Said to be home to Auckland’s ‘free thinkers’, Grey Lynn prides itself on being a neighbourhood with charm and a different way of doing things. An annual festival hosted near the Grey Lynn park is a celebration of community, creativity and craftspeople, amalgamating what this area is about.
Houses in the district were mostly built in the 1880s, and low rents in the 1950s attracted many immigrant workers who quickly made this neighbourhood their home. Now, having undergone a similar renewal to Ponsonby, Grey Lynn has become a much sought after place, where locals live close to neighbourhood shops and within easy reach of Point Chevalier beach.
01 Freida Margolis
440 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
A fine establishment full of colour and character with a penchant for the drink.
02 Lonely Grey Lynn
7/130 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn
Lonely’s flagship Ponsonby store is as beautiful as the label’s range, and as beautiful as the photographs of real women modelling it.
551 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
Providing Auckland with kooky cool clothing, jewellery and accessories sourced from all over the world.
04 Jimmy the Cook
3 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
Jimmy the Cook, without having tried to be, is now one of the hottest places for dinner in the city.
05 Harvest Wholefoods
403-407 Richmond Road
Riffing on the whole organic health craze sweeping Auckland, Harvest Wholefoods is a veteran of nourishment.