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gather & hunt is an online directory, magazine and event guide about this surprisingly sweet place we live in: Auckland city.
DIRECTORY
We’ve compiled a searchable database of our favourite places to eat, drink, look and play around town, it’s called the gather & hunt directory. Have a browse, you might find something new.
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STORIES
We’re big fans of chatting to interesting people who are doing interesting things. We write the stuff down and put it into our stories section. Take a look, have a read, roll your eyes and smile (maybe).

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NOW NOW NOW
We know better than anyone that boredom can be a problem in modern life, so we made an event guide to keep up with what’s going on (and to let us know what we could be doing).

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A RANDOM SELECTION FROM OUR DIRECTORY:

NEW OPENING: A huge Western-style smokehouse serving shared plates with a strong Asian influence, and a lot of whiskey
NEW OPENING: A Welly institution arrives in Auckland.
A cheerful hole-in-the wall cafe serving delicious bagels, treats from Scratch Bakers and Atomic coffee
A sweet little cake and coffee shop where you can give in to temptation without the post-treat guilt
A tiny, bright take-away spot serving delicious bánh mì, made as you order from fresh bread and hand-picked herbs.
A surprisingly spacious inner-city escape serving food and drinks exciting enough to brighten any morning, afternoon or night
A traditional Israeli deli filled with cheeses, cured meats, dips and a wonderful Tel Aviv-style breakfast menu
An urban refuge in which you can sip on Kokako Organic coffee and eat a beautiful meal all with a view of the busy world below
A cosy local wine bar with a lovely wine list and delicious, simple French menu featuring the best local ingredients
A simple, welcoming restaurant serving some of the best ramen in town
A specialty food store and cafe serving fresh salads and tasty dishes for breakfast and lunch alongside Kokako Coffee and Nice Blocks
A summery, modern eatery hidden in the Meadowbank shops with fresh produce delivered each day from its own farm
A spacious cafe right out in the suburbs serving casual French-inspired cuisine and Supreme coffee
A casual bar in suburbia, serving cold beers and Gua Bao, spilling good vibes out onto the street
A gorgeous casual bistro with a delicious shared menu and great service, coming here feels like going on holiday
A spacious, cool spot with a fast, wholefoods menu that's designed for busy people in need of sustenance
A warm, friendly neighbourhood bar and restaurant with a great wine list and a menu filled with heart, comforting fare
A spacious concept store with local and international fashion brands, homewares, locally roasted coffee and tokyobikes
A lovely, warm neighbourhood restaurant with hearty comfort food designed for long, lingering meals
A waterfront institution that's serving up a menu that's focussed on health and well-being as well as deliciousness
A cheery street stall offering traditional Leige and Belgian waffles with indulgent toppings, and eighthirty coffee
A fun casual eatery serving free range rotisserie chicken in a multitude of ways. It's family friendly too.
A very special food store with a rotating menu of hearty, homemade takeaway evening meals, sides, salads and desserts
A Newmarket version of Al Brown's beloved institution, serving freshly made bagels and Havana coffee
A lovely little cafe with simple, well-made sandwiches and Best Ugly bagels, and great Kokako Organic coffee
A sleek yet casual contemporary Indian restaurant created by one of the city's most celebrated chefs
A fun, neighbourly cafe with a south-east Asian influenced menu, amazing donuts and Kokako Organic coffee
A gorgeous local bar with boutique wines, craft beers, tapas and a piano sitting quietly in one corner
A surprise in a sea of concrete, this crisp, bach-like cafe has a familiar yet still surprising menu and Millers coffee
A spacious, welcoming cafe with a huge menu, amazing waffles and Supreme coffee
A beautiful, modern space with an innovative cafe menu inspired by the food of Laos
A no frills burger joint offering made-to-order burgers using local ingredients for a stupidly cheap price
A picturesque little laneway cafe with delicious, nourishing wholefoods fare and Supreme Coffee
A not-for-profit cafe run by the local community serving fairtrade People Coffee, delicious sandwiches and baked treats
A family-friendly craft brewery and restaurant, serving delicious healthy but fast food
A lofty, light cafe with views over St Patrick's Square, incredible gourmet pies and eighthirty coffee
A gallery, cafe, studio and workspace with a hearty menu,great cabinet food and Brazil coffee
