a relaxed weekend brunch. There are tables inside and out and a mezzanine bar creates a buzzy atmosphere. It is fully licensed and you can phone in your coffee order for quick and easy pick up. Occam is also a great venue for functions. 
Open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 8am-5pm. 

 

135 Williamson Avenue

09 378 0604 View websitewww.occamcafe.co.nz

OCEAN AND A ROCK

Following on from their first pop-up restaurant at Jafa Cafe, Sahil and Varun have created this new pop-up, again transforming the daytime cafe into a night-time dining experience. They have backgrounds in molecular cocktail design and European-Asian fusion cuisine, and bring to the menu an adventurous and tasty array of dishes with cocktails to match. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-late. 

ODETTES EATERY

Odettes Eatery offers a thoughtful menu that changes a little throughout the day to suit the appetite. It is the brainchild of Clare and Joost van den Berg who ran Zus & Zo, before selling up to concentrate on their city venture. Fittingly, the menu is in total sync with this exhibition of good taste and high fashion. Chef Josh Kucharick’s food meets all the demands of the modern diner and there is something for everyone, as long as they are prepared to be a little adventurous. Open seven days.  

 

City Works Depot, Shed 5, 90 Wellesley Street

09 309 0304 View websitewww.odettes.co.nz

OHSO CAFE

Fantastic menu, cabinet food and Allpress coffee along with a chilled out atmosphere make ohSO the perfect place for a casual business meeting or a catch up with friends. Functions and catering also available. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. 

ONE 2 ONE CAFE

One 2 One cafe has just celebrated its 24th year, it uses coffee supplied by the local boutique roaster Craig Miller and has free wifi.  One 2 One is fully licensed and offers a selection of organic wine with craft beers. Family friendly, with a charming Parisian style and a covered courtyard complete with a children’s sandpit and blackboard.  

ONE BISTRO

This all day bistro is located in the historic former Ponsonby Fire Station. Serving all day breakfast, brunch and lunch, with daily specials. They have a private function room with capacity for 50 guests that has its own bar and outside deck, perfect for morning/lunch meetings, product launches, birthday parties, engagement parties, civil unions, actually, any occasion you can think of! 

ORPHAN'S KITCHEN

Orphan’s Kitchen is all about unadulterated food and naughty wines. Offering a laid -back atmosphere with honest food.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late and brunch Wednesday-Sunday. 

OSTERIA DEL PANE

It offers traditional, handmade Italian cuisine. Chef Rob prepares all of the food on site from scratch to create authentic Italian dishes. The perfect location for your next dinner event and has a spacious private room for large functions. 

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PANE E VINO

Owner Tito is passionate about the food they serve which is regional Italian style cuisine. Classic antipasti, pasta and mains, all exceptionally flavoured, using fresh ingredients plus popular Italian desserts and thin crust pizza. Dine in - delivery - take out - catering.  Lunch, Monday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm and dinner seven days from 5pm. 

PARIS BUTTER BISTRO

A French-style bistro owned by Nick Honeyman, Paris Butter takes its name from 'cafe de Paris', the complex butter sauce famous for making a steak come alive. Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-late, Friday 12 noon-late, Saturday 9am-3pm, 6pm-late and Sunday 9am-3pm. 

PHILIPPE'S CHOCOLATE

Not just fabulous flavoured chocolates and bonbons, Philippe’s also makes French cakes and tarts, French pastries and breads, sandwiches and quiches. Open Monday 8am-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 7.30am-5pm, Friday-Saturday, 7.30am-5.30pm, Sunday 7.30am-4pm. 

PINTU SALAD BAR

Pintu offers breakfast and lunch with cold-pressed juices, sandwiches and create your own salads.
Open Thursday and Friday nights and offers a delivery service. 

 

LOT 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

09 378 0698 View websitewww.pintusalad.co.nz

PITA PIT

Pita Pit offers quality, healthy, fresh food - fast! The menu is varied with chicken, lamb, beef, ham, tuna and vegetarian fillings, with a choice of plain, wholemeal or new gluten-free pitas to choose from. The service is super friendly. You can take away or enjoy your pita at one of the outside tables. Open seven days, Monday-Wednesday, 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.  

