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Auckland Food Guide by georgieats

~ Currently under construction ~

 

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 posts, 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.
21 Graham Street, Auckland CBD / Instagram

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!
Two stores, but my favourite is at 1 Faraday Street, Parnell / Website / Instagram

Catroux
I have only ever head great things about this cafe! They serve delicious breakfasts, a range of lunch options, plus coffee, and do catering. I haven’t visited Catroux yet – it is still on my foodie wishlist! Read more about Catroux here.
129 West End Road, Westmere / Website / Instagram

Raw Power Cafe
Head here for a vegetarian breakfast – my favourite is their EPIC French Toast! Check out my post here.
10 Vulcan Lane / Facebook

Odette’s Eatery
Beautiful food, setting and service. Read more about Odette’s Eatery here.
90 Wellesley St West, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

The Garden Shed
I dined here for an #NZBloggers Brunch Club and loved it! Try their breakfast board or their famous burger!
470 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden / Website / Instagram


Bestie 

Another brunch place to indulge in your sweet tooth, namely their hotcakes with toffee apple ice cream. Read more about Bestie here.
St Kevin’s Arcade, 179/183 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Cali Press
With two branches (one in Parnell and the original store in Auckland CBD), Cali Press serves healthy and delicious juices, smoothies, superfood breakfast bowls and wholesome meals. Their aim is to create a fun and natural way of clean living! 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!
Shop 10, 109-115 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell / Website / Instagram

Le Chef
A French cafe and restaurant located on Upper Vulcan Lane, Le Chef serves the best flat whites (see below) and their breakfasts are yummy too. My favourite is their $10 dish – two poached eggs and bacon on sourdough. Such a steal!
Upper Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Little Bird Unbakery 
Two locations across Auckland, dine in at Ponsonby or get takeaway from Britomart. Delicious raw food – love their breakfast dishes and smoothies.
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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.
33-45 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna / Instagram / Facebook

Best Ugly Bagels
The best bagels, but definitely not ugly. My all time favourite bagel is the tomato, mozzarella and basil. But the TAB is also delicious – tomato, avocado and bacon.

3A York Street, Newmarket & City Works Depot, Corner Wellesley and Nelson Streets
Website / Instagram

Major Tom
Brought to you by the same owners as one of my favourite cafes (Winona Forever). I am currently 
eyeing up their Pulled Pork Benedict and Brioche French Toast with Caramel Panacotta.
87 Apollo Dr, Rosedale / Instagram / Facebook

The Lula Inn
Bottomless Brunch for 2 hours sounds great doesn’t it? Simply choose a meal, plus you receive unlimited cocktails, mocktails, and prosecco. Live music is also provided, along with lovely views of Auckland’s Viaduct. Check out my post here.
149 Quay Street, Viaduct HarbourInstagram / Facebook / Details


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!
Upper Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD / Website  / Instagram

Stolen Summer
A recent addition to High Street, Stolen Summer serves delicious coffee (and extra hot yay!) and you receive a complimentary mini chocolate chip cookie too! Their coffee shop is super cute and Instagrammable too!
18 High Street, Auckland CBD

Miann
Head here for Miann’s ‘Valrhona Hot Chocolate Edition menu’, which includes eight hot chocolate drinks, all made with Valrhona chocolate (my favourite). Options like ‘Freeze dried passionfruit and coconut’ and ‘Hazelnut praline’ are guaranteed to satisfy! Read more about Miann here.
37 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Vulcan Lane Bagels
Using eightythirty beans, the coffee at Vulcan Lane Bagels is always perfect! Friendly staff also. 
Upper Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD

Major Sprout
Serving Flight Coffee, which is creamy and delicious.
21 Graham Street, Auckland CBD / Instagram

Best Ugly Bagels
Their main jam is bagels, but their Havana coffee is amazing!
A few locations – Newmarket is my favourite / Website / Instagram

Rosie
Nice coffee, plus I love their Valrhona hot chocolates! Read more about Rosie here.
82 Gladstone Road, Parnell / Website / Instagram

Marua Road Cafe
Very good coffee (Jack’s) and the cutest latte art I have ever seen. Read more about Marua Road Cafe here.
159 Marua Road, Mount Wellington / Instagram

