AN EPICURE IN AUCKLAND
Away from the sleaze and grime of Auckland’s Karangahape Road and red light zone, known by the locals as K Road, St Kevin’s Arcade offers respite for the weary traveller or local.
The arcade, named after the patron saint of Dublin, offers an old colonial shabby-chic sanctuary from the craziness of K Road. It’s one of my favourite places in Auckland, if not the world. With views over leafy but vertiginous Myers Park to the Sky Tower, it’s a great place to browse second hand books, vinyls, bric-a-brac, vintage clothes. Get a trendy hair cut or meet a friend for brunch. Here you can fritter away a morning contemplating whether the flat white is a Kiwi or Aussie invention at Bestie, or bolster your courage with a cheeky cocktail before braving the K Road nightlife.
With amazing produce and the cultural vibrancy of Asia meeting Pacific Islands and the West, Auckland offers outstanding epicurean experiences.
Five Auckland treats
- Coffee and cocktails with St Kevin. See above.
- Shuck the freshest oysters at Depot (Federal St)- as featured on rapper Action Bronson’s F&ck that’s delicious show, whilst sipping Champagne.
- Party on Ponsonby. Cocktail bars and boutique eateries galore on this bon temps strip.
- Tasty Thai. Proximity to Asia brings a cornucopia of spicy delights to suit all budgets. Mai Thai on Victoria Street is traditional, unpretentious, inexpensive with great service and authentic food.
- Hang out with yachts and yuppies in a waterfront bar at Viaduct Harbour. Of course being New Zealand, the more adventurous have plenty of scope to hang out of, or jump off, or plunge into- boats, buildings, bridges, lakes, etc.
Additional photography kathryn_mcc.