Parnell lies on the fringe of Auckland CBD, and is often cited as Auckland’s first suburb. Quite the claim in a city that now exceeds sixty ‘burbs. The history is evident in the historical architecture found within the neighbourhood; a visit to the Kinder House or Hulme Court offers a small window into the past.
Parnell - in recent years - has emerged as a home for bespoke dining experiences, excellent coffee, enviable boutique shopping and a precinct reminiscent of downtown New York. Shaking off its once prim and proper image. The concentration of dealer galleries in the area make it a go-to destination for Aucklanders on a mission to find coveted artwork.
Parnell is surprisingly green for its proximity to the city. Naturally blessed with a plethora of gardens and reserves; The Domain with its curiously charming Winter Gardens and inimitable Auckland Museum give the suburb a distinctive perimeter unlike any other.
7/15 Faraday Street, Parnell
Bara will have you lusting after new threads in no time. This high-end boutique evokes serious art gallery vibes and is a far cry from your typical clothing shop.
02 Atelier Shu
1 Faraday Street, Parnell
We could easily mistake Atelier Shu for a luxury fashion boutique—its modern interior and minimalistic decor is just that beautiful.
03 Pineapple on Parnell
207 Parnell Road, Parnell
Prepare to be seduced by the old world charm behind the door at Pineapple.
04 Red Rabbit
Shed 3/7 Faraday Street, Parnell
Situated in Parnell’s industrial quarter, Red Rabbit’s Faraday Street outpost is where the locals come for their caffeine hit.
05 Simon & Lee
115 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell
When you’re looking for big Korean flavours and solid staples in Auckland, look no further than Simon & Lee.
06 Black Door Gallery
251 Parnell Road, Parnell
Parnell is well known and loved for its thriving creative scene.
07 Lamplight Books
G01/100 Parnell Road, Parnell
Bibliophiles should make a beeline for Lamplight Books, an elegant bookstore situated along Parnell’s main strip.
08 Auckland Museum
Entering this museum opens up a world filled with new discoveries.
09 Völla Café
behind 46&York Bar 56 Parnell Road, Parnell
Tucked away in York Street Courtyard, Völla Café is a sweet little garden oasis dishing out artisanal treats and killer coffee.
10 Little Rosie
82 Gladstone Road, Parnell
Don't worry if you didn't get a seat at the ever-popular Rosie, their sister eatery is here to satisfy your hunger. Head next door to Little Rosie for a moreish selection of takeaway goods ready to devour.
11 Bandung Café
119 Parnell Road, Parnell
Inspired by home cooking from the team’s roots in Java, Parnell’s Bandung Café boasts a fresh take on Indonesian cuisine.