The local mags love to tell you what to do with your two days off a week. Which café to check out, which piece of experimental theatre take in. And to be honest, it’s often rather helpful. I’ve been known to visit a café or two because Metrosaid to. So I thought I’d get in on the action. Here are my Auckland weekend recommendations – with a feminist twist.
Breakfast at Little Bird Unbakery (Ponsonby, Britomart, Kingsland )
Okay, you’ll likely see this one on the Metro list too. But it’s there for a reason. Megan May was the first to bring raw food to NZ in a big way, and the crowding around the healthy cake cabinet attests to its popularity. Little Bird are also stockists of Storm and India tea – another woman-owned treat to get in ya gob. Fill ‘er up, I say.
Browse the Women’s Bookshop (105 Ponsonby Road)
Owned and run by women, the Women’s Bookshop is a personal favourite of mine. I find unmatched solace when surrounded by books (as hard as it can be on my wallet) and the Women’s Bookstore has some of the best range in town. If you’re not in the city they also take online orders. And no, they don’t just stock Margaret Atwood and Janet Frame (though you’d be right to seek those authors out).
Take a self-defence class (4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn)
Or one of the many classes available at the Auckland Women’s Centre. There’s yoga, dance, te reo, even knitting. Not all are on the weekends, but plenty are. Otherwise, use your weekend to subscribe to their newsletter – an easy way to stay updated on feminist action in the area.
Grab a cookie (309 Karangahape Road)
Stop giving men all the cookies and have one for yourself. Deanna Yang was 22 when she founded Moustache Milk and Cookie Bar, and when her original spot outside The Civic hiked their rent she took to Kickstarter to keep the business alive. Now on K Road, the business couldn’t be stronger, nor the cookies tastier.
Visit a lesbian museum (8 Bentinck St, New Lynn)
You’d be forgiven for not knowing there was a lesbian museum in Auckland – as far as secrets go, it’s certainly well-kept. Currently holding a collection of 800 lesbian cultural artifacts, Charlotte museum is worth checking out lesbian or no. They claim to be the only lesbian museum on the planet, which is, frankly, impressive.
Dinner at Burger Burger (4 Brown Street, Ponsonby)
With Burger Burger, founder Mimi Gilmour Buckley has created a bustling hotspot where one still manages to dine for under $20. A Saturday evening bite might see you waiting to get in, but it’s worth it, promise.
Be a Feminist
No address for this one. No matter what you do this weekend, if you’re a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes, you’re doing something right. Enjoy your weekend.Support Villainesse