POCKET BAR & KITCHEN

Once home to the ASB bank in Grey Lynn, the corner site is now a cool bar and eatery with a real local focus. There is an outdoor deck perfect for all Auckland weather and live music every Sunday. Grab a beer on tap or ask for one of their delicious house cocktails made with fresh seasonal produce. If you're sharing, try the seaweed chips with dashi mayo and the green tahini hummus. If you aren't, go the North African spiced lamb chops! If you're planning a party, make sure to ask about the new function space in the old ASB bank.  

 

592 Great North Road
Corner of Tuarangi & Great North Roads

09 376 4309 View websitewww.pocketbarandkitchen.co.nz/

PONSONBY FRIENDS LICENSED BAR

A fully licensed bar with a great selection of beer and wine at reasonable prices. Located at the centre of the Ponsonby International Foodcourt. You can also quench your thirst with freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice and soft drinks. Open seven days 10am - 10pm. 

 

106 Ponsonby Road

09 376 0800

PONSONBY INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT

Walk right in and taste the mouth-watering recipes from Italy, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and more. Situated right in the heart of Ponsonby with a fully licensed bar, this is the perfect place for that leisurely lunch, dinner or quick break from business. Open daily 11am-10pm.   

PONSONBY POOL HALL

This is the longest running pool hall in Auckland, with 15 pool tables and a private snooker lounge featuring Rolling Stones memorabilia. There are more than 40 bottled beers to enjoy while you play and they’re open every day except Christmas Day. Available to hire for social functions, watch the video on Facebook. Open seven days 1pm - 1am. 

PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO

The award-winning Ponsonby Road Bistro offers a well-priced menu and interesting wine list in a stylish and relaxed environment. Sarah Conway’s menu provides a global feast - and the chargrilled scotch with hand-cut chips has become a firm favourite.  The friendly staff and cosy dining room offer a warm welcome. The well -priced Express Lunch Menu runs Monday to Friday from 12 noon and includes a delicious glass of Foxes Island sauvignon blanc or pinot noir. Open for lunch on Fridays from 12 noon, Monday-Saturday from 4pm. 

PO’ BROTHERS EATERY AND BAR

Be transported to Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea at this Asian fusion eatery new to the Ponsonby strip. Try the Seafood Tom Yum Noodle: Thai spicy hot & sour soup with kung fu egg noodle, king prawns, mushrooms, coriander, spring onions and mixed Thai herbs. Finish with their signature dessert, Deep Fried Bao Ice Cream: deep fried bao with green matcha ice cream, red beans and peanuts. Open seven days 12 noon-10pm. 

PREGO

This iconic restaurant was established more than 30 years ago, Prego is the ultimate in Italian alfresco dining with the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire or bistro-style dining with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Takeaway available, open seven days, 12 noon-late. 

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QUEENIES

Tucked away from the bustle of Ponsonby on the corner of Middle and Cascade Streets is the award-winning Queenies, offering Supreme coffee, New Zealand beers and wines, a unique sweet selection and a tantalising menu. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

 

24a Spring Street, Freemans Bay

09 378 8977 View websitewww.queenies.co.nz

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RENKON

This restaurant specialises in donburi, which is a large bowl of rice topped with fresh vegetables, meat or fish. The meals are quick, cheap, unpretentious, nutritious and well balanced. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-3pm and 5pm-9pm. 

REVELRY

A luxurious bohemian-style parlour with hints of opium den chic, this venue boasts one of the best decks in Ponsonby, a warming double-sided fireplace and visual delights from lanterns to antique furniture. The delicious food menu includes a selection of Asian fusion sharing plates, platters and bar snacks. An extensive New Zealand and international wine list, classic and original cocktails with seasonal recipes, and craft beers will give you something new to try every visit. Open from early afternoon until late every night of the week. Brunch service is available Friday-Sunday. 

RICHMOND RD CAFE

One of 10 award-winning cafes owned by Hipgroup, Richmond Road Cafe is a buzzing urban cafe. With a menu refined by Hipgroup’s belief in provenance, sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced product, many of the ingredients are grown on their farm in Kumeu. There’s an all-day menu, sweet selection, freshly squeezed juices and frappes plus a champagne, wine and beer menu. Open seven days, 7am-4pm.  

