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Auckland Food Guide by georgieats

Hello readers!

I get asked almost every day what my favourite dinner spots are, where to have breakfast in Auckland CBD, where I go food shopping and of course, what are the best desserts in Auckland. So, I have decided to start my own Auckland Food Guide.

Below is my ultimate guide to all things food related, featuring my favourite eateries in Auckland and eateries I want to try, along with coffee spots, desserts, food trucks, favourite cocktail bars, food related activities, markets and shopping.

I will keep the list up to date to include new openings, and will link each place to either my Instagram, my blog posts or my favourite Auckland food blogger’s blog posts or Instagram posts.

Enjoy!

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Winona Forever 
I love their Insta-famous Eton Mess French Toast, buckwheat hotcakes and anything from their amazing food cabinet! Read more about Winona Forever here.
100 Parnell Road, Parnell / Website / Instagram

Major Sprout
A must try is their EPIC buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone, butterscotch, marshmallows, candy floss, freeze dried fruit AND unlimited Noble maple syrup! Need I say more?! Read more about Major Sprout here.
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The Garden Shed
I dined here for an #NZBloggers Brunch Club and loved it! Try their breakfast board or their famous burger!
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Catroux
I have only ever head great things about this cafe! Check out this post by Simply Theora.
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Raw Power
Head here for a vegetarian breakfast – my favourite is their EPIC French Toast! Check out my post here.
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Odette’s Eatery
Beautiful food, setting and service. Check out this post by The Hadlow Girls.
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Bowl and Arrow
If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, look no further than Bowl and Arrow. They serve deeeeelicious smoothie bowls, your choice of toppings on Midnight Baker bread, raw treats, slices and coffee. They have two stores (one in Orakei and one in Parnell), but seeing as I live 5 minutes away from the Parnell store, that one is my go-to!
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Bestie 
Another brunch place to indulge in your sweet tooth, namely their hotcakes with toffee apple ice cream. Read more about Bestie here.
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Cali Press
Recently opened in Auckland CBD, Cali Press’ aim is to create a fun and natural way of clean living, by serving healthy and delicious juices, smoothies, superfood breakfast bowls and wholesome meals. Sounds like the perfect breakfast food to me! Read more about Cali Press  here.
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Goodness Gracious
A bagel and coffee joint which opened up in Parnell last year (they also have a branch in Eden Terrace). So far, I have only tried The Brekkie Bagel and the Pulled Pork, but I plan to work my way through the list. Blog post coming soon!
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Le Chef
A cute French cafe and restaurant located on Vulcan Lane, Le Chef sells the best flat whites (see below) and their breakfast is yummy too. For $10, you can get two poached eggs and bacon on sourdough. Such a steal!
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L’oeuf
Probably the most Instagrammed dish on Auckland’s foodie Instagram, the ‘Nest‘ with sunflower seed crumbed soft-boiled eggs, in a filo nest with beetroot ketchup, feta and a rocket salad. Another eatery I am yet to try!
4A Owairaka Ave, Mount Albert / Website / Instagram

The Smoothie Bowl
This place is popping up on my Instagram feed a lot, this smoothie bowl place looks amazing! Definitely heading here next time I’m on the shore.
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COFFEE / HOT CHOCOLATE

Le Chef
$3 large flat whites, all day, every day. And they serve soy if you’re dairy free, so only $3.50! I think this may be the cheapest soy flat white in Auckland CBD!
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Cova Cafe
Consistently good coffee – the fluff is perfect and it is always extra hot. Gravity beans.
Sylvia Park Shopping Mall / Website / Instagram

