Ponsonby Little Black Book

A-Z Cafés + Restaurants + Bars Guide

We are spoilt for choice in the greater Ponsonby area with some of the best bars, cafés and restaurants in New Zealand. Here is our latest guide to where the locals love to eat, drink and be merry. Please let us know if any of this information has changed. email info@ponsonbynews.co.nz



The team at Garnet Station has opened Majenta, a bar which opened recently. Open Wednesday to Friday from 2pm and all day in the weekends. Hungry? The serve their woodfired pizzas and meals. In addition they also have tapas to go with ice cold beer or cider. 


85 Garnet Road, Westmere

09 360 3397 View website#majentabarwestmere



A boutique coffee roaster, serving only a handful of cafes. Each batch is hand picked by owner Jonny McKessar, roasted to order and delivered fresh. This busy coffee roaster is a great place to get that quick fix on the run or sit in at the communal table for a meeting with colleagues or a catch up with friends. 


City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 524 0946 View websitewww.3beans.co.nz



Passionate about coffee? This is a must-visit store to experience exceptional-tasting coffee. Enjoy a perfect cup of espresso or discover single origin coffees and blends as a filter brew. A selection of fresh-roasted beans is available for brewing at home. Biscotti and handcrafted European-style biscuits are baked on site. 


Situated on it’s original corner site of Jervois Road and Wanganui Ave, the new Andiamo - ‘let’s go’ in Italian - is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole. Boasting a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu, by day it serves classic brunch dishes and by evening, a trattoria menu by executive chef Gareth Stewart. Open Monday 5pm-late, Tuesday-Friday,12 noon-late, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-late.  


This wine bar offers a selection of well-priced, international and local wines by the glass, and Estrella on tap. From the cocktail list, three drinks: an Aperol Spritz, a Negroni, or a Spritz Blanco. Choose from a selection of tapas, cheese boards and jamón Ibérico. Open seven days, 3pm-11pm. 


A new restaurant to Freemans Bay.
More details to come. 


112 Wellington Street, Freemans Bay

09 360 9656


Loved by locals, this modern European bar and bistro is situated in the iconic former Ponsonby Post Office. Boasting many original details, the space comes to life with beautiful indoor plants that make any visit feel like a special occasion. The restaurant spills into a private courtyard bursting with flowers and a roaring fire, making it the best spot in town to drop in for drinks, lunch and dinner. 


A modern Japanese restaurant where co-owner and executive chef, Yukio Ozeki delivers a menu that combines Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes. They offer large and small plates designed to be shared or choose from the raw bar section that offers a variety of fresh fish creations. Hidden out the back, off Maidstone Lane, is Roji, Azabu’s sake and cocktail bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-late, Thursday-Friday, 12 noon-late.  



Bambina is a casual, relaxed breakfast and lunch cafe where simple food using only the freshest ingredients has been served for more than 21 years. Licensed for beer and wine, Bambina is an all-time favourite that consistently delivers and is a fabulous place to meet friends for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Monday-Friday, 6.30am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7am-4pm. 


Bedford Soda & Liquor is a New York-inspired neighbourhood bar named after Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It serves handmade sodas, cocktails, floats, shakes, meatballs and sundaes. Open 12 noon until late, seven days, with an eclectic mix of DJs playing from 6pm Thursday-Saturday.  


Ponsonby Central,
5 Richmond Road

09 378 7362 View websitewww.bedfordsodaliquor.co.nz


Enjoy Ben & Jerry’s the way it was originally intended! Dig into any of their euphoria inducing ice cream flavours. Hand scooped with custom-built cones and sundaes, it’s ice cream the way it was originally served by Ben and Jerry themselves. The perfect way to finish a meal is with a walk along the Ponsonby strip to this dessert destination. 


Montreal-style bagels prepared daily. Every one is hand-rolled and baked in a wood-fired stone oven right before your eyes. Fresh bagels are available to take home or you can enjoy bagel sandwiches made to order. They offer breakfast spreads such as marmite or jam ‘with a lick of butter’. Try the ‘Yodi’ house pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled cheese topped with a pickle or the classic ‘King Salmon’ smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill and lemon juice.  Open seven days, 7am-3pm. 


Shed 3, City Works Depot

09 366 3926 View websitewww.bestugly.co.nz


This vegetarian cafe is situated in the middle of the West Lynn shops, right next to Dear Reader. Their menu has nine different options. Try the fried upma, which are Indian spiced yellow split pea fritters with coriander and mint raita, tomato kasundi, watercress and a free-range poached egg! Yummy and spicy! 


Bird On A Wire is a fresh and simple free-range rotisserie chicken store. They offer chicken sandwiches and quarter, half or whole free-range rotisserie roasted chickens with a choice of bastes from Jamaican jerk, Korean barbecue, salsa verde and truffle butter (the ‘Ponsy Coq’). Vegetarians are catered for with a grilled cheese sandwich, beer battered chips, roast vegetables and salads. Open seven days, 10.30am-10.30pm.  


Relax, unwind and enjoy the ambience, wine and delicious food. The menu includes the all day breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the Euro breakfast plate or the Big Kiwi breakfast. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm all year except Christmas Day. No surcharge on public holidays. 


Corner Blake Street & Prosford Street

09 360 6261 View websitewww.blakestcafe.co.nz


With 19 years', experience, owner Pedro Komai offers a taste of fine Italian pizza and pasta. Bona Pizza is fully licensed and BYO with a happy hour from 4.30pm every day - $5 beer or glass of wine. You can eat in or take advantage of their delivery service and they cater for private functions. Open seven days. 


A Japanese fusion eatery. From the Boss salad menu, try the Crispy Teriyaki Chicken Salad: Katsu chicken, broccoli, sprouts, edamame, radish, crispy shallot, roasted sesame dressing, and house teriyaki, come with Sticky Rice. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon-9.30pm, except Saturday, open 5pm-9:30pm. 


234 Ponsonby Road

09 213 0831


A fresh, vibrant eatery specialising in tasty and succulent free-range birds, along with extensive options for non-bird eaters! Dine in and enjoy something from the boutique drinks menu or choose to take home a delicious meal cooked from scratch. 


Brewery, retail store and tasting lounge with more than 200 beers, 18 of these on tap, Brothers is Auckland’s home for lovers of beer. It offers a range of beers brewed on site and an ever-changing selection of the world’s best craft beers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe and the US. Enjoy a tasting paddle of five beers and try the thin-crust pizza. Brothers hosts regular events such as live music, tap takeovers and special releases. Open seven days. 


City Works Depot,
Shed 3D,
90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 6100 View websitewww.brothersbeer.co.nz


This eatery serves traditional no-fuss American southern style barbeque cuisine, made to be shared with friends and family. The menu features authentic meats served naked, or with slaw and pickle in a sandwich. Open Monday-Sunday, Midday-10pm. 


City Works Depot 90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 6100 View websitewww.jukejoint.co.nz


A cafe with a bakery on site. Choose from their range of specialty German baked goods such as breads and rolls that are filled will natural goodness, and free of any preservatives. Or dine in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the fabulous view the cafe offers. Open Monday-Saturday, 6.30am-6pm, Sunday, 7.30am-3pm. 


Beautiful waterfront dog-friendly cafe, fully licensed, sun-soaked deck, and great food. Serving Underground coffee. Available for evening functions. Many locals will know the owner - it is Ginette Auld who previously owned Salta in Three Lamps.


141-151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven

09 378 6667 View websitewww.buoycafe.co.nz


Where they make simple, honest burgers, serve old-fashioned shakes and really cold beers and bubbles. Open seven days, 12 noon-late. 


The Lane, Ponsonby Central

09 360 8030 View websitewww.burgerburger.co.nz


Burger Wisconsin has been on Ponsonby Road for 29 years. The menu is regularly updated on their website and you can phone in your order for pick-up from 11.30am-late, seven days a week. They offer delivery on online orders within five kilometres. 


The flagship store in Ponsonby was the first BurgerFuel to be open and for over a decade has been engineering the ultimate burger, built with the freshest ingredients. This includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-3am. 



Try the Café 28 Big Breakfast: bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, hash brown, spicy sausage and eggs or the Israeli couscous and roasted vegetables. From the cabinet, choose from wraps, sandwiches, muffins and slices. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


For 39 years, Cafe Cezanne has been world-famous in Ponsonby for its wall murals and yummy food and coffee at reasonable prices. Renowned for healthy salads, they also offer a vegetarian menu, gluten-free options and a children’s menu, and everything is available to takeaway. Fully licensed and BYO wine. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-late, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-late.  


This café has a selection of pies, cold sandwiches and slices. It serves hot food such as toasted sandwiches and burgers, and offers an all day breakfast. 


139 Wellesley Street West

09 379 8338


Offering authentic Vietnamese food with small plates and main plates to choose from. Try the bang bang prawns or the fragrant and herbaceous pho - Vietnam’s national beef noodle soup. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5.30pm-late. 


Located within the roastery, Caffetteria is a neighbourhood hub where you can enjoy expertly prepared Allpress hot air-roasted coffee, their iconic Italian-style sandwiches and healthy smoothies.  A selection of blends and single origin coffee is available for brewing fresh at home.  The knowledgeable team is happy to help. 


Corner Drake and Adelaide Streets

09 369 5842 View websitewww.allpressespresso.com


Cake & Co makes beautiful celebration cakes using fresh, quality ingredients.  They offer a good selection of gluten, dairy and egg-free cakes, with low sugar where possible. Popular flavours are dark chocolate and raspberry, ginger and white chocolate, lemon curd and coconut, fig, ricotta and hazelnut, salty peanut caramel, hummingbird and lavender. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm. 