Cornwall Park Cafe
Deconstructed mochas, complete with separate coffee, milk, chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate fish and flakes. Sounds like heaven! Read more about Cornwall Park Cafe here
Cornwall Park Pohutukawa Drive, Epsom / 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 them were only seasonal):

  • Hokey Pokey
  • Giapo Buono
  • Chocolate Evolution
  • Feijoa & Chamomile Sorbet
  • Afghan Cookie
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip
  • Siamu Popo & Giapo Buono topped with DOUGHNUTS
  • Kiss Kiss Kiss
  • NZ Blackberry Martini Rosso
  • Feijoa

Read more about Giapo here.

12 Gore Street, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

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.
31 Tyler Street, Britomart / Website / Instagram

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.
321 Karangahape Road, Newton / Website / Instagram / Website / Instagram

Winona Forever
Sweet sweet food cabinet heaven! Doughnuts. Lamingtons. Cheesecake Slice. Croissants. Rocky Road. Brownie. Meringues. Read more about Winona Forever here.
100 Parnell Road / Website / Instagram

Krispy Kreme
Original Glazed Doughnuts. Kreme Shakes. Coffee. Sundaes. Your chance to see them making the doughnuts. All this and more at the newly opened and first NZ Krispy Kreme store in Manukau. Read more about Krispy Kreme here.
3 Ronwood Avenue, Manukau, Auckland / Website / Menu / Instagram / Facebook

The Caker
Looking for a celebration cake? The Caker is your answer. Beautiful handmade cakes, usually adorned with flowers and all things pretty. Also love their cake mixes! Read more about The Caker here.
446 Karangahape Road, Newton / Website / Instagram

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.
37 Galway Street, Britomart / Website / Instagram

Vaniye
French patisserie located in Parnell serving beautiful gateaux and crunchy baguettes. Read more about Vaniye here.
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The Dairy
Does Kapiti ice cream sandwiches and sodas topped with fairy floss sound good to you?! If so, you will love The Dairy in Ponsonby Central!
Ponsonby Central / Website / Instagram

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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/ Website / Instagram


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! Read more about &Sushi here.
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Lucky Buddha
An all time favourite, serving Japanese, Korean, Thai and Filipino food. Read more about Lucky Buddha 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.
10 Vulcan Lane / Facebook

Bird on A Wire
Fresh and delicious salads, served with homemade rotisserie chicken – delish! Read more about Bird on A Wire 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.
Several locations, my favourites being Sylvia Park and Britomart / Website / Instagram

Revive Vegetarian Cafe
Delicious salads, soups, meals and breakfast dishes that change weekly! Read more about Revive 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. Read more about Tiger Burger here.
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Mamak 
My favourite Malaysian joint in Auckland. Love their
beef rendang, curry chicken and char kway teow. Read more about Mamak here.
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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. Read more about Poderi Crisci here.
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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! Blog post coming soon!
5B Hardinge Street, CBD / 29A Customs Street, CBD / 1 Faraday Street, Parnell

Website / Instagram

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 bagels, but definitely not ugly. My all time favourite is the tomato, mozzarella and basil.
A few locations – Newmarket is my favourite / Website / Instagram

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. Read more about Velvet Burger 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

Frida’s Margaritas – Mexico
12 different margarita flavours – I love the Raspberry & Elderflower, Mango & Passionfruit and Lychee & Salt – all top notch! Read more about Mexico here.
Several locations, my favourites being Sylvia Park and Britomart / Website / Instagram

Soul Bar & Bistro
All of their cocktails are perfect, but of course, their espresso martini is my favourite! Read more about Soul Bar 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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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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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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The Vodka Room
Love their espresso martinis!
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Soul Bar & Bistro
All of their cocktails are perfect, but of course, their espresso martini is my favourite! Read more about Soul Bar here.
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Pilkingtons
Again, love their 
espresso martinis!
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Bellini Bar, Hilton
Toberlone cocktails and espresso martinis are my favourites here.
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DINNER

Gemmayze Street
My current favourite restaurant, serving authentic Lebanese food. I have dined here three times 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. Read more about Gemmayze Street here.
Shop 15-16 St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