RIPE DELI

Providing healthy and fresh takeout food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, using the best of local, free-farmed and free-range ingredients. Weeknight TV dinners and freezer meals, a variety of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, fresh produce -laden salads all year round, decadent home baked slices, a fantastic selection of raw treats, gluten free, dairy free - they have everything! Delivery is available Monday- Friday until 3pm for out-catering and you can order online. Open Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 7am-4pm and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

ROCKET KITCHEN

Auckland's iconic cake store proudly serving Auckland for nearly 20 years.  It has earned their enviable reputation through commitment to premium ingredients and quality customer service.  Offers a range of birthday cakes for boys, girls and big kids of all ages, gorgeous fresh wedding cakes, delicious sweets and cupcakes. Add to this its food gift hampers, frozen meals and soups, scrumptious savoury and salads, tasty pantry items and gluten-free products and you will see why it is so popular. Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-4pm, closed Sunday. 

ROJI BAR

Roji (translated - Alleyway) is tucked out the back of Azabu, with access via the restaurant or Maidstone Street. They offer sake and cocktails to be enjoyed in a vibrant space along with great tunes. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 5pm - late. 

ROOST - VINEGAR LANE BAGELS

Roost is run by Ruben Maurice with his two business partners, Wayne Schuler and Shaun Marlo. They are offering Atomic coffee and bagels in a new industrial space in the Vinegar Lane development. Don’t miss their delicious brioche. 

 

1 Vinegar Lane, Crummer Road

View websitewww.instagram.com/roost_ponsonby

ROSSO POMODORO

Your local Italian woodfire pizza made by pizza makers Marcello and Matteo with hosting by Tito to deliver the best woodfire pizza in town.  They say, “the best pizza is our top priority.” 

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SAAN

Saan’s Head Chef Lek Trirattanavatin says, “Our menu is mainly focused around the Lanna and Isaan regions of Thailand. Many of the dishes have been passed down through my family. I am very proud to present them to you here in the heart of Ponsonby. Than Hai Aroi Na Krab - enjoy your meal.” Seven nights from 5pm-late, Wednesday-Friday lunch from 12 noon. 

SAFFRON INDIAN RESTAURANT

Saffron specialises in South Indian cuisine. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm it serves an all-vegetarian buffet brunch. Catering, takeaway and delivery in Ponsonby is also available. Open seven days, Monday-Sunday. Lunch 11am-3pm. Dinner 6pm-10.30pm. 

SALASH DELICATESSEN

All 100% natural, New Zealand and hand-made sausages, salamis, air-dried meats, prosciutto, chorizo, cheese and more. Lunch menu, hand-made burgers and salads from only $10.50! Must try its famous chorizo burger! Open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Sunday closed. 

 

Victoria Park Market

09 379 9656 View websitewww.salash.co.nz

SATYA SOUTH INDIAN RESTAURANT

Satya is situated near the Ponsonby, Newton and K’ Road intersection. The south Indian recipes are age old and based on Ayurvedic principles; Satya's motive is good food. With its relaxed ambience and friendly staff, it is a great place for a vast range of Indian meals at a good price. Takeaway, delivery, catering and banquets for large groups are all available. Open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm-10pm. 

 

17 Great North Road

09 361 3612 View websitewww.satya.co.nz

SAVOURY SWEET

This little sandwich place also offers pie, gorgeous salads and meals... try their teriyaki chicken Asian slaw salad; creamy bacon and mushroom pasta bake and the best of all - a fresh pea pesto pasta with feta and fresh herbs. 

SAWADEE THAI CUISINE

Sawadee offers dishes from the four main regions of the Siamese Kingdom. Thai food is a blend of tastes - hot, sour, salty, sweet and spicy with subtle additions of aromatic herbs to enrich the traditional flavours. Fully licensed, takeaway menu, functions catered and BYO wine. Monday closed. Open Tuesday-5pm to late, Wednesday-Sunday-12 noon-3pm; 5pm-late. Closed on public holidays. 

SEABREEZE

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at this cafe with an ocean view to boot. The interior is modern with seating for 58, and is fully licensed. The menu has a range of breakfast classics such as toast and spreads, eggs on toast, granola or Bharta Eggs: poached eggs with spiced aubergine puree, whipped yoghurt, chilli butter with sourdough toast. Open seven days, 7am-4pm. 

 

184 Garnet Road

SHAHI INDIAN EXPERIENCE

For more than 26 years, Shahi cafe has been serving Ponsonby locals timeless, sumptuous north Indian cuisine with a difference. There is an extensive variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; some of the most popular are Shahi cigar, chicken tikka, rogan josh and much more. A private function room is available, dine in, catering, delivery and takeaway. Open 5pm-late, everyday. 

