Leading Auckland publications tell us why Parnell is The Space to Be, from endless hospitality options to leading design.
Due to open late October, Tala is taking shape in the old Pasture site and the restaurant’s open fire was one of the key selling points for Henry and Debby. They knew the site had potential after visiting Pasture ahead of a Tala pop-up they planned to host there this year. The pop-ups didn’t happen after Pasture unexpectedly shut in June, but they were able to secure the lease through the landlord, who wanted the site to remain a restaurant.
Tala will sit at that high end too, with a Samoan-inspired menu derived from Henry’s childhood but “revisited and refined” through modern cooking techniques.
Denizen launched this years Hospo Heroes, asking all of you to vote for your favourite destinations and dishes. Here, we unveil the winners of this year’s Denizen Hospo Heroes, including the Best New Openings, the Best Bars, the Best Dishes and the Best Restaurants, as voted by you, our dedicated readers. Featuring Parnell’s Faradays Bar.
While typically, flowers are favoured for special occasions, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and for cheering someone up who might be having a bad day, they are also just beautiful to have around the house — the best way to bring life to a space (particularly while the weather remains decidedly wintry). So, in the name of encouraging you to get out and pick up some fresh flowers for no other reason than to simply infuse your home with some fresh colour, we have rounded up the best florists in Auckland, including Parnell’s Grace + Flora and Flowers After Hours.
Few brands capture the imagination of global ‘It’ girls like Celine. From its storied history to its renowned designer tenures to the way it evokes that effortlessly chic French style, Celine is the brand on everyone’s lips. Now, Celine has landed exclusively at Faradays (to shop in-store only) with its sought-after womenswear collection available to us here for the first time, alongside coveted bags, accessories and more.
While there are always birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and a number of milestones to celebrate with cake, freedom is the realisation that there actually doesn’t have to be any celebration on the horizon to indulge in a slice of cake. That said, Auckland is blessed with a v variety of cakeries and clever pastry chefs who are offering the kinds of cakes we would order with or without an excuse. Whether you have an occasion to mark or not, these are the best cakes in Auckland including Parnell’s Noughts & Crosses.
Nothing cheers us up more on a cold day (any day, to be fair) than wrapping our mitts around a mug of hot chocolate. This sweet elixir is as good for the spirit as it is for the taste buds—leaving you with a smile on your dial (and possibly a milk moustache) on even the bleakest of days.
For former HR executive Karen Hussey owning her own business has been everything she imagined it would be – and everything she didn’t.
Flowers After Hours changed hands a year ago and despite facing a depressed market, navigating a cost of living crisis, natural disasters and flower supply issues, the small Auckland florist has had its largest year of growth and is poised to expand .
Tāmaki Makaurau has no shortage of delectable Thai restaurants, ranging from old-school authentic to contemporary fusion. Although you may have an undying loyalty to your neighbourhood Thai joint, Denizen have taken the liberty of rounding up the restaurants they rate for you to venture further afield and fire up your tastebuds. Without ado, consult their definitive guide to the best Thai restaurants in Auckland including Parnell’s Blue Elephant Thai.
Viva staff recently visited Parnell’s very own sweet spot Atelier Shu in Faraday St and said that there are a few great mini cakes on offer, but its New York Cheesecake is not to be missed with its creamy fresh filling. You can opt for one if its freshly brewed teas, but the grapefruit and earl grey ice tea with lots of ice was a refreshing complement to cut right through the indulgence.
In this fortnightly series, Viva’s resident dining-out editor shares his sage advice on exactly where to eat. He’s eaten a lot of bad meals so you don’t have to.
Asked where best to dine for fussy eaters he suggested Gerome, as it does fantastic refined Greek cuisine in Parnell — and his spies tell him it’s in great form right now. We couldn’t agree more.
A cheesy, comforting and divisive baked good, these are some of our favourites.
An object of national obsession — some people even call themselves #sconnisseurs — and one reliably found on cafe benches around Tāmaki Makaurau, the humble cheese scone is a comforting and divisive baked good. Everyone has their favourite, whether a trusted neighbourhood spot, or further afield, a pilgrimage that they’re willing to schlep across our congested city for. Featuring Parnell’s Foundation On George.
The winners of the Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards, held 24 July in Rotorua, have been announced.
Auckland bookstore Lamplight Books won the Bookshop of the Year award. Judges described the bookshop as a ‘beautiful, browsable space filled to the ceiling with books’. The store opened in June 2021 amid pandemic restrictions, but has flourished despite the difficult trading conditions.