Legendary Caluzzi Cabaret offers an unforgettable dining experience with entertainment by New Zealand’s most awarded drag artistes. Be dazzled by an interactive cabaret show with fabulous food, glittering costumes, cocktails and a whole lot of laughter. The perfect night out for a fun social occasion. Bookings are essential.  


461 Karangahape Road

09 357 0778 View websitewww.caluzzi.co.nz


A bohemian restaurant/bar with an interior straight out of Havana, which has one foot in the old world and one in the new. A philosophy of bringing cultures together through food and hospitality means a menu with so many good things it’s a given you’ll be visiting more than once. Feel like you make a difference when the profits of your 'Hummus for Syria' actually go to Syria via Unicef! Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-late, happy hour 4pm-7pm, brunch available Friday-Sunday from 10am.  


A Hip and funky little café, tucked away in the east side of Victoria Park Village. For you early birds they are open from 7am on weekdays & 8am on weekends, for breakfast, fresh coffee and an array of cabinet food, served with a side of smiles & funky attitudes. Fresh baked breads and bakery to follow soon… 


Victoria park village, Victoria street West

09 377 4450 View websitewww.catch22cafe.co.nz


Catroux offers a delicious seasonal brunch menu plus a cabinet full of tantalising salads and savouries.
For the sweet tooth there is plenty of baking (they also have an amazing online cake ordering system).  They make fresh juices, green smoothies and serve Eighthirty coffee. They also offer a catering menu.
Open Monday-Friday, 6.45am-3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7.30am-3.30pm. No reservations. 


A Ponsonby institution, Chapel embodies the spirit of Auckland’s most iconic and sociable boulevard. It is the perfect place for drinks with friends after work, for dinner, a snack or a night out. Well worth the visit to sample delicious and very affordable fare such as the crispy Italian-style pizzas. Open Monday-Wednesday, 3pm-late and Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-late.  


They offer traditional and legendary Indian dishes. You will enjoy Indian authentic menu items such as Afghani chicken, tandoori, lamb chops and plenty more. Open for lunch, dinners and takeaways. 


Cherry and Whites is a favourite among locals for its amazing coffee and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Offers a great range of baked goodies supplied daily by Scratch Bakers and the cabinet is stocked with delicious sandwiches and salads. It uses award-winning Altura coffee and the smoothies are popular and proudly made from real ingredients. Open weekdays 6.30am-3pm and weekends 8am-2pm. 


A punk ramen bar with The Eagles on the radio, lip-smacking pork buns, fried chicken - and a damn fine selection of whisky. Expect handsome descriptions, like their peaty 10-year Ardberg, hailed as "a long and glorious mix of sea-salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke." They’ll even spike your choice of milkshake with a slug of bourbon. Chop Chop’s where tasty Asian street food gets hooked up with great whisky and killer cocktails. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late.  


Ponsonby Central, 140 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0708 View websitewww.ponsonbychopchop.co.nz


It serves Thai food with a modern twist on popular dishes. Try the red curry or the pork belly bao. They also offer an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. Open Wednesday-Monday, 11.30am-10pm, closed Tuesday. 


Located at the bottom of College Hill, directly opposite New World, Cima Sushi is offering Donburi and sushi to takeaway. They offer several vegetarian sushi roll fillings including steamed green beans with sesame seeds, tempura pumpkin, seaweed salad, avocado and cucumber. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-3pm. 


5 College Hill

09 366 6175


Clipper is a vibrant destination bar in the heart of Ponsonby combining local & exotic flavours in our first class cocktails. Operated by one of New Zealand's most experienced bartenders, their carefully crafted menu has something for everyone.  


This is a lively, busy, noisy bistro and bar bustling with energy. The food is best described as rustic Italian with influences from the Mediterranean and service is slick and skilful. No reservations required, but you can sit at the bar and enjoy a great wine or cocktail while you wait.  Check out the new communal dining room. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. 


374-376 Karangahape Road

09 300 7582 View websitewww.cocoscantina.co.nz


Cocoro means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese and the food and service they provide come with all their heart and soul. They serve Jun Mai pure rice sake and there is an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. They now offer a sushi and sashimi course. Reservations are taken for the degustation menu only, casual walk-ins are welcome. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-2pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 


Located at the top of Hakanoa Street in West Lynn, this café serves espresso, Turkish coffee and teas. From the menu, choose from a selection of Durum (wraps) beef/chicken/vegetarian or mixed. Or try their selection of dips and salads: humus, cacik, babaganush or mixed. 


Coffee House Organic is a place where design, art, music, food, organic coffee and impeccable Japanese hospitality blend for an enriching sensory experience in a chilled creative environment. Their organic coffees come from certified organic sources. All of their products are free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. The coffee beans are screened by hand and are roasted carefully to achieve the best possible coffee experience for their customers. 


Coffee House Organic is a place where design, art, music, food, organic coffee and impeccable Japanese hospitality blend for an enriching sensory experience in a chilled creative environment. 


The Conch Kitchen & Bar is part of the entertainment scene day and night, serving South American-inspired food, New Zealand organic wines, fresh sugar cane cocktails and local craft beers. Open Monday-Friday 4pm-late, Saturday and Sunday 8am-late.    


Small, intimate and classy, unlike its big brother Grand Central. Specialising in gin and whiskey, with one of Auckland’s largest selection of Irish whiskeys (and from around the world) and also over 65 different gins. Open Wednesday-Thursday 3pm till late and Friday-Saturday till 4am with its legendary happy hour Wednesday-Friday 3-7pm. 


65A Mackelvie Street

09 360 1260


Serving up a variety of wholesome handmade goodies daily that you can have cooked to order.  Choose from the cabinet or from their range of paleo dishes and treats such as paleo hazelnut chocolate cookies. Open seven days, Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3pm. 


Authentic French sweet crepes and savoury galettes made from the best ingredients New Zealand has to offer: real chocolate, homemade caramel, freshly squeezed lemon juice, free-farmed ham, free-range eggs, organic buckwheat, sugar and dairy-free options. Takeaway or dine in, check the website for opening hours. 


Ponsonby Central, 138 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.crepesagogo.co.nz


Crumb is a relaxed and friendly corner store, doing the basics and doing them well. It's suited for a bite and a drink on the run or perfect for settling in and having a yarn. They're here to bring the community and locals together on a beautiful corner in Grey Lynn. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-3pm. 


Corner Crummer Road and Ariki Street

View websitewww.crumb.co.nz


Get your 5+ a day at this juice bar. Enjoy a freshly squeezed juice or an organic smoothie. Try the Tropical Paradise: mango, coconut, kale, cashews, dates and orange, or the Dragon Berry: pitaya, strawberry, banana and cashews. Open Monday-Sunday, 7.30am-4.30pm. 


4 Brown Street



Owner Kevin Morris and his team blend fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy to create award-winning pizzas and fresh pasta.  The pizzas' sourdough takes four days to prepare, is hand stretched and made to order. The dough is friendly to those with gluten intolerance. The buffalo cheese is airfreighted from Italy. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 4443 View websitewww.dantespizzeria.co.nz

De Grand Thai

Thai is one of the most popular cuisines in New Zealand. The newly opened De Grand has recently opened offering consistently healthy Thai cuisine and well-balanced diets. Its various techniques and components are a fusion of contributions made by the Thai cultures. 


Deadshot is a neigbourhood bar for grown up drinking, moody blues and dark corners. It specialises in classic cocktails and champions the idea that cocktails should be for all occasions, not just special occasions. Because life is short, enjoy it while you can. The bar accommodates for small groups of six or less. Open seven days, 5pm-2am. 


45 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.deadshot.co.nz


A popular and very busy local cafe with wheat-free, gluten-free and vegan offerings. The menu boasts a range of options for all.  Try the acai bowl, the eggs benedict, or the smashed avocado on house-made Swedish rye, and waffles which are gluten free. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm, closed Tuesday. 


They offer their specialty homemade sandwiches such as a New York Reuben or a blue Vein stuffed portobello. Moreover, their gelato - with three dairy free choices - our standout favourite is the Burnt chocolate coconut and charcoal - All their food is made fresh in-house. 


This café offers a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, along with cabinet food that includes sandwiches, cakes and muffins. They serve Toasted Espresso coffee. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-3.30pm, Saturday 8am-3pm. 


Dessert Dojo offers an exciting and innovative way of producing mouth-watering ice-cold desserts. The mixing of ice cream with a variety of quality toppings such as brownie, fruits and nuts, on the custom-engineered cold stone facilities, creates divine-tasting desserts in front of your eyes! Open Monday-Sunday, 1pm-10.30pm.  


Head to Dida’s Wine Lounge to experience a comprehensive wine list and the ever changing, always-innovative tapas menu. The talented kitchen team works hard to pair traditional tapas with multiple by-the-glass options of local, imported and hard-to-find wines, craft beers and an impressive range of single malts. It’s a perfect spot in which to lose a few hours while broadening your hedonistic horizons. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.  


A new restaurant to Ponsonby.
More details to come. 


161 Ponsonby Road

09 361 6668


People will make a special trip from near and far to get their morning coffee at Dizengoff. They serve a Jewish-inspired menu for breakfast and lunch and it is the place to go for a tasty meal with a difference. Open seven days, 6.30am-5pm. 


Order online or through the Domino's Apps for the best deals. Choose from the range of pizzas, sides, drinks and desserts available for pick up or delivery. Track your order online with the Domino's Live Pizza Tracker. 


Cider Building R4/4 Williamson Avenue

09 950 3085 View websitewww.dominos.co.nz/store/nz-ponsonby/


This recently opened scoop shop, offers an extensive range of 24 flavours, including dairy free options, available every day of the week. It also serves ice cream sandwiches, ice cream tacos and pints to take home and enjoy. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm.  



A casual dine-in environment, the meals have a western spin on popular Asian cuisine and are served in a funky box. The menu covers cuisine from Japan in the north to Indonesia in the south. Dine-in, takeaway or have your food delivered. Open Monday-Friday, 11.30am-3pm and 4.30pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday, 4.30pm-10pm. 


