You really feel like you’ve got your shit together when you rock up to the office with a packed lunch. However, with no reason to venture out into the big wide world in search of something to eat, it’s all too common to eat said packed lunch at your desk cubicle.
Enough is enough! It’s time to kiss the ball and chain goodbye and get out into the sunshine. To give you some lunchspiration, I’ve compiled a list of my top five places to eat your sammies in Auckland CBD.
This shared space attracts a lot of foot traffic and is therefore an ideal people-watching area. It’s a popular lunchtime spot and seating is hot property. The wooden benches are often at full capacity so find a space on the wall lining the street. Go undercover in big, dark sunnies and get your creep on as you watch the comings and goings of this busy space.
Aotea Square is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. You might stumble upon an art exhibition; you might find an ice-skating rink. The open air space always seems to have something going on, making it an interesting lunchtime destination.
On the corner of Swanson and Federal streets you’ll find Federal Square. Tiny but mighty, the space offers everything you want in a lunchtime spot. There are park benches, a water feature, trees and grass (a rare find in the inner CBD). Be sure to time your visit well – the surrounding buildings cast a shadow over the square in the late afternoon. Maximise vitamin D intake and opt for an earlier lunch.
If you’re a sucker for a good view, Viaduct Basin is the place for you. The former commercial harbour offers stunning views of the city’s skyline. For prime views, cross the mechanical bridge and sit on either the wharf or the steps leading down to the water’s edge. The tranquil spot will help clear your mind of life’s worries and you’ll go back to the office a better person. Guaranteed.
Queens Wharf will make your heart sing with happiness. This spot is the crème de la crème of lunch locations and the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. The sounds of the city are reduced to a low hum and replaced with the sound of waves lapping against the wharf. The wharf’s reclining wooden benches are perfect for putting your feet up and enjoying time out. In summer the space comes alive with art exhibitions, food trucks and live music. Bless your little cotton socks, Queens Wharf. Stay awesome. Want more of the best of Auckland?