This May, the central city will be bustling with various festivals covering a variety of creative disciplines, from comedy and documentary filmmaking to film noir and writing.
We have put together a list of excellent eateries around the Arts precinct that would make a perfect spot for a pre or post-show dinner.
305 Queen Street, Q Theatre
Q Theatre is hosting a large number of Comedy Festival and Doc Edge events, so it makes perfect sense to choose the venue's resident eatery as your pre-show dinner or post-show drinks and nibbles spot. The beautiful menu includes delicious small plates, satisfying mains and desserts that are accompanied by a good selection of wine and craft beer. Please note: bookings are recommended for pre-show dining.
Federal Street Delicatessen
86 Federal Street
The eatery serves Jewish deli food from New York and Montreal including cured meats, lox, latkes, pickles and schmaltz. Their sandwiches are possibly one of the best in town and the cheesecakes are to die for.
39 Elliott Street
This much-loved Epicurean village offers a great location for those catching festival events and a great selection of cuisines for every taste. Enjoy classic Latin American dishes at Besos Latinos, delicious pizza at De Niro or opt for Japanese delights at Samurai Sushi.
315b Queen Street
Located right next to Q Theatre, this cosy central city nook is a perfect spot for a pre-show dinner. Serving traditional Japanese fare with a twist and with over 25 different types of sake on offer, it is not surprising that Kura has become a dining staple for festival-goers.
Box Cafe and Bar
Aotea Centre Terrace, Queen Street
Overlooking Aotea Square, the heart of the entertainment precinct, The Box is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or tapas before your next show.
The Kimchi Project
18 Lorne Street
This Korean-inspired eatery boasts a beautiful courtyard that can serve as a perfect backdrop for pre-show dinner and drinks. Sink your teeth into the delicious small bites or treat yourself to an Asian-fusion feast.
Metro Centre, Aotea Square, Queen Street
Made from the freshest local produce, this oasis for lovers of Malaysian spice and flavour is addicting, so don't be surprised if after visiting once you will want to come back for more. We highly recommend their selection of laksas and the moreish Fried Lai Fun.
OKO Dessert Kitchen
291-297 Queen Street
OKO is the ultimate stopover for a post-show dessert. Their sweet creations are true works of art in themselves, satisfying for your taste buds and a feast for the eyes.