A new building for the precinct, delectable hot lunches, and the perfect cocktail to end your week.

Our big news this week is that we’ve broken ground on our most ambitious project yet: The Hotel Britomart. Rising on the site of the late Britomart Country Club, the 10-storey boutique hotel designed by Cheshire Architects will be a distinctive and quietly luxurious retreat in the centre of the city. Scroll down for the full story in a conversation between Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen and Nat Cheshire and Daiiang Tai of Cheshire Architects.

On Friday night, the glam new Veuve Cliquot Chalet 3000 opens at Seven. It’s a pop-up aprés-ski themed alpine bar, complete with fireplace, faux fur, a blush-pink room, and a menu of delicacies that pair with Veuve Cliquot champagne. We want to treat you and a friend to a Veuve Experience on opening night, so visit our Instagram @britomartnz to enter! The Cliquot Chalet will run every Thursday-Saturday until 6 August, and is available for private hire.

If you find it hard to get out of bed on Saturday morning (it’s predicted to be sub-10 degrees), Amano’s decadent new truffle, ricotta and parmesan croissants might be just the motivation you need.

On Sunday, you could cruise into Huffer to pick up a mid-winter wardrobe update in their new Blizzard print. It’s the right kind of flaky.

The Hotel Britomart

Don’t bring your lunch to work on Monday, because Orleans will be giving away delicious waffles with maple bacon (and vouchers for a free shake next time you visit Orleans) from their new Orleans Caravan in Takutai Square between 12 and 2pm. It’s part of a whole new takeaway menu that means you can get your favourite waffles and beignets to go. Don’t miss out!

But if you do, on Tuesday you can console yourself with a takeaway Chickpea Korma from Little Bird. It’s one of their delicious new heat-and-eat meals, ideal to pop in the office microwave at lunch, or take home for an easy dinner.

Wednesday is when you need a little zing to get you through the rest of the week, and we reckon sass&bide’s Mystic Divine Fall-Spring collection, based on the psychedelic 60s, will do the trick.

And on Thursday, we recommend starting the weekend early with Ostro’s new sloe gin cocktail. Infused with strawberry plum tea, it’s fruity, delicious and fun, so ask for What She’s Having at the bar or in the restaurant.

Little bird
sass & bide