A little, loud, fun restaurant serving simply perfect burgers using local, fresh ingredients
A stylish, light-filled neighbourhood bistro with hearty, fresh and seasonal dishes
A crisp, beautiful modern apothecary and health clinic with a focus on natural health and beauty products
A crisp, friendly cafe with brilliant coffee, a seasonal menu, and heaps of space to work or chat in
Another world in the heart of the city, with an innovative menu and lovely coffee
A warm, welcoming Italian bistro in a sparkling hotel lobby that serves exceptional, theatrical food
A sophisticated toybox of a cafe with some of the most unusual flavour combinations in town
A perfectly formed cafe and bagelry that's exactly what it says it is, with a few surprises thrown in
A friendly corner store and cafe with Allpress coffee, homemade milkshake syrups and great sandwiches
A bright food bar filled with crispy, delicious pies, fresh salads and donuts all made with care on site
A simple, authentic restaurant serving wonderful, affordable Vietnamese food that's worth the trip
A tiny, awesome espresso bar and cronut purveyor tucked down a sweet lane in the CBD
A design focused café with one of the most original menus in Auckland
A welcoming local restaurant with truly delicious and intriguing dishes and a great wine list
A cafe and shop filled with carefully curated, beautiful things to eat, drink and buy from the team at Coffee Supreme
An inspiring studio concept that includes a hair salon and an art gallery in one
A roomy, fun cafe with a generous, fresh menu and a whole lot of heart
A spacious, stylish Japanese robata restaurant with brilliant food that offers more than a few surprises
A market on the weekends that turns into a wonderful, cosy French bistro from Wednesday - Friday
A luxurious fine dining restaurant by Peter Gordon on the 53rd level of Auckland's iconic Sky Tower
A casual Italian restaurant specialising in handmade Polpette (meatballs), with a menu created by celebrated chef Ben Bayly
One of the most authentic Italians in the city, perfect for large groups and long lunches.
A bright New York Jewish style delicatessen with authenticity and personality in abundance.
A corner coffee shop with a bright yellow coffee machine, Supreme coffee and perfect lunch treats
A delightfully simple space where the passion for raw, organic, creative and delicious food is contagious
A spacious, friendly space for enthusiasts to drink and learn about unique, locally roasted and ethically sourced coffee
A friendly, casual eatery with simple, unfussy dishes, a great wine list and craft beer on tap
An unnassuming gallery for all those seeking some serious cultural indulgence.
A sleek, effortless café-bistro-restaurant serving up classic French dishes
A sweet-natured café with a neighbourhood feel and a bright, colourful outlook.
An unassuming but well-loved eatery jam-packed with people and flavour.
A family-owned and run vineyard and restaurant with one of the most stunning views on the Island
An elegant dining establishment offering contemporary food in a stylish, intimate setting.
A small, beautiful espresso bar at the bar with a stunning fit out and freshly made pastry and sandwiches
An Asia-Pacific style restaurant and a contemporary Chinese menu, with some of the friendliest staff in the town.
A simple, industrial space filled with some of the most innovative and delicious baked goods in town
A gorgeous, pint-sized cafe with filter coffee, incredible sandwiches and a sweet mezzanine
A spacious, light specialty coffee roastery and art gallery hidden at one end of an unlikely arcade
A popular Takapuna cafe beside Hurstmere Green. Order the signature eggs. Just do!
A hidden, surprising Japanese inspired restaurant where the food is an entertainment certain to make you smile
Vintage-inspired, eco-friendly, local and fairtrade, this spacious cafe is a favourite with new suburbanites
A tiny, cocoon-like wonderland filled with the most perfect, stunning desserts you can possibly imagine
A casual American eatery brimming with fun, that's open later than most.
A spacious cafe with a beautiful interior, a lengthy menu and a penchant for making delicious waffles
A cafe and bagelry serving soft, delightfully chewy Montreal-style bagels with incredible toppings
A gorgeous, green and light-filled cafe with Three Beans coffee and jaffles
A wonderfully warm, generous cafe with a great Kiwi menu and friendly staff
A friendly beach side cafe with famous pizzas and ice cream and a beautiful view
A spaicious, light bakery and cafe serving delicious german-style bread that you'll become addicted to
A casual Californian-style restaurant and bar with an approachable and affordable menu
A beautiful all day bistro serving incredible European-inspired seasonal dishes that you won't forget
A cool neighborhood coffee brew bar offering beans from five different roasters, making use of every brewing method imaginable.