Miann
The first of its kind in New Zealand, with a special Valrhona Hot Chocolate menu, consisting of 8 different flavours.
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Vulcan Lane Bagels
eightythirty beans, always perfect!
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Major Sprout
Serving Flight Coffee, which is creamy and delicious.
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Best Ugly Bagels
Their main jam is bagels, but their Havana coffee is amazing
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Rosie
Love their Valrhona hot chocolates! Read more about Rosie here.
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Marua Road Cafe
Very good coffee (Jack’s) and the cutest latte art I have ever seen.
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Cornwall Park Cafe
Deconstructed mochas, complete with separate coffee, milk, chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate fish and flakes. Sounds like heaven! Check out this post by Heartshrooms.
100 Parnell Road, Parnell / Website / Instagram


SWEETS / DESSERTS

Giapo
The BEST ice cream in New Zealand, thanks to Giapo Grazioli. My all time favourite flavours are Giapo Buono, Siamu Popo and Hokey Pokey. Click the links below to see Giapo’s different flavours (some of these are still on the menu, some of thing were only seasonal):

Read more about Giapo here.

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Milse
Auckland’s first dessert bar, selling gateaux, macarons, plated desserts and my favourite ice cream on a stick – Bombe Alaska, with the sorbet flavour inside changes according to season – yummy! Read more about Milse here.
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The Pie Piper & Doornuts
American style pies and donuts, delivered straight to your door! I LOVE their maple bacon donut – tastes just like pancakes. Mmmmm. Read more about Doornuts here.
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Winona Forever
Sweet sweet food cabinet heaven! Doughnuts. Lamingtons. Cheesecake Slice. Croissants. Rocky Road. Brownie. Meringues. Read more about Winona Forever here.
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Miann
An amazing dessert bar! My favourites include their ever changeable gateaux, plated desserts, handmade bonbons, Valrhona hot chocolates and ice cream (love the s’mores). Read more about Miann here.
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The Caker
Looking for a celebration cake? The Caker is your answer. Beautiful handmade cakes, usually adorned with flowers. Also love their cake mixes! Read more about The Caker here.
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Vaniye
French patisserie located in Parnell serving beautiful gateaux and crunchy baguettes. Check out this post by My Dining Journey.
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The Dairy
Kapiti ice cream sandwiches and sodas topped with fairy floss!
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Moustache
Who could say no to cookies and milkshakes? My favourite cookies in Auckland! They also make a delicious vegan peanut butter cookie and vegan peanut butter milkshake – swoon!
309 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Little & Friday
Head here for doughnuts, filled with creme patisserie and raspberry coulis – the best in Auckland!!!
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Cibo
Try their Fry-pan brownie pan dessert, with raspberries, raspberry marshmallows and butterscotch raspberry ripple ice cream, which recently won an award in the 2017 Metro Restaurant Awards.
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Gerome
A must try dessert is their Loukoumades aka Greek doughnuts, served with a perfect coffee ice cream, nutella sauce and hazelnuts. Read more about Gerome here.
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Petal Cupcakes
These cupcakes taste just like the real thing! With flavours like mango, salted caramel, red velvet and espresso, they are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings!
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Nitro Cow
They make ice cream with liquid nitrogen – the first of its kind in Auckland. I love their chocolate and coconut combination, and most recently their S’mores flavour, complete with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and graham crackers.
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LUNCH

