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No plans for the weekend? Consult our edit of everything worth enjoying

In typical Denizen fashion, we’ll be making the most of the weekend ahead, with plans to get our social and cultural fix before cosying up at home with a good book or captivating film to round off the week. If your own weekend agenda is lacking, consult the below edit of everything we’re currently enjoying (or planning to relish over the coming days) — from must-try new dishes and cocktails to immersive cultural experiences and the books and films that have our attention.

Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Eat

Discover Somm‘s New Sharing Plates

From a delightful new burrata iteration to an impressive, French-inspired anchovy pissaladière (a delectable pizza-esque topped flatbread), Somm’s latest sharing plates have been thoughtfully crafted to compliment the incredible, extensive list of drinks on offer. Make for Somm this weekend to revel in its many gastronomic delights.


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Left: Somm’s New sharing plates. Right: Bivacco’s Dopo Cena Cocktail
Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Drink

Bivacco‘s Dopo Cena Cocktail

Settle into the season with this rich, smooth, and irresistibly tasty libation from the clever bar team at Bivacco. Marrying white chocolate liqueur, cream, and Cointreau, the decadent Dopo Cena cocktail is the ultimate indulgence, perfect to enjoy post-meal, paired with dessert.

Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Do

Head to Auckland Writer’s Festival

Auckland Writer’s Festival is taking place this weekend, with a number of major literary voices taking to the stage to discuss the nuances of their work, alongside an impressive list of local talent that is just as worthy of your attention. There are a number of incredible events that still have tickets available, such as Katy Hessel‘s discussion on her groundbreaking book, The Story of Art Without Men, or Trent Dalton‘s conversation with Samantha Hayes, which is bound to be brilliant.

Left: The Idea of You on Prime. Right: Trent Dalton at Auckland Writer’s Festival
Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Watch

The Idea of You on Prime

With nearly 50 million viewers and counting, it’s fair to say that The Idea of You is worthy of a watch. The film stars Anne Hathaway alongside Nicholas Galitzine in an age-gap romance, telling the tale of a 40-year-old single mum who ends up in a complex entanglement with the 24-year-old lead singer of the world’s biggest boy band. Based on the book by Robinne Lee of the same name, the film presents a tender portrayal of women and relationships, while maintaining a lighthearted (and at times hilarious) tone thanks to the stars’ unfaltering performances. Pitch perfect escapism.

Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Listen To

Peggy Gou’s New Single, Lobster Telephone

Artist, producer, DJ, and cultural trailblazer Peggy Gou’s new single, Lobster Telephone, releases today, taken from her long-awaited debut album I Hear You — out next month. The song is a perfect distillation of the kind of balmy, technicolour house music that Gou is globally renowned for, and also happens to be the artist’s personal favourite from the album, named for the Salvador Dali sculpture of the same name.

Left: Peggy Gou’s New Single. Right: In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Read

In Ascension by Martin MacInnes

This inquisitive epic charts the astonishing story of a microbiologist who makes an extraordinary discovery that forces into focus everything she thinks she knows about life on our planet. With compassion and curiosity, In Ascension encourages introspection and illuminates matters of the heart, promising an unforgettable journey.

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