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Auckland Food Guide by georgieats

Hello readers!

Since starting my foodie ‘gram and this blog, almost every day, people ask me advice as to the best eateries in Auckland, like where 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. So, I 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 (*On the Foodie List*), along with breakfast and brunch, coffee spots, the best doughnuts/pastries, ice cream, cakes and desserts, cool cheap eats ($15 and under), favourite cocktail bars, BYO’s, airport eateries (now that we have an AUS bubble), food trucks, food apps, food related activities, markets and shopping.

I first started this list in 2017, and have since been keeping it up to date to include new openings, and will link each place to either my Instagram posts, my blog posts or my favourite Auckland content creator’s blog posts or Instagram posts.

Enjoy!

 

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Bambina Newmarket Cafe
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Teed Street, Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Bestie
A great breakfast/brunch spot to indulge in your inner sweet tooth, namely their hotcakes with toffee apple ice cream. Read more here
*On the Foodie List*
Location: St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Billy Cafe
Serving Asian-inspired dishes and beautiful coffee! 
Location: Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket
Socials: Website / Instagram

Bread & Butter Bakery and Cafe
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Read more here
Location: Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn
Socials: Instagram

Cali Press
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 here.
Location: Two, Parnell Road and Commercial Bay
Socials: 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. Read more  here. *On the Foodie List*
Location: West End Road, Westmere
Socials: Website / Instagram

Dear Jane
Have only been here for coffee (Supreme) and chocolate caramel slice, however both were excellent! Their brunch menu looked amazing – will be back! *On the Foodie List*
Location: Mount Albert
Socials: Instagram

Fix & Fogg
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Flour Mill Cafe
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Fort Greene
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Goodness Gracious

A bagel and coffee joint which opened up in Parnell a few years ago (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. Read more here.
Location: Two, my favourite is St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
Socials: Website / Instagram

Hello Friends & Allies
This vibrant cafe has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and has one good looking food cabinet, filled with fresh pastries, baking, sandwiches and salads which change daily. Read more here
Location: Great South Road, Epsom
Socials: Instagram

Homeland
*On the Foodie List*  Check it out here.
Location: 
Socials: Website / Instagram

Honey Bones
*On the Foodie List*  Check it out here.
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

KIND
*On the Foodie List*  Check it out here.
Location: 
Socials: Website / Instagram

Leafe Cafe
A great cafe for brunch before a morning of shopping in the newish Westfield Newmarket Mall. When reading the menu, the Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict caught my eye as it is a dish I have never seen on a brunch menu before! Generous serving of fried chicken, perfectly poached eggs and the chili hollandaise gave the dish a great kick! Lovely coffee too. Check it out here. 
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Little Bird Kitchen
Delicious raw vegan fare, they serve breakfast smoothies and juices, waffles, hot cakes, bagels and sprouted bread with a variety of toppings. Check it out here.
Location: Corner Summer Street and Ponsonby Road
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Graham Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Masu
*On the Foodie List*  Check it out here. 
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Meadow
I dined here for Brunch Club event and loved it! Highly recommend their Chorizo Croque Madame, Meadow Huevos Sucios and Eggs Benedict. Read more here
Location: St John’s Road, Meadowbank
Socials: Website / Instagram

Newbie
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Odette’s Eatery
Beautiful food, setting and service. Read more here.
Location: Wellesley St West, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Ozone Coffee Roasters
Relatively new to Auckland, Ozone Coffee has been roasting coffee for over 20 years. Their original shop is located in New Plymouth, plus they also have a few stores in the UK. Their all day brunch menu is innovative and there is definitely something for everyone. Read more here
Location: Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn
Socials: Website / Instagram 

Raw Power Cafe
Head here for a vegetarian breakfast – my favourite is their EPIC French Toast! Read more here.
Location: Vulcan Lane, CBD
Socials: Facebook