Over the past five years, the Parnell Business Association has sponsored a winter light installation, usually located in Heard Park. This year’s installation was titled ‘Deep Thought,’ a large, golden walk-through attraction, which was illuminated with multi-coloured lights at night. The shape of ‘Deep Thought’ was an icosahedron, which has been revered as a symbol that represents the element of water, chosen to align with Matariki celebrations. CEO of the Parnell Business Association, Cheryl Adamson, said that the installation is a great way to attract people to the park during the time of year.
With the second week of the winter break underway, many parents, guardians and caregivers out there will be running low on ideas, inspiration, and yes, probably patience.
If you’re searching for activities to keep your sprog/s entertained just a little bit longer, look no further. Here’s several (not-sold-out) ideas for family fun that won’t break the bank, and could even be educational, including the Auckland Museum in Parnell.
The way people do their jobs has completely changed with the embrace of hybrid work, but there is another work trend that is not talked about as often: the co-working space.
Over the past 10 years, Auckland has seen several co-working spaces emerge, giving businesses another option for locating their staff.
We took a look at some of the shared office spaces in Auckland and what they can offer – including Parnell’s Thinkspace
Startup incubator Outset Ventures is looking to attract institutional investors into its new $50 million fund. The company, formerly known as Level 2, describes itself as New Zealand’s largest science and engineering hub and early-stage investment fund. Its Fund II will invest in a portfolio of about 25 companies ranging from pre-seed through to the series B stage.Within the walls of an old wool store in a quiet residential street in Parnell, Auckland, sits a hive of deep-tech activity hoping to be the next RocketLab or LanzaTech.
Growing up as a hijabi in Auckland, Aneeza Hussain says shopping for the right clothes was always a challenge. In 2021, she started Posh Boutique – an online modest-wear retailer curated for young women in Aotearoa, now featured at Parnell Rd’s Masala Bazaar.
After two years in business, Hussain has been inundated with more demand from home and overseas for modest fashion and says global fashion trends are finally catching up.
Congratulations to this year’s Retail Award winner – Faradays by Cheshire Architects.
Faradays is a store that not only complements its beautiful heritage architecture but takes it to new heights, embodying a contemporary take on a 1920s’ department store retail experience. A strong, confident concept that borrows from and is influenced by artists Christo, Jeanne-Claude and Lucio Fontana is translated into organic forms that guide the shopper experience and showcase the product.
Across international fashion, there has been one name whispered by those in the know as the designer to watch and covet: Jonathan Anderson. Since taking the reins at Loewe, this young visionary has turned this brand into one of the most sought-after and groundbreaking in the luxury fashion landscape. Lucky for us then, that Loewe’s incredible, Jonathan Anderson-designed pieces are available locally (and exclusively) at Faradays in Parnell, with the new SS23 pieces having just landed in store.
Get the gang together. Here are our picks of the best places to dine in Auckland when you’re with a group. Included in the group is Parnell’s Cibo.
When you’re assigned the task of organising the next group outing, choosing somewhere that’s going to please everyone can be difficult. Auckland may have an abundance of options, but it doesn’t mean they are all good ones!
It is an outdated thought that a wedding is purely about the bride. Yes, a few decades ago the bride might have taken it upon herself to organise the venue, send out invitations, finesse the catering, write the vows, book the photographer and have an exceptional dress made, while her husband-to-be simply slapped on a black suit and showed up on time; but that isn’t the case any more. One person who knows this better than most is Edward von Dadelszen of Dadelszen. Denizen spoke to him recently regarding this shift.
Helping you make considered purchases and cut through all that algorithmic online noise, Retail Therapy is Viva’s guide to what’s new and notable in the fashion world, from fresh deliveries from luxury brands to just-in capsules from local fashion designers, there’s a lot to love this week, including Fresh Loewe at Faraday’s. ‘It’ girl-approved, arty and avante-garde, and commercially successful, Loewe continues to establish an alternate lexicon for luxury brands. Its new collection, the anthurium-heavy spring-summer 2023 designs, has just landed in Aotearoa at Faraday’s this week.
Sample the 2022 burger of the year at Chaat Street: For a very short time, Aucklanders can enjoy a taste of the capital’s victorious burger. Chaat Street’s ‘Dabeli’ features potato and peanut, tamarind, coriander and red onion, encased in a tender masala-butter brioche bun, and will be available at the restaurant’s recently opened premises in Parnell (also the only place to try the ultra-limited Garage Project collaboration, the ‘All India Permit’ chaat-influenced pale ale) but only until Sunday, June 25.
