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By Laetitia Laubscher
November 05, 2018

Goodside Is the North Shore's New Foodie Hub

From cow paddock to one of the North Shore's leading dining districts.
By Laetitia Laubscher
November 05, 2018

Smales Farm has come a long way. Before the turn of the century, the over ten hectare piece of land was just a boring old cattle farm next to the highway. Over the next ten years various high-end offices and the Northern Express busway station cropped up on the land. Come 1 December, another massive addition will be made to the plot, Goodside, a new dining district and events hub for the North Shore.

Goodside was founded with the goal of being a place on the North Shore where foodies, drink and music lovers can amass. A place where Auckland's best boutique food and beverage providers can showcase their wares, pop-up eateries can set up shop for a bit, DJs can play their live music to diners and where festivals which pay homage to good food, good drinks and good music can take place — including Highlife's Fiesta del Sol and the Takapuna Food and Wine Festival.

The hospitality precinct was conceptualised and designed by Izzard Design to "create a vibrant, highly-socialised leafy laneway of hand-picked boutique eateries, casual meeting spaces and a thriving retail precinct."

Eateries already confirmed to have a spot at Goodside are a roll call in deliciousness — Goodness Gracious (bagel specialists and a Concrete Playground favourite), The Grange (try the 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder), &Sushi (a classic, fresh sushi eatery), Ripe Deli (the second outpost of the Grey Lynn staple offering healthy food without a compromise on flavour), Soho (a new contemporary Thai eatery), and Fantail & Turtle (which has an on-site brewery churning out 30 kinds of craft beer, kombucha and cider). Completing the concept will be a yet-to-be-announced "disruptive burger brand" and a monthly pop-up store provide a new experience with a new guest restaurant every month.

Step aside, Takapuna, there's competition in town.

Goodside is set to open last Smales Farm on 1 December, 2018. For more information, visit

Published on November 05, 2018 by Laetitia Laubscher

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