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We’re One! We Count Down Our Top Spots In Auckland!

By Marilynn McLachlan
12th Oct 2016

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Not to be that person who makes a big deal about their birthday, but please stop everything you’re doing at look how big we are, because The Urban List Auckland turns one-year-old this month!

Yep, The Urban List been dishing up the best of the best for a whole year now and it’s been a hell of a ride! It first launched in Brisbane a whopping five years ago, and is now in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and, of course, Auckland.

Now that we’re wearing our big boys pants we thought it was high time to let our hair down and celebrate the only way we know how, with a good list. So, to mark our 1st birthday, we’re counting down our team’s ultimate Auckland Top 5s—those Auckland businesses who’ve kept us fed, watered, dressed, and (somewhat) fit, without which we’d be lesser humans.

Supporting these brill’ businesses is what gets us out of bed in the morning. We hope some of our favourites have become yours too.



#1 The Garden Shed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks…whatever, whenever, I’m there.

#2 White + Wong’s for delicious food, great service and all with a view.

#3 Artisan Wines for wine and a cheese board after browsing the treasures at Just Plane Interesting.

#4 BodyTech for attempting to get me fit and healthy.

#5 Bex at Killer Hair for keeping my locks tame (as much as possible).

#1. Farina for the cheesiest, most delicious, Italian carb overload.

#2. Mea Culpa for the best Whisky Sour you’ll ever drink.

#3. Matakana Markets for tasty feeds and fresh country air—followed by a walk at Tawharanui.

#4. Lucky Lucky Dumplings for the fun vibes—it always results in a good night out.

#5. Allpress Coffee on Ponsonby Road for my morning caffeine fix—they also let my dog Doug come inside!

#1 7 Siri Taste of Sri Lanka because kottu roti and Sri Lanka is at the top of my travel bucket list.

#2 Flight 605 for being the coolest little bar in town. Also, those chicken wings. Mmm.

#3 Dizengoff because scrambled eggs and mushies. It’s the breakfast combo of dreams.

#4 KK Malaysian. Round up some mates, BYO vino and order up a storm (just don’t try steal my Mummy chicken).

#5 Brothers Juke Joint BBQ for barbecue and beer in the sunshine. The tasting paddles are the way to go.

#1 Little Bird for a delish and healthy lunch. I love their Portobello benedict and their oh-so-gingery ginger slice.

#2 Everybody’s because it’s where my boyfriend and I first met—naawh! (He’s gonna kill me for writing that!).

#3 Giapo because, let’s be honest, I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. I’m all about the vegan chocolate chip creation.

#4 Hulu Cat for their taro bubble milk tea. I order it with tapioca pearls and salted cream.

#5 Habitat For Fitness so I can work all of the above off! No morning is complete without a visit here.


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