Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 11 April to Thursday 18 April

Meet the Regulars: Free, cheap and fun things that are on every week at Britomart


This week we’re focussing on Britomart’s Always On: the regular activities that liven up the precinct on a daily or weekly basis. A good (and by good, we really mean virtuous – but don’t worry, there’s plenty of indulgence later in this email) place to start is with a group fitness class at Les Mills. If you already attend classes, you probably already recognise Jacob Gunnell. A group fitness trainer, as well as marketing co-ordinator for the club, he’s in and out of the gym all day – and occasionally over in Takutai Square, running free classes. We talked to him about the sandwich he can’t stop eating at Amano, his favourite class at Les Mills, and his hidden talent. Click here to read.

Lots of people feel too guilty about their weekend expenditure to dine out on Mondays – but we think it’s the perfect way to ease into the week. Up at Seven (above), there are $7 drinks from 5-7pm at their Happy Hour (a special that happily continues all week). More good news: Mondays also mean no corkage fees when you BYO vino to Ortolana.

Tuesdays at 6pm is when the Adidas Run Club (above) sets off from outside the Adidas Performance Store on Galway Street. Afterwards, you can try Taco Tuesday at Mexico, where fried chicken tacos make a great cheap lunch or dinner – only $10 with a Mexico soda, or $12 if you boost with a Frida’s Margarita (from 12pm till late).

It doesn’t come every week, but whenever the Orleans Waffle & Shake Wednesday pops up (around once a month, usually), it’s worth getting along to. Spicy fried chicken, crispy waffles and an icecream-laden shake for half the regular price is a deal too good to miss. Keep an eye on their Instagram @orleansnz for upcoming dates. In the evening, you could try one of Talulah’s daily cocktail specials – different every weekday.

By Thursday, the work week can feel like a struggle. Fortunately we have our free lunchtime mindfulness meditation sessions at 12 and 12.30pm in Takutai Square – which now come with added headphones for even more focus – to help you reset your stress levels downwards in the middle of the day. (They’re also on Tuesdays).

On Friday mornings, you can pick up a free coffee at Huffer while you check out what’s landed on the racks recently. For lunch, our Food Truck Friday in the Square offers a rotating list of street eats from 11.30am-2.30pm. And back up at Seven, it’s Veuve Friday, which means $20 glasses of Veuve or a magnum for $200 from 12-4pm.

Saturday mornings (8.30am-1.30pm) are for browsing the stalls at the weekly La Cigale Market at Britomart, picking up a pastry and a coffee, stocking up on hummus and salsa, and filling a string bag with some fresh fruit and vegetables. In the afternoon, you can share a tiered tower of pastries, sandwiches and tarts at High Tea at Ostro with friends from 3-5pm for $55 per guest. Add champagne if that’s the kind of mood you’re in.

The last day of the week can be the best, by starting with a free one-hour Sunday morning yoga class at Lululemon from 8.30am. And if you get to the end of the day and need an excuse not to cook dinner, Mexico’s kids-eat-free-with-an-adult deal is the perfect reason to ditch the dishes for wrestling masks and quesadillas.

This is the last week to take time to consider the beautiful illustrations and poem written in tribute to our Muslim community by young artist and poet Sabah Rahman after the March 15 attack in Christchurch. Next week, we’ll have a new artwork series by Janet Lilo going up on our Customs St East streetside hoardings.