171d Ponsonby Road

09 360 6085 View websitewww.east.co.nz


Eat Drink Laugh is a great place to do just that... from breakfast with Allpress coffee, to burgers and beers at lunch, to wine, cocktails and sharing plates in the evening, you can find it all at this eatery. Open Monday-Wednesday 6.30am-4pm, Thursday-Friday 6.30am-late, Saturday 8.30am-late, Sunday 8.30am-2.30pm.  


It serves scrumptiously superb eggs in the freshest brioche buns.Try the Sweet Scram: scrambled eggs, American cheese, sriracha mayo, baby spinach, caramelised onions in a brioche bun. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-3pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8.30am-3pm. 


113 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.eggandspoon.co.nz


A little coffee roaster specialising in ethically sourced coffee, be it Fairtrade, organic or Rain Forest Alliance. You can pop in for a takeaway coffee at either location. The Ponsonby store is open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am-4.30pm; The K’ Road store is open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street and 553 Karangahape Road

09 551 3236 View websitewww.eighthirty.com


Try the real flavour of the Argentinian Pampas right here in the heart of Ponsonby. Offering Argentinian barbecue asado, homemade chorizo and empanadas. Licensed and open seven days from 11.30am-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday open till 10.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 0119 View websitewww.elsizzlingchorizo.co.nz


The Elbow Room is a favourite neighbourhood bar with a discerning wine list, a wide range of beers including Peroni, Sapporo and Lagunitas IPA on tap, as well as an extensive cocktail selection. The bar can be booked for private functions, either exclusively or for shared use. Open seven nights, Monday 3.30pm-1am and Tuesday-Sunday 3pm-1am. 


Their focus is on handcrafted woodfired pizza. The menu combines old Italian classics with modern twists from Europe. Everything they do is homemade from their 24 hour slow cooked meats to their house-cured whiskey salmon. Open Tuesday-Wednesday, 12pm-11:30pm, Thursday-Sunday 12pm-1am. 


Renowned for their Peking duck, which must be pre-ordered, Empress Garden is on the corner of Herne Bay Road and Jervois Road and has been serving delicious Chinese food for over 36 years. Open seven days, 12 noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 


This Indian restaurant is located on the corner of Surrey Crescent. It has a large, well-presented dining room, and the staff is welcoming. Try something a little bit different, like the Empress Special Curry (chicken/lamb/beef) cooked with onions, fenugreek and Indian mild spices. Open seven days, lunch 11am-2.30pm, dinner 5pm-till late. 


épicer, pronounced 'eh-peess-eh', invites an exploration of modern Indian cuisine by Michelin-starred chef, Manjunath Mural. Whether it’s small sharing plates over cocktails in their loft lounge (think flambé slow-cooked lamb chop Kashmiri with a few glasses of their smoky Desi Daru moonshine) or a degustation experience with matching wines in the main restaurant, just like Indian hospitality there is something for everyone. 

EST. 1901

Est. 1901 delivers a dose of historic charm to the suburb’s main strip. Assuming a prominent spot at 224 Ponsonby Road (right next to Prego) which was formerly tenanted by a butchery for over 70 years, this heritage site has now been transformed into a version of its original self. The result is an embellished time capsule where turn-of-the-century furniture and art create an historic atmosphere in which to enjoy cocktails and drinks. The drinks menu is a history lesson unto itself, with concoctions like the ‘Miss Irvine’ paying homage to the building’s very first owner and the ‘Captain Dedwood’ serving as a nod to Ponsonby’s onetime name (‘Dedwood’). Open Tuesday-Sunday, 3pm-late. 



Situated in a bright airy space at the top of Summer Street, Farina (meaning ‘flour’ in Italian) has fast become a popular eatery. Sergio Maglione and Mike Ross offer the legendary metre-long pizzas, perfect for sharing with a group of friends at one of their communal tables. Also on offer are fresh pasta dishes, a range of Neapolitan antipasti and more. Open seven days, 12 noon-10pm. 


Farro Fresh is a unique fresh food market. Whether you’re stopping in for a quick coffee or looking for the ingredients for a recipe, they have it all under one roof. Farro stocks the very best local and international ingredients and prides itself on being a one-stop shop for fresh, wholesome and delicious food.  


34 Westmoreland Street West

09 360 0499 View websitewww.farrofresh.co.nz


Serving Middle Eastern takeout with a unique twist. Fatima’s is all about flavour and fresh produce. Zingy lemon, fresh herbs and the warm aromatic spices from the East. Taste their harissa chicken, spiced lamb or fresh falafel wrapped up in a toasted pita with their handmade salads and sauces. They also offer potato koftas with sweet chilli aioli. Open seven days, 11.30am-10pm.  


Take a trip back in time in this 90s-inspired bar. On Friday and Saturday nights they combine today’s hits with the best tunes from the 90s. On weeknights you can enjoy karaoke, or join for one of their 90s movie nights. The upstairs area is available for private functions with a separate bar. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 4pm-late. 


Fish Fish is a fishmonger, takeaway and dine-in restaurant from the team behind Burger Burger. They source the fish from Auckland Fish Markets and Yellow Brick Road, and will cook it to your preference, battered or panfried. They are proud to serve fresh and delicious seafood, seven days a week. 


Ponsonby Central,
4 Brown Street

09 390 4397 View websitewww.fishfish.co.nz


A swanky spot, Fitzroy Lounge Bar is eclectic, relaxed and has a little something for everyone. Inspired by Melbourne’s super-cool suburb Fitzroy, the bold and brilliant space features murals, bold prints and greenery. With inviting cosy furnishings, a sprawling bar, and a small but perfectly formed tapa style bites menu, you won’t want to leave. Available for function hire. 


Food Truck Garage is the bustling home of The Food Truck, where chefs proudly serve up healthier versions of classic fast food including burgers, tacos and sodas. With a huge garage door that opens up to the sunshine, plenty of parking and Hallertau beer on tap, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick, healthy and affordable feed on the run. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-late, Sunday 11am-3.30pm. Dine in and takeaway. 


City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 973 2305 View websitewww.foodtruckgarage.co.nz


Offering delicious wholesome food quickly. Choose a classic burger from its dine in menu, the Spicy Chicken: two x free range Aztec spiced chicken fillets, slaw, chipotle yoghurt and smashed avocado. Or one of their signature dishes, the Energize Bowl: classic salad, baby spinach, red quinoa, shredded beetroot, shredded carrot, almonds, currants, flax seeds and miso dressing. Open seven days, 11am–9pm. 


Ponsonby Central, Unit 4, 4 Brown Street

09 600 1019 View websitewww.foodtruckgarage.co.nz


It’s no surprise that Foxtrot Parlour is owned by Tara Brogan. Her attention to detail is always exceptional, and from the food to the coffee to the staff Foxtrot is pretty damn flawless. No longer a secret are its famous injectable doughnuts and, of course, the bulging cabinet of home-baked delights. It offers Supreme coffee, or try the now much copied green smoothie - kiwifruit, mint and spinach. 


Ponsonby Central,
7 Richmond Road

09 378 7268 View websitewww.foxtrotparlour.co.nz


Freeman & Grey is a great sunny spot with a laid-back atmosphere, great sharing plates menu and a heap of fun to be had. It’s the perfect location for that special event, birthday, corporate event or Christmas. They’ll take the stress out of your next function, offering a wide range of food and beverage options, and can sort audio visual details for you. Open from 12 noon, Monday-Sunday.  


You’ll find Freida Margolis on the corner of Richmond Road and Hakanoa Street tucked away in 118 years of Grey Lynn history. Ask for a Garage Project Craft Brew a Gin Sour or a Blue Cheese and Pear Pizza - and check their Facebook page for their live gigs schedule - from jazz to alt-country. 


Fusion has a wonderful outdoor garden which features a sandpit, making it ideal for relaxing with Allpress coffee. Fully licensed and with a seasonal menu, its a great spot for enjoying breakfast or lunch with the family. Fusion is also available for functions. Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm. 



Garnet Station Licensed Cafe serves cooked breakfasts, seven days a week and thin, crispy wood-fired pizzas on Wednesday-Sunday nights. They use Chiasso organic coffee, Green Valley organic milk, free-range eggs and only organic meat. Great vegetarian salads, GF options, sweet treats. Lots of cosy seating in the house or outside down the sunny lane.  Free venue hire. Open Wednesday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 8am-8pm, Monday-Tuesday 7am-4pm.  


Gelato Amante is a family owned business serving genuine Italian ice cream. If you are after a late coffee or dessert, they are situated just across from the Ponsonby International Food Court. Open until midnight with a promise of hot desserts coming soon for the winter months.  


Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that includes vegetarian, gluten free and dairy-free options. To start the day, try the field mushrooms cooked four ways; five-grain toast, whipped feta, mixed herbs, goji berries. Or for after work, choose from the platter options such as the classic plougman’s platter, accompanied by a glass of wine or a craft beer. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-late, Saturday, 9am-late.  


This menu is their take on rustic Thai street food, inspired by their travels. And just like in Thailand - their food’s ready in a heartbeat - Go Go Daddy Thai Canteen. Little kitchen. Big delicious. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street

09 360 8080 View websitewww.gogodaddy.co.nz


The oldest and best-loved bar on the strip and still going strong after 19 years. Famous for its live music and late nights of dancing and good times. Huge range of craft beers (six on tap). Live music seven nights, great outdoor areas, two function spaces available. Open seven nights until 3 or 4am. Ponsonby’s longest-running happy hour, 4pm to 7pm. 


