Where ev­ery restau­rant ta­ble is one with a view.

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Start the day right and get your morn­ing fix of caf­feine from Si­mon Gault’s lat­est eatery, Gi­raffe. Sit­u­ated on the edge of the Viaduct Har­bour, the cosy restau­rant opens at 7am ev­ery morn­ing, pro­vid­ing cof­fee-lov­ing early birds with a se­lec­tion of sweet and savoury pas­tries to ac­com­pany their first cof­fee of the day.

Bot­tom­less brunch, do we re­ally need to say more? That’s right, wan­der down to Lula Inn this week­end and en­joy a two-hour long brunch of epic pro­por­tions, with a menu full of dishes like co­conut & cran­berry muesli, salmon potato hash and white cho­co­late pan­cakes. Oh, and of course, bot­tom­less Mi­mosas and Bloody Marys.

No one takes oys­ters quite as se­ri­ously as Oys­ter + Chop, in fact, the restau­rant has up to 10 va­ri­eties of the shell­fish. So make the most of your week­end and take a long lunch as you work through the nau­ti­cal eatery’s im­pres­sive menu of oys­ters and steaks.


You’ll come to Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brew­ing Co for a drink with a view but you’ll stay for the foot-long piz­zas and mini bowl­ing al­ley. Of­fer­ing their own beers brewed on­site and a ro­ta­tion of lo­cal brew­eries on tap, as well as a mouth-wa­ter­ing menu of shared plat­ters and live mu­sic, it’s no sur­prise the rooftop bar is a favourite amongst city work­ers.

Put on your Sun­day best and en­joy some fine din­ing with even finer views at one of Auck­land’s clas­sic in­sti­tu­tions, Soul Bar and Bistro. Sit­u­ated in the cen­tre of the Viaduct, din­ers are treated to a panoramic view of the har­bour as they tuck into de­li­cious dishes like west coast white­bait frit­ters or roasted Ha­puku with cray­fish ravi­oli.

Want cheap eats with an ex­pen­sive view? A Fokker Bros’ burger will set you back no more than a crisp $20. The Viaduct eatery puts a gourmet spin on fast food clas­sics, with gems like ba­con mac & cheese burg­ers, gravy fries and jalapeno hot dogs, all with fresh and or­ganic pro­duce.

If you’re look­ing for some­where to get a fancy cock­tail look no fur­ther than Para­sol & Swing Com­pany. With a stel­lar menu of craft beers, bou­tique wines and or­nate cock­tails, crafted by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed bar staff, this lit­tle bar in the heart of the Viaduct is the per­fect place to end the day.

So, for great food with even bet­ter views, head down to the precinct where city meets sails.

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