Eat Drink Walk Pray Love
10 Things to Do Downtown. Emerald Gilmour picks out where to go, what to do and what to eat.
Metro’s 2016 Supreme Restaurant of the Year: Indian food but not as you know it, plus a wine list to match. Topped off with impeccable customer service Cassia is one of the city's must-try restaurants.
— 5 Fort Lane, cassia.co.nz
2. O’Connell Bistro
Simon Wilson of Metro: “The wine list is excellent, the menu is classic and the food is very reliable.” I agree. Closed since January after a fire but will reopen any day now.
— 3 O’Connell St, oconnellstreetbistro.com
3. DeBretts Hotel Housebar
The infamous Housebar at Debretts. With its authentic 1930s art deco atmosphere is one of the best places to go if you're looking for a great cocktail.
— 2 High St, hoteldebrett.com
Said “SuSu”. A dumpling and cocktail bar offering boutique wines, local beers and seasonal cocktails with whimsical decor and intimate tables. Open until late.
— Galway St & Commerce St, xuxu.co.nz
5. Learn about the history of your street The University of Auckland has a Architectural & Historical walk that will teach you about the area and its surrondings from 1854 onwards.
6. If you worship at fashion’s altar?
For the discerning man: Crane Brothers (4 High St, crane-brothers.com) and Working Style (33 Shortland St, workingstyle.co.nz). For the ladies, press on down to Scotties (3 Lorne St, scotties.co.nz) or Britomart for Zambesi (56 Tyler St, zambesi.co.nz), World (60 Tyler St, worldbrand.com) and the soon-to-open Tiffanys & Co. If either of you are looking for cool and groovy casual, Fabric (5 High St, thisisfabric.com) is the place for you.
7. Auckland Art Gallery (Toi o Tāmaki)
For those that are inspired by the world‘s artists, the gallery is a must. Stroll across Albert Park where you can catch exhibitions such as this year’s Lisa Reihana: Pursuit of Venus. While you’re there, head across the road to the Gow Langsford Gallery.
8. Unity Books
What’s not to love? The best bookshop. If they haven’t got it, they will get it for you.
— 19 High St, unitybooks.co.nz
9. Meg’s Tailoring
Tear your trousers or need a complete garment restyle? Sooooooo useful.
— 3 O’Connell St, megstailoring.co.nz
10. Milse For lovers of all things sweet head down to Milse. Divine desserts, eat in or takeaway.
— 31 Tyler St, milse.co.nz