We want to help you get to know central city dwellers that little bit more by catching up with people in our neighbourhood for a quick snapshot into some of their favourite things about our city. From the waterfront and Silo Park to cheap eats and fine dining restaurants, from a non-stop nightlife and concerts to the fabulous shopping precincts and more. There's a lot to be adored in our fine city.

First up is the formidable Giapo Grazioli, the master mind behind Queen Street's haute ice cream parlor 'Giapo'. Always warm and welcoming, with a grand Italian 'larger than life' personality, he's loved by many and is fast becoming an icon for Aucklanders and all of New Zealand. Here are his picks for our city.

  1. Best live venue?
    "The Town Hall. It has the most incredible acoustics."

    Auckland's Town Hall
  2. Best memory in the city?
    "My first 'Kiwi' burger at the White Lady. With beetroot and egg!"

    The White Lady on Commerce Street
  3. Favourite person?
    "Sean Connolly, also my favourite chef." - Sean is the creator of both The Grill and Gusto restaurants

    Sean Connolly of Gusto and The Grill at SKYCITY
  4. For the kids?
    "Definitely the Auckland Art Gallery."

    The Auckland Art Gallery on Kitchener Street
  5. Best meal?
    "Anything at Gusto."

    A sample of the Italian cuisine on offer at Sean Connolly's Gusto at SKYCITY
Last updated: 21 August 2020