Rude Boy Deli & Eatery
Brought to you by the same owners as one of my favourite cafes – Winona Forever. I love their Eggs Benedict and Snickers Slice! They also have an amazing sweet foodie cabinet. Check it out here. 
Location: Sale Street, Freemans Bay
Socials: Instagram

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Location: Westfield Newmarket Rooftop
Socials: Website / Instagram

Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store
With incredible views over Takapuna Beach, this cafe makes for the perfect place to have breakfast or brunch. Their menu is simple – featuring all the classics, plus also serve pastries, gelato, sandwiches and coffee. Read more here.
Location: The Promenade, Takapuna Beach
Socials: Website / Instagram

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. Read more here.
Location: Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour
Socials: Instagram / Details

William’s Eatery
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

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

Wu & You
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Read more here.
Location: Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Instagram


COFFEE / HOT CHOCOLATE

Best Ugly Bagels
Their main jam is bagels, but their Good Joe coffee is amazing – it is brewed by owner, Al Brown, roasted on the west coast of Auckland. Every Tuesday, if you buy a bagel, you get a coffee free! Check it out here. 
Location: A few, my favourites are York Street, Newmarket & Commercial Bay
Socials: Website / Instagram

Billy Cafe
We usually go here once a week for their delicious coffee (they also roast their own beans) – cannot fault it! Check it out here. 
Location: Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket
Socials: Website / Instagram

Cova Cafe
An long-time favourite cafe of mine – their coffee is consistently good every single time – I have never had a bad one. Their original store was in 277 Newmarket mall, so for a while we could not visit, but now that the mall has reopened, it is happy days! Check it out here. 
Location: Westfield Mall, Newmarket

Fort Greene

Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Luna Cafe
A must order at Luna’s Express is their Egg Coffee, a traditional drink in Vietnam made using egg yolk, condensed milk and cream on top of coffee. It was seriously good and tastes like you’re eating dessert. Can confirm it is just as good as the real thing… having visited Vietnam a few years ago! Check it out here. 
Address: Chancery Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

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

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 here and here.
Location: A few, my favourite is Galway Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Pink Neon Sign
A very cute coffee spot, serving Eighthirty coffee! Love the pink decor too… great for the ‘gram! Check it out here. 
Location: High Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

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

Stolen Summer
My favourite place to get coffee in the CBD! Stolen Summer serves delicious coffee (extra hot yay!) and each time, you receive a mini chocolate chip cookie too. Their coffee shop is super cute… great for the ‘gram! Check it out here. 
Location: High Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram


BREAD / DOUGHNUTS / PASTRIES

Amano
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Location: Tyler Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Daily Bread
A great spot for your morning coffee and pastry! They are famous for their Cardamom Buns, but my favourite are their Danishes – Rhubarb, Blueberry or Pear – YUM! They also have a few breakfast dishes and toast with a variety of toppings available too. Read more here.
Location: Point Chevalier, Ponsonby and Customs Street West, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Doe Donuts
*On the Foodie List*     Check it out here. 
Location: Online at the moment, new shop opening 1 May 2021
Socials: Instagram

Fort Greene
Artisan sourdough bakery, beautiful bread and hot cross buns. Check it out here. 
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Grown Up Donuts
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Location: Anzac Avenue, CBD, Henderson Valley and Wairau Valley
Socials: Instagram

Ima Cuisine
I would pick an Ima Hot Cross Bun over a chocolate bunny any day. This is my all-time favourite Easter treat, they are bigger than your supermarket ones and way more scrumptious compared to every other bun I have tried! The best part is the vanilla custard cross, it melts in your mouth when you take a bite. Find the recipe here. Check it out here. 
Address: 
Socials: Instagram

Krispy Kreme
Original Glazed Doughnuts. Kreme Shakes. Coffee. Sundaes. Your chance to see them making the doughnuts. All this and more at the first NZ Krispy Kreme store in Manukau. More recently, a store opened up in Chancery Square – literally 30 seconds from my work place! Read more here and here.
Location: A few, my favourite is Chancery Square, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

