It's not difficult to be impressed by this contemporary restaurant/ bar/ nightclub at Auckland city center. Located on the Vulcan Lane, this perennial hangout opens its door early in the evening to some awesomely cooked wood-fired pizzas, and lip-smacking dishes like White Wine Pan Fried Prawns and Cold Cured Salmon, prepared from locally sourced ingredients. These delightful small bites complement well with the bar's famous Teapot cocktails like Shipwrecked, Long Island Iced Tea as well as the like of Sauv Blanc, Pinot Noir and Guinness from its list of beverages. As the day winds out, the tables make way for a spacious dance floor and stage which hosts the scintillating performance of indie rock bands and DJs. Make sure you walk in here with your dancing shoes to show off your moves to the crowd.
Come here for great food and coffee and a friendly comfortable atmosphere. The ocean colors of Fusion bring a relaxed but creative ambiance and reminds us of our proximity to the sea. You can sit street side, inside near the old central fireplace or in the rear deck and garden area complete with children's sandpit. Examples from the eclectic menu include a breakfast omelet of fresh herbs and free-range eggs or for lunch, a Thai beef salad. Fully licensed, there is a good selection of wines available.
This café is located on a character-rich pedestrian lane between Queen Street and High Street, right in the city centre. A charming establishment, the café features wooden floors, wooden walls and leather-clad booths. Due to its central location, it is a popular meeting place day or night. Occidental Belgian Cafe offers real Belgian beers on tap and great pots of mussels, Belgian style. They are fully licensed and have a good range of other drinks available, including fine coffee.
New Zealand opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa opened the centre in 1990, and the multi-purpose venue is host to productions by Opera New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Auckland Philharmonia, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as international artists, conventions and exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances. Various venues within the centre, such as the ASB Theatre, seat audiences from 180 to 2256.
SPQR was one of the original cafes in Ponsonby and its popularity has stood the test of time. It is now a sophisticated upmarket restaurant and bar rather than a simple café. It has a certain energy; the later it gets the more it seems to buzz. It draws an eclectic crowd; people watching is a treat here. The beautifully presented food is Italian. Some examples from the menu include char-grilled calamari salad with rocket, roast garlic and lemon oil, and seared, rare tuna with smoked tomato, salsa, rocket, balsamic and caroli oil.
If you want to experience a unique stay in Auckland then head to the Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery. They offer 10 fully furnished rooms that have basic amenities. You can see portraits of Shakespeare on the walls which gives the hotel a very classic appeal. A pioneer of the boutique brewery industry, the Shakespeare brews ten of its own beers on its premises. This is a traditional English-style pub with the unique decor. Downstairs there is a bar, a few booths, and some tables. The function room is upstairs with a lovely terrace for outdoor dining and drinking.
With an aim to cater to various healthy eating needs Misters offers an array of gluten and dairy free dishes. These are prepared from the freshest local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Choose from a variety of items such as Bacon Omelette, Acai Bowl, Toasted Loaf, Moroccan Bowl to be complemented with beverages like a green smoothie, Cacao Smoothie or Hot toddy. They also provide catering services for private occasions.
Raw Power owner, Joe, is a staunch vegetarian and wanted fellow vegetarians to have a cool cafe to dine in too. The location above busy Vulcan lane is light and spacious as well as a prime spot for people watching. The salad buffet is always popular at Raw Power; a large bowl of salad is choose from bean, pasta, noodle, rice and green salad selections. Larger meals include corn fritters and salad and pita-bread pockets with salad. There is also a large selection of fresh juices processed on the premises.
Unwind after work or on the weekend with friends over delicious dishes and divine drinks served at The Spitting Feathers. Feast on dishes like the Spaghetti Bolognese, Scampi with chips or beef stew which can be complemented with a glass of wine from their collection of red, white and Chardonnay. Other drinks you can choose from include creative cocktails and beer. The wood-furnished interiors and brick walls give a rustic and cozy appeal to the bar where guests can have a relaxing time.
Chuffed is for those who are tired of having the same old conventional coffee and want to try something new. As soon as you enter the cafe, you will be swept off your feet by the delicious aromas of freshly brewed coffee. The homemade Espresso, Latte, the filter or the regular, no matter what you order, you will find yourself being impressed by the thought and care put into it. The place gives out a very inviting vibe and the people serving you know the worth of a great cup of coffee. So next time you get a coffee craving, just push open the door to Chuffed.