Hero Sandwich House and other new openings

Hero Sandwich House

A new uptown sandwich shop and gallery

Ceremony, Olly and now Hero Sandwich House – the trend for sharp new cafes that double as accessible art galleries continues. At Hero – owned and operated by Huri Rapana Neill of hole-in-the-wall coffee shop Drummer Boy, and Matt Stewart of dessert and sandwich pop-up Little Eats – local creative talent is championed on the walls in rotation, to be appreciated while waiting for not-so-ordinary sammies. Currently on display is a mural by Hugo Mathias and prints by Patch Fay. On the menu, Supreme coffee and six sandwich options – from the breakfast ‘Barry’ to ‘The Don’, a truffle-spiked grilled cheese – cater to on-the-go eaters, but it’s worth sitting in to admire the art and ex-CTRL Space Gerrick Numan’s minimalist fit-out.

66 New North Rd, Eden Terrace


Two new waterfront pop-ups

A Viaduct revolution is underway

If the word Viaduct brings to mind the heady scent of spilled Red Bulls and the thrum of top 50 bangers, think again. Two new pop-ups are teasing a rebrand for the area, instigated by plans for a new five-star hotel and Angus Muir’s light installation. The Nightingale is a craft beer pop-up from the team behind Vulcan Lane’s Cassette Nine. Occupying the space previously known as The Original, it’s a destination for live music and comedy, and offers nine craft beers on tap. Meanwhile, the restaurant formerly known as The Crew Club is temporarily home to south Pacific-themed bar and restaurant The Lula Inn, where head chef Sam Clark plates up dishes like fresh kokoda and Southern-fried snapper rolls, alongside house-made shrub cocktails. Plus, a new Simon Gault restaurant and a Mea Culpa-owned rooftop bar are set to open in the Viaduct at the end of June.

204 Quay St; 149 Quay St, Viaduct


New opening: Barulho

The duo behind recently closed South American restaurant Maldito Mendez have swapped Ponsonby for Parnell to open a new neighbourhood bar with Euro-Latin vibes. Portuguese for ‘noise’, Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez’s Barulho brings life to a narrow, characterful site next door to architecture firm Fearon Hay from 7am–4pm weekdays. Split over two levels including a small outdoor seating area, head here on sunny winter days for Altezano Brothers filter coffee, homebaked pastries, traditional sweets and tapas. 7–15 Faraday St, Parnell 



Four weeks of renovations later and Newmarket cafe Teed Street Larder has scrubbed up rather nicely. Check it out at 7 Teed St, Newmarket