SHANGHAI LIL'S

This jazz cocktail bar provides a unique experience where you can relax in luxurious brocade and velvet chairs, surrounded by lush plants and decorative oriental pieces, all the while sipping on a sumptuous cocktail. You’ll be entertained most nights by resident pianist and co-owner Billy Farnell, as he performs the classics on a gleaming black baby grand piano. Open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-late. 

SIDART

Sidart is the award-winning restaurant of chef Sid Sahrawat with modern creative New Zealand cuisine. It is a contemporary yet formal restaurant with innovative food and attentive, friendly service headed by Stefano Baldin. The gorgeous city views and intimate dining room make Sidart a place for special occasions. Highly recommended by the Ponsonby News team. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 6pm, Friday lunch 12 noon-2.30pm. 

 

Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road

09 360 2122 View websitewww.sidart.co.nz

SIERRA CAFE

Offering free wifi and their famous specialty Sierra coffee as well as delicious home-made cakes and slices - everything is available to take away. Open seven days, 6.30am-4.30pm. 

SIOSTRA

Siostra is a local bistro serving modern European cuisine.  Pop in for a glass of wine and tapas or book for dinner. Private dining room available. Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and Friday for lunch. 

SOUL THAI

At Soul Thai, their goal is to cook restaurant quality, authentic Thai cuisine using the finest ingredients and deliver your order to your door fresh and fast. Order by phone or online. Now open in Mt Eden too. Open seven days, 5pm-10pm. 

 

158 Williamson Avenue

09 302 8888 View websitewww.soulthai.co.nz

SPQR

A Ponsonby institution, SPQR has been a prominent fixture along the Ponsonby strip for 24 years. The lively atmosphere and friendly service gives SPQR an authentic, first-rate reputation. The pizza is great for an anytime snack and veal marsala is an old favourite. Eat in or take-away. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.   

ST PIERRE'S SUSHI OF JAPAN & SEAFOOD

St Pierre’s Sushi is all about fresh, quality sushi at an affordable price. It now offers brown rice for all sushi flavours. Readymade to go for busy people, or made fresh on the spot any time for tailor-made sushi requirements. Party platters of sushi are a specialty. 

STANDING ROOM ESPRESSO

Next time you are walking in Victoria Park call into this great little cafe. Standing room espresso is the place for great coffee and homemade food, slices and cakes. They offer organic coffee and delicious salads made to order. 

SUSHI EDGE

Sushi Edge is a takeaway or eat-in establishment serving a wide range of delicious sushi and sashimi options.  Their servings are generous, everything is tasty and well-seasoned and freshly made. Their sashimi bento box, vegetarian tempura don and their lunch sushi boxes are all worth trying and are good value for money. 

 

280 Richmond Road

09 376 6218

SUSHI WASABI

Situated next to Dorothy Butler’s Children’s Book Shop, Sushi Wasabi specialises in traditional sushi and nigiri. Their sushi is made with brown rice. This is a daytime restaurant and you can dine in or takeaway. They have a loyalty card too. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 

 

Shop 14, 1 Jervois Road

09 376 8388

SWEAT SHOP BREW KITCHEN

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Freemans Bay is known for its succulent, smoky barbecue meats and their exclusive beer range, which is hand-crafted in their very own brewery. Americana-spice rubbed meats with native New Zealand woodchips for an alarmingly delicious experience. It’s a great spot for a few brews as well, with regular DJs and live gigs taking place every weekend. Open seven days 11.30am until late.  

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TAISHO YAKITORI BAR

Taisho Yakitori Bar serves both traditional and modern Japanese food. There are over 60 dishes to choose from, including sushi and sashimi, 15 different kinds of sake, as well as Japanese and local beer and wine.  Owner, Taka Tsuji, is from Hiroshima where his parents have run a restaurant for more than 35 years so he has grown up with traditional Japanese food and hospitality. Eat in or takeaway. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-10.30pm, Friday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Sunday, 9.30pm. 

TARTINE

More inviting with its visible and trendy look, warmer inside with a different colour scheme and a outdoor seating arrangement, you will enjoy the Tartine atmosphere. The food menu offers lots of exciting options and a brand new food cabinet will excite your appetite!  Free parking and wifi are available. Also open from 4pm until late for after work drinks every Thursday and Friday. A great opportunity to taste its wines of the month with a cheese and charcuterie platter. Private functions and catering. 

