World Happiness Day takes place on March 20, so why not use this day as a special excuse to make someone - or yourself smile. A smile can go a long way in this world, and we’ve compiled a list of ways to do so from the heart of the city. 


Go gift shopping

Shut The Front Door

Get them a unique gift from Shut The Front Door | 23 High St 

Located on High Street, Shut The Front Door is known for its thoughtful selection of gifts, ranging from homeware, fashion, books and stationery, and jewellery. If you are wanting to buy a gift for a loved one as a surprise, then look no further. There are lots of gift options, ranging in price and size, so you’ll be able to find the perfect one in no time. Maybe a scented candle, or perhaps a reusable water bottle, or even a pair of funky earrings! Shop online here

Give them a sweet treat


Buy some cupcakes from The Vanilla Pod | 12 O'Connell Street

If in doubt, a sweet treat is a simple but effective way to make someone smile. The Vanilla Pod's cupcakes are made with love and feature some amazing flavours, like red velvet, lemon and raspberry, salted caramel, and peanut butter & jam. Buy a single cupcake for one, or order a whole box for your family and friends. Share the love (in the form of cupcakes). Order online here. 

Head out for a bite to eat

White and Wongs

Waterside dining at White + Wongs

Take someone out to dinner at White + Wong’s | 149 Quay St 

Going out to a restaurant on the waterfront to get treated to delicious food and drink sounds like heaven. White + Wong’s will definitely have you and your guest smiling. Try out their flavoursome massaman curry of lamb shoulder - delicious! They also have a great takeaway menu if you'd prefer to eat at home. Book a table or order online here.

Organise a fun experience 

The Cocktail Kitchen at Origine

Treat someone to a 5-course tasting menu matched with expertly crafted cocktails | Le Bar, Origine

Treat someone special with a booking for Le Bar's bespoke new experience, The Cocktail KitchenThis unique offering showcases some of Aotearoa's finest ingredients, experimenting and innovating with unique flavours and techniques to deliver an elevated off-menu dining experience. 

Pamper them 

Treat them to a pamper at Sassi Nail Bar | Level 1/51 High St

Getting your nails done is a real treat. It’s not something you always do, but you feel so pampered when you do! At Sassi Nail Bar, the talented artists will make sure you get the look you’ve always been dreaming of, such as intricate nail art, eyelash extensions, and spa pedicures. The atmosphere is accommodating and welcoming, where you can feel free to relax and fully put your faith in the experts. Everyone deserves a little bit of luxury.

Surprise them with flowers 


Surprise them with fresh flowers from Britomart Florist | 12 Queen Street 

Flowers are a sure way to make someone smile, especially when they are presented spontaneously. You can put your trust in the experienced florists at Britomart Florist to create a wonderful bouquet using the highest quality flowers. They offer same-day delivery, so you can brighten up someone's day... today! Order online here.

Book a staycation 

Plan to spend a romantic night in a boutique hotel at Fable | 58 Queen St

Surprise your special someone with a romantic getaway at Fable. This elevated boutique hotel offers the best of contemporary world-class hospitality, combined with artful details, and twists of local wisdom and flavour. While you're there, enjoy a memorable dining experience at their restaurant and bar, Cooke's There’s a range of suites to choose from, and they are all kitted out with thoughtful amenities for your comfort. Book your stay online here

Last updated: 15 March 2023