The Grey Lynn RSC is a city fringe club with bar, bistro and restaurant. Located in Francis Street, Grey Lynn in the West Lynn Shopping Centre. The RSC has Jimmy the Cook creating delicious fresh seafood meals and more in their downstairs bistro. The bistro is open Wednesday-Saturday from 6pm. The RSC is open 365 days of the year, a unique gem in the middle of Grey Lynn. The upstairs function rooms are available for private events. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Quality live music on Fridays.  


The Grey Lynn Tavern is a friendly neighbourhood place to have a drink, dance, sing or watch the game on the big screen. TAB facilities and pokie machines are also available and the bar can be hired for private functions. Open seven days, 11am-late. 


521 - 523 Great North Road

09 376 6521


At Gusto they keep things traditional; you will find the very best pizza, gnocchi, tortellini, fettuccine, ravioli and spaghetti. A private room is available for functions. Open Monday-Wednesday, 5.30pm-late, Thursday-Saturday, 12 noon-late. Sunday open from 5pm. 


Gypsy Tea Room has been attracting people from far and wide for the past 16 years. There is a smaller private room for up to 30 people, a tasty bar snack menu, thoughtful wine list, beer including Peroni, Sapporo and Lagunitas IPA on tap and cocktails for the discerning. This is a great place to meet friends old and new. Open seven days Monday-Thursday 4pm-11.30pm, Friday-Saturday 3pm-2am and Sunday 3pm-11.30pm. 



Glorious bowls of tasty things. Poke or poh-kay is a little Japanese. Very Hawaiian. Sweet in the morning. Savoury after the middle day sun. 


Hansik is a Korean bar and restaurant located right next to Victoria Park Market and is great for after-work drinks. The outdoor deck is a ideal for sunny afternoon cocktails to go with its mouth-watering menu of authentic Korean barbecue. 


9 Drake Street, Freemans Bay

09 930 0055 View websitewww.facebook.com/hansiknz


Originally from Tokyo, Rex Chang, the executive chef at Haru No Yume creates authentic Japanese cusuine that is beautifully presented to pleasure all your senses. He and his team use traditional Japanese cooking methods with a modern twist. 


3 Vernon Street, Freemans Bay

09 309 5446 View websitewww.harunoyume.co.nz


Order online or phone for one of their delicious pizza’s and choose from a great selection of sides and desserts! There’s something for everyone, from meat toppings to vegetarian toppings and vegan options. From their Plant Powered menu, try the Vegan Mischief: plant-based chorizo, vegan nuggets, Cajun herbs, onions, garlic, chilli, tomatoes and capsicum. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-12pm. 


The menu is built around the freshest seasonal produce to deliver to the healthiest possible meal. At Hemi Eatery you can expect a range of immaculate salads with your choice of protein, a collection of fresh juices and smoothies and an array of exciting cabinet food treats.  


Unit 1, Victoria Park Market

09 366 4760 View websitehemieatery.com


It’s serves delicious Thai cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced daily from the markets.
The prawn cakes (Tod Mun Goong) with plum sauce are a must try as is the flounder dish that is served deep fried with pieces stir-fried with peppercorns, shredded rhizome, garlic, fresh chilli and veggies. Open seven days, 11am-3pm, and dinner 5pm-10pm. 


38 Jervois Road

09 213 0776


This café has a modern yet homely feel with it’s interior of oak tables, steel framework and ceramic handmade tableware. Try the halloumi bowl with spinach, broccolini, quinoa, cherry tomato, almond, pistou and a poached egg. Or something a little sweeter, try the ricotta pancake, poached rhubarb, pistachio and vanilla marscapone. 


480 Richmond Road

View websitewww.honeybones.co.nz


It has eighteen craft beer on tap, fine wines, botanical gin cocktails and an array of sharing plates. Open Monday-Wednesday 4pm-11:30pm, Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-1.30am, Sunday,12 noon-11:30pm.  


A new cafe due to open soon in Grey Lynn.
More details to come. 


367 Great North Road



Specialising in Indonesian street food, it's Java offers an authentic “warung” experience offering the best of Indonesian cuisine. Whether you’re dreaming of a tropical trip to Bali or just looking to expand your gastronomic horizons, they will take you on an adventure through Indonesia’s weird and wonderful array of culinary flavours. 


Relive the joys of a bygone era; enjoy traditionally cooked Indian cuisine in a rustic setting.  Open lunch Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 


216 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Market

09 309 4009 View websitewww.ivillageatvictoria.co.nz


At Izzy you will find a unique blend of Japanese, Vietnamese and Latin cuisine. Izzy is born from the energy and spirit of these three distinct cultures which were combined together looking for the freshest and most inventive recipes meant to leave you with a feeling of comfort food and happiness! 



Janken is a sophisticated, trendy Japanese restaurant taking its name from the popular decision-making game ‘paper, scissors, rock', offering Japanese cuisine with a fusion twist. They offer a number of options for vegans/vegetarians. A unique space with its minimalist décor and exposed grey concrete.  Open five days for lunch (Tuesday-Saturday), six days for dinner (Tuesday-Sunday).  


Your local place for friends, colleagues and families to gather. They offer a full menu of small plates, charcuterie & cheese platters, mains & seasonal specials. Happy hour everyday 4-7pm. Fantastic hand made cocktails. Craft beers on tap. Try the wine flight of the week. Live music every Sunday afternoon from 4-7pm follow their Facebook or visit their website. Wine tasting, beer tasting & spirits classes held regularly. Venue available for special events, birthdays & functions.  


At Jervois Steak House, you can discover the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef with head chef Rob Forsman. There is a great range of beef, lamb, chicken and fish and pre-ordering is essential for the restaurant’s signature slow -roasted prime rib. Bookings are essential. Open, lunch Wednesday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm.  Dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm. 


This café offers a breakfast and lunch menu, coffee, tea and smoothies. From the breakfast menu, try the Hash Cake: pork ham, crumbled eggs, salsa verde and yuzu hollandaise. For lunch try the Corn Fritter: kasundi, crumbled haloumi, avocado and salsa. 


135 Williamson Avenue

09 378 0604 View websitewww.josycafe.co.nz


Joy Bong Thai specialises in Royal Thai as well as rustic Issan Thai cuisine with a modern twist. The food is typically delicate and spicy, always fresh daily. With friendly staff and great food, this is a great place for parties, large and small. Tell Apple, the owner, we sent you. Open for lunch weekdays, 11.30am-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 


A Herne Bay eatery and flagship store aka Jess’ Underground Kitchen serves up home cooking at its best - ready-to-heat meals, baking, seasonal salads and cabinet food, artisan deli goods and, of course, good coffee. They also offer bespoke catering for weddings, birthdays, corporate and office events. 



It serves tasty, healthy, vegan Thai food. From the small plates, try the Kumara Spring Rolls: sweet purple kumara, glass noodle springs rolls, with sweet carrot sauce. Or from the big plates, Panang Curry: sweet and salty sauce covering crunchy lotus root, crispy tofu and topped with crunchy almonds. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-9pm. 



Il Buco has gone and in its place Santiago de los Reyes from Uruguay has opened La Trattoria blending South America and Italy. They offer plenty of vegan options. Funghi - Mushrooms cooked in garlic, parsley, sesame and vegan cheese.



113 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4414


One of Auckland’s favourite rooftop bars with impressive views over Victoria Park and to the Sky Tower, La Zeppa offers delicious hot and cold tapas to enjoy with friends and a glass of wine. The perfect venue for social functions with a capacity of up to 500! Open seven days, 11.30am-late.  


At Le Vietnamese Kitchen you can experience the dedication to quality and the balance of intense flavours. Enjoy the fresh and aromatic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine finished with French flair. Mouth-watering, authentic dishes full of local, fresh vegetables, meat and fish will feature, along with a divine menu of Vietnamese-inspired cocktails. 


This osteria and wine bar is inspired by the wine bars of Europe. It serves authentic tasty cuisine. Try the Woodfired Bavette Steak: salsa verde, smoked beef fat tomato and horseradish. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late.  


Small but perfectly formed, Lime is a quintessential Ponsonby favourite and the perfect spot for a refreshing craft beer, celebratory Champagne or a really well made cocktail. It’s an easy vibe featuring their trademark tunes from Sinatra to Springfield and an older, more sophisticated late night crowd letting their hair down. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-2am. 


Little Bird goodies are made from the best raw organic ingredients they can find, and are completely vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. There are 45 seats, full table service and an extensive menu available to view online.  And with a range of delicious breakfast items, lunch dishes from 11am, along with smoothies, teas, teeccino, matcha, raw cacao drinks, Kokako coffee, cakes, tarts, slices, cheesecakes and cookies from the cabinet all day.  Open seven days, 7am-4pm.  Kitchen closes at 3pm. 


Little Bread & Butter Bakery specialises in organic breads. There are many different types of sourdough, European speciality loaves, bread rolls and pretzels. You can choose from a wide selection of handmade pastries, cakes and savouries, sandwiches and gourmet pies. At the large communal table you can toast your own slices of freshly baked bread and enjoy them with butter and jam, while you watch the hustle and bustle of the market area. 


34 Westmoreland Street, & Ponsonby Central, Richmond Road
09 376 4007

09 378 9111 View websitewww.breadandbutterbakery.co.nz


Little Easy delivers unpretentious fun and classic ‘pubdom’ with great-tasting food and vibes to match. This is much more than the average pub fare. They run weekly food specials, happy hour every day from 4-7pm and DJs jamming till late. The classic Kiwi pub menu is infused with American traits - their burgers are served on fresh brioche buns, and they offer a range of chicken wings. Both not to be missed! Open Tuesday-Thursday, 4pm-late, Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-late.  


Breakfasts and pizza 


Franklin Road


A tiny cafe has opened, where Fred's were once located. Co-owned by well-known chef and foodie John Palino along with Mark Hill (known for his coffee roasting at Atlas & Salta). John tells us to expect great coffee and delicious treats. Open 7 days from 7am-4pm. From December they will open at 7pm until 11pm. They plan to have a liquor license to offer locals a drink with their fabulous desserts. 


