The somewhat brighter more vivacious cousin of Ponsonby Road, Karangahape Road boasts just as much foot traffic and loyal lovers who come for the vintage shopping and community conscious eateries.
Affectionately known as ‘K Road’, the area took off after the expansion of nearby motorways from the 1960s, and its former reputation as a Red Light District has done nothing to deter visitors – instead those who set up shop here seem somewhat proud of the area’s shady history, giving them a mysterious edge that transfers into both the fashion and food scene.
Don’t be surprised to see outfits that you wouldn’t see elsewhere in Auckland, as K Roaders pride themselves on the vintage and thrift shop scene they surround themselves with, and if you’re looking for that bargain second hand t-shirt to finish your next look, this is the place to come.
01 Tur Studio
486 Karangahape Road
A creative space continually merging and progressing to match the ever growing importance of art in Auckland’s culture.
02 The Bread and Butter Letter
225 Karangahape Road
An eclectic mix of all things homemade, handcrafted, New Zealand made and vintage.
551 Karangahape Road
This little endeavour has carved out an enviable spot amongst Auckland’s booming coffee scene.
04 Apero Food and Wine
280 Karangahape Road
Apero has quickly cemented itself as one of the coolest little wine bars in the city.
179/183 Karangahape Road
A very good addition to Auckland’s ever-burgeoning café scene.
295 Karangahape Road, Auckland, 1010
Holm is both a specialty coffeehouse and a shared workspace under one roof.
300 Karangahape Road
A gallery true to its name.
309 Karangahape Road
A vegan-friendly milk and cookie bar like no other.
09 The Caker
446 Karangahape Road, Newton
These baking queens have made a name for themselves as having the “the most delicious, beautiful cakes in Auckland”.
10 Coco's Cantina
376 Karangahape Road
Coco’s has been around as long as anyone can remember - the kind of restaurant that has become so cemented in its neighbourhood.