Come on down to Point Chevalier and pay us a visit. There is so much to do around this part of town, so if you're travelling from near or far you'll be spoilt for choice on places to visit and things to do.
Your first stop: The Carpenters Daughter: Our destination store sits smack bang in the centre of the Point Chevalier peninsula, the perfect starting point to get your bearings.
Plus Size NZ Fashion is the focus here, the lovely Dihlia and myself will take the very best care of you, styling you up for whatever occasion you need. There is parking out the front of the store, or if things are a little busy you are more than welcome to park in our driveway down St Michaels Ave. Oh and you’re most welcome to bring your furry friends along for the day (in fact we’d encourage it), the entire property is fully fenced so the little rascal can run wild while you shop till you drop.
You all know how much I love a good cafe, so much so that I have created a curated list of my favourites in the area.
If you’re in the mood for a sit down meal, the Point Chevalier Beach Cafe is not to be missed. Situated at the very tip of the peninsula, this cafe boasts the best Eggs Bene around (according to Miss Dihlia and Morgan) and a fantastic Oat Flat White which I grab every time I visit. The Staff here are fantastic, and there is a great selection of cabinet food if you fancy ordering off-menu. It’s the perfect stop to refuel after a hard days work shopping up a storm with us.
The girls and I love a visit to Twisted Tomato, this is a fave if we’re in the mood for a simple eggs on toast with bacon and a coffee of your choice for only $15.90. This is a great spot for a quick and easy breakfast or brunch to get you started for a day of adventuring around Point Chev.
Of course we had to give a mention to the infamous Daily Bread, known for their pastries and oh so yummy loaves. Situated in an old bank building within the Point Chevalier shops, Daily Bread is a must if you’re a fan of good quality ingredients and an impressive ambience. Pay them a visit between the hours of 7-3 for a quick bite or a sit down meal.
For a quick food stop along your day of exploring, I would recommend the Little French Cafe, just slightly up the road from us.
This one is dangerous girls…I feel like I just look in the window and I’ve put on another Kg but it is oh so yummy. Morgan and our previous Production Assistant Suyeon, would pick up sandwiches and sliders for lunch and I never heard the end of how fantastic they were. The French really do know their food, but be careful…you might get sucked in and have to pay them (and hopefully us) a biweekly visit.
Ambler is a crowd favourite here at The Carpenters Daughter. I have been frequenting this little establishment for many years now and often go for the Oeufs à la coque to set me up for the day. Ambler is a great spot for a sit down meal and has a fantastic French twist to every dish. Their cabinet food is pretty special too, you’re quite literally spoilt for choice with where to go eat!
Things to do:
After filling your boots with your clothing needs you may fancy a wee peruse around a spot of homewares, and just your luck; Ornament is just down the road. Gina has curated a fantastic selection of bespoke designer homewares to help make your spaces feel so luxurious and like they’re straight out of a magazine. She even offers interior design services, so after we’ve glowed up your style, you can pay her a visit to glow up your home. Ornament is open from 10-4 just like us, so you have no excuse not to visit!
Now just down the very end of the road is a cute little park, great for a photoshoot (oh how we love a photoshoot) and a lovely spot to take the kids/grandkids or even walk the dog. This playground is definitely a ball of fun with so many activities and things to explore to keep the kids entertained.
My grandkids love coming down here and climbing up and over the huge spacenet. No matter how much they want me to, I said I would never venture up there, too much risk and with my history, don’t want to end up in hospital again. (For context I broke my shoulder in a trampoline accident and have been cautious ever since…uh oh).
The Point Chev beach is, in my opinion, the best place to come and have a swim in Central Auckland.
I often come down here with my friend Elena at high tide and get a wee breaststroke or two in. In the height of summer this beach is absolutely popping off, with people having picnics, bbqs and get-togethers all around. I 100% recommend giving the beach a visit, even for a walk along the waterfront or to watch the sunset with a feed of fish and chips.
Finally, if you’re thinking of bringing your furry little pooch along but are wondering where to take them for some enjoyment, the Meola reserve is the place to be.
A huge expanse of rolling hills and bush trails around the mangroves is both a treat for your pup and a lovely walk for you. If you venture out all the way to the end of the reserve, the views across Auckland are fantastic, and it really doesn’t feel like you’re in the middle of residential Point Chev. This is a little tucked away secret that non-pooch owners often miss out on, give it a little explore, I promise you won’t be disappointed.