One of Auckland’s first neighbourhoods, today Ponsonby is a trendy hotbed of restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping. The star of the Ponsonby area is the appropriately named Ponsonby Road.

Stretching nearly two kilometres, this vibrant strip plays host to some of Auckland’s best eateries. Visit the famous International Food Court on the corner of Pollen Street for a huge range of affordable and delicious dishes from all over the world (open from 10am), or if you’re in the mood for something a little more up-market, look no further than Ponsonby Central (corner of Richmond Road), a hub of bars, bistros, coffee shops, and even a fresh food market. Restaurants like  MooChowChow (Thai), Prego (Italian), and Orphans Kitchen (up-market bistro-style dining) litter the street for those who can afford something a little nicer. While more casual Ponsonby Road dining highlights include il buco (for gourmet pizza slices), Mexico (for a quesadilla and a margarita) and Renkon (for cheap and simple Japanese).  Hang out at the Street Food Collective, tucked away behind Ponsonby Road for a rotating schedule of some of Auckland’s food trucks and street food vendors.

Ponsonby Road is also well-loved for its vibrant nightlife. Bars like Freeman & Grey, Little Easy, Golden Dawn, Grand Central and The Long Room are open until at least 3am on weekends, and are all great spots to visit for a more relaxed drink or even a bite to eat earlier in the evening. If you’re in town to do a spot of shopping, Ponsonby Road has to be one of your first stops. Because of its usually flush clientele, the shopping options along Ponsonby Road are often a little pricier. Stores like Karen Walker, Sass & Bide, Cybèle and Suprette are home to some of New Zealand’s top fashions.

Ponsonby is generally a very safe area for locals and tourists alike, and because it’s within walking distance of the city as well as being a corridor for various bus routes, it’s a great place to stay while visiting Auckland.


Top Tip Freeman & Grey (43 Ponsonby Road) serves $4 pizzas daily, from 12.00pm – 2.00pm and then again from 5.00pm – 7.30pm.

Surrounding areas:
Grey Lynn, K’Road, Freemans Bay, Herne Bay.

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