A good book will transport you to other worlds, but a good bookstore will take you to whole new galaxies. One of the better things to come out of the pandemic was the opening of Lamplight Books. This gorgeous, independent bookstore on Parnell Road, launched by friends Melanie O’Laughlin and Courtney Smith, Lamplight boasts an exquisite fit-out by Buster Caldwell of Wonder Group, in which the store’s considered and curated titles — which span new releases, best-sellers, all of the classics, Te Ao Māori titles and so much more. This is the kind of bookshop in which we could happily browse for hours.
With 10 years’ experience, Cheryl understands the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in the region. She has driven successful initiatives, including events, marketing campaigns, and advocacy efforts, and her dedication and support of the business community have earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and stakeholders in Parnell and beyond.
Haya Khan was a law student working at Farmer’s when she fell in love with scented candles.
After struggling to find any with rich South Asian scents – and realising a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for her – Khan now runs a home fragrance company.
Masala Scents is just one of many Kiwi South Asian brands stocked at Masala Bazaar – a tiny retail shop in Parnell.
New Zealand-made beds made with New Zealand-sourced and sustainable materials. We’re the only bed business where you can book an appointment to test drive our Comfi beds without anyone in store. We’re the first online New Zealand luxury bed business that gives beds to families in need. The simplicity of choice of our product range also sets us apart as we have specifically designed our range to remove confusion.
When seeking out jewellery for life’s more subtle moments, there is something to be said for the considered addition of diamonds. A truly timeless stone with a storied history hasn’t always been the obvious choice for exquisite casual wear. But thoughtful design and an everyday aesthetic, like those found in Sutcliffe’s Rosa Adorata, have us convinced.
Who makes Auckland’s best hot cross buns? Or more importantly, who makes the buns that you’ll love the most? The Viva team have been on a mission to taste test some of the city’s finest specimens, canvassing their fruit and spice levels, texture, aroma and taste. Featuring Parnell’s Vaniyé Patisserie.
The staff here are all lovely and the place is packed.
The highlight was the dessert — a subtle but unmistakable saffron ice cream, served with baklava soaked in something honeyed and delicious.
If you are wanting authentic grub in busy and beautifully decorated surrounds, Rumi is your place.
In the lead-up to Easter, we’ve eaten our way through a comprehensive selection of some of the best hot cross buns in Auckland including Parnell’s Vaniyé, these batches of hot cross buns are so hot, they are selling out as quickly as they come out of the oven. Baked by owner Sonia Haumonté and her team, the old-fashioned-style buns are made with rye flour and care, for a dense and full-of-flavour mouthful.
Nicholas Stevens and Gary Lawson (of Stevens Lawsons Architects), awarded the 2022 Gold Medal by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, reflect on 20 years of their practice: the way architecture expresses identity and how individuals and communities identify with buildings.
Wellington-born Indian street food restaurant Chaat Street opened its Auckland outpost in 2023.
Co-owner and chef Vaibhav Vishen looked for a place that had a “Wellington kind of vibe”, and found what he was looking for in Parnell – at the top end of Parnell Road, fronted by a large Norfolk pine.
Look out for Chaat Street’s signature red and turquoise accents at a site in Parnell, and head along for sharing dishes from all over India – such as keema pav, spiced lamb mince served with buttery slider buns; and chole bhatore, fried flatbread with spiced, braised chickpeas.
It’s the fifth annual National Farmers’ Market Week from Saturday, March 11 to Sunday, March 19, so we thought it an apt time to check out three of Auckland’s best. Including the gourmet wonders of Parnell’s Farmers’ Market located at 545 Parnell Road and has been available to devour every Saturday since 2007.
Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with an authentic Indian street food experience like no other. Chaat Street Auckland is set to take Parnell’s main strip by storm this week, with its doors set to open this Saturday. Adopting a modern, tapas-style approach to traditional street food.
Fish and chips is one of those simple pleasures at the core of our Kiwi culture, particularly enjoyed on the beach. Serving up some seriously gratifying situations, we’ve matched Auckland’s best fish and chip purveyors with the most scenic spots around town to devour them including Parnell’s Catch a Fish (eaten at Judges Bay)
Everything we ate there was almost puzzling in its perfection — the sort of thing you have to unpack in your head afterwards. With a surprisingly fulsome food menu, beginning with light baking and snacks and progressing toward intense, meaty mouthfuls. Highlights include the grilled cheese to the most extraordinary of all, the spring puff.
