Auckland neighbourhood guide: Ponsonby
Auckland is a city of diverse neighbourhoods and suburbs, each with their own flavours and hidden spots to discover. From those closest to the marina, like Wynyard Quarter, to those further afield like surfer's favourite Muriwai Beach, we'll be giving you a short run down of what to see, do, eat, and experience - and where - in Auckland.
One of Auckland's original neighbourhoods, Ponsonby is about two kilometres west of the CBD and runs roughly north to south along a ridge line. Known for its shopping and dining, it's also a great spot for a night out and has a range of bars to choose from dotted down Ponsonby Road. It's become the place to live of choice for Aucklanders working in the creative and cultural industries so you'll see plenty of young ad execs, media types and similar there brunching on a Sunday morning or sending it on a Saturday night.
Head to Ponsonby Central for a collection of street food inspired restaurants, bars and boutiques in one indoor/outdoor location or try Hoppers across the road for a garden bar and after work drinks. Deadshot is a late night cocktail bar - it's dark, moody and atmospheric - where you won't be given a menu. Simply tell the bar staff the flavours and spirits you like and they'll mix you custom drinks and bring them to your table in the dimly-lit, speakeasy-style surrounds. Or if you're feeling like something more active try the Ponsonby Social Club and get ready to dance. The Whiskey does what it says on the tin and serves up whiskey, plus live music every Thursday and every second Saturday of the month. For something quieter, or to get the night started, head to the Tinted Rose tapas and wine bar - there's also rosé margarita, rosé sangria and an intriguing rosé-infused bourbon sour.
During the day, make your way to Superette to shop for international brands including C&M, Ksubi, Bassike, Dylan Kain, Frame Denim and plenty more before stopping for a coffee at Ponsonby institution, Dizengoff. Well and Good is a small cafe with a big selection of raw food, in-house made nut milks and grab-and-go buddha bowls, and while you're close by head to Republic Home for achingly new designer homewares and interior inspo.