The Taste of Home

Good eating at Jess’ Underground Kitchen. Great things can come from throwaway comments. Like one Jess’ friend made back in 2013. While enjoying dinner at Jess’ house, her friend commented that she wished that she could pay Jess to cook meals for her during the week. The idea was sown, and after starting out via…

Hit Jack!

It’s all friendly fun at the Ponsonby Bowling Club. Pssstt! Over here, behind the styley apartment blocks on Jervois Road. See this oasis of green? This right here is the country’s second oldest bowling club, established in 1893. Not that anything about the Ponsonby Bowling Club comes across as remotely old-fashioned, thanks to the brand…

Rack ‘em up!

It’s your break at the Ponsonby Pool Hall. Take a wander down a cobbled alley off Ponsonby Road and you’ll find yourself at the Ponsonby Pool Hall, which is without a doubt one of the most laid-back entertainment venues in the neighbourhood. Seedy it is not. The equipment is mint, the staff are good sorts, the…

Hello Pork Pie

The Coffee Stop’s Back!   We know we’re blowing the cover on a local secret, but hey, that’s what we’re here for, right? Located on Arch Hill, The Coffee Stop is a bit blink and you’ll miss it, but well worth keeping your eyes peeled for, thanks to its straight up classic Kiwi fare. We’re…

Fairtrade Fix

It’s all good at Kokako. With a café in the former Grey Lynn Post Office and a well-known local, Troy Mentor now running it, Kokako Coffee continues to grow its ethically caffeinated empire. The reinvented space is light and bright, with private corners for meetings and bigger tables for socialising. Troy runs a tight crew,…

Waterfront Wonders

Wynyard Quarter: Auckland’s Seaside Scene.  It’s hard to imagine the virtual wasteland this part of the world once was. These days the Wynyard Quarter is anything but. Brimming with activities, events, restaurants, tourists and locals alike, it’s a year-round destination for all ages. Of course, being on the beautiful Waitemata means the area really comes…

Top notes

Fine wine from Caro’s, Auckland’s finest merchants. It’s not just us who thinks Caro’s Wine Merchants on Mackelvie Street is second to none. For the last decade Metro Magazine have given them the No 1 spot as well. The whole experience of going there is special. Even their architecture award winning building, with its steeply…