Alpha is ultimately an experience as much as a meal.
We’ve said it once but we’ll say it again, there is nothing quite like the experience of settling into Faraday’s Bar for a delicious bite and something to drink — particularly after a day of shopping. Nestled along one side of the luxury department store, Faradays, in Parnell, this dining destination is the epitome of elegance, from its exquisite table settings and impeccable service to its carefully-considered menu and impressive wine list.
Exercise is an intensely personal endeavour. We all have our own goals, preferred style of movement and fitness levels, and the type of training we respond to varies greatly. These are the best gyms in Auckland that will help you become your best physical self. Featuring Parnell Xi Labs.
The new thing drawing people to blue chip suburb – and it’s not the school zones.
Any listing for a Parnell property will undoubtedly highlight its enviable double Grammar zone location – but more recently agents are noticing the central suburb in becoming popular for its café and restaurant vibe too.
If you’re in the market for some thoughtful or unique gifts, we suggest you take yourself on a trip to Parnell. Lovingly coined as Auckland’s first suburb, Parnell has everything from its famously historic streets and architecture to chic boutiques and new and innovative businesses. Here you will find plenty of Christmas treasures, with everything from sweet stocking fillers to big ticket items that are well-deserving of a prime position under the tree. Featuring The Fantail House, Black Door Gallery, Parnell Gallery, Lamplight Books, Vaniyé, Atelier Shu, Alfresco, Orsini, Hartfields, Sutcliffe, Corso de fiori, Birdwoods Gallery, Red Rabbit, Espresso Workshop and La Marzocco.
Metro is excited to announce the winners of the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards 2022, presented with Estrella Damm. Congratulations to all the category winners, runner-ups and finalists, and to all the restaurants on our Top 50 including six Parnell Eateries. Bandung, Boxer, Pasture, Red Rabbit, Rosies, and Simon & Lee
Since the unfortunate, Covid-forced closure of La Cigale Markets in Parnell, there has been a market-shaped hole in our hearts that few things have managed to fill. But lovers of sourdough and stracciatella can finally celebrate in style with the announcement that the beloved foodie market is set to return this weekend, with a fresh new face at the helm and a delicious new approach to boot – rebranded as Parnell Gastro Markets to reflect the variety of cultures and cuisines on offer.
Who could resist the rich and varied flavours of India — from curries to dosa, street food snacks, biryanis, delicious bread-based dishes and so much more, when we feel like deeply comforting food that leaves a long-lasting feeling of satisfaction, it’s to the food of India we turn. As we suspect you might feel the same, we’ve put together some of our favourite Indian restaurants including Parnell’s Oh Calcutta.
Clayton has a new exhibition about to open at Parnell Gallery and we couldn’t be more excited. With a raft of new works that were inspired by the artist’s journeys through New Zealand, each one seeks to transport the viewer by capturing the ‘mood’ or ‘feel’ of the environments they depict. Titled Imagined Vistas, the exhibition speaks to the idea of longing to return to a place, and the way in which that ‘longing’ can conjure visions of landscapes that feel like home.
As a bastion of Italian cuisine, the humble pizza’s hearty constitution never fails to delight both the eyes and the stomach. While there are many establishments serving up laudable renditions of arguably the greatest gift Italy ever gave the world (followed closely by pasta, Peroni and gelato), Denizen rounded up a few of their favourites, including Parnell’s very own Non Solo and Di Vino.
A good bar is so much more than somewhere to enjoy a tipple. From interior ambiance to well-made drinks to delicious food, the contenders for Auckland’s Best Bar truly offer it all. Receiving an ‘Honourable Mention’ was Parnell’s elegant Faraday’s Bar which came very close to the top.
Even before you enter the doors, the colours and vibrance of 1950s South America spill out from Havana Coffee Works’ new roastery in Auckland, transporting you to the streets of Cuba.
Havana Coffee Works Auckland is now officially open in Parnell, just look for the vibrant colours, listen out for the cool South American sounds, and follow the sweet smell of finely roasted coffee.
Balmy summer days have been replaced by cold, rainy nights, and a hunger for foods that warm us from the inside out. While it’s not quite soup weather yet, we’re nearly there, and dinner reservations see us seeking comfort and warmth. The city’s restaurants know this too, with many adapting seasonal menus to offer the best winter warmer dishes that are inspired and soul-soothing.
