The somewhat brighter more vivacious cousin of Ponsonby Road, Auckland's 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. 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 Coco's Cantina
376 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
Coco’s has been around as long as anyone can remember - the kind of restaurant that has become so cemented in its neighbourhood.
553 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
This little endeavour has carved out an enviable spot amongst Auckland’s booming coffee scene.
03 Artspace Aotearoa
300 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
A gallery true to its name.
225 Karangahape Road, Newton
An eclectic mix of all things homemade, handcrafted, New Zealand made and vintage.
05 Tur Studio
486 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
A creative space continually merging and progressing to match the ever growing importance of art in Auckland’s culture.
06 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”.
179/183 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
A very good addition to Auckland’s ever-burgeoning café scene.
08 Apero Food and Wine
280 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
Apero has quickly cemented itself as one of the coolest little wine bars in the city.