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The Best Stores in AKL

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The best shops in Auckland to spend your hard-earned cash, especially if you're after something a little different.
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3, Maritime Building 130 Quay St, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
World is probably the most eclectic shop in Auckland, a "Factory of Ideas and Experiments" specializing in women, men, and beauty. Last time I was in one of the stores I spied everything from Fornasetti candles to stuffed animals to...
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19 High St, 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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18, Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Karen Walker started off as a local clothes designer, and is now recognised as a bona fide fashion icon. With three stores in Britomart, Grey Lynn and Newmarket, her eponymous label has branched out to include eyewear, footwear, gold and silver...
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35 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Hmmm, what to buy when you want a New Zealand souvenir that's not a tacky plastic tiki or kiwi-shaped ashtray? That’s when you head to Pauanesia (pron. Pah-wah-nesia). Named after the Maori word for abalone, this High St. Auckland store has unique...
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2/4 High St, 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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30 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The last time I shopped here I wasn't actually here. I was in Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea, buying an All Blacks cap online for my guide who was amazed that it would be mailed straight to him. The name "Champions of the World" existed before the...
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Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand
Once the bastion of every designer in Auckland, these days Newmarket specializes in what it does best: upmarket retail stores for upmarket clientele. Even the mall in Newmarket, the imaginatively named Two Double Seven (its address is 277...
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56 Customs St E, Auckland, Auckland Central City 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....