Five fun Auckland food pop-ups you won't want to miss

Burger takeover: Five Boroughs and Five & Dime meet Culprit

Wellington institutions pop up at Culprit

Cult Wellington restaurants Five Boroughs and Five & Dime are popping up at Wyndham Street’s Culprit! On Sunday 28 May, they take over the whole restaurant with NYC-inspired Five Boroughs fare, and on Tuesday 30 May, they take over Culprit’s trolley service with refined Five & Dime small plates. Bookings recommended at


Cotto K Rd X 69

Italian-inspired, seasonally focussed comfort food

Fresh, handmade pasta dishes perfect for sharing make this pop-up particularly welcome, especially as winter sets in. Karangahape Road bar 69 has been hosting pasta pop-up, Cotto_Krd, by chefs John Pountney and Hayden Phiskie (ex-Delicious). There’s still plenty of time to get to this collab - it started on 4 May and runs till 27 July. At bar 69, 375 K’ Rd, 5-11pm, Tuesday to Saturday, see @cotto_krd on Instagram for updates.



Judge Bao X Lovebucket

A Judge Bao takeover

It’s your last chance to catch Judge Bao at haute dive bar Lovebucket for the final days of their pop-up collab, which ends this Saturday 27 May. Six “Chinese-fusion” dishes have each been paired to a crafty drink by head bartender Brandon Walker. The short menu of “playful comfort food” comes share-style, so, if your group is big enough, you should be able to try every single dish. 4–10pm, 309 Karangahape Rd



Orphans Kitchen breakfast series

Orphans Kitchen is joining forces with other Auckland restaurants for a series of breakfast events. Cazador and The Tasting Shed have already joined forces, so there’s sure to be some more interesting collaborations coming up. Keep an eye out for the next one at



Welcome Eatery X Holly Houston Ceramics

Farewell autumn, hello winter

Cooks Jane Lyons and Will Bowman are collaborating with Holly Houston Ceramics to celebrate the last days of autumn with a leisurely Sunday breakfast at Grafton’s Welcome Eatery. Tickets ($68 per person) include a two-course breakfast served with filter coffee, an autumnal shrub (drinking vinegar) and two handmade ceramic bowls custom-made by Holly Houston for the event, to take home. A wholesome end to the season. 9.30am, Sunday 28 May at Welcome Eatery, 181 Grafton Rd, Grafton. For tickets, visit @thenextmeal on Instagram.