How to spend the perfect 'date' in Newmarket

How to spend the perfect ‘date’ in Newmarket

Looking for midweek date night ideas for that first date? Or trying to find something new to do with your better half? From after work drinks, to bowling or ice cream sundaes, dinner and a movie, there are loads of date night options within the Newmarket precinct.

GO FOR DINNER

With over 120 eateries in Newmarket, offering everything from authentic Thai to soul warming Italian, there is something for all tastebuds in the precinct. Try the Shumai dumplings at Tao on Davis Crescent or share one of the traditional Alla Napolitana pizzas from Archie’s Pizzeria on Davis Crescent.

GO TO THE MOVIES

Newmarket is home to two fantastic cinemas – Event Cinemas Newmarket, which is located at 77 Broadway, and the legendary arthouse cinema, Rialto Cinemas, located at 167 – 169 Broadway. Visit their websites for information on session times and new releases.

GO FOR A DRINK

Whether you’re after a quiet wine for the two of you, or you are wanting to try the latest cocktail, there are a number of bars and restaurants for you to choose from. From well known pubs The Claddagh, Doolan Brothers and The Lumsden Freehouse, to Cali All Day Eatery and Tasca on Nuffield Street, there are plenty of post-movie drink options. Or if you’re after something a little less alcoholic, try one of the many milk teas on offer at Gong Cha.

GO BOWLING

There’s nothing like a competitive game of bowling to calm any first date nerves. The entrance to Newmarket Ten Pin Bowling is on York Street, so head on up and let the games begin!

GO FOR ICE CREAM

Even in the depths of winter, few people can resist an invitation for ice cream. Visit Burger Burger’s ice cream bar, where you’ll find arguably the best Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich in Auckland or head to Movenpick on Broadway for a traditional waffle cone Caramelita. Insiders tip – you can buy Movenpick tubs to enjoy at home!

GO FOR BRUNCH

Fancy yourself as more of a smashed avocado on whole grain toast kind of Romeo? Head into Newmarket for brunch on Saturday morning where you’ll find plenty of cafes to grab the paper and a spot in the sun. We’re big fans of the Ricotta Pancakes from Bambina, and of the Power Smoothies that you can grab on the go from Wise Cicada.

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