La Voie Francaise
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Little & Friday
Head here for the BEST DOUGHNUTS IN AUCKLAND, filled with crème patisserie and raspberry coulis. They also have an amazing food cabinet filled with mini sweet cakes and slices, plus savoury options like tarts, quiches and filled sandwiches. Check it out here. 
Location: McColl Street, Newmarket & Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Little Rosie
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Luna Cafe
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Location: Chancery Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Tart Bakery
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Location: 
Socials: Instagram

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


ICE CREAM

Duck Island Ice Cream
One, if not, my favourite ice cream stores in Auckland. They originate from Hamilton (which is always a joy to visit when I am in The Tron), and I am so glad they are now in Auckland as I am head over heels in love with Duck Island and would recommend all their flavours, although I do have a soft spot for the Marshmallow. Read more here
Location: Newmarket and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Eggloo
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? They now have a new dessert cafe in Mount Albert – yay!
Address: 883 New North Road, Mount Albert
Socials: Website / Instagram

Giapo
Another favourite ice cream shop Auckland, for their delicious and innovative flavours, such as Giapo Buono, Siamu Popo, 
Feijoa & Chamomile Sorbet, Afghan Cookie, Siamu Popo with Fries(!!), Vegan Chocolate Chip, Easter Egg Creation, NZ Blackberry Martini Rosso, Feijoa and Hot Cross Bun. Read more here.
Location: Gore Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Island Gelato Company
Island Gelato Company originates from Waiheke (look out for the bright red container) and now have two stores in Auckland. They make fresh, seasonal and crafted gelato and serve some of the yummiest flavours in town, my current favourite flavour is their Allpress Coffee topped with slivered almonds. Check it out here. 
Location: Ferry Building, CBD and Westfield Newmarket Rooftop
Socials: Website / Instagram

Little Lato
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram


CAKES / DESSERTS

Coffee Pen
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Cibo
Try their Fry-Pan Brownie Pan dessert, with raspberries, raspberry marshmallows and butterscotch raspberry ripple ice cream, which won an award in the 2017 Metro Restaurant Awards. They also serve their Famous Pavlova – three ways, plus various other desserts which will have your mouth watering. *On the Foodie List* Check it out here. 
Location: St George’s Bay Road, Parnell
Socials: Website / Instagram

Elizabeth
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Kingsland
Socials: Instagram

Honest Chocolat
Absolutely in love with Honest Chocolat’s new boutique in Commercial Bay! My favourite part is that they serve ‘Choc-Tails’ – alcohol-free cocktails, whereby chocolate replaces the spirit. Of course, I couldn’t go past my second favourite Cocktail (Espresso Martini) and Honest’s version ‘Espresso Mocha-Tini’ tastes just like the real thing! They also serve hot chocolate, coffee and chilled drinks, plus a range of delights including their beautiful bon bons, cookies, double chocolate brownie and edible chocolate cups – you can have your coffee or hot chocolate in one of these! Check it out here. 
Location: Level 1, Commercial Bay
Socials:
Website / Instagram

House of Chocolate
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Location: Takapuna
Socials:
Website / Instagram

Gerome
A must try dessert is their Loukoumades aka Greek doughnuts, served with a perfect coffee ice cream, nutella sauce and hazelnuts. Read more here.
Location: Parnell Road
Socials: 
Website / Instagram

Just Jess Cake Co
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Location: Kumeu
Socials: 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 here and here.
Location: A few, my favourite is Galway Street, CBD
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Tyler Street, Britomart
Socials: Website / Instagram

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! Check it out here. 
Location: Teed Street, Newmarket
Socials: Website / Instagram

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 here.
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD and Eatery at Eastridge Mall
Socials: Website / Instagram 

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 here.
Location: Karangahape Road, Newton
Socials: Website / Instagram