Cnr. Ponsonby & 8 Franklin Road - behind WORLD.

021 642 468 View websitewww.facebook.com/LittleSweetiePonsonby


Lo-Kahn’ta means ‘Local Eating House’ in Turkish. They offer simple, tasty food of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. The menu has a selection of small plates, flat breads, main meals and desserts. Try the octopus - chargrilled and served with lemon on fava bean puree. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm. 


137a Richmond Road

09 360 6355 View websitewww.lokanta.nz


With a covered courtyard and north-facing sun deck, Longroom offers a unique, alfresco environment for drinking and dining any time of day. An inspiring new menu consists of small and large shared dishes, a grazing platter, individual dishes and a few sweet treats. Let’s not forget the great range of beverages available including a substantial cocktail offering. DJs play during the evening Thursday to Saturday, live music and DJs on Sundays. Open seven days during summer and open Tuesday-Sunday during winter.  


Baby sister to Longroom Bar & Restaurant, Longshot has quickly become another favourite breakfast and coffee hotspot for Ponsonby visitors and locals. Serving an array of tasty and innovative breakfast and brunch dishes. There’s also a great range of sweets and savouries to enjoy on the spot or take away. Allpress is the coffee offering which can be brewed to satisfy all preferences, and there’s a special selection of teas, juices, smoothies, crazy shakes and Bloody Marys. The cafe space opens up to the sunny ‘atrium’ style, covered courtyard for enjoyment all year round. Open 6:30am-3pm weekdays and 7am-3pm weekends. 



Mad Mex offers gourmet burritos and tacos that are made to order using only the freshest produce, flavourful salsas and authentic slow roasted and grilled meats. Open Monday, 11am-9.30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 10.30am-3.30am, Sunday, 10.30am-9.30pm. 


They offer a vast array of sushi and sashimi options for dine in or takeaway. Try the Maki combo a selection of salmon, chicken or vegetable. Or try something a little different like the pork dumpling combo. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. 


A newly opened eatery specialising in Malaysian and Asian cuisine. We recommend their seasonal vege laksa - buddhist style onion vege curry base in noodle soup with cauliflower, tofu, egg, French beans, potatoes, bean sprout, carrot and tomatoes.  


Grey Lynn’s gastro pub has undergone an extensive renovation, re-emerging as the Malt Public House. The new bar and dining areas provide a relaxed and comfortable environment to catch up for drinks, lunch or dinner. The sunny courtyard is a hidden oasis, perfect for a summer afternoon! Open Monday-Friday, 11am-late, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-late.  


Corner Richmond Road & Hakanoa Street

09 360 9537 View websitewww.maltpublichouse.co.nz


This bakery-cafe-hangout is a Grey Lynn favourite. Whether your tummy growls for a sandwich, roll, pie, slice or muffin you’ll be able to get it here. Mamata is renowned for their made to order bagels, Ponsonby News’s favourite is the avocado and tomato toasted sesame seed bagel! Open Monday-Saturday, 7am-5.30pm. 


The old fire station is home to Mary’s cafe. A tastefully refurbished interior that is light- filled and spacious. They have familiar breakfast favourites such as red flannel hash with gourmet red potatoes sautéed with red onions, tomato and chorizo and topped with fried or poached eggs. Or you may be in the mood for a healthy protein power lunch. Try the kale salad! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


The atmosphere at Matsu is perfect for pleasure or business and for a great price, you can enjoy the best sushi with the highest quality of service, presentation and freshness. Dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience. 


Victoria Park Market

09 377 6848


A bar for the serious cocktail drinker. Whether it’s a classic or modern creation using seasonal produce, the drinks menu displays imagination and finesse. Passion and love go into every glass and it’s easy to see why they have won so many awards. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. 


3/175 Ponsonby Road

021 046 5709


A modern southeast Asian fusion restaurant designed with unique roughened floors, crudely painted walls with simple, yet elegant, nostalgic prints of life in Vietnam covering the walls. They have seating for as many as 80 guests in the bar, 60 in the restaurant and 30 in the Mekong function room. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 


A Californian-style Mexican eatery, that offers burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos and more. Enjoy feasting on tasty yet nutritious food in a fun Mexican-style atmosphere. Open Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm, Friday-Saturday, till 3am. 


A lively eatery on the strip offering great Mexican dishes. Try one of their quesadillas or soft shell tacos and look out for their weekly specials. They take bookings for groups over 10.
Open Monday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 


It serves good wholesome savory dishes and a range of sweet treats. From the beverage menu, try a super food latte such as the organic matcha or purple kumara. 


288 Ponsonby Road

09 217 2879


Serving simple, tasty Turkish dishes. Try one of the mezze platters with accompanying dips and flatbread. Or a classic durum (wrap): beef, chicken, halloumi, falafel, lamb or fish with sumac red onion, cacik, hummus, tomato and greens. Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-10pm.  


Ponsonby Central,
8/4 Brown Street

09 600 1158 View websitewww.missistanbul.co.nz


Slow cooking, wood smoking and quality New Zealand meat. It’s barbecue cooking inspired by pit masters and street markets. Rubs, ribs and distinctive smoky flavour that can only come from hours of cooking over burning wood. It takes the time-honoured American grill and enhances it with New Zealand freshness from quality timber and meats. Open seven days. 


Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4075 View websitewww.missmoonshines.com


Morepork BBQ is introducing damn good barbeque to New Zealand. Chef/owner Clint Davies combines homemade rubs and sauces with hand-picked premium cuts of meat and smokes them low ‘n’ slow in a custom built smoker, co-designed and co-built by the chef himself. Options to dine in at the fully licensed restaurant or takeaway a full meal for the family to enjoy. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am until sold out! 


Corner of Jervois & St Marys Road

09 303 0477 View websitewww.moreporkbbq.com


Alluring, powerful and flirty, Mr Toms is a combination of all things Ponsonby. With eloquently crafted cocktails, tasty small plates to share and their infamous, rustic baked pizzas, Mr Toms does the simple things right. 


At Murder Burger, they serve an uncompromisingly fresh meat burger that’s worth it. A place you would come to enjoy a range of exciting burgers minus the guilt. 


Mutiara is a specialist in authentic Malaysian cuisine and authenticity is the top priority for chef and owner Roy Lim. Malaysian cuisine is diverse in its influences and styles and this is reflected in the menu which offers signature dishes such as Rendang Kampung (thick curry), Ikan Bakar (Malaysian style grilled fish) and Mamak Noodles. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm and dinner seven nights, 6pm-10.30pm. 


This eatery serves Korean style fried chicken. What makes the chicken deliciously tasty and crispy is the lighter batter, sticky marinade and double frying process. Open seven days 11am-9pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Road



A sweet little spot in Grey Lynn - Neighbour.akl - a cool vibe, nice people and the aesthetic. 100% our kind of caffeine heaven. 


2a Hakanoa Street


Robata-yaki means having dinner and drinks in a cosy and social atmosphere watching the kitchen. Because most of the dishes are grilled and deep fried and snack sized, you can order many different kinds of food to share. Also available is a wide selection of Japanese sake, wine and beer; BYO wine. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-11pm. 


100 Wellington Street

09 376 7104 View websitewww.nishiki.co.nz


Ockhee Soul Food

Korean casual dining - coming soon. 


Ponsonby Road


Odettes Eatery offers a thoughtful menu that changes a little throughout the day to suit the appetite. It is the brainchild of Clare and Joost van den Berg who ran Zus & Zo, before selling up to concentrate on their city venture. Fittingly, the menu is in total sync with this exhibition of good taste and high fashion. Chef Josh Kucharick’s food meets all the demands of the modern diner and there is something for everyone, as long as they are prepared to be a little adventurous. Open seven days.  


City Works Depot, Shed 5, 90 Wellesley Street

09 309 0304 View websitewww.odettes.co.nz


Fantastic menu, cabinet food and Allpress coffee along with a chilled out atmosphere make ohSO the perfect place for a casual business meeting or a catch up with friends. Functions and catering also available. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. 


One 2 One cafe has just celebrated its 25th year, it uses coffee supplied by the local boutique roaster Craig Miller and has free wifi.  One 2 One is fully licensed and offers a selection of organic wine with craft beers. Family friendly, with a charming Parisian style and a covered courtyard complete with a children’s sandpit and blackboard.  


Orphan’s Kitchen is all about unadulterated food and naughty wines. Offering a laid -back atmosphere with honest food.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late and brunch Wednesday-Sunday. 


Ozone Coffee Roasters are coffee and hospitality experts with an all day Eatery and Roastery in the heart of Grey Lynn, serving brekkie, lunch and dinner to the neighbourhood. From your morning coffee and eggs benny all the way through to your final glass of wine with dessert – they’ve got you covered. 


18 Westmoreland Street West

09 360 8125 View websitewww.ozonecoffee.co.nz



Owner Tito is passionate about the food they serve which is regional Italian style cuisine. Classic antipasti, pasta and mains, all exceptionally flavoured, using fresh ingredients plus popular Italian desserts and thin crust pizza. Dine in - delivery - take out - catering.  Lunch, Monday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm and dinner seven days from 5pm. 


A French-style bistro owned by Nick Honeyman, Paris Butter takes its name from 'cafe de Paris', the complex butter sauce famous for making a steak come alive. Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-late, Friday 12 noon-late, Saturday 9am-3pm, 6pm-late and Sunday 9am-3pm. 


Enjoy great food, drinks and outdoor games right in Victoria Park. Meet a friend for a platter and Prosecco in the garden after work, sip craft beer with a prime burger for lunch, or challenge your workmates or others to a team building game of petanque or frisbee golf – all right in the heart of the CBD! Ask about their venue hire.


