After an unfortunate delay in the original grand opening of Auckland City's latest retail and hospitality precinct, Commercial Bay has finally been able to set a new date for the opening of more than 120 new eateries and retails stores.
Thursday 11th June, 9am, the $1billion precinct will officially be open for business! Securing one of the most desired spots in the CBD, Commercial Bay sits at the bottom of Queen Street, in place of the old Westfield, set to be one of Auckland's most transformative projects.
Including a mix of first-to-market international stores and local businesses opening in Commercial Bay, it's set to be the new shopping destination and foodie-heaven with the introduction of Harbour Eats – a New York-style food hall filled with a melting pot of international cuisines from Middle Eastern and Vietnamese to Greek and South American. 34 new eateries will be opening up, with 650 seats to take diners from casual breakfast dates and business lunches to drinks and dinner by the waterfront.
Some phenomenal stand-outs include Public from the mastermind behind Bedford Soda & Liquor, Matt Nicholls. The bar concept of Public will include a smoothie and coffee bar for early in the day, leading into expertly-crafted cocktails and a carefully curated wine and beer list in the evening, making it the perfect place to enjoy a drink before or after your meal.
Distinguished chef Yukio Ozeki, who is behind Ponsonby's Azabu and Britomart's Ebisu, is bringing a bit of Japanese culture to Commercial Bay with his third venture, Oji Sushi, serving up fresh Japanese fare.
Auckland Fish Market resident Billypot will be opening their second restaurant in Harbour Eats, bringing the freshest seafood (their infamous oysters included) to downtown. As well as opening their venture into Spanish cuisine with the opening of The Paella Pod, introducing a slice of Spain to Commercial Bay.
Don't think we've forgotten about the plant-based eaters out there! Vegans and plant-based diners will be pleasantly surprised and well-accommodated too of course, with the addition of cult favourites Tart Bakery, Bowl & Arrow, and Wise Boys opening their doors for all your vegan junk food cravings.
Aside from the exciting brand new offerings opening up shop, there'll also be quick pit-stop and more casual vendors throughout Commercial Bay, with the addition of some of New Zealand's best-loved brands such as Ben & Jerry's, Best Ugly Bagels, Burger Burger, Juke Joint, Kai Eatery, Daruma Ramen, Fatima's, and Hawker & Roll.
As a symbol of New Zealand's road to recovery after COVID-19, 10,000 news jobs will come out of the Commercial Bay precinct, as well as a revitalisation of Auckland's CBD.