Work up an appetite hiking or cycling in the lush Auckland Domain on the edge of Parnell, then head downhill to the posh village, Auckland’s oldest and most stylish suburb. Tucked between jewelry boutiques, art galleries, and designer shops lie green markets and destination restaurants where elegance meets excellence.
“Auckland is a farmers market heaven, and Parnell is a great place to get a sense of the bounty of the country,” Stoll says. Try the Saturday- and Sunday-morning La Cigale French Market
. Graze your way through this petite
slice of France in Auckland, filled with stalls devoted to crepes, pastries, breads, charcuterie, et plus
When it’s time for a focused affair, book a table in the garden courtyard at Cibo
. Housed in a former chocolate factory, the refined but friendly Cibo turns out Instagrammable dishes by acclaimed chef Kate Fay, ranging from sashimi to wagyu bavette.
DIY – or not – at Han Restaurant
, marrying Korean cooking to New Zealand ingredients. Diners can charcoal-grill venison bulgogi at tables stationed under exhaust fans, or go with chef Min Baek’s grilled salmon with kimchi and crispy kelp.
A tiny-but-mighty poster child for sustainability, Pasture
does everything in-house, from canning wild fennel to aging butter, paired with house-made bread. Husband-and -wife team Ed and Laura Verner feed only about 20 diners per seating, with a seasonal menu that tastes of place, both wild and refined.