For those who can eat gluten without a care in the world, I envy you. I also warn that this article may be of little interest unless you’re planning a meal friends for whom gluten-laced food is a problem. But for my fellow diners who can’t indulge in gluten, knowing that your needs are still catered to throughout the city is paramount. No one likes to be the person who can’t go anywhere because of the food on offer, so we’ve uncovered the restaurants serving Auckland’s best gluten-free food including Parnell’s Faraday’s Bar (that your gluten-loving friends will adore too).
No matter the occasion, there’s always one day of the week that leaves Aucklanders in the lurch when it comes to dining. Eating out on a Monday isn’t always the standard, but sometimes, whether it’s an occasion to celebrate or a friend in town, the situation calls for it. And because hospitality workers are deserving of their own weekend too, many places are closed.
So, to avoid getting caught out next time you want to dine out on a Monday, our editors have rounded up a few of their favourite restaurants that can be relied upon any day of the week including Parnell’s Non Solo Pizza.
New Zealand’s coffee culture is sacrosanct to those who indulge in a cup or two a day. It’s even caused a few turf wars here, with roasters from both ends of the country competing to create the best cup of joe. And while we do love a brew of Auckland’s finest, there’s something inherently innovative about Wellington’s offering, which is why we’re so excited that one of the Capital’s most beloved coffee roasters, Havana Coffee, has just landed in Parnell.
Parnell is New Zealand’s oldest precinct, but don’t let that fool you – the suburb is far from fuddy duddy! Boasting a unique combination of both historical and modern influences, Parnell has something on offer for everyone, whether you’re into art, food, design, Māori culture, Auckland history or more.
When you feel as if you have tried all the rest but still hunger for a hit, somewhere that will take you into the realm of El Bulli, Noma or Blumenthal without the guilt trip of air miles, or when you want to treat a foodie friend to a unique experience that makes them forever indebted to you, Pasture is a strong option.
Jonathan Gooderham, owner of Jonathan Grant Galleries in Parnell, which deals in traditional New Zealand and international art along with director Richard Thomson from International Art Centre are asked for comments on the giants of the New Zealand art auction scene of the 1970s and 1980s.
With the easing of restrictions and offices across the city welcoming their workers once more, plus another long weekend afoot, there’s never been a better time to celebrate Friday knock offs among your team. And when it comes to choosing the perfect spot, there’s a handful we would never look past, includings Parnell’s new Faraday’s Bar and Non Solo.
If you have been following Denizen for a while, you’ll be aware of the high calibre of dining already on offer in Auckland. And it’s only getting better. So we thought what better time than now, as the seasons change and our tastes with them, to round up some of the dishes in this city we think you definitely should be eating. Including the Hot Fish Sando by Parnell’s very own Alpha.
For those seeking a feast of flavours, look no further – we’ve curated the best places to eat and drink in Parnell.
This Auckland city-fringe ‘burb has it all, offering plenty of mouthwatering moments throughout the historical village, as well as the stylish industrial quarter.
It’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it. Denizen recently ate their way through a thorough selection of some of the best hot cross buns in town, including Parnell’s Vaniyè Patisserie in order to determine the specific composition of each one and, in turn, guide you to choose the best bun for your tastes.
Much like the search for that perfect mattress, finding the ultimate pillow for your needs is not a one-size-fits-all exercise. While hotel stays of the upscale sort will often offer an inkling into the wide range of specialty shapes, sizes, lofts, premium fills and levels of support on the quality pillow front, without question, the best and most direct route to finding your pillow bliss is to rest-test a selection in the company of sleep experts who are fluent in the language of sleep-inducing pillows – namely, the team at Parnell’s Sleep Gallery.
Well, the world outside is frightful — but inside the luxury emporium that is Faradays, there’s always something delightful. In one of the good pieces of news we have heard this week, the flagship Faraday’s Bar is now open Sundays, by popular demand, for a weekly culinary celebration.
It’s a simple pleasure at the core of our Kiwi being: fish and chips, enjoyed on the beach (or at least among the great outdoors). Serving up some seriously gratifying situations, we’ve matched many of Auckland’s best purveyors including Parnell’s own Catch a Fish with the most scenic spots around town to devour them.
Fans of early Auckland European settler history know about the “rock star” residences such as Kinder House, Overton and Highwic, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find some wonderful off-the-radar houses, like Parnell’s Ewelme Cottage which recently featured in the NZ Herald.
A surefire way to show that you care this Valentine’s Day is treating your significant other to a night out at one of the city’s most romantic restaurants. Cibo, NSP and Faradays Bar in Parnell were mentioned as elegant eateries putting on a set menu to set hearts racing this February 14th.