&Sushi
My favourite lunch place in Auckland. My favourite dishes include their Sashimi Don, Yakisoba Noodles and Kimchi Pork Donburi. Their sushi is beautiful  too! Check out my post here.
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Lucky Buddha
An all time favourite, serving Japanese, Korean, Thai and Filipino food. Check out my post here.
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Raw Power
Head here for awesome vegetarian food, in particular the salads, corn fritters, tofu sandwich, falafel and pumpkin curry soup.
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Bird on A Wire
Fresh and delicious salads, served with homemade rotisserie chicken – delish! Check out my post here.
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The Vodka Room
A 2017 newcomer, serving Russian inspired cuisine. I love their “$20 Rush in Lunchboard” which is Russian antipasti with a twist. Check out my video of it here.
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Faro
For a cheap Korean lunch (bibimbap!!!) in Auckland CBD.
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Mexico
Hands down the best fried chicken in Auckland, which is perfectly spiced and crunchy! Also love their quesadillas, guacamole and shots of the 1800 coconut tequila.
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Revive Vegetarian Cafe
Delicious salads, soups, meals and breakfast dishes that change weekly! Check out my post here.
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Kushi
A great Japanese restaurant in Auckland’s CBD. Nice ambience, good service, variety of dishes, good lunch special, plus on Friday nights, they do a short drum performance, which is very cool! Check out this, this and this.
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Tiger Burger
Awesome eatery, with top notch burgers and the best kimchi fries (omg!). In love. Check out my post here.
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Mamak 
My favourite Malaysian joint in Auckland. Love their
beef rendang, curry chicken and char kway teow. Check out this post by Joy & Serenity.
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Little Bird Unbakery 
Two locations across Auckland, dine in at Ponsonby or get takeaway from Britomart. Delicious raw food, including
breakfast and lunch dishes, smoothies, desserts and more.
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Poderi Crisci
Located in Waiheke, Poderi Crisci serves the dreamiest lunch spreads. Check it out here.
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The Nightingale
Burgers, beers and music. What more could you want? Check out my post here.
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Britomart Country Club

Take advantage of their Monday to Wednesday and weekends before 3pm special and grab any of their burgers, sandwiches or a Margherita pizza for just $10! Also, for $14, you can get a pork belly salad which is dairy and gluten free – #winning.
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The Kimchi Project
A modern take on Korean cuisine which I’m loving! Especially their sodas, kimchi waffle fries and bao. Check out this post by Anna’s Brunch Club.
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COOL CHEAP EATS

Hello Mister
My favourite Vietnamese in Auckland! Amazing rice paper rolls, noodle salads (so far, I have tried the lemongrass chicken and crispy pork), banh mi, beef pho and watermelon juice!
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Chinoiserie 
Delicious Taiwanese street food. I recommend their Pork Belly Bao, Tofu Bao, Spicy Popcorn Chicken and any of their cocktails!
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Best Ugly Bagels
The best, but definitely not ugly. My all time favourite is the tomato, mozzarella and basil.
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Xuxu Dumpling & Bar
Cocktails, Dumplings and Dessert. Three of my favourite things. And three things that you will find at Xuxu, making it one of my favourite eateries in the city. Read more about Xuxu here.
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Scarecrow
I love their $10 soup and salad specials, plus their iced drinks made with Little Island ice cream.
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Vulcan Lane Bagels
You can’t go wrong with their Pastrami Melt Bagel, so delicious!
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Velvet Burger
Kiwi burger brand, love their vegetarian burger and hashies. Check out my post here.
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Indochine Kitchen Express
Cute takeaway spot serving delicious summer rolls, beef pho, papaya salad, beef stew and banh mi.
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Flavour
For when you want a quick, cheap and yummy lunch. I love their ‘Flavour of the day’ for $5, my favourite day being Wednesday, because that means falafel!
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Aroy Thai
Super filing and tasty Asian fusion fare with most dishes priced under $15. I love their Pad Thai.
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COCKTAILS

The Vodka Room
Love their espresso martinis!
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Xuxu Dumpling & Bar
Amazing cocktails, but my favourite is their passionfruit mocktail (it’s not on the menu, but just ask).
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Soul Bar & Bistro
All of their cocktails are perfect, but of course, their espresso martini is my favourite!
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Pilkingtons
Again, love their 
espresso martinis!
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Frida’s Margaritas
12 different margarita flavours – so far, I have only tried the Lychee and Salt, which was top notch!
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Bellini Bar, Hilton
Toberlone cocktails and espresso martinis are my favourites here.
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Bedford Soda & Liquor
Instagram worthy cocktails! I once went to a cocktail masterclass at Bedford Soda and it was awesome – check out my post here.
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White & Wongs
I haven’t tried it yet, but my friend swears by their “Dragon Drop” cocktail with gin, vodka and elderflower liqueur. I loved their “Madame Butterfly” cocktail with gin, chambord, passionfruit and white chocolate garnish. Highly recommend!
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DINNER

