Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 14 February to Thursday 21 February

We’re loving it: An icecream giveaway, International Margarita Day specials, free Grit classes, do-gooder lunches and the best bacon in town.

The apple is one of the ultimate symbols of good and evil intertwined – the Biblical symbol of knowledge and sin; a sweet, shiny-skinned fruit within which a worm may lurk. Karen Walker’s new AW2019 collection, Bad Apple, was inspired by a heady afternoon spent in an apple orchard in upstate New York. Full of goldenly delicious colours, the range pulls shapes from small-town 1950s Midwest garments and prints from Pentecostal symbolism. How do we like them apples? A lot. Available in-store now.

Make sure you’re in Takutai Square at midday next Wednesday 20 February to get the scoop on Lewis Road Creamery’s newest ice cream flavour. They’ll be giving out free waffle cones of their yet-to-be-revealed version of a classic flavour combination, elevated to new levels of deliciousness by their artisan-quality ingredients.

Frida’s Margarita Bar on Galway Street will be the place to be next Friday 22 February – because it’s International Margarita Day. In partnership with Jose Cuervo, Mexico will be serving up delicious, frosty, salt-rimmed Frida’s margaritas for only $9 each, all day and night at the bar and the restaurant.

On Monday and Wednesday for the next two weeks, the Eat My Lunch Mini will be in Takutai Square, selling delicious healthy lunches for $12.95. Each lunch sold also pays for a lunch for a schoolchild who wouldn’t otherwise have one. The lunches are assembled every school morning by a team of employees and volunteers working from 6.30am to 8.30am in Galatos St, Newton. If you’d like to contribute some time to this worthy social enterprise, you can find out more here.

This Sunday 17 February will be the last day to check out James K Lowe’s The Noble Ones lightbox installation n Takutai Square for Chinese Lunar New Year. Until Friday, you’ll also still be able to pick up postcard-sized prints of these beautiful floral artworks for free from a table in the Atrium.

Coming soon to Britomart, the Mistranslation Laboratory is part art-project, part dance-theatre show, part absurdist comedy and all good fun. It’s an interactive art and performance space, free to all and with something for audiences of all ages. Keep an eye out here for more information next week.

Our favourite time of day right now is the handful of hours before the heat starts to settle in on the streets. And at 8am on a Saturday morning, coffee in hand, the La Cigale Britomart market is our favourite place to be. (Especially since parking in the Britomart carpark is only $5 with a market receipt.) After we’ve perused the fresh fruit and vegetables and acquired a pastry or two, a regular stop is the Farmhouse Bacon stall, run by the enthusiastic Bart. We talked to Bart about the smoky, salty, preservative-free tastiness of his wares. Read it here. Photograph by Charles Buenconsejo.

If you need a little spring in your step, the new Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 ($250) for men and women has more than you’ll know what to do with. Built on a sole of Nike React foam, it rebounds the energy of your step back at you, mile after hundreds of miles. We like this rainbow sole for Pride month, but there’s a full colourway range available in-store.

If you missed the first free Les Mill Grit class in Takutai Square this week, don’t worry – there are another two to go this month. Just show up in the Square at 12pm on Tuesdays and get ready for instructor Jacob Gunnell to put you through a high-intensity workout that will set fire to your metabolism and rapidly improve your fitness.