Some of us like to 'reward' ourselves after shopping with a great dining experience.
Others find they've simply worked up a hearty appetite - or thirst - after a few hours of dedicated decision-making.
Either way, The Grove Dining District at Sylvia Park provides a dining experience that is proving popular with shoppers and their families.
The Grove Dining District is an eclectic mix of alfresco dining restaurants open from early 'til late at Sylvia Park.
The space offers nine top-notch dining venues as well as attractive open spaces where you can sit back in a sun lounger and enjoy live music and other entertainment - or partake in yard games. It's sheltered by a 50m-long Teflon-coated canopy that, at the first spots of rain, will automatically unfold.
Now To Love visited The Grove Dining District on a Tuesday after work and made the most of the fact the shops were still open until 7pm.
After an hour at our favourite clothing stores we headed to The Grove Dining District to relax with a glass of wine and a meal.
The hardest decision was choosing which venue to eat at because all of the menus looked so good.
Hawker & Roll looked tempting with its "Hawker" street market-style Malaysian fare. But then so did Cleaver & Co with its offerings of authentic BBQ meat cuisine.
Popular Mexican food restaurant Mexico always delivers tasty Mexican food with a kick, and for a great burger you can't go past Better Burger with its premium quality fresh flavoursome eats. The Coffee Club is great for its brunch-style all-day menu.
The pizza from The Little District, which is made up of a variety of relaxed dining spaces, looked tempting. The wide range on offer at gastro pub The Garrison Public House, including grill steak, pasta and salads was hard to walk away from.
In the end we opted for New York style deli and bar, Birdie's, and ordered fried chicken, steamed buns and a quinoa and beetroot salad to share. The plates were inexpensive, and the serves, generous.
Casablanca, which offers up North-African and Mediterranean cuisine, was the perfect venue to head to afterwards to complete the evening with apple tea and freshly-brewed coffee.
Over the summer, visitors to The Grove Dining District will be treated every weekend to live music from a host of talented Kiwi musicians, including Jane and Jasper, Fare Thee Well, High Society, Luna Duo, Jamie and Chet and Radio Radio. Play In The Park is on until March 15 at The Cone (outside Hoyts cinema), and you can order takeaway food from any of the above mentioned eateries to enjoy while you kick back to the music.
Ranging from laid-back summer tunes to party sets and acoustic style music, the Play In The Park initiative offers a music vibe to suit everyone's taste.
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