Through my work with SunglassCurator, I had the opportunity of sending out a few questions to one of my favourite sunglasses designers out there, Ms Karen Walker. Jump over to the Sunchasers blog to find out about things like where she draws her inspiration from, her favourite designer and other little things like that.
What’s definitely worth checking are her recommendations for places to visit in her hometown, Auckland – see below. I still haven’t got a chance to go to New Zealand, so I’m going to hold on to these for when I’ll visit the place.
- THE DEPARTMENT STORE – Auckland’s best retail with a great edit of fashion, design, beauty and food. plus, it’s right across the road from Auckland’s best beach, Takapuna Beach.
- THE OYSTER INN – just a 45 minute ferry ride to laid-back, get-a-away, Waiheke Island, The Oyster Inn is the dreamiest little spot there for food and accommodation, hosted impeccably by Andrew and Jonathan, the best hosts in town.
- THE FRENCH CAFÉ – Auckland’s best fine-dining experience and especially wonderful with a small group in their new chef’s kitchen dining room, designed by Katie Lockhart.
- THORNE BAY – Auckland’s best swimming hole, a secluded little gem hidden away at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac. 10 minutes from down-town but a world away with the best views of the gulf.
- FLOTSAM AND JETSUM – the perfect edit of new and old, designed and thrown-together, polished and junk, Flotsam and Jetsam brings out the fossicking Magpie in all who visit.
- SUNDAY PAINTERS – A neighbourhood treasure beloved by Ponsonby locals, Sunday Painters puts together casual, country cooking in a cool way and set against a charming and easy interior. The best bit: the record player guests are welcome to select the records for, anything from Wham! to Cat Power.
- THE GOLDEN DAWN – what started as a temporary bar has become an Auckland institution with a locals-only vibe. Great from early afternoon through to early morning The Golden Dawn has a casual, effortless cool that gives it the feeling of partying in someone’s home. Especially love the music, the bands and the food all topped off by festoon lights and an outdoor open fire.
- BETHELL’S BEACH CAFÉ – open on the weekends from spring through to autumn this wee caravan hidden in the spectacular sand dunes of Auckland’s most dramatic West Coast surf beach, The Bethell’s Beach Café is easily worth the 45 minute drive from downtown. Great at any time of day, excellent coffee, organic homemade cakes and fantastic for summer evening concerts after a walk along the breath-taking beach.
- COCO’S CANTINA – one of Auckland’s best dinner spots, a hip crowd, great food and superb people-watching as its smack-bang in the middle of the red-light district.