Should you have worked up an appetite or a thirst while perusing the likes of Givenchy and Alaïa, Christian Louboutin, Loewe and more from throughout Faradays’ stunning retail space, the in-house bar is the ultimate destination for delicious relaxation.
From suave speakeasies to polished pourers, Denizen listed Pineapple on Parnell as one of the best convivial cocktail spots to buy a round.
Pineapple on Parnell
Found by its golden door knocker, Pineapple is an inconspicuous bar with old-world charm. Enjoy old school classics and contemporary cocktails to the tune of a piano performance.
Situated at 8 Faraday Street in Parnell, the 550 square metre flagship Faradays opens the doors to its brick-and-mortar location today. This exciting opening, made possible now that the government has moved the Auckland region into a less restricted alert level, comes after the extremely successful online launch of its e-commerce arm on the 8th of October.
Bringing the taste of Kyoto to Auckland, Gion’s trained sushi chef Akira Kugue is passionate about delivering the optimum flavour of sashimi and sushi in Parnell. Simple, heart-warming and traditional, Gion’s beautifully presented takeaway platters fill that languishing gap in our lives right now. Order online here.
Fabio Buonomo and his partner in life and business Lena Solomon have both long harboured dreams of running their own restaurant business — and now, the experienced hospitality duo has realised this goal with the opening of their charming cafe Cornelia, which is situated at 289 Parnell Road.
As a bastion of Italian cuisine, the humble, hearty pizza never fails to delight both the eyes and the stomach. While there are many establishments serving up laudable renditions of arguably the greatest gift Italy ever gave the world, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites — featuring Parnell’s Di Vino Bistro and Non Solo Pizza.
Since their inception, concept stores have indelibly moulded cities. Longtime admirers of these luxury concept models and local fashion tastemakers, Edward and Constance von Dadelszen, are set to introduce a new era of luxury to New Zealand, with the highly anticipated opening of their retail emporium Faradays.
A curated destination of gorgeous things starts its first chapter with an e-commerce launch, followed by the opening of a physical space in November.
A good quality bag can only get better over time, as its supple leather moulds to your every need. Testament to this axiom is Dadelszen’s new luxury accessories range, showcasing soft yet hardwearing pebbled calfskin or sumptuous yet understated nubuck in instantly classic styles.
There’s much to like about Divino Bistro one of Parnell’s friendly neighbourly restaurants. It’s casual, always good natured and comfortably inclusive for a mix of happy diners.
Forget fancy, forget fizz and rejoice with a kitchen that knows all about flavour in the right quantities to impress but not to overpower. That’s what it’s ultimately all about in this small but warm space. A reason in itself to visit this ristorante.
From Design Central’s boutique showroom in Parnell, private clients, architects and interior designers will now have access to The Rug Company’s full suite of services, which beyond its standard inventory, includes the ability to customise existing styles and even create rugs entirely from scratch.
It’s the time of year when the relationship between you and your sofa reaches a whole new level of commitment. It’s cold outside, so you stay in.
Craving pizza? Parnell institution Non Solo Pizza isn’t just about long lunches in its Tuscan-inspired courtyard, it also offers its namesake woodfired pizza to-go. Give them a bell and they’ll sort you out.
A beautiful, gallery-like patisserie has just opened in Parnell, and we’re already predicting many-a regular for its exquisite pastries and serene ambience. Named Atelier Shu, it is located at 1 Faraday Street, a cool and contemporary area that’s only increasing in popularity and visitation.
The real magic of the booth is the way that it envelops, snugly and completely.
Settle into a plush blue booth and indulge in Greek fare at this Parnell restaurant. For dessert, try its loukoumades — crispy little doughnuts with Nutella, coffee icecream and a sprinkle of hazelnuts — or order a slice of the dark sokolata cheesecake for something wildly richer.
Who doesn’t love a good market? There’s few better ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning or (or evening) strolling around a market filled with lovely locals offering some fantastic Kiwi produce.
The city’s most highly-regarded market with a distinctly French flavour, La Cigale, is a foodie’s paradise which drops in on Parnell every Saturday and Sunday morning.
As a bastion of Italian cuisine, the humble pizza’s hearty constitution never fails to delight both the eyes and the stomach. While there are many establishments serving up laudable renditions of arguably the greatest gift Italy ever gave the world (followed closely by pasta, Peroni and gelato), Denizen have rounded up a few of our favourites including not one, but two Parnell favourites, Non Solo Pizza and Di Vino Bistro
While getting ready for ski season, no doubt a flurry of planning has gone into perfecting one’s ensemble for ample time spent speeding down the mountain.
