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The Northcote town centre is a fascinating corner of Auckland.

Built in the 60s and the first of its kind in the city, you can imagine how modern and chic it was when opened. These days it is home to a wide array of shops and eateries, reflecting the cultural diversity of the area. You can buy all sorts here, from Chinese herbal remedies to thrift shop bargains to fresh taro and excellent dumplings. Some highlights:

Dumpling Ace

A local institution, Dumpling Ace turns out traditional, handmade dumplings at the rate of 30 every five minutes for hungry, happy locals. Dumpling Ace is open between 11am and 9pm six days. Closed on Mondays.

Northart Gallery

A community art gallery showing local and national artists, there’s always something surprising or inspiring to see here. Open daily between 10am and 4pm during exhibitions. Check out what’s on here.

Northcote Baptist Opportunity Shop

Whether you’re looking for a bargain or some local knowledge you’ll leave this op shop satisfied. This 50-year old store is staffed by volunteers and puts the profits back into the community. Open 9.3am to 4.30pm. Closed Sundays.

Curry Corner

Go here for the murtabak, a handmade stuffed pancake that is common to the Middle East, Malaysia and Thailand. The name, in Arabic, means ‘folded’. Curry Corner is at Food City, 6 Kilham Ave. Open 7 days from 11am to 9m.