Corner of Fanshawe & Halsey Street, Freemans Bay

021 943 966 View websitewww.parkedup.co.nz


A new restaurant to Grey Lynn.
More details to come. 


582 Karangahape Road

09 361 6789


Not just fabulous flavoured chocolates and bonbons, Philippe’s also makes French cakes and tarts, French pastries and breads, sandwiches and quiches. Open Monday 8am-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 7.30am-5pm, Friday-Saturday, 7.30am-5.30pm, Sunday 7.30am-4pm. 


Pintu offers breakfast and lunch with cold-pressed juices, sandwiches and create your own salads.
Open Thursday and Friday nights and offers a delivery service. 


LOT 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

09 378 0698 View websitewww.pintusalad.co.nz


Pita Pit offers quality, healthy, fresh food - fast! The menu is varied with chicken, lamb, beef, ham, tuna and vegetarian fillings, with a choice of plain, wholemeal or new gluten-free pitas to choose from. The service is super friendly. You can take away or enjoy your pita at one of the outside tables. Open seven days, Monday-Wednesday, 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.  


It’s a bar and eatery with a real local focus. There is an outdoor deck perfect for all Auckland weather and live music every Sunday. Grab a beer on tap or ask for one of their delicious house cocktails made with fresh seasonal ingredients. If you're sharing, try the seaweed chips with dashi mayo and the green tahini hummus. If you aren't, go the North African spiced lamb chops! If you're planning a party, make sure to ask about the function space - it was once the old ASB bank.  


Poke is a popular Hawaiian dish where you can choose from raw fish, cooked meats, veggies and salad and are seasoned with sauces, oils, spices and seeds. This eatery offers a variety of poke bowls as well as poke burritos and salads, and you can select a dish from the menu or build your own. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm.  


A fully licensed bar with a great selection of beer and wine at reasonable prices. Located at the centre of the Ponsonby International Foodcourt. You can also quench your thirst with freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice and soft drinks. Open seven days 11am-10pm. 


106 Ponsonby Road

09 376 0800


Walk right in and taste the mouth-watering recipes from Italy, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and more. Situated right in the heart of Ponsonby with a fully licensed bar, this is the perfect place for that leisurely lunch, dinner or quick break from business. Open daily 11am-10pm.   


This is the longest-running pool hall in Auckland, with 15 pool tables and a private snooker lounge featuring Rolling Stones memorabilia. There are more than 40 bottled beers to enjoy while you play and they’re open every day except Christmas Day. Available to hire for social functions, watch the video on Facebook. Open seven days, 1pm-1am. 


The award-winning Ponsonby Road Bistro offers a well-priced menu and interesting wine list in a stylish and relaxed environment. Sarah Conway’s menu provides a global feast - and the chargrilled scotch with hand-cut chips has become a firm favourite. The friendly staff and cosy dining room offer a warm welcome. An afternoon menu offering lighter dishes, the signature Southern Clams, and the steak and chips – is available daily from 4pm until the full menu kicks off again at 5.30pm. Open for lunch on Fridays from 12 noon, Monday-Saturday from 4pm. 

POSTAL SERVICE (née Kokako Café)

You can enjoy an expertly made Kokako espresso, filter batch brew or nitro cold brew coffee or choose from a range of coffee blends and single origin coffees to brew at home. It has an extensive cabinet and seasonal à la carte menu with a focus on local produce and extensive dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm.  Weekends, 7.30am-4pm. 


537 Great North Road

09 376 6086 View websitewww.kokako.co.nz


Be transported to Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea at this Asian fusion eatery new to the Ponsonby strip. Try the Seafood Tom Yum Noodle: Thai spicy hot & sour soup with kung fu egg noodle, king prawns, mushrooms, coriander, spring onions and mixed Thai herbs. Finish with their signature dessert, Deep Fried Bao Ice Cream: deep fried bao with green matcha ice cream, red beans and peanuts. Open seven days 12 noon-10pm. 


This iconic restaurant was established more than 31 years ago, Prego is the ultimate in Italian alfresco dining with the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire or bistro-style dining with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Takeaway available, open seven days, 12 noon-late. 



Tucked away from the bustle of Ponsonby on the corner of Middle and Cascade Streets is the award-winning Queenies, offering Supreme coffee, New Zealand beers and wines, a unique sweet selection and a tantalising menu. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


24a Spring Street, Freemans Bay

09 378 8977 View websitewww.queenies.co.nz



It serves traditional Japanese Ramen and dishes. The menu offers a vast array of ramen to choose from, including entrees and side dishes. Try the Spicy Black Tan-Tan Ramen: sour and spicy black sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek. Freshly ground sesame. Jade Ramen: wok fried spicy pork mince, topped with egg, minced garlic chives, coriander. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-9:30pm.  


This restaurant specialises in donburi, which is a large bowl of rice topped with fresh vegetables, meat or fish. The meals are quick, cheap, unpretentious, nutritious and well balanced. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-3pm and 5pm-9pm. 


A luxurious bohemian-style parlour with hints of opium den chic, a double-sided fireplace, visual delights from lanterns to antique furniture and has one of the best decks in Ponsonby. The delicious food menu includes a selection of Asian fusion sharing plates, platters and bar snacks. An extensive New Zealand and international wine list, classic and original cocktails with seasonal recipes, and craft beers. Open from early afternoon until late every night of the week. Brunch service is available Friday-Sunday. 


One of 10 award-winning cafes owned by Hipgroup, Richmond Rd Cafe is a buzzing urban cafe. With a menu refined by Hipgroup’s belief in provenance, sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced product, many of the ingredients are grown on their farm in Kumeu. There’s an all-day menu, sweet selection, freshly squeezed juices and frappes plus a champagne, wine and beer menu. Open seven days, 7am-4pm.  


A new cafe to Ponsonby.
More details to come. 


2 Pompallier Terrace

09 376 0460


Providing healthy and fresh takeout food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, using the best of local, free-farmed and free-range ingredients. Weeknight TV dinners and freezer meals, a variety of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, fresh produce -laden salads all year round, decadent home baked slices, a fantastic selection of raw treats, gluten free, dairy free - they have everything! Their second cafe is housed in the Giltrap Building on Great North Road. Delivery is available Monday- Friday until 3pm for out-catering and you can order online. Open Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 7am-4pm and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


172 Richmond Road,
Giltrap Building, 119 Great North Road

09 360 6159 View websitewww.ripedeli.co.nz


Roji (translated - Alleyway) is tucked out the back of Azabu, with access via the restaurant or Maidstone Street. They offer sake and cocktails to be enjoyed in a vibrant space along with great tunes. Open Monday-Sunday, 5pm-late. 


This Italian restaurant offers authentic Rome-inspired cuisine. Try the Caprese Salad or Scallop Pappardelle Pasta, and from their brunch menu something a little nostalgic, spaghetti (proper spaghetti) and cheese on toast. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm and for all day brunch, Friday-Sunday, from 8am.  


Roost is run by Ruben Maurice with his two business partners, Wayne Schuler and Shaun Marlo. They are offering Atomic coffee and bagels in a new industrial space in the Vinegar Lane development. Don’t miss their delicious brioche. 


1 Vinegar Lane, Crummer Road

View websitewww.instagram.com/roost_ponsonby


Your local Italian woodfire pizza made by pizza makers Marcello and Matteo with hosting by Tito to deliver the best woodfire pizza in town.  They say, “the best pizza is our top priority.” 


An all-day eatery offering an array of delicious dishes. Try Nonna’s chicken schnitzel sandwich, or choose from the many salad options. They have an impressive cabinet selection of homemade lamingtons, scones, savoury scrolls, cakes and more. Open Monday-Wednesday, 6.30am-4pm, Thursday-Friday, 6.30am-9pm, Saturday, 8am-9pm, Sunday, 8am-4pm.  


34 Sale Street


They offer a selection of cabinet food including sandwiches, savouries and cakes. Or choose from their breakfast and lunch menu. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm. 


103 Wellington Street

09 360 1140



Saan’s Head Chef Lek Trirattanavatin says, “Our menu is mainly focused around the Lanna and Isaan regions of Thailand. Many of the dishes have been passed down through my family. I am very proud to present them to you here in the heart of Ponsonby. Than Hai Aroi Na Krab - enjoy your meal.” Seven nights from 5pm-late, Wednesday-Friday lunch from 12 noon. 


Saffron specialises in South Indian cuisine. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm it serves an all-vegetarian buffet brunch. Catering, takeaway and delivery in Ponsonby is also available. Open seven days, Monday-Sunday. Lunch 11am-3pm. Dinner 6pm-10.30pm. 


Satya is situated near the Ponsonby, Newton and K’ Road intersection. The south Indian recipes are age old and based on Ayurvedic principles; Satya's motive is good food. With its relaxed ambience and friendly staff, it is a great place for a vast range of Indian meals at a good price. Takeaway, delivery, catering and banquets for large groups are all available. Open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm-10pm. 


17 Great North Road

09 361 3612 View websitewww.satya.co.nz


This little sandwich place also offers pie, gorgeous salads and meals... try their teriyaki chicken Asian slaw salad; creamy bacon and mushroom pasta bake and the best of all - a fresh pea pesto pasta with feta and fresh herbs. 


This Asian fusion eatery offers tasty cuisine with a twist and the options of ordering small plates or big plates. Try the Tofu: water chestnut, gochujang, toasted coconut with mixed herb salad. Open Tuesday–Thursday, 12 noon–9pm, Friday–Saturday 12 noon–late, Sunday 12 noon–9pm. 


Enjoy breakfast or lunch at this cafe with an ocean view to boot. The interior is modern with seating for 58, and is fully licensed. The menu has a range of breakfast classics such as toast and spreads, eggs on toast or Bharta Eggs: poached eggs with spiced aubergine puree, whipped yoghurt, chilli butter with sourdough toast. Open seven days, 7am-3.30pm. 