The Three Words
Part dessert parlour, part cakery and part florist. The Three Words make beautiful cakes, one of which they kindly donated for our #NZBloggers Pink Ribbon Brunch in May 2019. The owners are lovely too.
Location: Lorne Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Vaniye
French patisserie located in Parnell serving beautiful gateaux and crunchy baguettes. Read more here.
Location: Windsor Street, Parnell
Socials: 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 here.
Location: A few, my favorites are Teed Street, Newmarket and City Works Depot, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Ajisen Ramen
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Azabu
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Mission Bay and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Instagram

Bird on A Wire
Fresh and delicious salads, served with homemade rotisserie chicken – delish! Read more here.
Location: A few, my favourite is Ponsonby Central
Socials: Website / Instagram

Corner Burger
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Location: A few, my favourite is Westfield Newmarket Rooftop
Socials: Website / Instagram

Faro
Head to Faro in the CBD for a reasonably priced Korean lunch (my favourite being the bibimbap!). I really enjoy their side dishes too. Read more here.
Location: Lorne Street, CBD and Nuffield Street, Newmarket
Socials: Website

Fort Greene
Head to Fort Greene for their housemade Rueben Sandwich… absolutely moorish! Check it out here. 
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Homeland
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Ima Cuisine
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Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Kushi
A great Japanese restaurant in the 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.
Location: Durham Street West, CBD
Socials: Website 

La Mexicana
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Little Bird Kitchen
Delicious raw food, with a variety of lunch dishes. They also sell smoothies, juices,
desserts and more. Read more here.
Location: Corner Summer Street and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Mexico
Mexico have a crazy good lunch special for $20, featuring a taco of your choice, fried chicken, tortilla chips with guacamole and a soda. Upgrade to a Frida’s margarita for just $5. Read more here, here and here
Location: Several, my favourites are Britomart, CBD and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Miss Istanbul
If you are looking for some authentic Turkish food, then I highly recommend Miss Istanbul in Ponsonby Central. My favourite dishes are their Hummus & Pide and Iskender (Slow Cooked Lamb). Plus don’t leave without a few squares of Turkish Delight! Check out some pics here.
Location: Ponsonby Central (Brown St entrance)
Socials: Website / Instagram

Mr. T’s Baked Goods & Eatery
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Onehunga Mall
Socials: Instagram

Pastrami & Rye
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Pearl Garden
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Poke Poke
I absolutely love a good Poke Bowl. Having tried many around Auckland, Poke Poke remains my favourite. Great prices, good range of ingredients and friendly staff. Read more here.
Location: Three, my favourite is Remuera Road, Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Proper Pizza
Head here for some of the most delicious pizza in Auckland’s CBD. My favourite flavours include the  Crudo Di Parma with Parma ham, parmigiano reggiano, cream cheese, olive oil and rocket and the Black Truffle Pizza with Truffle oil, black truffle, fresh mushroom, scamorza cheese, pecorino, parmigiano reggiano and pine nuts – both a must order! They also serve NZ’s largest pizza, at 60cm!!! Check it out here.
Location: O’Connell Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Raw Power
Head here for awesome vegetarian food, in particular the salads, corn fritters, tofu sandwich, falafel and pumpkin curry soup. Read more here.
Location: Vulcan Lane, CBD
Socials: 
Facebook

Scarecrow
The concept behind Scarecrow is to showcase seasonal produce and artisan products from around Auckland and beyond, whether it be trying out one of their breakfasts, lunches, dinners or cabinet food from their cafe or fresh produce and breads from their grocer
. Read more here.
Location: Victoria Street East, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Simon & Lee
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Temaki Truck / Temakeria
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Location: Eatery at Eastridge Mall, Mission Bay
Socials: Instagram

The Kimchi Project
Fast becoming one of my favourite places to grab lunch during the working week, The Kimchi Project serves Korean-inspired dishes. My favourite menu item to order is their Korean Lunch Set complete with Bulgogi Beef, Purple Rice, Salad, Lotus Root Chips, Kimchi and Sprouts. YUM. Read more here.
Location: Lorne Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram


