In the latest online version of Viva, (excerpt below) Parnell is featured as the neighbourhood to watch for charming boutiques, weekend markets and lots of good eating.
This ideal local is modelled on the neighbourhood bars of Europe and South America, with a colourful Euro-Latin-style tapas menu that changes often and a drinks list featuring pisco sours, blood orange negronis and lots of rioja. The food is “fresh and colourful”, with quality ingredients, plus bold, rustic flavours.
Where: 7-15 Faraday St
La Cigale Market
For weekends that start with buttery pastries and coffee, La Cigale Market is the ticket. This Parnell food market is full of French flare, with croissants, baguettes and crêpes on offer, but there’s also fresh produce and a range of other cuisines on offer. Dine inside at one of the cafes or restaurants, or browse the stalls outside with a hot coffee in hand.
When: Saturdays, 8am-1.30pm & Sundays 9am-1.30pm Where: 69 Georges Bay Rd
In New Zealand’s only traditional men’s hat shop you’ll find quality men’s hats from fedoras, to panamas and top hats. It’s a one-stop shop for hat lovers.
Where: 235 Parnell Rd
Doran and Doran
This bespoke menswear tailor also stocks a selection of homewares (in the store opposite) that evoke the same laidback and ever-so-cool luxury style. There are towels, ceramics and nice room sprays too.
Where: 15/7 Faraday St
This vibrant cafe puts delicious spins on classic brunch dishes like the brioche French toast with meringues, and ‘magical’ mushrooms served on a herb crepe. This is in addition to the jaw-dropping baking that fills the cabinet.
Where: 100 Parnell Rd
Come away inspired by the innovative cooking on show at Parnell’s Pasture. The small independent restaurant is owned by passionate duo Laura and Ed Verner who craft a seasonal nature-inspired set menu. Flavours are heightened by fermentation and preservation techniques, and a unique curated beverage list to match, including handmade juices that can be enjoyed alongside each course.
Where: 235 Parnell Rd
Parnell Rose Gardens
For a moment of blooming bliss take a stroll around the manicured grounds of the Parnell Rose Gardens, which has over 5000 varieties of roses.
Where: 85-87 Gladstone Rd
This all-day eatery is a popular local spot for breakfast through to dinner. Set opposite the rose gardens at Parnell, they offer an elegant yet relaxed space to catch up with friends and family.
Where: 82 Gladstone Rd
Le Bistros des Gourmets
This is a beautifully authentic French restaurant serving classic dishes like pork terrine, roast kidneys and lemon creme legere.
Where: 237 Parnell Rd
Chef Che Barrington takes the best of smokey Texan barbeque and pairs it with the zingy flavours of Asia. Dishes are made to share and the interior is warm and inviting, complete with fuzzy booths.
Where: 196 Parnell Rd
Bowl and Arrow
This Parnell cafe makes delicious vegan and vegetarian food, great coffee and is best known for smoothie bowls decorated with fresh fruit.
Where: 1 Faraday St
46 & York
Opposite the green of Fraser Park, 46 & York is a sophisticated spot for a fancy drink in an old heritage building. Beer and cider are on tap, along with wine, bubbles and seasonally inspired cocktails. For those with an appetite, there’s a full bistro-style menu too.
Where: 46 Parnell Rd
To read the full Viva article and their restaurant reviews click here