Is this Auckland's coolest neighbourhood?

Filled with cool eateries, galleries and boutiques, Ponsonby is the eclectic inner-city hub you will never want to leave.

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  • Sudeshna Ghosh
  • October 2018

Smyth Gallerie

This gallery showcases modern art from emerging and established artists, plus French vintage posters, lithographs and photos. Come for the art – stay for the immersive reading room. opens in new window

Sidart Restaurant

Acclaimed chef Sid Sahrawat serves up contemporary Indian cuisine using sustainable, local ingredients at his fine-dining restaurant. Expect to be wowed. opens in new window

Modern Indian flavours meet hyper-local ingredients at gourmet restaurant Sidart.

The Cav

It may date back to the mid-1860s but this friendly gastropub is keeping with the times, oozing urban cool with its modern menu – tuna poke or pork katsu burger, anyone? – wide range of craft brews and after-hours party vibes. opens in new window

Milly’s Kitchen

Gourmands will be in heaven at this well-loved kitchenware store, which stocks a staggering range of products, including top international brands such as Mauviel and Rosenthal. opens in new window

Ponsonby Central

Explore a collective of eateries showcasing global flavours – like Tokyo Club, Miss Istanbul and Bird on a Wire – plus weekly pop-up shops featuring local designers such as Wixii. Stay for a drink at cool bar Bedford Soda and Liquor. Cheers! opens in new window

Wixii is just one of the many fashion pop-up stores at Ponsonby Central.

The Open Book

Get lost in the shelves of this quirky second-hand bookshop. The subscription service is great, while their handmade notebooks make for an ideal souvenir. opens in new window

Ponsonby Manor

A converted former boarding school, this historic guesthouse offers a quiet, comfortable home-away-from-home enhanced with touches of thoughtful luxury. opens in new window