White & Wong’s
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 🌸 Read more about White & Wong’s here.
149 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckand CBD / Website / Instagram

Depot
Owned and run by Al Brown, Depot is one of my favourites. I love their oysters, kingfish sliders and potato skins! Read more about Depot here.
86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Federal Delicatessen
New York Jewish deli style food. My favourite dish? Their Montreal poutine with fries, cheese curd and gravy. Read more about Federal Delicatessen here.
86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD / Website / Instagram

Tok Tok
I first tried dishes at Tok Tok at last year’s Taste of Auckland. Since then, I have been once for lunch, but have been dying to go back. I highly recommend their Steamed Buns, Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry, Popcorn Shrimp, Cloudy Bay Clams and the best dish ever: CRISPY HALF DUCK, which you must order! Read more about Tok Tok here.
129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna / Website / Instagram

HANSIK
Modern / Korean fusion is how I would describe HANSIK. We love going here for dinner – we usually order the Bibimbap (it’s the largest serving I have ever had), or the Sundubu (spicy tofu seafood soup) or one of their set menus, which comes with a variety of dishes. The only glitch? You have to pay extra for side dishes!
19 Drake Street, Victoria Park Market, Freemans Bay / Website / Instagram

Oh Calcutta
My favourite Indian in Auckland. I love the restaurant – starch white tablecloths, white napkins, great service and the food is heavenly. I recommend their Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Naan and Mango Lassi drink.
151 Parnell Road, Parnell / Website

Po’ Brothers
Asian fusion cuisine, with dishes like pork belly, prawn sashimi, chicken karaage and deep fried dessert bao. Read more about Po’ Brothers here.
185 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby / Website / Instagram

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. Read more about Mexico here

Several locations, my favourites being Sylvia Park and Britomart / Website / Instagram

Dantes Pizzeria 
Authentic Woodfired Italian pizza. This is my go to for a mouthwatering Margherita pizza!
Two locations, but my favourite is at Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby / Website / Instagram

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!!! Read more about Burger Burger here.
Three locations, but my favourite is the Newmarket branch / Website / Instagram

Non Solo Pizza
Another favourite – sitting outside at Non Solo Pizza you will feel like you are somewhere in Italy. They have a wood-fired oven and you can watch them preparing and cooking the pizzas which I love. Their pizza is AMAZING! They also serve pasta.

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Prego
Another long-time favourite Italian restaurant which has been around since 1986. Excellent food and service. They don’t take bookings but I think if you are in a large group you can make a booking. Pasta and pizza. And love their desserts also.
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Queens Cafe Bistro
The perfect hideaway in Auckland’s CBD, with a lovely restaurant setting, beautiful food and attentive service. Read more about Queens Cafe Bistro here.

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Soul Bar & Bistro
Fantastic food, service, atmosphere and surroundings. Read more about Soul Bar & Bistro here.
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Pasta e Cuore
I haven’t been here yet, but only heard good things. Chefs make the pasta from scratch every day and you can watch them preparing it also. 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.
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Tao
I’ve heard that this is the new go-to place for dumplings. Read more about Tao here.
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Blue Breeze Inn
Asian fusion and love their crispy pork belly bao and
cocktails in coconuts.
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Amano
Italian flare, serving handmade pasta, breads and pastries etc.
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Cafe Hanoi
Another favourite restaurant in Britomart, serving delicious Vietnamese food. Read more about Cafe Hanoi here.
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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.
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Eight at Cordis
The best buffet in Auckland, featuring eight different food stations. Definitely something for everyone on the menu. Oh and there’s a chocolate fountain! Read more about Eight here.

Gerome
The latest newcomer to Parnell’s dining scene, serving beautiful modern Greek food. Read more about Gerome here.
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Coco’s Cantina
Cool funky Italian restaurant run by two sisters, located on Karangahape Road. Small menu, they only serve pasta and good reviews. They don’t take bookings.