Gemmayze Street
My current favourite restaurant, serving authentic Lebanese food. I have been twice now and already dying to go back. I highly recommend their hummus, pita, falafels, tabbouleh, fish and for dessert, turmeric cake with all things nice.
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White & Wongs
My second favourite restaurant, which has absolutely amazing food! I love their dumplings, edamame (with a killer sauce), pork belly bao, Korean spicy chicken bao, kingfish sashimi, roti rolls, cocktails and nashi pear iced teas 🌸 Check out my post here.
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Depot
Owned and run by Al Brown, Depot is one of my favourites. I love their oysters, kingfish and potato skins! Check out my post here.
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Federal Delicatessen
New York Jewish deli style food. My favourite dish? Their Montreal poutine with fries, cheese curd and gravy. Check out my post here.
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Tok Tok
I first tried dishes at Tok Tok at last year’s Taste of Auckland. I haven’t been to their restaurant in Takapuna yet, but it’s high on my list. Check out this post about Tok Tok by A Style Collector. Angela recommends the Steamed Buns, Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry and Wagyu Beef Brisket. All sound delicious!
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Queens Cafe Bistro
The perfect hideaway in Auckland’s CBD, with a lovely restaurant setting, beautiful food and attentive service. Check out my post here.
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Po Brothers
Asian fusion cuisine, with dishes like pork belly, prawn sashimi, chicken karaage and deep fried dessert bao. Check out this post here by Heartshrooms.
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Mexico
Hands down the best fried chicken, perfectly spiced and crunchy! Also love their quesadillas, guacamole and shots of the 1800 coconut tequila.

Dantes Pizzeria 
My go to place for a mouthwatering margherita pizza!

Beirut
Taditional Lebanese food, my favourite dishes being the Smoked Yoghurt Labna with scorched flatbread and the Merguez (spicy sausage). Check out my post here.

Burger Burger
Never fails to amaze me! Order a few burgers, a side of broccoli and potato skins. And a peanut butter thickshake. And, if you are dining at their Newmarket or Takapuna branches, then you will want to save room for dessert – ice cream sandwiches!!! Check out my post here.

Masu by Nic Watt
Japanese fine dining, located in SkyCity. 

Soul Bar & Bistro
Fantastic food, service, atmosphere and surroundings. Read more about Soul Bar & Bistro here.

Tao
I’ve heard that this is the new go-to place for dumplings. Check out this post about Tao by Bunny Eats Design.

Oh Calcutta
My favourite Indian in Auckland. I recommend their Chicken Tikka Masala, Naan, Mango Lassi and Tandoor Chicken.

Blue Breeze Inn
Asian fusion and love their crispy pork belly bao and
cocktails in coconuts.

Amano
Italian flare, serving handmade pasta, breads and pastries etc.

Cafe Hanoi
Another favourite restaurant in Britomart, serving delicious Vietnamese food. Read more about Cafe Hanoi here.

Culprit
Run by Kyle Street, former chef at Depot and serving yum cha style food. Check out this post about Culprit by The Enthusiastic Cook.

Eight at The Langham
The best buffet in Auckland, featuring eight different food stations. Definitely something for everyone on the menu. Oh and there’s a chocolate fountain! Check out my post here.

Gerome
The latest newcomer to Parnell’s dining scene, serving beautiful modern Greek food. Read more about Gerome here.

Pasta e Cuore
A colleague has dined here and loved it. Her favourite dishes were the Tagliatelle BologneseSpaghetti alla chitarra alla Carbonara and Spaghetti alla chitarra al Gorgonzola. Great service too.

Oaken
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oaken serves lovely seasonal food, with dishes I wouldn’t normally go for, like Pumpkin Gnocchi!

