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In the March/April 2013 issue, architect Nat Cheshire shared his favorite places in Britomart, a neighborhood in downtown Auckland.
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19 High Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Unity is what all bookstores should be: a good collection of global newspapers by the door, a room stacked to the gills with curated books and magazines, and an extremely well-read staff. Three people is a crowd here; 30 is a very civilized riot....
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33 Sale Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
The restaurant’s decor plays with industrial roughness and sumptuous luxury in a really intelligent way. Rich leathers and curtains of black cord enfold each round table, while overhead concrete beams and ductwork are left exposed. I love to...
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10 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
The juices and smoothies at this little cafe are incredible. If I’m up late drawing, these save me the next morning when all I need is something fresh and healthy. —Nat Cheshire 10 Federal St., 64/(0) 9-359-9113. This appeared in the March/April...
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2/4 High Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
I have a wonderful relationship with Crane Brothers. I first went there years ago. I tried on a shirt I could not afford, but I had to buy it. Recently they made me a beautiful indigo woolen blazer. Their clothes last, so you don’t need to buy...
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23 Britomart Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
We built this restaurant in 2011. It’s an architectural vagrant. People dine under pictures of pendulous bosoms and skulls. My colleagues and I roll out the drawings we’re working on across the tables and chefs bring food. I always have a white...
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27 Galway Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
On Friday nights the basement here is a haven from the madness swirling in the main bar above. I drink a Hendrick’s martini with an olive: dry and clean, not dirty. Stirred not shaken. James Bond can take his vodka shaker elsewhere. —Nat Cheshire...
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56 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
The owner of Crane Brothers sent me to Greg Murrell and his hair salon. I liked him immediately. He has a passion for mid-century architecture. I look too nice if my hair grows too long, so I need Greg to attack and reintroduce a degree of focus....
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Excelsior Building Cnr Galway &, Commerce Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Cafe Hanoi is choreographed dilapidation. Rough brick, crumbling plaster, and layers of scraped-back paint are softened with huge Noguchi globe lamps and planes of hand-oiled timber. —Nat Cheshire Galway and Commerce Streets, 64/(0) 9-302-3478....
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376 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Coco’s is like our second living room. My staff and I come here in part because the scene and the rustic, Italian-inspired food are so good, but also because everyone is a friend. 376 Karangahape Rd., 64/(0) 9-300-7582. This appeared in the...