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FOOD TRUCKS / STANDS

Judge Bao
My favourite food stand/truck in Auckland, who make soft and fluffy Chinese steamed buns filled with mouthwatering tofu, pork belly or beef (and sometimes fish and chicken), fresh herbs and delicious sauces. My favourites are their pork belly bao and also the mapo tofu. Owners Debbie and Jamie are the sweetest too! Read more about Judge Bao here.
Website / Instagram

The Rolling Pin
Gordon and his team at The Rolling Pin are some of the loveliest people I have ever met. They are a long time favourite of mine at food truck events, who serve scrumptious handmade dumplings, topped with a delicious slaw.
They make three delicious flavours – Buddhas Delight Dumplings with tofu, shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, bok choy and cabbage, Tsingtao Spicy Pulled Pork Dumplings and Penang Pulled Beef Cheek Dumplings. with mirepoix and sambal. All are very delicious, with my favourite being the Pulled Beef!
Website / Instagram

Temaki Truck
One of my favourite food trucks in Auckland (along with Judge Bao and The Rolling Pin). The reason why I love them is because they are New Zealand’s first Temakeria, which literally means hand-rolled sushi… but theirs is different as it is served in a cone! Each of their Temaki sushi cones are filled with rice, your choice of protein – either Spicy Salmon, Kimchi Pork, Teriyaki Chicken, Tofu (or my favourite, Spicy Prawn, and paired with delicious sauces and wrapped in seaweed. They are healthy, tasty and fun to eat. Also, good for the ‘gram!

Website / Instagram

Wise Boys Burgers
YUM. This is what comes to mind when I think of Wise Boys Burgers. They make vegan burgers and they are so damn delicious. I have tried most of their burgers, thanks to the Vegan Food Fair, Late Night Art and Go Green Expo events. My all-time favourite Wise Boys combination is their Kumara and Moroccan Spiced Patty Burger with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, relish and… their yummy homemade egg-free aioli on a toasted bun.
Website / Instagram

Otherside
This food truck serves plant based goodness – smoothies, acai bowls, a Jamaican jerk tofu bowl, and my favourite, a delicious Kimchi Burrito, which I tried at the Vegan Truck Stop event, held at La Cigale last November. Filled with chipotle, miso kumara, brown rice, black beans, kale, sesame cabbage, spring onion, kimchi, cashew sour cream and avocado sauce, it had a great kick! Their truck is also fabulously cool as it oozes summer – it is painted pink with palm trees and a bright neon sign up top. Not to mention their insanely tasty food… which is all vegan! I can’t wait to try more dishes on their menu – see you in the summer, Otherside!

Website / Instagram

The Lucky Taco
The first food truck I ever tried! Sarah and Otis are so lovely and make the most delicious and authentic tacos in either corn or flour tortillas with fillings such as spicy chorizo, pulled pork, skirt steak, spiced fish, beef tongue, tiger prawns and many more! If you can’t make it to The Lucky Taco truck on the weekends, you can also buy their Chipotle Chicken and Sizzlin’ Steak Taco Kits from Farro Fresh stores or order their Lucky Taco Fiesta Kits for your next Mexican party on their website here.
230 Ponsonby Road (weekends) / Website / Instagram 

Peach’s Hot Chicken
I have only tried this food truck once, but I will definitely be back. Between three, we shared their Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thigh on a brioche bun with aioli and pickles [OMG] and the Pimento Mac & Cheese [OMFG]. The fried chicken was super crunchy, and tasted so damn good. But the Mac & Cheese… mouthwatering. I would definitely recommend ordering this as a side to your chicken dish. Next on my list to try is their Fried Chicken & Waffles with pure Canadian chili maple syrup and garlic butter. Ooh la la.
Website / Instagram

Double Dutch Fries
These guys serve only one thing, but they do it so damn well, so much so, I now actually enjoy eating fries. Your choice of small or large serving of fries and toppings – tomato sauce, Dutch mayonnaise or satay sauce (or all!). I chose a small serving of fries, drizzled with Dutch mayonnaise and satay sauce – both are heavenly. Also loved the addition of diced red onion on top. Their fries are very filling, so I recommend sharing with friends, or just don’t eat anything else [hehe]. 

