Sirpa Gunn Shares her favourite Auckland haunts and activities
Best Cake in AucklandHeart of Flavour – 4 Roxburgh St, Newmarket Tel: 09-520 1048 This little gem hidden in the back streets of Newmarket has been a family favourite for years. No occasion in our household would be complete without one of their Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Cake or Tiramisu Cake …. actually everything for Heart of Flavour is fantastic. Come Christmas time this is also the best place to buy hampers, biscuits, chocolates and other treats.
Best Romantic Date in Auckland
Nothing can beat being picked up from your home in a luxury landcover, served cocktails on the drive to beautiful Piha Beach (or other location of your choice) a hand in hand stroll down the beach at sunset followed by an 8 course degustation menu in overlooking Lions Rock. the food is prepared by a top chef and served with matching wines. I have experienced this twice now (yes my husband is awesome!) and all I can say is WOW!
Best Market in Auckland
I am a big fan of La Cigale French Market that runs on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in St Georges Bay Road Parnell. It is the Almond croissant that sold me – they are undoubtedly the best in NZ. I always come home with armfuls of fresh fruit and eddies, delicious turkish dips and olives, bread, fresh mozzarella cheese and and spicy chorizo. It is a great place to meet friends for brunch, although it is very busy you can usually find a spot on the communal tables to squeeze in and enjoy
Best Ice cream in Auckland
Takapuna Beach Cafe – 22 the Promenade Takapuna
Its no wonder they have won numerous awards – the ice cream is AMAZING!!!
As well as being one of my favourite brunch places, the Takapuna beach cafe makes in my humble opinion the best gelato and ice-cream in Auckland. They always have an extensive choice of flavours with the standard favourites plus some quirkier ones for the adventurous.
Best Walk in Auckland
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Magnificent Kauris, Wild bees, art, Farm ,