Ponsonby's Golden Mile
Collected by Guy Needham, AFAR Local Expert
It might not be the newest kid on the block, but Ponsonby still packs a punch with innovative cuisine, established favorites, and on-trend creations.
150 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
"Institution" doesn’t begin to describe this eatery, where patrons are followed by TV cameras, the staff giggle and scream with laughter, the passers-by pretend not to see who’s eating there and the wine just keeps on flowing. SPQR...
136-146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Eight restaurants, 6 produce sellers, 5 retail stores, and 1 cooking school. When Ponsonby Central was first mooted no one really knew how successful it would become, a de facto melting pot and one place where everyone can agree on for a bite...
23 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
226 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
There aren't many old establishments on Auckland's Ponsonby road, but Prego has stood the test of time. In restaurant years this Italian stallion has been around for a millennia, and it continues to deliver outstanding service and food, day in and...
65 Mackelvie St, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
They originally came from Spain, these little snacks—well, not these exact ones but you get what I mean. Hidden just off Ponsonby Road is Pintxos, and I kind of like the whole self service approach. By the bar there's a case featuring delightful...
42A Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Long a favorite of Ponsonby locals, Sawadee is often the first answer given when you ask, "What's the best place for Thai?" Located at the top end of Ponsonby Rd, it's the place to go with a bunch of friends or just if you want to try something...
151 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
One of the first to jump on the "slider" wagon (for the uninitiated, sliders are mini-buns), Tin Soldier scores marks for both its position on Ponsonby Rd—the sunny afternoon side—and its great food. A cross between a gastro-pub and a welcoming...
146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
As with all good Ponsonby restaurants the first thing that hits you is the decor, followed closely by the waft of delicious food. It's the combinations of flavours that stand out here, some a little unexpected and others old familiar favourites....
114 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Even the burgers in Ponsonby are flash. BurgerFuel, a home grown burger franchise that has expanded to six countries and is now listed on the Stock Exchange, grew from this one store in Ponsonby. With burger names like "Ring Burner", "Bastard" and...
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