If you haven’t ventured shoreside for a while, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Renowned for its relaxed beach vibe, Takapuna has long been a favourite for beach goers, walkers and families, but is now gaining a reputation as a go-to destination for foodies and fashionistas citywide.
With a raft of hot new names in town, Takapuna is drawing a following for its unique and original establishments such as Street Organics, Gourmet Heaven and Madam Woo along with sought after labels such as Decjuba, Federation, and Grey + Wild. Discover leading brands housed within the uber-stylish Department Store building on Northcroft Street.
Vintage and bargain hunters will not be left wanting with excellent hospice and second hand designer shops taking pride of place in Takapuna’s laneways and arcades.
Be lured by the active seaside lifestyle — maybe walk the famous lava trail that links Takapuna with neighbouring beaches. Even if you’ve forgotten your gear, myriad stores cater for the adventurous, especially Lululemon where you may also catch a demonstration class. Yoga lovers should make for the free community sessions down the strip at Golden Yogi. Looking good and feeling good is easy when immersed in such a retailing haven.
And once you’ve had your fill of retail, take your pick of eateries and entertainment. For beachside dining look no further than Mainbeach with its wide ranging options that include the super popular Regatta Bar and Eatery with a focus on contemporary New Zealand cuisine and seafood. In the heart of Takapuna is celebrity chef Josh Emett’s Madam Woo, a fabulous Malaysian hawker styled restaurant. Healthy, light bites can be found at Fortieth and Hurstmere, or venture just a little deeper down the laneway for decadent sweet treats and great coffee. Tasting Takapuna can easily be a day trip in itself, with something for every palette.
It’s a suburb that has well and truly come of age. Takapuna’s a destination with a difference.