Leading Auckland publications tell us why Parnell is The Space to Be, from endless hospitality options to leading design.
Balmy summer days have been replaced by cold, rainy nights, and a hunger for foods that warm us from the inside out.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 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.
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.
Cuisine Magazine recently featured a piece about Parnell’s Pasture restaurant and owner Ed’s new bar adventure, Mr Roboto. This exciting new Cocktail Bar run by chefs is due to open in the next few months. The bar fronting onto Parnell Road will also provide sole access to Pasture via a ‘secret’ doorway at the back.
Barulho’s era as tapas bar is no more. Meet Barulho the restaurant. The seating has quadrupled, with room for up to 100 patrons. There is also an atmospheric private dining room, and a kitchen large enough to finally meet the demands of a voracious and appreciative Auckland eating public.
The mantra ‘when one door closes, another opens’ could not be more perfectly exemplified than in this Parnell gem. What was formerly Barulho, the local-favourite Mediterranean tapas bar, has been transformed into Mexican eatery Fonda while remaining under the same ownership team of Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez.
“Forme Spa & Wellbeing’s Parnell Store was named overall Supreme Large Retailer as well as winning the Customer Experience Award (Large Retailer), while Black Door Gallery was named Overall Supreme Small Retailer, as well as taking the honours in the Visual Merchandising Award,” Greg Harford, Retail NZ’s Chief Executive announced at the 2019 Retail NZ Awards on the 23rd July.
Metro magazine has released its annual list of the top 50 restaurants in Auckland and once again there are several Parnell restaurants featured. To earn a place in the prestigious top 50, restaurants must excel not only in terms of food, but also service, drink quality, atmosphere, design and character.Finalists include Pasture, Rosie, Han and Woodpecker Hill.
Denizen tells us their favourite places to eat and drink in Parnell, from early morning to late at night. “Parnell is experiencing something of a second coming. The beautiful suburb, long admired for its sleek homes and refined residents seems to be adding more and more culinary destinations to its ranks, and we’re not mad about it”.
Denizen introduces UnserHaus, the Parnell-based showroom displaying the latest in German-made, home appliance technology and, according to BSH Managing Director Darryl Robinson a unique concept designed to help the consumer “choose the right products for the right space in their home, at the right time in their lives.”
Set to be our go-to for any and all appliance-based queries, UnserHaus is offering the simplest way for us to see some of the finest brands (such as BOSCH, Gaggenau and NEFF) in action and understand why their reputations for excellence have stood the test of time.
The opening of Fang comes with its own wacky backstory inspired by 1970s rock opera Quadrophenia. Concrete Playground encourage patrons to sample the ten-hour braised pork and crystal skin dumplings, out of the box creations including dumplings filled with smoked gouda; roasted cauliflower and broccoli topped with sesame mayo, puffed buckwheat and shaved parmesan; plus a trio of mini nori cones filled with salmon tartare, avocado puree and caviar.
Denizen interviewed the husband and wife duo Aaron Carson and Fran Mazza who have opened a new eatery on average every 10 weeks with the latest addition to their stable being Chinese fusion restaurant, Fang in Parnell.
A descriptor for the restaurant is ‘Pop-Asian Quadrophenia’ and Fang — READ MORE
Denizen profiled the ‘handsome workplace’ on the fourth floor of the Textile Centre and interviewed the team behind this ’boutique private members workspace’, to find out what really set Textile Lofts apart. Besides their considered approach to residents and various membership options, they concluded that being surrounded by Saint George’s Bay Road’s ‘ever-expanding lineup of design-orientated businesses and eateries with the right kinds of people to frequent them, it’s certainly a good vibe down that part of Parnell.
Bandied about as the game-changing new phenomenon, hot-desking, it would unequivocally seem, is the way forward in workplace trends.
Long been a go-to for easy, quick and accessible lunchtime fare. But for those that don’t work or live in the CBD, a quick bite of classic their signature street food hasn’t been so easy to come by. Luckily for Parnell, Hello Mister has extended its reach and laid down fresh roots on the corner of Faraday Street, bringing its tasty menu further afield – READ MORE
VIVA features Parnell as the neighbourhood to watch for charming boutiques, weekend markets and lots of good eating. With the likes of Euro-Latin-style tapas bar Barulho, nature inspired Pasture, smokey Texan barbeque paired with zingy Asian flavours at Woodpecker Hill and cafe options such as Winona Forever, Rosie and Bowl and Arrow theres lots to choose from. Combine with a visit to Hattitude, New Zealand’s only traditional men’s hat shop and bespoke tailor Doran and Doran for a day out.