Pick Of The Precinct | Newmarket

By Natasha Van Der Laan
29th May 2016

best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket
best cafes newmarket

Newmarket, you’ve got it going onnn. There’s no shortage of things to see and do in this happening suburb. Whether you’re into bagels, burgers, sushi or doughnuts, you won’t go hungry in this food-loving ’burb. The coffee is brewed to perfection and the bevvies are cold. There are also plenty of places to shop up a storm, work up a sweat and pamper yourself.

Here are our picks of everything you should be eating, drinking, buying and doing in Newmarket. Get amongst.


The creative geniuses at &Sushi have given sushi a colourful makeover. Here you’ll find sushi showcasing purple rice, orange caviar, baby greens and edible flowers—it’s almost too pretty to eat…almost! Grab lunch to go or dine in and devour Japanese dishes such as teriyaki salmon, chicken katsu don and charred eggplant udon salad.

Cali All Day Eatery

If you’re looking for a new brunch spot, look no further than Cali All Day Eatery. Nestled on Nuffield Street, the bright and light eatery boasts delish breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. We love their pretty-as-a-picture brekkie dishes—particularly their black rice and coconut pudding adorned with edible flowers and freeze-dried raspberry #instaworthy.

Best Ugly

Fact: bagels make the world a better place. No-one knows this better than the team at Best Ugly. The bagel joint has a reputation for making some of the best in town. They’re crispy, they’re chewy and—most importantly—they’re oh-so delicious. When it comes to toppings, you’re spoilt for choice. Do you opt for ya classic peanut butter and jam or do you go for the tuna melt with jalapenos, mayo, grilled cheese and salsa? Decisions, decisions… 

Burger Burger

Just around the corner you’ll stumble upon Burger Burger. In case you couldn’t guess, they do burgers—and they do them well. Served on a pillowy brioche bun or in a ‘bunnuce’ lettuce wrap, they have seven burger offers including a weekly special. Enjoy with a side of potato skins and their signature crunchy charred broccoli—it’s not to be missed. 

Wise Cicada

The health-food enthusiasts amongst us will love the fare from Wise Cicada. The health food store has an on-site café that caters to all your dietary needs. Visit over the weekend for their cooked breakfast menu including organic gluten-free pancakes, scrambled tofu and their famous organic baked beans. Their cabinet food is absolutely divine so grab a treat to take home on your way out the door.


Whoopi cakes are officially a thing! “A what?” we hear you ask. They’re basically two moist cake halves sandwiched together with delicious, creamy fillings. Expect to find flavours such as dulce de leche, peanut butter chocolate chip, Whittaker’s milk chocolate and jam doughnut—yum, right? They also do whoopi sundaes, cake pops, cakes and thickshakes.

Little & Friday

If you want even more sweet treats (you do), swing past Little & Friday for a little something-something. Their scrumptious menu stars the likes of bircher, crumpets and muesli but we personally can’t go past their incredible cabinet food. You’ll find sweet and savoury tarts, cakes, lamingtons, scones and—of course—their famous stuffed doughnuts. There’s an unwritten rule you can’t leave Little & Friday without eating one.  

Camper Coffee

For a caffeine fix, pay the amigos at Camper Coffee a visit. Operating from a hole in the wall (literally), this coffee joint has developed a loyal fan-base thanks to their perfectly brewed coffee and friendly banter. Oh, and their teepee-adorned coffee cups are super cute (and very Instagramable). 

The Lumsden Freehouse

If you’re after something a little more ‘stronger’, head to The Lumsden Freehouse for an alcoholic bevvy. The freehouse bar is stoked with 15 taps (they rotate between local brews), a whopping 120 craft beers and one of the largest bourbon selections in Auckland-town. They have outdoor seating, free popcorn and a mighty fine selection of board games to play. What more could one possibly want? 

Petal Cupcakes

If you’re after a ‘sweet’ gift (or a treat for yourself), check out Teed Street’s Petal Cupcakes. There are up to 20 cupcakes to choose from on any given day. They have all your classics as well as some more unique flavours (think black Doris plum, tropical mango and golden syrup). Buy a single frosted cupcake or opt for a four, six or 12 pack to gift to that special someone. 

Indie Home Collective

There’s a high chance you’ll want everything from Indie Home Collective. We vote you roll with it and buy all the things—you’ll have the prettiest home in town! Whether you’re after a pot plant, cushion, rug or a statement piece of furniture, this homeware store has you covered. A visit here will put you on the fast-track to having a Pinterest-worthy home.

Flo & Frankie

We could literally spend hours browsing the treasure trove that is Flo & Frankie. The Nuffield Street store has it all: fashion, homeware and giftware. Buy a new outfit, treat yourself to some new dinnerware and suss a present for that hard-to-buy-for friend in one fell swoop. We guarantee you’ll want it all. 

Dry & Tea

Have a special occasion coming up? Get your hair did at Dry & Tea. The popular beauty joint specialises in blow waves and hair-ups but also has a full cut and colour menu. The best part? You get to sip on a fresh cup of T2 tea while the talented stylists work their magic. Talk about bliss.

Lucy and the Powder Room

Lucy and the Powder Room is the ultimate haven for beauty lovers and the perfect getaway for a girls’ day out. The beauty bar has a full range of services including waxing, make-up application, manicures, facials and spray tans. For the ultimate pampering, treat yourself to come of their delightful beauty packages. Go on, you deserve it. 

Studio 3

You’ll have three times the fun at Kingdon Street’s Studio 3. The boutique fitness studio specialises in three disciplines: Pilates, barre and yoga. The friendly team here are committed to motivating and inspiring you to achieve your fitness goals. We love their 55-minute extend barre workout that fuses dance, Pilates and sculpting exercises at the ballet barre.

Image credit: Andrew Wilson

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