Let’s face it, everyone wants great content for their Instagram feed! Here’s where to get it in the city centre. 


Giapo, for their unique desserts | 12 Gore Street 

Giapo's famous ice cream transcends itself by its unique and ornate presentation. Giapo isn't your typical ice cream experience - the creations made here are real works of art (think gold chocolate cones, torched meringue and menu items that take the shape of some of Auckland's famous landmarks including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge). Each creation tastes as good as it looks and will result in some great content for your feed. 

Snickel Lane

Snickel Lane for its colourful vibes | Snickel Lane 

Inspired by the laneways of Melbourne and the Snickelways of York, Auckland city’s very own Snickel Lane is tucked between Fort Lane and Commerce St – making it a convenient place to stop by if you are near Britomart, heading to Spark Arena, or close by on Queen St or High St. With a wine bar, florist and some great eateries inside, the design of this little lane embraces the character and history of the surrounding area. The fit-out incorporates recycled materials like old butcher tiles handpicked from local demolition yards and recycled barn timber. The surrounding walls are adorned with vibrant art, which will be updated annually by students of the ELAM School of Fine Arts. *Mural pictured has since changed. 

The Culpeper

The Culpeper, for colourful cocktails against fun tiled tables | 143-147 Princes Wharf

Located on the picturesque Princess Wharf, The Culpepper is known for their delicious and eye-catching cocktails. Whether you are in the mood for a spiced Mojito or a pear Caipirinhia, come down to The Culpepper on a sunny afternoon and unwind. Complete the picture perfect Instagram shot by ordering from some nibbles off of the enticing food menu. 


Britomart fairy lights for romantic vibes | Britomart 

Home to designer boutiques, award-winning eateries and a buzzing nightlife, Britomart has so much going for it, including it's dreamy fairy lights that line its streets and walkways. Plan an evening here and take advantage of the the glow that makes for a perfect backdrop to any photo. 


Soul Bar & Bistro for waterside dining and their hanging flowers | The Viaduct 

Soul Bar & Bistro is a great option for your next dining-related Instagram. Along with the beautiful sunset views of the harbour; the hanging flowers, live musicians, and hand-crafted cocktails give it a distinct feel that you cannot replicate anywhere else. Whether it be a work party, an intimate date night, or a get together with friends, Soul Bar and Bistro is always a great spot. 

Durham Lane East

Durham Lane East for colour, historic buildings and capturing a buzz 

This iconic laneway connecting Queen Street and High Street is home to great bars and eateries as well as retail stores, salons and more. During Artweek in October it is home to bespoke art designs, and when you stand from the top it looks down towards old heritage buildings. It's great for capturing great city vibes and a pop of colour - essential for a great Instagram snap! 


Feriza’s, for their plush interiors |12 Jellicoe St  - for their interior

Feriza’s is a refined Turkish restaurant that is ideal for every meal of the day. While you feast on the delicacies of the Mediterranean, enjoy the airy and thoughtfully decorated interior. The blue and green colouring is reminiscent of the ocean, and the tiled floor and over-hanging greenery will make it seem as if you really are feasting in Turkey. 

Te Wero Bridge

Te Wero Bridge for picturesque cityscape and water views 

The opening and closing of the Te Wero bridge is Instagram-worthy enough, but check out this bridge that connects the Viaduct to Wynyard Quarter and Silo Park for the spectacular views back towards the city when you're standing on or near it. Great for a shot day or night.

Fort Lane

Fort Lane for its neon lights and cool artwork | Fort Lane 

The eye-catching red neon light in Fort Lane was created by Swedish artist David Svensson, and crosses the alley at three unique points. Neon lights represent the bustle and excitement of big city living - so get ready to light up your next Instagram post in style. The lane also has some great artwork including artist Sara Hughes' Sun Burst which is a spectacular burst of colour referencing the architectural details of Auckland's art deco and heritage sites that's worthy of a post too. 

John and May's for their science-inspired cocktails | Vulcan Lane 

New to Vulcan Lane as of late 2019, John and May's delivers hand crafted and innovative cocktails in an art-deco setting that will wow both your followers eyes, and your taste buds! Settle in for a fun and delicious night and capture some great shots in the process. 

Last updated: 17 March 2020