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Coming soon: Snickel Lane

An exciting new hospitality precinct is about to be unveiled in the downtown CBD.

There is no shortage of excitement in watching the evolution of urban Auckland, as new clusters of eateries manifest in suburbs around the city fringe and beyond. The latest such offering we’ve discovered, however, will be serving those who work and play in the downtown triangle formed by Fort, Customs and Queen Streets, and is shaping up to be a destination well worth a place on the Denizen map.

Bridging the gap between the bountiful precincts of Britomart and Federal Street, the soon-to-open Snickel Lane is an edgy laneway development connecting Fort Lane and Commerce Street, bringing a sense of liveliness and character inspired by the Snickelways of York and laneways of Melbourne – complete with a soon-to-be revealed wall art commission. We couldn’t help but also draw parallels between The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney and other landmark establishments further abroad, for its proposed sense of place as communal gathering point. Creating a continuation of foot traffic from Queen Street via the neighbouring Imperial Buildings, Snickel Lane is set to answer the burgeoning demand and sophisticated palates of residents and local professionals, as well as visitors drawn into the city to shop at nearby luxury stores.

Designed to serve as a relaxing environment welcoming patrons any time of day, Snickel Lane’s prime corner site will offer an all-day eatery where you can drop in for breakfast or catch up for a drink or meal with friends, alongside street-vendor style establishments serving casual, delicious fare. A shared eating space with free WiFi will encourage those in the surrounding area to park up and make the most of the cobbled lane’s offerings, its all-weather design maximising sunlight and creating a welcome sense of reprieve from the main arterial streets.

With the first of the new establishments set to open this November including a coffee bar by Altezano Brothers, as well as a specialist Spanish tapas eatery, there will be no shortage of gastronomic news in the forthcoming months from this exciting new address.

Snickel Lane has a limited number of sites remaining to lease, and is currently inviting experienced hospitality operators to enquire. To find out more, click here

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