184 Garnet Road


For more than 27 years, Shahi cafe has been serving Ponsonby locals timeless, sumptuous north Indian cuisine with a difference. There is an extensive variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; some of the most popular are Shahi cigar, chicken tikka, rogan josh and much more. A private function room is available, dine in, catering, delivery and takeaway. Open 5pm-late, everyday. 


This jazz cocktail bar provides a unique experience where you can relax in luxurious brocade and velvet chairs, surrounded by decorative oriental pieces, all the while sipping on a sumptuous cocktail. You’ll be entertained most nights by resident pianist and co-owner Billy Farnell as he performs the classics on a gleaming black baby grand piano. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. 


Sidart is the award-winning restaurant of chef Sid Sahrawat with progressive Indian cuisine. It is a contemporary yet formal restaurant with innovative food and attentive, friendly service headed by Sophie Beaton. The gorgeous city views and intimate dining room make Sidart a place for special occasions. Highly recommended by the Ponsonby News team. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 6pm, Friday lunch 12 noon-2.30pm. 


Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road

09 360 2122 View websitewww.sidart.co.nz


Offering free wifi and their famous specialty Sierra coffee as well as delicious homemade cakes and slices - everything is available to take away. Open seven days, 6.30am-4.30pm. 


Their perfectly seasoned meat is due to the secret Memphis dry rub rib recipe. Pairing well with dipping sauce on the side and other condiments such as pickled Kamo Kamo or pickled jalapenos. Other dishes on the menu include the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, Asian slaw, and the smoked truffle cauliflower and cheese. Open Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 12 noon-10pm. 


108 Surrey Crescent


At Soul Thai, their goal is to cook restaurant quality, authentic Thai cuisine using the finest ingredients and deliver your order to your door fresh and fast. Order by phone or online. Open seven days, 5pm-10pm. 


158 Williamson Avenue

09 302 8888 View websitewww.soulthai.co.nz


This café is located at the back of The Shelter. Offering the Gusto blend Fairtrade coffee, an all-day menu which includes house-baked Source granola, delicious savoury bagels and paninis. There is also a good selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30pm-3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3.30pm. 


A Ponsonby institution, SPQR has been a prominent fixture along the Ponsonby strip for over 21 years. The lively atmosphere and friendly service gives SPQR an authentic, first-rate reputation. The pizza is great for an anytime snack and veal marsala is an old favourite. Eat in or take-away. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.   


St Pierre’s Sushi is all about fresh, quality sushi at an affordable price. It now offers brown rice for all sushi flavours. Readymade to go for busy people, or made fresh on the spot any time for tailor-made sushi requirements. Party platters of sushi are a specialty. 


Next time you are walking in Victoria Park call into this great little cafe. Standing room espresso is the place for great coffee and homemade food, slices and cakes. They offer organic coffee and delicious salads made to order. 


A casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads, with health-conscious options. Get your breakfast, lunch or dinner sandwiches.  


115 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4200


Sushi Edge is a takeaway or eat-in establishment serving a wide range of delicious sushi and sashimi options.  Their servings are generous, everything is tasty and well-seasoned and freshly made. Their sashimi bento box, vegetarian tempura don and their lunch sushi boxes are all worth trying and are good value for money. 


280 Richmond Road

09 376 6218


Situated next to Dorothy Butler’s Children’s Book Shop, Sushi Wasabi specialises in traditional sushi and nigiri. Their sushi is made with brown rice. This is a daytime restaurant and you can dine in or takeaway. They have a loyalty card too. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 


Shop 14, 1 Jervois Road

09 376 8388


Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Freemans Bay is known for its succulent, smoky barbecue meats and their exclusive beer range, which is hand-crafted in their very own brewery. Americana-spice rubbed meats with native New Zealand woodchips offer an alarmingly delicious experience. It’s a great spot for a few brews as well, with regular DJs and live gigs taking place every weekend. Open seven days, 11.30am-late.  



Taboo is the downstairs little sister of The Oakroom. It’s a late-night cocktail bar and describes itself as an “Inner City Swillhouse”. Cocktails average between $16-$20 with happy hour menu cocktails available for $10 from 4pm-7pm daily. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 4pm-late. 


Unit 23/210-218 Victoria Park West

09 300 6313 View websitetaboovpm.co.nz


Taisho Yakitori Bar serves both traditional and modern Japanese food. There are over 60 dishes to choose from, including sushi and sashimi, 15 different kinds of sake, as well as Japanese and local beer and wine.  Owner, Taka Tsuji, is from Hiroshima where his parents have run a restaurant for more than 36 years so he has grown up with traditional Japanese food and hospitality. Eat in or takeaway. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-10.30pm, Friday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Sunday, 9.30pm. 


Pioneers of the PieFee! This is coffee served in a delicious sweet chocolate pie crust. As the cafe instructs, choose your drink, choose your cup (pie crust), drink the coffee, enjoy the biscuit! This unique offering, among their daily selection of homemade pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm, Saturday, 8am-3pm. 


Teddy's has recently opened in the space, once occupied by MooChowChow. “The menu’s designed to be simple and has classic dishes with an interesting take on classic and nutritious food,” explains co-owner Oliver Scutts. 


Thai Classic Restaurant has been running strong since 1994, specialising in authentic Thai cuisine. Flaming chicken and flaming beef are recommended dishes. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, a relaxed and friendly ambience and wonderful views of the Waitakeres. Takeaways and delivery are available to Ponsonby locals. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 


Since 1993 Thai House Restaurant has been serving the finest quality Thai cuisine and taking pride in serving only quality and authentic ingredients, freshly prepared along with warm and personal service. Thai House has an intimate ambience, warmly decorated with traditional Thai décor. Fully licensed, BYO wine and takeaway. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10pm. 


This is a small, warm and welcoming restaurant with simple decor and deliciously cooked Thai food from an excellent chef.  Its fans say it’s the excellent quality of the dishes that gives this establishment its point of difference. Open for dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 


The Bake Pod is a small cafe and bakery offering traditional homemade baking using quality ingredients.  They offer a range of flavours of pies, sausage rolls, savouries, muffins baked daily.  Lovely, fresh sandwiches made daily and made to order. They offer catering and serve organic Fair Trade Organico coffee from Karajoz. Open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-4pm. Saturday, 8:30am-3pm.  


The Birdcage Tavern has been returned to her former glory with stained glass windows and original brick walls blended with more modern elements to give it a chic, metropolitan vibe. The north-facing courtyard bar is one of the biggest and sunniest in Auckland, a perfect inner city destination to gather with friends. The food is rustic in style. Open Sunday for lunch till 5pm. Closed Monday. Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-late.  

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Chef Che Barrington takes Auckland Asian dining to new levels, serving you the sensational flavours of regional China in the lush surrounds of a Pacific island paradise.  In-house dumpling chefs fold and flip before your very eyes, and New Zealand’s premiere in-house rum bar, The Rum Jungle, shakes up kooky Tiki cocktails and understated classics. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late. 


Ponsonby Central,
146 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0303 View websitewww.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz


Cafe by day, wine bar at night. Florist seven days a week. A oasis of flora amidst the concrete and steel of City Works Depot. Award-winning chef Sara Simpson’s menu brings the best seasonal produce together in an innovative way. Included in Metro Top 50 Cafe 2014, Denizen’s Best New Cafe 2014, ReMix Best Saturday Brunch 2015. Resident florist Eden Hessell is Auckland’s leading floral artist and stocks a unique range of plants and flowers. Open seven days.   


City Works Depot, Shed 13, 90 Wellesley Street West

09 309 9494 View websitewww.botanist.co.nz


As per its gastropub theme, The Cav offers bistro-quality food in a casual friendly environment and is a great place to meet for a couple of relaxing beers or a glass of wine or two. They offer an extensive menu featuring succulent, modern cuisine with an ethos of providing great value for money. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-1am, Sunday 11am-11pm.  


This is a fusion of great coffee, a takeaway lunch selection and a scrumptious selection of cakes, tarts and pastries wrapped up in one of Auckland’s finest wine, spirit and beer stores - Glengarry Victoria Park. Grab a coffee and wander through the wine store, sit and catch up on the day’s newspaper, or grab everything to go. Alongside the Coffee Bar at Glengarry Victoria Park is a function and events space which is available for hire with food catered by Dida’s Food Store. The Coffee Bar is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am-3pm.                                


This is a combination of ice cream parlour, larder and deli-style cafe. It dishes up all manner of delicious nostalgic treats; Kapiti ice cream sandwiched between freshly baked cookies, decadent ice cream sodas finished with candyfloss topping and milkshakes served in a retro cream bottle. The lunch menu offers savoury comfort food classics, and the deli showcases all of New Zealand’s finest artisan cheeses. Open Monday-Friday 9am-late, Saturday and Sunday 8am-late.  


Ponsonby Central,
2 Richmond Road

09 972 2642 View websitewww.the-dairy.co.nz


The well-known Auckland live music venue, the Dog’s Bollix, has been all cleaned up and is ready to get down once more. Catch bands from across the spectrum of the local music scene performing live by checking the Facebook page or call them to book a table for a group. Open Tuesday-Thursday 5.30pm-1am, Friday-Saturday 5.30pm-3am. 


The Fairy Shop has a cafe serving homemade, old-fashioned food like Devonshire scones and lemon drizzle cakes. Pre-book a cafe session class where littlies play with fairies and adults can relax in the cafe. Children’s parties, high tea and school holiday programmes also available with parking behind. Open seven days, 9.30am-4.30pm. 


With a minimalist approach to crafting simply great food through the use of fresh, organic, locally sourced produce, the Governor is a home away from home. Hospitality and service with a warm smile are to be expected. A modern-day spin on classic cafe food, the Governor will always have something just a little bit different to get your taste buds going. 