TASTEFUL BAKEHOUSE & CAFE

Pioneers of the PieFee! This is coffee served in a delicious sweet chocolate pie crust. As the cafe instructs, choose your drink, choose your cup (pie crust), drink the coffee, enjoy the biscuit! This unique offering, among their daily selection of homemade pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm, Saturday, 8am-5pm. 

THAI CLASSIC RESTAURANT

Thai Classic Restaurant has been running strong since 1994, specialising in authentic Thai cuisine. Flaming chicken and flaming beef are recommended dishes. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, a relaxed and friendly ambience and wonderful views of the Waitakeres. Takeaways and delivery are available to Ponsonby locals. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 

THAI HOUSE RESTAURANT

Since 1993 Thai House Restaurant has been serving the finest quality Thai cuisine and taking pride in serving only quality and authentic ingredients, freshly prepared along with warm and personal service. Thai House has an intimate ambience, warmly decorated with traditional Thai décor. Fully licensed, BYO wine and takeaway. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10pm. 

THAI SILVER

This is a small, warm and welcoming restaurant with simple decor and deliciously cooked Thai food from an excellent chef.  Its fans say it’s the excellent quality of the dishes that gives this establishment its point of difference. Open for dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 

THE BAKE POD

The Bake Pod is a small cafe and bakery offering traditional homemade baking using quality ingredients.  They offer a range of flavours of pies, sausage rolls, savouries, muffins baked daily.  Lovely, fresh sandwiches made daily and made to order. They offer catering and serve organic Fair Trade Organico coffee from Karajoz. Open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-4pm. Saturday, 7:30am-4pm.  

THE BIRDCAGE RESTAURANT & BAR

The Birdcage has been returned to her former glory with stained glass windows and original brick walls blended with more modern elements to give it a chic, metropolitan vibe. The north-facing courtyard bar is one of the biggest and sunniest in Auckland, a perfect inner city destination to gather with friends. The food is rustic in style. Open Sunday for lunch till 5pm. Closed Monday. Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon-late.  

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THE BLUE BREEZE INN

Chef Che Barrington takes Auckland Asian dining to new levels, serving you the sensational flavours of regional China in the lush surrounds of a Pacific island paradise.  In-house dumpling chefs fold and flip before your very eyes, and New Zealand’s premiere in-house rum bar, The Rum Jungle, shakes up kooky Tiki cocktails and understated classics. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
146 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0303 View websitewww.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz

THE BOTANIST

Cafe by day, wine bar at night. Florist seven days a week. A oasis of flora amidst the concrete and steel of City Works Depot. Award-winning chef Sara Simpson’s menu brings the best seasonal produce together in an innovative way. Included in Metro Top 50 Cafe 2014, Denizen’s Best New Cafe 2014, ReMix Best Saturday Brunch 2015. Resident florist Eden Hessell is Auckland’s leading floral artist and stocks a unique range of plants and flowers. Open seven days.   

 

City Works Depot, Shed 13, 90 Wellesley Street West

09 309 9494 View websitewww.botanist.co.nz

THE CAV

As per its gastropub theme, The Cav offers bistro-quality food in a casual friendly environment and is a great place to meet for a couple of relaxing beers or a glass of wine or two. They offer an extensive menu featuring succulent, modern cuisine with an ethos of providing great value for money. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-1am, Sunday 11am-11pm.  

THE COFFEE BAR AT GLENGARRY VICTORIA PARK

This is a fusion of great coffee, a takeaway lunch selection and a scrumptious selection of cakes, tarts and pastries wrapped up in one of Auckland’s finest wine, spirit and beer stores - Glengarry Victoria Park. Grab a coffee and wander through the wine store, sit and catch up on the day’s newspaper, or grab everything to go. Alongside the Coffee Bar at Glengarry Victoria Park is a function and events space which is available for hire with food catered by Dida’s Food Store. The Coffee Bar is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am-3pm.                                

THE DAIRY

This is a combination of ice cream parlour, larder and deli-style cafe. It dishes up all manner of delicious nostalgic treats; Kapiti ice cream sandwiched between freshly baked cookies, decadent ice cream sodas finished with candyfloss topping and milkshakes served in a retro cream bottle. The lunch menu offers savoury comfort food classics, and the deli showcases all of New Zealand’s finest artisan cheeses. Open Monday-Friday 9am-late, Saturday and Sunday 8am-late.  

