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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Shopping Mall
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“For the uninitiated, Ponsonby Central looks like the façade of a homeware store and a soulful restaurant with outdoor dining along a deck of plush pillowed chairs. What you’ll also notice, if you find yourself walking within 100 meters of this place, is a distinct fusion of pleasant aromas beating their way down the sidewalk. The entrance off Ponsonby Road, leads the hungry into a cavern of food stalls where one can witness meat roasting over hot coals, busy Asian men rolling Sushi and fresh fruit being crushed to a pulp for your sipping pleasure. This place is a hive. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but once inside you’ll be surprised how far this monolith stretches back into the inner catacombs. There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus. Whether you’re in the mood for late night cocktails and shots or roasting pork fresh off the spit, cream filled crêpes or a burger fresh off the grill, a soothing shot of coffee or something a little more organic, then Ponsonby Central can accommodate your needs.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Less than five minutes up the road. It's a beautiful location to relax, exercise, eat, look at the animals or catch a 360 view of the city. There's a playground for the kids, Stardome Observatory, BBQ area (gas or woodfire), cafes and plenty of space to walk and enjoy.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great bar for groups of all sizes. Cool buzz once it really gets going about 10pm, lots of live music over the Christmas break.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Dine at Depot, underneath Auckland's iconic landmark the Sky Tower. Depot is casual but upmarket dining from NZ celebrity chef, Al Brown. You can also combine this with a trip to the top of the Sky Tower for stunning views. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Local to its core, Luke’s Kitchen has a relaxed surf vibe along with great food, live music, astonishingly good service & is extremely popular with locals and visitors. A 5 minute drive from Matarangi, Luke’s Kitchen is situated in the laid back village of Kuaotunu; Luke’s is a rustic seaside restaurant with an adjacent café & art gallery creating a hub for locals, tourists and families. Luke’s is a space that has a traditional woodfired pizza oven at its heart, combining good honest food & a terrific array of local craft beers. If pizza doesn’t take your fancy, they have plenty of seafood choices, salads & revolving specials. The café uses local organic coffee, daily homemade cabinet food & baked goods for sale. Luke’s Kitchen regularly host live music for all to enjoy & offer a view that sums up the beauty of the Coromandel. Sit back, relax and relish a true kiwi experience. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Hallertau Brewery is a mere five minutes walk where you can enjoy the in-house made craft beer and a great seasonal menu. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
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Indie Movie Theatre
“It is an operating cinema if you up for watching movies, but we like it for a slightly different reason. It is also a time travel back to the 50's, with movie memorabilia on display and a very nice restaurant, Coco, what is unmissable if you are travelling to the Miramar peninsula.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
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“cool little brunch spot - need to get in early as it gets busy! Milkshakes come highly recommended”
  • 43 locals recommend
Lounge
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“I go here for some delish desert..its on the 3rd storey of some dinghy entrance off Courtney Place, like a secret spot.. but dont let that fool you..., its cosy, warm and has a chillout vibe - decorated like a library with books all around and comfy sofas to lounge...cool place to hangout.. check out website for opening hours”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking for a fancier dinner out, Amano is the place! Right in Britomart, close to good bars etc to visit afterwards. Amano has the yummiest handmade pasta in the City!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Café
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“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Simply the best Sat/Sun morning market in the North Island by far. Great food and coffee too.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
  • 47 locals recommend