Even if you’re mostly rugged up in comfortable garb, a well-cut coat or jacket can instantly elevate your look, and that’s where Dadelszen excels.
Who pays $700k for a diamond necklace? Or $70k for a watch? Kim Knight from the NZ Herald reports on the sparkling excesses of a booming luxury jewels market. Including speaking to Parnell’s Graeme Thomson, owner of Graeme Thomson Antique Jewellery and Sarah Hutchings, director and designer at Parnell’s Orsini Fine Jewellery.
Who could resist the rich and varied flavours of India, when we feel like deeply comforting food that leaves a long-lasting feeling of satisfaction, it’s to the food of India we turn. As we suspect you might feel the same, we’ve put together some of our favourite Indian restaurants. Included in this list is Parnell’s local Indian favourite Oh Calcutta.
These are the places that act as magnets, drawing people near and far to the little slice of Tāmaki Makaurau they call home.
Winner Non Solo Pizza.
Non Solo Pizza also placed in the 2021 Denizen Hospo Heroes: Top 10 for Auckland’ Best Restaurant for a Long Lunch.
Adriana Avendaño Christie, elected member on the Waitemata Local Board and Parnell resident, interviews Josh Lee and Joshua Jang from fashion store Bara AKL
Belinda Masfen, Parnell resident and Property Consultant at Masfen Group, interviews Steve Cockle, co-owner of ASC Salon in Parnell.
Hamish Firth – Director Mt Hobson Group, and Parnell resident, interviews Jay Harrison, Founder and CEO of Edison Healthcare in Parnell.
Jenni Goulding, Environmental Planner and Parnell resident, interviews Jeremy Turner, owner of Cibo.
Happy Place is a pop-up exhibition that has toured the world – with sold-out residencies in LA, Chicago, Las Vegas. Its mission: to spread happiness, through colour, multi-sensory immersive experiences, and pure whimsy.
If you’re looking to grab a bite afterwards, perhaps wander away from the city and up to the slopes of Parnell, where you’ll find the gorgeous little tapas restaurant Barulho or further up the hill intimate and experimental bar Boxer.
Sweet tooths rejoice: these saccharine creations are anything but boring. Pleasing the eye as well as the stomach, Auckland’s most inventive sweet treats are sure to have you skipping straight to dessert. Included in the delectable line up is a Sorrel and pine brandy snap with flowers from Parnell’s Pasture.
From its creative community to innovative tech startups, Parnell is a place for bold thinkers. The suburb is full of creatives and innovators, and curator James Tapsell-Kururangi (Te Arawa, Tainui, Ngāti Porou) sat down with one of them, Max Arshavsky, CEO and co-founder of Zenno Astronautics to discuss science, art and what makes Parnell special.
Jillian de Beer, Thinker, Strategist, Collaborative Innovator and Parnell Resident interviews Jerome Partington, Associate Principal – Sustainability Manager, Jasmax.
There’s so much more to a city than its centre. The best way to uncover a destination’s hidden gems is to hit the suburbs.
In this series, we shine a spotlight on some of New Zealand’s must-visit neighbourhoods, looking at where the locals eat, drink, and play.
Offering contactless click-and-collect and easy delivery options across the board, fashion retailers have had to get creative when it comes to ensuring we all stay stylish (and safe) over Auckland’s Level 3 lockdown. From local labels to international favourites, here are some popular picks to shop right now including three Parnell favourites Workings Style, Dadelszen & Zambesi
Revered, feared and frank, Tony Astle has closed the doors on his fine-dining Parnell and Auckland institution after almost half a century. Michelle Langstone heads to Parnell expecting to meet a tyrant.
If there’s anyone who deserves a drink after this week, it’s you. Support your local bartender and cheers to the weekend ahead at these top spots (including Parnell’s Boxer and Pineapple on Parnell) for a strong tipple. Remember to record your visit via the Covid tracer app and, most importantly, be kind to hospitality staff as they readjust to the rules.
Auckland-based artist Vicky Savage has created three new sculptures that respond in part to our collective experiences during the many challenges and changes of 2020. The works express positivity, reflection, and the gravity of circumstance while shining a light on the ways we have found balance and looked toward brighter days ahead. These sculptures are currently on display at Parnell Gallery
Festivals aren’t just for your ears, and Auckland’s Summernova events programme is as enticing to foodies as it is to music lovers. More than 20 events including Parnell’s Faraday Street Festival provide purveyors of food and beverages the opportunity to connect, while letting locals and visitors alike enjoy some of Aotearoa’s best food, wine and craft beer al fresco and soaking up the sights and sounds of summer.
