Britomart highlights this week: Thursday 20 September – Thursday 27 September

Reclaim the streets on World Park(ing) Day, eat lunch for free (and do good at the same time) plus fresh food and fashion

Friday 21 September is World Park(ing) Day, when pedestrians can reclaim the streets – well, some 2.75m x 6.5m rectangles of them. All around the city, 50 streetside parking spaces will be turned into miniature parks to show what the city could be like if it were designed for people rather than cars (you can see the map of parklet locations at the link). There’ll be six parklets at Britomart, all along Tyler Street, designed by Auckland Design Office (whose illustration is above), Boffa Miskell, LandLAB, Beca, Warren & Mahoney and architecture firm Peddle Thorp, who are teaming up with fashion brand WORLD. We talked to Peddle Thorp’s Richard Goldie and WORLD’s Benny Castles about what they have in store.

Britomart’s outdoor spaces are part of what makes these nine blocks special. This Saturday, you can learn more about the city’s built landscapes on a walking tour lead by some of the city’s best urban designers, starting at Freyberg Place and winding through downtown and the waterfront. Book your place here.

The Newton Central Kapa Haka group were meant to perform in Takutai Square this week, but their performance has unfortunately had to be postponed until Thursday 18 October at 1pm. We’re very happy to help keep the great energy from Te Wiki O te Reo Māori going. Every week should be Māori Language Week!

On Thursday 4 October, Takutai Square will be a feasting-ground of street food, for our Street Kai on Takutai event. A range of vendors from the Auckland Food Truck collective will be parked up from lunchtime till late, serving up a huge range of delicious takeaway dishes, including Wise Boys burgers (pictured above),  sushi and temaki from the Temaki Truck, Double Dutch Fries, Judge Bao, Captain Crepes and much more. Plus, several Britomart eateries will be creating their own street-food offerings for one day only, including Miann, Ebisu and Orleans– and Mexico will have an outdoor bar all day. Roll up yourself and join the fun!

The team at Espresso Workshop know that by Friday, you might need more than a strong coffee to see you through until the end of the day. That’s why they’ve brought in Doughnut Fridays. When your eyes start getting that, uh, glazed look mid-morning, you know where to head for a sugar fix.

Eat My Lunch wants to give you a free lunch! To celebrate giving away 1 million lunches to kids in need, they’re giving away 100 lunches in Takutai Square from 12pm next Wednesday 26 September. Their long-time partner MINI will be matching the giveaway with 100 free lunches for hungry kids.

Seven at Seafarers has given their lunchtime Bento Boxes a fresh new look, with a selection of  Japanese-inspired tasting dishes, including karaage chicken with soy-onion dressing and herb salad, tuna ceviche with ponzu and jalapeno dressing, and rainbow and cucumber sushi rolls. Available from 12-4pm weekdays, for $25.

Danish model-turned-fashion designer Anine Bing manages to strike the right balance between smart, casual and a little bit rock and roll. Her dapper houndstooth Maureen Blazer ($589) is on the racks at Fabric now.

Another black-and-white piece that caught our eye this week is the United Nude Rockit Mule at Lineage. In this case, the monochrome is paired with actual chrome in the angled heel. A great dressed-up slide-on shoe for summer.


The Fashion Sessions: Day One

Yesterday was busy! Guests enjoyed a stunning lunch with Kathryn Wilson and Juliette Hogan, artist Jed Richardson customised garments . . .


We take a cue from what the cool kids are wearing on the street: a lot of sportswear and . . .


Celebrate the Cinco de Mayo by becoming a margarita master. It doesn’t take much to become a master of . . .

From Italy With Love

Beloved Britomart bakery Amano is expanding and we can't wait to eat our hearts out next week.  Amano means both . . .