COOL CHEAP EATS

Aroy Thai Eatery
This eatery serves super filing and tasty Asian dishes, with most priced under $15. I love their Pad Thai! Check out some pics here.
Price: $
Location:
Commerce Street, CBD
Socials: Website

Belly Worship
A Chinese-fusion style restaurant located on Dominion Road, serving a range of dishes such as steamed and fried dumplings, taco buns, spicy pancakes, stir-fried noodles, chicken, pork, beef and tofu dishes. The restaurant is not licensed, but they do offer a self-service bar where you pay just $3 for unlimited soft drink, alongside popcorn, corn chips and pretzels. This is a great idea – something to snack on while you wait for the rest of your party. A very cool cheap eat! Read more here
Price: $
Address:
Dominion Road, Mount Eden and Victoria Street West, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Best Ugly Bagels
The best bagels, but definitely not ugly. My all time favourite bagel is the Yodi – the perfect smoky and spicy combination, featuring smokey pastrami, grilled Swiss cheese, habanero mustard and a sliced gherkin. YUM. The TAB is also delicious – tomato, avocado and bacon. Read more here.
Price: $
Location:
A few, my favourites are York Street, Newmarket & Commercial Bay
Socials: Website / Instagram

Better Burger
Looking for a cheap burger, but don’t want to eat at McDonalds?! Then head to Better Burger for a super tasty and cheap meal. Read more here
Price: $

Address: A few, my favourites are Britomart and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Bun & Bao
Bun & Bao opened late 2020 and I am so glad it did! Located on K’Road, they serve buns, classic dumplings (traditional and new), wontons and pouches (similar to Bao), plus have a self-serve Express meal option – like fried rice or noodles with your choice of two, three or four options. Top picks are their Sweet & Sour Pork and Kung Pao Chicken. Highly recommend their Porky Prawn and Corny Chick Dumplings, plus their signature Pork Buns, steamed to perfection. Check it out here.
Price: $
Location:
Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Burgerfuel
I absolutely love Burgerfuel – my all time favourite burger is the Peanut Piston, but sadly it is not on the menu at the moment. I am a huge fan of their vegetarian burgers – Combustion Tofu which has a beautiful peanut and teriyaki sauce. Check it out here.
Price: $
Location:
Several, my favourite is Parnell Road
Socials: 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. Check it out here.
Price: $
Location: Takapuna
Socials: Website / Instagram

Eden Noodles Cafe
Located on Dominion Road, this restaurant specialises in Sichuan cuisine. The menu is lengthy, and all dishes are reasonably priced. You can order fresh and handmade dumplings, noodles, soups, wontons, hotpot, rice dishes and Sichuan snacks. My favourite dish is their Pork and Chive Dumplings in Spicy Sauce – 20 for $12 – such a steal! Read more here.
Price: $
Location:
Dominion Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Website / Instagram

Good Dog Bag Dog Hotdog
Good Dog Bad Dog Hot Dog initially stood out to me because it is owned by the same people who run Simon and Lee and The Candy Shop, plus the fact that I haven’t really had a hot dog since I was a kid got me really excited! They usually have around six hot dogs to choose from – my favourites so far are the Mac N’ Cheese Dog, the Teriyaki Chicken Dog and the Fried Chicken Hoagie. Buns are from Loaf and they are SO GOOD. If you are feeling daring, order the Fried Oreos too! Check it out here and here. 
Price: $
Location:
Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Hello Mister
My favourite Vietnamese in Auckland! Amazing rice paper rolls, noodle salads (so far, I have tried the lemongrass chicken and crispy pork), beef pho and watermelon juice! Check it out here.
Price: $
Location:
Several, my favourite is Customs Street West, CBD
Socials: 
Website / Instagram

