Toitoi is really lucky to have some incredible neighbours who share our Municipal Building spaces with us. From delicious retail and hospitality, to a great gallery, to our local Visitor Information Centre, the Toitoi Municipal Building has something for everyone. Find out more about each, below.
If you want to hire one of the spaces within the Toitoi Municipal Building, check them out here, then get in touch to book.
Craft & Social brings together the craft of excellent food and the social joy of sharing a small plates menu with your friends and whānau. It is based at the Warren St end of the building, with outdoor dining on both Heretaunga St and in Municipal Lane, between the Municipal Building and the Opera House.
Owner, Damon McGinniss, spent decades as a fine dining chef, both here and overseas. “We want to bring the laneway to life with live music and lots of punchy interesting food.”
Long Island Delicatessen is a takeaway deli on the corner of Heretaunga and Hastings St. With a 4.5m long island counter, hence the name, owner Kristy Isaacson says visitors can expect a huge salad bar, plenty of protein choices and Ottolenghi-inspired food. “Our food is healthy and quick with lots of bright colours and big flavours. We have a rotating offering – with different cabinet food for breakfast and lunch.”
Ākina means to encourage and urge on, which is what owner Sacha van den Berg (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hawea, Rarotonga, Netherlands) does for artists in her contemporary gallery space.
A celebration of the best of Hawke’s Bay, ĀKINA focuses on toi Māori, Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, and indigenous art, but is not limited to it. “With a mix of curated shows and art objects, it's a space where contemporary art starts conversations, challenges perceptions and help us all grow together.”
Cellar 495 is the brainchild of the world’s 495th Master of Wine, Michael Henley, who has spent his life surrounded by the world’s best wines. A boutique wine cellar and bar, Cellar 495 offers its visitors a tasting room and bottle shop by day, and a wine bar by night. “We have the expertise to take you on a journey through wine – you can order what you like, or you can trust us to make the selections for you.”
The i-SITE is where you can find out what’s happening in Hastings and wider Hawke’s Bay. A place where all are welcome, it's innovative and unique - offering info through a mix of digital, interactive and traditional methods. The i-SITE includes the Toitoi Box Office, so you can buy event tickets for Toitoi and other venues across Aotearoa. It also offers a great selection of locally-inspired art, clothing and souvenirs. For information, inspiration, event tickets or a great gift, the i-SITE team would love to see you.