Veteran chef Tony Astle has closed his popular Parnell restaurant Antoine’s.
The award-winning, 47-year-old establishment – which specialised in fine dining using old-fashion-style silver service – shut its doors two weeks ago.
The celebrated chef made the announcement on Antoine’s website.
“We want to thank you all for the loyal support over the past 47 years, but the time has come for us to say goodbye. You will all [be] sincerely be missed, and the memories will live on from all the great times we had which we thank you for,” Astle said.
Stok. is a boutique store located in the hustle and bustle of Parnell’s iconic colonial strip, Parnell Road. Elisabeth and Bruce Ric Hansen, the founders of this hidden gem, had a chat to Verve about everything to do with their new addition to Parnell Road, from their favourite trends, to the ‘shop local’ movement Stok. strongly represents.
Having spent a grand total of seven years revitalising its offering, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum reopened late last year to reveal significant changes throughout its spaces. Included in the update is a new store and events space, a renovation of the south entrance, plus a brand new eatery named Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café.
The results are in. The inaugural Denizen Everyday Heroes saw thousands of votes cast in support of local businesses. So without further ado, celebrate the best kids entertainment venues Auckland city has to offer, including Parnell’s Auckland Museum. Where young minds are treated to entertainment and education aplenty. It boasts an excellent range of exhibitions and activity programmes catered towards kids, offering a fun and interactive way for little ones to explore culture, art, science and the environment.
While we have certainly been blessed with more than our fair share of great new restaurant and cafe openings this year, it would be remiss of us to overlook the amount of excellent bars and pubs that have cropped up to broaden our watering hole horizons including Parnell’s Boxer.
Alongside the excellent restaurant and cafe openings that injected new energy into Auckland’s hospitality scene in 2020, this year also saw several beloved eateries master the art of reinvention and re-enter the dining landscape better than ever with new locations, menus and interiors. Refreshed and revitalised. Parnell’s Non Solo Pizza and The Golden Nest at Woodper Hill were some of the best restaurant reinventions of the year.
The results are in. The inaugural Denizen Everyday Heroes saw thousands of votes cast in support of local businesses. So without further ado, celebrate the best weekend markets Auckland city has to offer, as voted by you.
1. MOST VOTED: La Cigale The award-winning market brings a slice of France to Parnell every weekend, with fresh pastries and baked goods, French cheeses, artisan meats and top-notch produce among the extensive list of offerings. Come for a croque monsieur, stay for the unbeatable community vibe.
You can now sit down at the Museum for woodfired pizza, lamb with rēwena bread and Kiwi-style high tea.
Tucked in between the city and the suburbs, Parnell has become quite the culinary destination in recent years. From some of the best brunch in town to world-class degustations and ground-breaking bars, these are our favourite places to wine and dine in Parnell.
For decades Jeanne Bertenshaw has been committed to fostering her love affair with Italian design.
Having started design store Matisse 30 years ago, and travelling annually to the Milan Furniture Fair since, there is one company that has held universal appeal. In 1997, Bertenshaw acquired the exclusive distribution rights to B&B Italia in New Zealand, and has since enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with the brand.
Doughnuts are a universally-loved delicacy, but not all cultures enjoy them with pink icing and rainbow sprinkles. Different countries have their own renditions of the doughnut. Gerome’s (Greek) Loukoumades are honey puffs that are impossibly fluffy and perfectly sweet. Typically soaked in a hot honey syrup, these doughnuts make for the perfect pairing with ice cream that melts into them when served hot.
Translated to English, Tiramisu literally means “pick me up” or “cheer me up,” and we can vouch for the fact that this delicious Italian dessert lives up to its name. Parnell’s Non Solo Pizza
NSP’s tiramisu is so good it takes pride of place as the only dish listed on the dessert menu. Their take sees sponge fingers dipped in espresso coffee and liqueur then layered with a mascarpone and zabaglione cream. Heavenly.
Everybody has a soft spot for pancakes. It may not be your breakfast of choice but it is a dish that nobody could dislike. A stack of fluffy, spongy and warm flat cakes drizzled with sweet maple syrup and melted butter — what’s not to love? 20-minute pancakes from Domain & Ayr Cafe
Stay true to their name, these pancakes require some patience but the end result makes it all worthwhile.