Luna Cafe
A Vietnamese eatery which is fast becoming one of my favourite lunch spots in the CBD. Owner Malisa and her team serve only two dishes: Pho (Traditional Vietnamese soup) and Banh Mi (Traditional Vietnamese sub). Both are fantastic and make for a super Cool Cheap Eat! Check it out here.
Price: $
Address:
Chancery Street, CBD

Socials: Instagram

Mamak
A great place for lunch in the CBD if you are craving Malaysian food. Love their
beef rendang, curry chicken and char kway teow. Read more here.
Price: $
Location:
Kitchener Street, CBD
Socials: Facebook

Mr Taco
*On the Foodie List*
Price: $
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

New Flavour
One of my favourite places to get dumplings at night time! I have been going here since I was 18 (do the math… so a very long time!) The best part is that they are open till the early hours of the morning – I would much rather go here than McDonald’s after a night of dancing.
Price: $
Location:
Dominion Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Instagram

Obar Snack Bar
*On the Foodie List*
Price: $
Location:
Chancery Square, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Parade
*On the Foodie List*
Price: $
Location:
Ponsonby Road
Socials: Instagram

Renkon
A super cheap meal to have before catching a movie or show in the CBD. Bonus, if sitting outside, you can order a drink from the bar next door. Their rice donburi and udon noodles are only $13.50 – such a good price! Read more here
Price: $
Location:
Durham Street East, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Revive Vegetarian Cafe
Delicious salads, soups, meals that change weekly! A small salad/meal (2 choices) costs $10 and a medium costs $14. Read more here.
Price: $
Location:
Lorne and Wyndham Streets, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Sal’s Pizza
When neither of us feel like cooking, we either order fried chicken or pizza, more specifically Sals – 2 massive slices for $12 is an absolute steal! Check it out here.
Price: $
Location:
Several, our favourite is Parnell Road
Socials:
Website / Instagram

Selera
Another great place to get your Malaysian fix, with very cheap prices! We love their laksa (hello three meals!), Beef Rendang and sweet buns. Read more  here
Price: $
Location:
Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket 

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Price: $
Location:
Goodside, Smales Farm, Takapuna
Socials: Instagram

Sneaky Snacky
If you love a good burger, a good donut and fried chicken, then you will love Sneaky Snacky! They serve American style burgers with a Korean twist. Highly recommend the Hot Chicken Donut Burger – succulent juicy Nashville hot chicken paired with dill mayo, pickled cucumber and American cheese YUM. Best part? The bun is a fresh homemade donut, plus it is only $13! The MSG fries are EPIC too. Check it out here.
Price: $13 burgers, $5 Fries
Location:
Lim Chhour Food Hall, Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Sumthin Dumplin
Some of the tastiest dumplings you will ever eat. Favourites include ‘The OG’ and ‘Premium Beef’ dumplings. Check it out here, here and here. 
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Location:
O’Connell Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Price: $
Location:
High Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

The Rolling Pin
Gordon and his team at The Rolling Pin are some of the loveliest people I have ever met. They were a long time favourite food truck, but they have since opened two locations (see below). They serve scrumptious handmade dumplings, topped with delicious slaw. My favourite are their Penang Pulled Beef Cheek Dumplings.
Price: $
Location:
Ellerslie and Wynyard Quarter
Socials: Website / Instagram

Tian Fu Noodles
*On the Foodie List*
Price: $
Location: Newmarket
Socials: Instagram

Try It Out Vietnamese
Try It Out is fantastic! They serve Vietnamese food, and most dishes are under $15. Highly recommend the Banh Mi. Read more here.
Price: Banh Mi $, Beef Pho
Location:
Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu

Uncle Man’s
Probably my favourite Malaysian eatery in Auckland (along with Selera, see above). Love their made-to-order Roti and Beef Rendang. Super cheap prices too! They also just opened a new eatery in Eastridge Mall. Read more here
Price: $
Location:
Karangahape Road, CBD and Eatery at Eastridge, Mission Bay
Socials: 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, relish and… their yummy homemade egg-free aioli on a toasted bun. Check it out here.
Price: Burgers $13.50 to $16, Sides and shakes $5.50 to $9
Location:
Grey Lynn and Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Location: Shortland Street, CBD
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HAPPY HOURS

