If you know anything about Auckland, you’ll know the big names like to hang out on Ponsonby Road, and with a vibe not dissimilar to our big city overseas counterparts, it’s easy to see why. With eateries along the strip serving up everything from pizza to prawns, Ponsonby Road caters to all sorts of visitors who come to revel in its eating and drinking scene as much as the people watching.
Once infamous for its derelict buildings and colourful reputation in the 1980s, Ponsonby has undergone one of Auckland’s most dramatic turnarounds with posh shops, galleries, bars and restaurants now hosting the who’s who of the country. A hip place to hang out at night, keep your eyes peeled for famous faces as you drink an expertly mixed cocktail or sip wine in the courtyard at one of the many hot spots.
01 Ponsonby Central
136-146 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus.
02 The Shelter
The Shelter 78 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby
There’s a new way of doing business here in Auckland, a collaborative shared space drill that seems to save on risk, worry and premature closures; friends and foes unite with the similar goal of success.
03 Everyday Needs
270 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
As the shop’s name suggests, the focus here is on items for the home that are practical and useful – the kind of things you couldn’t imagine living without.
256 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
A Ponsonby Road favourite that, despite many comings and goings on the hospitality strip, has proved a bit of a mainstay.
05 Lonely Ponsonby
7/130 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn
The flagship Lonely store.
06 Flotsam and Jetsam
84 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn
Another one of Ponsonby’s illustrious retailers is Flotsam and Jetsam, a vintage store with both new and old items for the home.
07 Twenty Seven Names Ponsonby
177 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
One of the must-visits of Ponsonby’s many designer fashion stores.
08 il Buco
113 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
A bustling Italian Pizza palace right in the heart of the strip opposite Ponsonby Central.
09 The Lucky Taco
230 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
The Lucky Taco have created a truly unique eating experience for New Zealanders.
10 Burger Burger
4 Brown Street, Ponsonby
No upmarket food court would be complete without a buzzing burger bar, and Burger Burger is Ponsonby Central’s engine room til death do them part.
11 Allpress Ponsonby
266 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Serving up coffee by the cup to busy business people, shoppers and wanderers every day of the week.
12 Kate Sylvester
134 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Kate Sylvester emanates sophistication, refinement and femininity.
13 Orphans Kitchen
118 Ponsonby Road
Effortlessly cool and utterly lacking in pretension, Orphans Kitchen is one of the greatest contributions to the Ponsonby Road renaissance.
14 Duct Tape
Shop 2 138/136 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
In this day and age people care more about communication and technological trends and Duct Tape is here to help.