 

Ponsonby Central,
2 Richmond Road

09 972 2642 View websitewww.the-dairy.co.nz

THE DOG'S BOLLIX

A well-known Auckland live music venue, the Dog’s Bollix, has been all cleaned up and is ready to get down once more. Catch bands from across the spectrum of the local music scene performing live by checking the Facebook page or call them to book a table for a group. Open Tuesday - Thursday 5.30pm - 1am, Friday - Saturday 5.30pm - 3am. 

THE FAIRY SHOP CAFE

The Fairy Shop has a cafe serving homemade, old-fashioned food like Devonshire scones and lemon drizzle cakes. Pre-book a cafe session class where littlies play with fairies and adults can relax in the cafe. Children’s parties, high tea and school holiday programmes also available with parking behind. Open seven days, 9.30am-4.30pm. 

THE FOOD ROOM

Gourmet sandwiches, salads, wraps, homemade cakes and slices, organic coffee and ‘The Best Pies in Auckland’ award. The Food Room can cater for all kinds of parties and celebrations and is definitely worth a visit. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4.30pm, Saturday, 8am-5pm and Sunday, 9am-5pm.  

THE GOLDEN DAWN

There is a green door and behind it is this must-visit bar with an array of weird and wonderful local and imported beers, and an all-natural wine list, cool tunes and super -styled service. Open Tuesday - Thursday 4pm - late and Friday - Sunday 3pm - late. 

 

Corner Ponsonby and Richmond Roads

09 376 9929 View websitewww.goldendawn.co.nz

THE GOVERNOR

With a minimalist approach to crafting simply great food through the use of fresh, organic, locally sourced produce, the Governor is a home away from home. Hospitality and service with a warm smile are to be expected. A modern-day spin on classic cafe food, the Governor will always have something just a little bit different to get your taste buds going. 

THE HALCYON

This is the bohemian, well-travelled younger sister of Ponsonby Road Bistro. Owners Blair Russell and Melissa Morrow have produced a stunning new restaurant, boasting a succinct menu – the food created by chef Sarah Conway. The bar offers delicious cocktails, an extensive wine list and a range of snacks. Open seven days, 11am-late.  

 

194 Jervois Road

09 378 7811

THE ITALIAN JOB

For over 25 years this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food in a welcoming, cosy and rustic atmosphere and whether it’s a large group or it’s an intimate dinner for two, you will always experience warm, friendly service. Takeaway pizza and pasta. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-10pm. 

THE KITCHEN by MR TOMS

Greeted by the head chef as you walk through the kitchen door itself, you are immediately immersed in the unique dining experience of The Kitchen by MR TOMS. An intimate, evening bistro holding 40 seats surrounded by wooden timber, nautical themed colours and greenery that provides the opportunity to witness your food creations being crafted right before you. 

 

Corner Ponsonby Road & Anglesea Streets

09 360 9138 View websitewww.the-kitchen.co.nz

THE OAKROOM

Situated in Victoria Park Market, one of Auckland’s most historic and treasured landmarks, The Oakroom is a beautiful space in an old part of town. Formerly a stable in the 1800s, The Oakroom has been carefully crafted in order to enhance a contemporary feel and maintain its natural and historic features. Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-late and Saturday 4pm-late.  

THE RAW KITCHEN

This flagship store and kitchen offers an extensive range of raw breakfast cups, salads and wraps, snacks, sweet treats, nut mylks - all prepared fresh daily, and retail products. Choose from their made to order smoothies and coffee prepared by a passionate team. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4pm, Saturday, 8am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. 

 

City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street

View websitewww.therawkitchen.co.nz

THE ROCKET STORE

This is Atomic Coffee Roasters new cafe, The Rocket Store. They have partnered with Rocket Espresso Milano that provides a place to gather and enjoy great coffee and showcase the best espresso machines on the market today. The space boasts a sleek black interior created by the team at Izzard Design. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 

THE STATION BAGELRY AND BAR

The Station Bagelry and Bar serves New York-style bagels all day in sunny Beresford Square. At night it converts to serving all the best craft beers from around New Zealand, gourmet pizzas and is available for exclusive functions on weekends. With regular live music, DJs and events there is always something going on @TheStationAKL. Open weekdays 7.30am-late, weekends 8.30am-late.   

