The A-list approved spots to eat, drink and play around Auckland

With Fleetwood Mac in town for the next week for their four Spark Arena shows, our celebrity spotting radar will be on high alert at the usual star-spotting venues in downtown Auckland.

When in town, the A-list love to check out everything Auckland's city centre has to offer during their downtime. Here's your guide on the hot spots they've been sighted at over the years, so you know where to wine, dine, shop and play in the heart of the city. We know what's on the agenda for the weekend…

Saint Alice

Not everyone can get away with wearing their dressing gown out in public - in the Viaduct no less - but anyone can enjoy Saint Alice's sunset view through yacht masts while eating oysters, just like Cardi B did while she was in the country earlier this year to headline festival Bay Dreams. 

Giapo

You can't speak much more highly than Cher did about the ice cream at Fort Street's Giapo. Were her 2019 shows at Spark Arena an elaborate excuse to return to Auckland to eat more gelato? We can only speculate. If you really want to recreate her visit, go for the chocolate and coconut chocolate chip flavours. 

Britomart

There are countless likely star-spotting spots in Britomart. Fleetwood Mac's local band member Neil Finn is a fan of relaxed European bistro Ortolana and Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Hanoi, Adele had her after-show party at the Seafarers Private Members' Club - now Tommy's Champagne Parlour - and given that Karen Walker's fan club includes Rihanna, Lena Dunham, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba, her Britomart store is a strong prospect for a quick shopping stop. 

Little Unity

Pink might be one of the world's biggest popstars but first and foremost she's also just a mum - a mum who wants her kids to read! She was spotted at children's bookshop Little Unity on High Street while in Auckland for her Beautiful Trauma world tour last September. Little Unity is the 'little sister' of High Street's Unity Books - which was just named 'Bookshop of the Year' at the 2019 Book Trade Industry Awards. 

Soul Bar and Bistro - Beyoncé and Jay Z 

It must be hard to have a romantic waterfront meal for two when you're one of the most famous couples in the world, but Beyoncé and Jay Z gave it a shot at this Viaduct stalwart. The power couple reportedly sampled our local kaimoana, choosing snapper and John Dory and fries, paired with a bottle of local pinot gris. 

Sky Tower

We hope Beyoncé waited a while after lunch before hurling herself off the Sky Tower. She's not the only one who's enjoyed the view from sky high to street level at this city centre icon - One Direction and Hanson are among the other well-known international guests to take the plunge. 

Harbour Bridge

With bungy jumping a New Zealand invention, it's only fitting that stars leap from all kinds of high places while they're here. Katy Perry jumped off the Harbour Bridge in 2011 and she must have had good things to say, as her entourage had a turn when she returned in 2018. 

Masu

With top notch Japanese fare and a location right next door to one of the favourite spots for stars to lay their head - SkyCity Grand Hotel - Masu is another celebrity favourite. Pink dined here this time last year.

Cordis Hotel 

Speaking of places to stay, if you're experiencing Auckland like a celebrity, you may as well go all out and do it properly by booking a lush hotel. The luxury Cordis Hotel, previously known as The Langham, was good enough for the likes of Justin Bieber, Ricky Martin and The Rolling Stones - so should suit nicely for a weekend staycation. 

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