A Japanese tapas bar, serving authentic Japanese dumplings of eight different flavors with a variety of meat and veggies. The half-moon shaped gyozas are a beautiful combination of crispiness and fluffiness. They go great with beer, wine and especially hot sake during the cooler season. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm till late. 


For over 26 years this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food in a welcoming, cosy and rustic atmosphere and whether it’s a large group or it’s an intimate dinner for two, you will always experience warm, friendly service. Takeaway pizza and pasta. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-10pm. 


Greeted by the head chef as you walk through the kitchen door itself, you are immediately immersed in the unique dining experience of The Kitchen by MR TOMS. An intimate, evening bistro holding 40 seats surrounded by wooden timber, nautical themed colours and greenery that provides the opportunity to witness your food creations being crafted right before you. 


Corner Ponsonby Road & Anglesea Streets

09 360 9138 View websitewww.the-kitchen.co.nz


Situated in Victoria Park Market, one of Auckland’s most historic and treasured landmarks, The Oakroom is a beautiful space in an old part of town. Formerly a stable in the 1800s, The Oakroom has been carefully crafted in order to enhance a contemporary feel and maintain its natural and historic features. Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-late and Saturday 4pm-late.  


This flagship store and kitchen offers an extensive range of raw breakfast cups, salads and wraps, snacks, sweet treats, nut mylks - all prepared fresh daily, and retail products. Choose from their made to order smoothies and coffee prepared by a passionate team. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4pm, Saturday, 8am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. 


City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street

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This is Atomic Coffee Roasters new cafe, The Rocket Store. They have partnered with Rocket Espresso Milano that provides a place to gather and enjoy great coffee and showcase the best espresso machines on the market today. The space boasts a sleek black interior created by the team at Izzard Design. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


The Station Craft Freehouse serves New York-style bagels all day in sunny Beresford Square. At night it converts to serving all the best craft beers from around New Zealand, gourmet pizzas and is available for exclusive functions on weekends. With regular live music, DJs and events there is always something going on @TheStationAKL. Open weekdays 7.30am-late, weekends 8.30am-late.   


Sixteen operators are rostered for appearances in the Street Food Collective, a shared food and drinks space in central Ponsonby. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a fancy-pants dessert, and enjoy some of the best street food vendors Auckland has to offer. Open 7 days.  


This local pub has a cosy atmosphere, friendly service and food available all day. There is a breakfast buffet, brunch, lunch and dinner menu as well as bar snacks and woodfired pizza. Open seven days, 7am-9.30pm.  


Offering three unique bars all under one roof. Harry is Ponsonby’s Hip Hop & R’N’B hot spot, Jack is the secret cocktail bar with views of the city, available for private hire. Comedy on Sunday night in George. Open Thursday-Sunday, 2pm-late. 


Rocking Ponsonby since 2001, The Whiskey is a place where rock music and whiskey combine for a great night out. A relaxed and fun spot to meet friends after work, or party late into the night. They offer a huge range of whiskies to suit all palates along with Whiskey flight boards and masterclasses. An epic rock soundtrack ranging from The Doors and Pink Floyd to the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Check out their Facebook page for live music line-up and upcoming events. Open seven days, 5pm-3am. 


Nestled in the iconic Victoria Park Market, this restaurant serves up a bistro-styled seasonal menu infusing modern techniques into classic dishes. A place to meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner or after-work drinks, there is something for everyone at The White Rabbit on the Park. Open Monday-Wednesday, 3pm-late, Thursday-Friday, 8am-late and Saturday, 9am-late. 


Tiger Burger is a fun, casual eatery specialising in modern Asian street eats including burgers, noodles and fried chicken with a secret garden courtyard. They believe in compassion, not cruelty. All of their ingredients are strictly ethical and locally sourced where possible. You won’t find any MSG, palm oil or sketchy sounding ingredients you can’t pronounce here. 


Tokyo Club is ‘yokocho’ style Isakaya restaurant located in the heart of Ponsonby Central. Their Japanese family team includes well-known front of house manager Sarasa Shimura and Tokyo master blowfish-sushi chef Chikara Sato. It serves quality, affordable cuisine and beverages. With Asahi and Sapporo beers on tap and its own sakes brewed in Japan, this place has quickly become very popular. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 376 8016 View websitewww.tokyoclub.co.nz


Elevated above Victoria Park with north-facing views through the treetops across Auckland, Tom Tom Bar & Eatery is a great place to meet for drinks and experience its unique cuisine. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.30am-late.  


Tomo has been serving delicious Japanese food for more than 14 years. It is fully licensed with 10 different sakes or wine and beer to enjoy with your food. The popular takeaway Lunch Box includes salad, tempura, rice, miso soup and your choice of meat or fish. BYO wine only. Open Monday, 10.30am-5pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am-10pm. 


Purveyors of exceptional coffee with delicious treats; mid-week chocolate fix - caramel, hazelnut slice or almond, cranberry brownie. A tough decision. Don’t forget to pick up your take home Millers Beans for your weekend coffee fix. Open Monday-Friday 8am-3pm. 


The Turkish Cafe serves fresh wholesome, halal food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with a strong Turkish influence. There are set menus or it can tailor a menu to suit your tastes and the occasion you’re celebrating. Takeaway is available too. BYO. Open Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm, Sunday, 4pm-9pm.  


Nestled between Sale Street and Victoria Park Market, this is a nice spot for meeting up with friends or colleagues for breakfast or lunch. You can choose from the Mediterranean-inspired menu or try the daily roast vegetable salad or feta and spinach filo from the cabinet. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm. 




Coming soon... Vesper is a funky late-night spirits and punch swill house. They offer an experience from long ago, with both old fashioned cocktails, punches and an eclectic and well thought out range of classic spirits as well as some unusual spirits from around the globe such as Aquavit, Mezcal and Pisco. Backed by a select list of ever changing craft beers this is the bar to chill out at or party the night away! 


Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Village

View websitewww.xeniagroup.co.nz


Vic Park Cafe was born as an extension of a home and a friendship between an Irish barista doll, a crazy Mexican chef, and a Brazilian coffee, book and music lover. They are serious about good coffee, good food, a good environment and good people; a place to sit, laugh and enjoy. Open seven days, 7am-3.30pm. 


Corner College Hill and Beaumont Street

09 377 3399


At the heart of Auckland’s iconic Victoria Park Market, Viet Flames offers unforgettable flavors of Vietnam. Signature Vietnamese dishes are sumptuously prepared with a combination of locally sourced fresh organic produce and skillful traditional culinary techniques. Whether you are after a relaxing ambiance for meals, a fine dining experience or just a quick-fix lunch, Viet Flames takes the Vietnamese dining experience to a new level. 


A cosy and unpretentious wine bar in Victoria Park Village, vis-a-vis that serves up an international wine list of classic and esoteric grape varieties exploring a world of flavours, textures, and aromas. Representing various countries from around the globe, they’ll be more than happy to show you what you are missing out on! Picpoul or Albarino? Muscat or Ugni Blanc? 


Unit 19, Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Village

View websitewww.vis-a-vis.co.nz


Whether you're a vodka veteran, novice or simply curious about vodka, this is the place to go and get your swill of vodka tasting. It offers 125 different vodkas and have three bars and six areas to eat. The food is modern Russian, with dishes such as the Olivier Salad: prawns (or without), a mix of new potatoes, apple, gherkin, quail eggs and sour cream and dill dressing, or the Akaroa King Salmon gravlax which is cured in vodka. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.  



From the famous chicken satay to more traditional dishes, Waroeng Legianz produces authentic food from different regions in Indonesia. The menu includes gado gado, Indonesian style salad with peanut sauce. Other dishes include nasi goreng, mie goreng, satay and gulai kambing. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm. 


Unit 25, 210-218 Victoria Street West

09 379 5058


They produce nutritious, healthy 100% raw cold-pressed juice. As well as juices, you can choose from nut mylks and waters. It also has a range of hand-prepared whole food for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Saturday, 8am-4pm. 


The Meadow Fresh Auckland CBD cafe of the year is set in comfortable retro surrounds, they have a full, all day international menu serving unique breakfast and lunch offerings, award winning Toasted Espresso coffee, gourmet pies, huge cabinet selection and wide array of sweet treats.  Everything made in house and they can cater to every dietary need! Open Monday-Friday, 5.30am-3pm. 


From the owners of The Whiskey, Win-Win is a cocktail bar with a fun retro vibe. They offer an ever-evolving cocktail menu and have cocktails on tap including Nitro Expresso Martini. A selection of wine and beer, and if you're feeling peckish, you can choose from one of their food bite options. Local DJ performances on Friday and Saturday. Enquire about their venue hire. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 5pm-late. 


Wise Boys is your one stop shop for a face full of indulgent plant-based burger goodness. The boys built their food truck in late 2015 and have been roaming around since then, serving up amazing burgers and fries. They have recently opened their first permanent store in Grey Lynn, but the food truck is still out and about, in Auckland and beyond. 100% vegan, 100% delicious. 


604 Great North Road

09 360 0801 View websitewww.wiseboys.nz


A new restaurant and bar offering handmade dumplings and Chinese cuisine. 


161 Ponsonby Road

09 361 6668


Wok Express is a quality Asian takeaway specialising in fresh, healthy, authentic Pan Asian food cooked fresh to order. They also offer a nutritional and dietary menu catering for low carb, keto and diabetics. Open seven days, 4.30pm-10pm. Home delivery, online ordering and payment available. 



For over 24 years, with his passion for food, Geeyong Chris Chung has been involved in creating Japanese cuisine with his beautifully presented, authentic Japanese dishes. Offering Japanese beer, sake and wine and a great variety of vegetarian options. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaways from Monday-Saturday.