Prego
A fine dining Italian restaurant located in Ponsonby, serving traditional Italian cuisine. 


FOOD TRUCKS / STANDS

Judge Bao
My favourite food stand/truck in Auckland, serving mouthwatering bao (I love their pork belly bao and also the mapo tofu). Owners Debbie and Jamie are the sweetest too! Read more about Judge Bao here.

Kuya
Auckland’s newest food truck and the first of its kind – Filipino street food! I love ‘The Purrrp’ which features buttermilk fried chicken, red cabbage, sweet and tangy sinigang sauce, coriander AND it comes in a PURPLE bao! 💜🦄

Otherside
An all vegan food truck

Wise Boys Burgers
Amazing vegan burgers, my favourite being their Kumara and Moroccan Spiced Patty Burger – to die for!

The Rolling Pin
Traditional dumplings, served with a fresh and crunchy Asian salad. I love their Beef Cheek Dumplings.

Temaki Truck
Sushi served in cones, filled with flavours like fresh salmon or tuna. They also serve seriously good karaage chicken.

The Lucky Taco
The first food truck I ever tried! Sarah and Otis are so lovely and make the most delicious tacos.

Minty B Ice Creamery
Delicious soft serve with EPIC toppings!

Soul Boul
New Zealand’s first mobile smoothie bowl truck, which has been popping up at events all over Auckland this year, including the Go Green Expo and the Vegan Food Fair.

Eggloo
Egg waffles in cones, filled with ice cream and toppings. My favourites are their Peanut Butter Chocolate and Vanilla with Sprinkles and Marshmallows!

FOOD ACTIVITIES

Uber Eats
The Uber Eats app allows you to order your favourite dishes online from over 70 participating eateries, which will then be delivered straight to your home/office. My favourite eateries include &Sushi, Burger Boy, Best Ugly Bagels and Miann. Read more about Uber Eats here, here, here and here.

Pasta Wednesday
My friend Carli over at Pasta Wednesday makes fresh pasta every week, delivered to your home or workplace! The pasta is seriously good and very easy to prepare!

Auckland Food Tours
A chance to try new dishes and learn about different cultures, all led by an experienced guide. Check out this post and this post about their Chinese food and culture tours by Bri Dimattina.

Pasta Fresca Workshop at Pasta e Cuore
Learn how to make fresh handmade pasta in a two hour workshop. Check out this post about the workshop by The Foodie Inc.

FOOD MARKETS / SHOPPING

La Cigale French Market
My favourite market in Auckland. I may be biased as it is just around the corner from my house, but it seriously has it all. French macarons, tarts and gateaux, crepes, fresh juices, smoothies, gozleme, smoked salmon, Turkish dips and wraps, paella, dumplings, freshly baked pastries and breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful cheeses… and loads more. 


Avondale Market
A wonderful mix of Asian and Polynesian food and culture, held every Sunday. Check out this post about the Avondale Market by The Enthusiastic Cook.

Good For Store
An organic wholefoods refillery, with products like pre-made muesli, lentils, rice, crackers, kombucha, spices and nuts. Check out this post by Bitch Peas Blog.

Clevedon Farmers Market – coming soon!

Coatesville Farmers Market – coming soon!

Sabato
My one stop shop for Valrhona chocolate, Italian, French and Spanish products, beautiful cheeses, olives and garlics!

Farro Fresh
Sells all the goods, including The Lucky Taco Kits, Culley’s Hot Sauce, Joshua’s Ice Cream, Garage Project beer, Goodness Kitchen Smoothie Packs, Kohu Road Ice Cream, and amazing cheese and chorizo!

Milly’s Kitchen Shop
My favourite kitchen shop in Auckland!

15 Comments

  1. This is great Georgie! I’m always on the look out for recommendations, and am constantly being asked for them myself, so thanks! Nice to have all of this curated in one place. A brilliant resource 🙂

  2. Tracey says

    amazing Georgie, can’t wait to come home to try some of the places on your list

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