THE STREET FOOD COLLECTIVE

Sixteen operators are rostered for appearances in the Street Food Collective, a shared food and drinks space in central Ponsonby. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a fancy-pants dessert, and enjoy some of the best street food vendors Auckland has to offer. Open 7 days.  

THE SURREY HOTEL

This local pub has a cosy atmosphere, friendly service and food available all day. There is a breakfast buffet, brunch, lunch and dinner menu as well as bar snacks and woodfired pizza. Open seven days 7am-9.30pm.  

THE WHISKEY

Rocking Ponsonby since 2001, The Whiskey is a place where rock music and whiskey combine for a great night out. A relaxed and fun spot to meet friends after work, or party late into the night. They offer a huge range of whiskies to suit all palates and an epic rock soundtrack with everything from The Doors and Pink Floyd to the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Live music every Thursday, Sunday and some Saturdays from 9pm-midnight. Open seven days a week from 5pm-3am. For updates on the live music line-up check out their facebook page. 

THE WHITE RABBIT ON THE PARK

Nestled in the iconic Victoria Park Market, this restaurant serves up a bistro-styled seasonal menu infusing modern techniques into classic dishes. A place to meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner or after-work drinks, there is something for everyone at The White Rabbit on the Park. Open Monday-Wednesday, 3pm-late, Thursday-Friday, 8am-late and Saturday, 9am-late. 

TIGER BURGER

Tiger Burgers offers a delicious collision of Korean cuisine and western street food. Having spent the past year operating with a van across the Auckland market scene, Tiger Burger has settled into a permanent home in the heart of Grey Lynn. Making everything from scratch and staying true to traditional Korean flavours, the team behind Tiger Burger seeks to introduce Kiwis to the many mouth-watering flavours of Korea. 

TOKYO CLUB

Tokyo Club is ‘yokocho’ style Isakaya restaurant located in the heart of Ponsonby Central. Their Japanese family team includes well-known front of house manager Sarasa Shimura and Tokyo master blowfish-sushi chef Chikara Sato. It serves quality, affordable cuisine and beverages. With Asahi and Sapporo beers on tap and its own sakes brewed in Japan, this place has quickly become very popular. 

 

Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 376 8016 View websitewww.tokyoclub.co.nz

TOM TOM BAR & EATERY

Elevated above Victoria Park with north-facing views through the treetops across Auckland, Tom Tom Bar & Eatery is a great place to meet for drinks and experience its unique cuisine. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-late.  

TOMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Tomo has been serving delicious Japanese food for more than 13 years. It is fully licensed with 10 different sakes or wine and beer to enjoy with your food. The popular takeaway Lunch Box includes salad, tempura, rice, miso soup and your choice of meat or fish. BYO wine only. Open Monday, 10.30am-5pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am-10pm. 

TOO GOOD ESPRESSO

Purveyors of exceptional coffee with delicious treats; mid-week chocolate fix - caramel, hazelnut slice or almond, cranberry brownie. A tough decision. Don’t forget to pick up your take home Millers Beans for your weekend coffee fix. Open Monday-Friday 8am-3pm. 

TURKISH CAFE

The Turkish Cafe serves fresh wholesome, halal food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with a strong Turkish influence. There are set menus or it can tailor a menu to suit your tastes and the occasion you’re celebrating. Takeaway is available too. BYO. Open Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm, Sunday, 4pm-9pm.  

TURKO CAFE

Nestled between Sale Street and Victoria Park Market, this is a nice spot for meeting up with friends or colleagues for breakfast or lunch. You can choose from the Mediterranean-inspired menu or try the daily roast vegetable salad or feta and spinach filo from the cabinet. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm. 

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VESPER BAR

Vesper is a funky late-night spirits and punch swillhouse. They offer an experience from long ago, with both old fashioned cocktails, punches and an eclectic and well thought out range of classic spirits as well as some unusual spirits from around the globe such as Aquavit, Mezcal and Pisco. Backed by a select list of ever changing craft beers this is THE BAR to chill out at or party the night away! 

 

Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Village

View websitewww.xeniagroup.co.nz

VIC PARK CAFE

Vic Park Cafe was born as an extension of a home and a friendship between an Irish barista doll, a crazy Mexican chef, and a Brazilian coffee, book and music lover. They are serious about good coffee, good food, a good environment and good people; a place to sit, laugh and enjoy. Open seven days, 7am-3.30pm. 