An independent record store with a courtyard cafe hidden out the back
A breezy cafe with a great all day menu, a cabinet filled with freshness, Kapiti ice cream and Supreme coffee
A food store filled with an incredible array of lunch options, a diner with a casual menu, and a wine bar at night
An effortless, casual all-day bistro where the perfection of each detail turns your visit into a delicious, dreamy experience
An organic german bakery with every style of bread and pastry you can imagine, and baguettes and quiches too.
An interactive waterfront museum concerned with the nation's seaside history, free for Aucklanders
A Japanese shochu bar with intriguing cocktails, delicious shared plates and a range of ice creams
Less of a bar, more of a den, with a huge selection of bottled craft beers and an oft-rotating tap offering
A simple espresso bar and roastery serving Three Beans unique blends as well as single origin and cold drip brews
An airy, friendly cafe with a great menu, Three Beans coffee and plenty of seating room
A beautiful eatery in the country where the food is as lovely as the scenery.
A simple, friendly neighbourhood cafe where attention is paid to all the details.
A bright beachside cafe that's like stepping into a holiday.
A fascinating place in which to learn about the night sky, the solar system. Much more entertaining than it sounds.
A giant cafe catering to corporates that still manages to be warm, friendly and innovative
A narrow, beloved local bar with creative mixologists to pour your heart out to.
A lovely light-filled deli and cafe with a hearty, comforting menu and cute kid-friendly touches.
A tiny, friendly spot with giant, exciting cookies in big glass jars, Supreme coffee and milkshakes
A cabin-like restaurant in the midst of a forest, serving tasty, seasonal dishes.
A tiny, busy and basic restaurant serving spicy Sichuan-style noodles and dumplings
An unassuming street-side bistro serving seasonal dishes of consistent quality
A friendly local for coffee, pizza and free-range rotisserie chooks made to order
Auckland's finest pub, in our opinion.
A unique, innovative family-run restaurant specialising in game food and good chat
An organic raw food wonderland where the food is brightly coloured and more delicious than you can imagine
A stylish Vietnamese-style bar and eatery with distinct east-meets-west designs.
A warehouse selling boutique beer on tap by the litre or the keg.
A stylish eating house offering different styles of dining from lunch until late.
A word-of-mouth gem where you'll find giant, comforting bowls of fresh noodles in thick, hearty stock
A surprising restaurant that will send you on an unexpectedly enjoyable dining adventure.
A beautiful, lofty and quiet living room in the bustling heart of the city
A beautiful lightbox of an espresso bar brewing coffee that tells a story
A historic homestead housing an incredible collection of contemporary NZ art
An unexpected and sweet retro hideaway filled with the aroma of freshly baked cupcakes
Ima
A warm bistro offering traditional meditteranean and Israeli cuisine for lunch and dinner.
A no fuss plastic plate restaurant serving incredible steamed dumplings you'll go back for again and again
A renovated industrial garage with an open kitchen and a great breakfast-brunch-lunch menu
A little Malaysian-flavoured diamond in the K Road rough.
A stunning french patisserie with sweet french pastry treats that look and taste beautiful.
A consistent neighbourhood local with an ever-changing menu and a great wine list.
An all-day bistro serving incredibly fresh and heartfelt food with laid back warmth and old-fashioned friendliness.
A split-level, spacious neighbourhood cafe serving amazing eighthirty coffee
A roastery, cafe and brew bar roasting up all kinds of delicious.
A simple yet amazing Auckland institution that's been serving delicious chawarma and felafel for decades.
A popular local bistro with luminous spaces and dishes that have become neighbourhood favourites
A place to find a healthy fast meal - free range rotisserie chooks, amazing salads, burgers and sandwiches
A boutique roastery dedicated to making coffee that's incredible and sustainable at the same time.
An unassuming spot where you'll find Japanese fine dining perfection
A cool, health-conscious laneway cafe by day and a romantic tapas bar by night. With mighty fine hot dogs.
