Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 15 November to Thursday 22 November

Line up for the best breakfast in town, Black Friday is coming – here’s the deal, two great ways to beat silly season stress plus more

Come to Britomart with an empty stomach on Friday 23 November, and we can guarantee you won’t leave hungry. We’ve invited seven sensational food businesses – many of them social enterprises from communities in south and west Auckland – to sell breakfast and lunch items in the Atrium on Takutai from 7.30am to 2.30pm, because we love their food and think you will too. Leu’ua Fili (above) from Māngere’s Community Cafe will be serving Tonga’s Tupuanga Coffee, along with beautiful coconut bread and sublime suafa’i, made with bananas, sago, coconut cream and fresh fruit. For lunch, some of the other operators will be selling hangi pies, Yemenite pita pockets, pork-belly and watercress in a paleo bun, and a whole lot more (for dessert, there are banoffee waffles, brilliant brownies, and much else).  Click this link to read more, or just come and join us next Friday and find out for yourself. Photo by Joe Hockley.

We’re delighted to see that it’s becoming rather fashionable to carry around a reusable coffee cup, and quite literally so in the case of this lovely vessel, sporting Karen Walker‘s Fruits and Insects print. The cups are dishwasher-safe, made from sustainable bamboo fibre, and available from Karen Walker Britomart for $20.

Is this New Zealand’s most awarded eatery? We don’t know because we’re losing count, but what we do know is that Amano has picked up another gong, at the New Zealand Institute of Architects awards on the weekend. Congratulations to McKinney Windeatt Architects for their wonderful work.

Espresso Workshop barista Norie Yamazaki isn’t a new arrival to Auckland – she’s been here 15 years – so she’s seen the city grow up, and Britomart emerge as a vibrant downtown precinct. She likes the cafe culture of the city, though admits she loves to go shopping in her homeland of Japan. She told us about the best purchase she’s made here lately, and what she likes about living in Auckland. Click here to read it. Photo by Josh Griggs.

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fanatic to find Miann‘s R2D2, Yoda and Stormtrooper chocolates almost too cute to eat. (Almost.) They’re made at Miann’s own chocolate factory, and there’s a range of them available in store for $3.60 each, or $22 for a variety box, including one in a giant size.

There are few things as forgiving on the waistline as a shift dress, and with calendars filling up with Christmas lunches and dinners, it might be time to invest in the Zambesi Splitshift Dress ($450), a piece that combines t-shirt-style ease of dressing with the sophistication of a monochrome print.

Next Friday 23 November is Black Friday – not the unlucky Black Friday, but the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, where you can score amazing one-day-only deals. At Britomart, lots of retailers are going to town, offering 10-30 percent off everything storewide, as well as huge spot discounts of up to 70 percent off selected items, $100 in-store credits, gifts with purchase or glasses of champagne in-store for shoppers. More details of who’s offering deals in next week’s newsletters. Watch this space.

We know all the frantic activity that ensues this time of year can leave you a little frazzled, so here’s a way to de-frazzle… take a noseful of one of Kate Sylvester‘s new Florette candles ($39), made in collaboration with Wanaka brand George and Edi. There are two uplifting scents to choose from.

Another way to chill out when the end-of-year madness is getting a bit much for you, is Lululemon‘s free Sunday yoga class. It’s open to all ages and levels of ability – just show up at the Britomart store at 8.30am on Sundays and join the other early birds getting their “ommm” on.