 

Corner College Hill and Beaumont Street

09 377 3399

VIET FLAMES

At the heart of Auckland’s iconic Victoria Park Market, Viet Flames offers unforgettable flavors of Vietnam. Signature Vietnamese dishes are sumptuously prepared with a combination of locally sourced fresh organic produce and skillful traditional culinary techniques. Whether you are after a relaxing ambiance for meals, a fine dining experience or just a quick-fix lunch, Viet Flames takes the Vietnamese dining experience to a new level. 

VIS-A-VIS

A cosy and unpretentious wine bar in Victoria Park Village that serves up an international wine list of classic and esoteric grape varieties exploring a world of flavours, textures, and aromas. Represented by 15 various countries from around the globe, they’ll be more than happy to show you what you are missing out on! Picpoul or Albarino? Muscat or Ugni Blanc? 

 

Unit 19, Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Village

VODKA ROOM

Whether you're a vodka veteran, novice or simply curious about vodka, this is the place to go and get your swill of vodka tasting. It offers 125 different vodkas and have three bars and six areas to eat. The food is modern Russian, with dishes such as the Olivier Salad: prawns (or without), a mix of new potatoes, apple, gherkin, quail eggs and sour cream and dill dressing, or the Akaroa king salmon gravlax which is cured in vodka. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.  

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WAIWERA HOTEL - COCKTAIL LOUNGE & EATERY

It's about to open soon and describes itself as “old-fashioned with a touch of Coltrane”. Visit the Waiwera Hotel Facebook page for more details. 

WAROENG LEGIANZ

From the famous chicken satay to more traditional dishes, Waroeng Legianz produces authentic food from different regions in Indonesia. The menu includes gado gado, Indonesian style salad with peanut sauce. Other dishes include nasi goreng, mie goreng, satay and gulai kambing. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm. 

 

Unit 25, 210-218 Victoria Street West

09 379 5058

WEIRDOUGH & TUCK

Weirdough & Tuck is a tuck shop-style sandwich bar hosting an epic array of delicious gastronomical creations! Sexy sandwiches, wicked salads, kick-ass fries, Kohu Road milkshakes and homemade sodas. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. 

 

City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 0973 View websitewww.facebook.com/weirdastuck/?fref=ts

WELL + GOOD

They produce nutritious, healthy 100% raw cold-pressed juice. As well as juices, you can choose from nut mylks and waters. It also has a range of hand-prepared whole food for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Saturday, 8am-4pm. 

WELLESLEY STREET KITCHEN

The Meadow Fresh Auckland CBD cafe of the year is set in comfortable retro surrounds, they have a full, all day international menu serving unique breakfast and lunch offerings, award winning Toasted Espresso coffee, gourmet pies, huge cabinet selection and wide array of sweet treats.  Everything made in house and they can cater to every dietary need! Open Monday-Friday, 5.30am-3pm. 

WIN-WIN

From the owners of The Whiskey, Win-Win is a cocktail bar with a fun retro vibe. Choose from a concise yet regularly evolving cocktail menu with new specials each week and several on tap including Auckland’s first Nitro Expresso Martini. Cocktails can be enjoyed with buttery popcorn and jelly bites by jellyologist Jessica Mantis. They offer a selection of wine and beer, and if you're feeling peckish, you can choose from arancini balls, potato croquettes or stuffed mushrooms, supplied by Ponsonby’s Il Buco. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 5pm-late. 

 

212 Ponsonby Road

WOK EXPRESS

Wok Express is a quality Asian takeaway experience with a difference. It specialises in fresh, delicious, healthy, authentic Thai and Chinese food, cooked fresh to order and in generous portions! You can pick up or it can deliver to you. Open seven days, 4.30pm-10pm. 

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XIAO DAN RESTAURANT & BAR

Situated in the heart of Ponsonby, Xiao Dan serves a fusion of traditional and modern Chinese food. As well it has an amazing selection of pan fried and steamed dumplings - well worth coming in for! Open seven days, Monday-Tuesday, from 5pm-late, Wednesday-Sunday, open for lunch 11am-late. 

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YUZU JAPANESE RESTAURANT

For over 23 years, with his passion for food, Geeyong Chris Chung has been involved in creating Japanese cuisine with his beautifully presented, authentic Japanese dishes. Offering Japanese beer, sake and wine and a great variety of vegetarian options. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaways from Monday-Saturday.