A place filled with energy, tequila and soft-shelled tacos that will make you feel as if anything is possible.
A bright, friendly corner cafe with organic, locally sourced goodness and incredible coffee.
A tiny corner bar serving the best traditional cocktails in town.
A cafe and roastery producing some of the most amazing coffee you'll ever try in one of the coolest spaces you'll ever see.
A cosy tapas bar serving authentic spanish dishes that'll impress your friends and your tastebuds.
A stunning building in a stunning place filled with history, beauty and memories.
A tasteful monochramatic haven offering one of the most memorable fine dining experiences in the city.
A hidden yet famous spot serving the most delicious Mexican food imaginable in a small and very very busy space.
A sleek and quiet cafe with quirky food and amazing light-fittings.
A cosy and unexpected cafe with wizards in its kitchen and a big heart on its sleeve.
A light-filled sanctuary where you'll find coffee, fresh juice and upside-down hanging plants.
An epic and stunning gallery that showcases the best of New Zealand art and history.
A stylish and unforgettable addition to the Westmere shops; you'll feel more beautiful after eating here.
A reclaimed public space with an epic playground, an industrial heritage and lovely views of the harbour.
A chaotic Chinese restaurant with an awesome BYO policy and fresh, generous and tasty food.
A place of loftiness, light and food so good each dish will have a halo in your memory.
A gorgeous, bright boutique selling local craft, prints, jewellery, clothing and vintage pieces, and organic tea as well!
An elegant fine dining sanctuary where you'll experience spectacular food and beautiful wine.
A French escape for a fraction of the price - indulge yourself with some of the gourmet deli delights you'll find here.
A cosy Japanese restaurant serving perfect sushi and sashimi with an extensive sake list.
A restaurant with a personality of its own offering a fresh twist on Thai food, and amazing cocktails.
A cafe and french market that's filled with foodie options to eat there or take home for later.
A dimly lit living room with distressed wallpaper, fairy lights and an extensive wine list.
A fresh and delicious spot hidden away in leafy Remuera.
A pretty spot with pretty chairs, pretty cakes beneath pretty glass domes, and a very pretty view.
A bustling deli and cafe with some of the best-looking ready-to-eat food in the entire city.
A buzzing cafe that's a favourite with locals; you'll fall for the view and the food.
A stark stylish Japanese restaurant in which you can gracefully over-indulge.
A collaborative concept store that's one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the entire city.
A cosy and secretive but not so secret bar on an unassuming corner of Ponsonby Road.
A bright and modern haven to French cuisine in the Britomart precinct. Go there now.
A leafy pocket-sized cafe with Supreme coffee, homemade soda syrups and excellent sandwiches.
A cafe and french grocer selling the best pain au chocolat in the Southern Hemisphere. Arguably.
A perfect spot from which to watch the sunset over Jervois Road on a sunny afternoon.
An unashamedly casual and busy cantina serving delicious seasonal food that'll leave you wanting more.
A bookshop that'll expand your mind and steal your heart.
A cosy hideaway in the depths of St Kevins Arcade where wine flows like water, and good conversation follows.
A welcoming fine dining restaurant serving beautiful, seasonal dishes that you'll savour for hours afterward
An underground Japanese gem that's perfect for a quick meal before a show or movie.
A local favourite that's been around forever for one reason; it's consistently great.
A BYO restaurant that dares you to step off the tourist path and experience the delights of Southern Indian cusine.
A feast for your tastebuds and your eyes, this cafe is a hidden jewel in Freeman's Bay.
A friendly, reliable Auckland institution that never fails to hit the spot.
A neighbourhood cafe and bar that serves excellent bistro fare using local produce alongside local wines
A wonderland of sweetness and light, the perfect spot to go when you're at a loose end and need some inspiration
A hidden gem for Supreme Coffee and National Geographic lovers.
A restaurant that has set the bar for fine dining in Auckland city.
A vast park with meandering boardwalks, mangrove swamps, secret pathways and stunning views.
An airy Vietnamese wonderland with some of the brightest, happiest food you'll ever eat.
Herne Bay institution that's perfect for weekend brunch, right through to a celebratory dinner.
A laid back and friendly spot with stunning views of downtown Auckland.

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