Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 23 May to Thursday 30 May


An all-you-can-eat dumpling deal, a Cabaret giveaway and a friend who’ll be there for you (when the rain starts to fall)

Do you have an endless appetite for delicious dumplings and $25 burning a hole in your pocket? You can fix both problems at Xuxu Dumpling’s limited-time All You Can Eat Dumplings lunches. For the next four Saturdays (25 May, 1, 8 and 15 June) from 12-5pm, you can devour amazing gourmet dumplings (including roast duck and leek with hoisin dip, prawn and ginger har gao, spinach and water chestnut momo and fish, sambal and coconut) until you’re stuffed. We recommend washing them down with one of Xuxu’s custom cocktails.

This Friday might be your last chance to try Amano‘s seasonal Feijoa and Apple Crumble Croissant. The prolific autumn fruit is reaching the end of its run, so if you love its tart flavour paired with sweet Kumeu apples and topped with creamy mascarpone, don’t miss out on the last ones. More delicious flavours are in the offing, including a persimmon croissant that we can’t wait to try.

Also tempting our tastebuds this Friday are the offerings from the four street food vendors lined up for our regular Food Truck Friday lunchtime. This week, we have contemporary Chinese from Judge Bao, spicy fried chicken from Peaches Hot Chicken, fresh-made sweet and savoury Kraken Krumpets and sushi cones from the Temaki Truck (pictured), with DJ Rose Alice on the decks.

National Volunteer Week is coming up from June 16-22. In the lead-up, we’ll be talking to some Britomart locals who contribute to our community through volunteering. At Westpac, Tayla Nalder uses her company-funded Volunteer Day to work at the Auckland Special Olympics sports day. We talked to her about what she found rewarding about the experience of volunteering, what else she enjoys doing, and the one time that – no joke – she appeared on the iconic sitcom Friends. Click here to read it. Portrait and interview by Florence Noble.

We’re excited that the Auckland Live Cabaret Season is back and taking over the magical spaces of The Civic. To celebrate, our friends at Auckland Live have given us two tickets to the opening show, Delicious Oblivion, starring Jennifer Ward-Lealand on Tue 11 June, and two tickets to the outrageous Yummy on Thursday 13 June. To be in to win, go to @britomartnz and follow the instructions.

Did you catch this great drone footage, released earlier this week, of the progress being made on the underground City Rail Link? Taking a dive beneath the former Chief Post Office (now the Britomart Train Station), the video footage weaves through the massive scale of the construction and gives an idea of the immense work involved in creating the transformative subterranean rail link.

As part of the label’s 20-year celebrations, Taylor is re-releasing five iconic shirts from their archives. Each shirt will be produced in a limited quantity with the serial edition hand-embroidered in the workroom. Founder and designer Vicki Taylor’s love of architecture and geometry is evident in each of the structured shapes. If you missed out on one of these beautifully designed styles the first time around, these extra-special editions are available in-store at Britomart now.

Ball season is coming up, so now’s a good time to book in a make-up service before spaces fill up. M.A.C has just refreshed their services menu, with prices starting at $70 for a 30-minute Express Makeover with one of their professional artists, up to $150 for a 90-minute Maximised Makeover or full tutorial. As a helpful ball-night bonus, all rates are redeemable on product purchased at your appointment.

If the thought of exposing your precious Deadly Ponies handbag to the cruel elements this winter puts a chill down your spine, the new Mr Thread Tote ($549) in lightweight water-repellent cotton canvas may be the answer to your seasonal stress. In sophisticated Nightshade and poppy Peony, it’s a simple, sport-luxe solution to meteorological uncertainty, and in their Britomart store now.


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