DDF have just opened a shop in Takapuna / Website / Instagram

Kuya
Meaning ‘brother’ in Filipino, Kuya is Auckland’s first Filipino food truck. The food is inspired by family recipes, and served LA street food style. On the menu, you will find Pork Adobo Tacos, Singigang Fried Chicken in a purple bao and the Fili Cheeseburger. I tried the ‘The Purrrp’ – a PURPLE BAO filled with Buttermilk fried chicken, red cabbage, sweet and tangy sinigang sauce and coriander. Kuya say the bao gets it purple colour from mixing the dough with ube, a naturally purple root vegetable from the Philippines. So freaking cool! The chicken inside was finger licking good, crispy on the outside and what she said – moist on the inside. 

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Akemis Gyoza
I enjoy seeing Akemis Gyoza at various foodie events, most recently at the Auckland Lantern Festival this year. Owned and run by Akemi Obata, her gyoza is authentic and delicious, and are made using her grandmother’s recipe. Flavours include Pork and Garlic ChivesChicken and Prawn and Miso and Shiitake, all served with homemade ponzu sauce and chili oil. I have tried all three – my favourite being Pork and Garlic Chives which are very tasty.
Website / Instagram

Lalele Organic Gelato
Owners Mulan and Nathan run Lalele Organic Gelato and make delicious hand crafted gelato, using organic ingredients, and they have many vegan options available. My all time favourite flavour is their Mango Sorbetwhich tastes like he real thing! At recent foodie events last year (like Taste of Auckland), I enjoyed Lalele Organic‘s newest flavour – Black Sesame – which I highly recommend.
Instagram

Eggloo
Located on Albert Street, Egloo serves ice cream (topped with goodies) in egg waffle cones, just like they do in Hong Kong. I am interested in trying new things, and I love dessert, so I was super excited to check out Eggloo. I’m a chocoholic, so of course, I went for the ‘Just Chocolate’ combination – chocolate egg waffle cone, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate bar (at the time it was Snickers). It was delicious – who doesn’t love an overload of chocolate? Eggloo is the perfect treat come summer! Unless of course you like eating ice cream in winter… guilty…!
Elliot Street / Website / Instagram


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.
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Auckland Food Tours
A chance to try new dishes and learn about different cultures, all led by an experienced guide. Read more about Auckland Food Tours here and here.
Website / Instagram

Pasta Fresca Workshop at Pasta e Cuore
Learn how to make fresh handmade pasta in a two hour workshop. Read more about Pasta e Cuore’s workshop here.
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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.
69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell / Website / Instagram

Matakana Farmers Market
Only a one hour drive from Auckland, Matakana Farmers Market showcases fresh and delicious produce. There are crepes, fresh juices, feijoa wine, homemade baking, dumplings, I Love Pies, Mexican food, oysters, breads, Italian sausages, fruit and vegetables, and the most amazing chocolate stand, selling my absolute favourite treat – dark chocolate marshmallows. Read more about Matakana Farmers Market here
Matakana Village Complex, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana / Instagram


Avondale Market
A wonderful mix of Asian and Polynesian food and culture, held every Sunday. Read more about Avondale Market here.
Avondale Racecourse, Ash St, Avondale 
/ Website

Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Coming soon!
Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn / Website

Clevedon Farmers Market
Held every Sunday, the Clevedon Farmers Market offers a wide range of foodie products to buy and eats to devour. I have not been here yet, but it is on the list! Meanwhile, read more about Clevedon Farmers Market here
Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Road (Gate 6, The Munro Entrance) / Website 

Catalina Bay Farmers Market
Coming soon!
Catalina Bay, Hudson Bay Road Extension, Hobsonville / Website / Instagram / Facebook

Coatesville Market
Coming soon!
Corner Mahoenui Valley Road and Coatesville-Riverhead Highway / Facebook


Sabato

My one stop shop for Valrhona French chocolate, smelly cheeses, olives, garlics, Spanish chorizo, Italian Panettone, plus many more delicious things. 
57 Normanby Road, Mount Eden / Website / Instagram

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!
Several stores, but my favourite is the one at 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn /
Website / Instagram

Milly’s Kitchen Shop
My favourite kitchen shop in Auckland!
273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby / Website / Instagram


Good For Store

An organic wholefoods refillery, with rows and rows of plastic bins containing all your favourite products like pre-made muesli, lentils, rice, crackers, kombucha, spices and nuts. Read more about Good For Store here.
Grey Lynn, Parnell and Takapuna / Website / Instagram

17 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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