Burger Burger
Happy Hour runs every day, 4pm to 6pm – we like their 2 glasses of Beer Beer for $12.
Location: A few, Newmarket, Ponsonby Central and Takapuna

Socials: 
Website / Instagram

Coco’s Cantina
Happy Hour runs every day, 4pm to 6pm – $7 Prosecco (can confirm its delicious), Wine and Beer. Check it out here.
Location:
Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: 
Website / Instagram

Corner Burger
Happy Hour runs every day, 3pm to 5pm – $5 beer and wine, $10 cocktails and $1 fries
Location: Westfield Newmarket Rooftop
Socials: Instagram

Elmo’s
‘Aperitivo Time’ runs every day, 4.30pm to 6pm – $12 aperol spritz, $8 beer and wine
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Instagram

Mexico
On Tuesdays, grab a Fried Chicken Taco and a Frida’s Margarita for $12. Such a steal! Read more about Mexico here

Location: Several, my favourites are Britomart Place, CBD and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Our Land Is Alive 
Happy Hour runs every day, 3pm to 6pm – beer, wine and cocktail specials from $6. Check it out here.
Location: Symonds Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Oyster & Chop
Happy Hour runs every day, 3pm to 6pm – $2 oysters, $5 beer and wine and $10 cocktails. On Sundays, $2 oysters all day long. Check it out here.
Location: Viaduct, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Ozone Coffee Roasters
Happy Hour runs Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm where Cocktails are $10 each. And, on Sundays, Pizzas are 2 for 1. Check out the menu here
Location: Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn
Socials: Website / Instagram 

Public Bar
Happy Hour runs every day, 4pm to 7pm – $12 cocktails and $8 prosecco.
Address: Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Talulah
Talulah’s ‘Tiki Time’ Happy Hour runs Tuesday to Sunday, 4pm to 7pm, with a different $10 Cocktail special each night. Think Tuesday mai tais, Wednesday city roots, Thursday dark’n’stormys and Friday daiquiris. On Saturdays, it is double mimosas – one for you and one for a friend! Check it out here.
Location: The Chamberlain Rooftop, Quay Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Umu Pizza
On Tuesdays, they offer 3 pizzas for the price of 2. On Wednesday, they offer a few specials. On Thursdays, it is Happy Hour all night long! Read more about Umu Pizza here
Location: New North Road, Kingsland
Socials: Website / Instagram


COCKTAILS

Bedford Soda & Liquor
Instagram worthy cocktails! I once went to a cocktail masterclass at Bedford Soda & Liquor and it was awesome – read more about it here.
Location:
Ponsonby Central and Takapuna
Socials: Website / Instagram

Caretaker
A great place for a date!  Check it out here.
Location: Britomart, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Deadshot
*On the List*  
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Instagram

East Street Hall
Order the spiced margarita ($18) which at first you may think is a bit steep for the size, BUT it is worth every cent. Strong, flavourful and just the right amount of kick. Check it out here.
Location: East Street, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Frida’s Margaritas – Mexico
12 different margarita flavours – I love the Raspberry & Elderflower, Mango & Passionfruit and Lychee & Salt – all top notch! Read more here, here and here
Location: Several, my favourites are Britomart, CBD and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Ghost Donkey
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Location: Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Instagram

Hello Beasty
Head to Hello Beasty for my favourite cocktail in Auckland – Heart + Soul. Featuring Hwayo Soju 25% (OMFG), vanilla andrhubarb shrub, lemon, egg white. This cocktail reminds me of my childhood – a sweet one, plus who doesn’t like a drink that tastes of marshmallow?!?!
Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Hopper’s Garden Bar
They make a killer Espresso Martini!
Location:
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Hotel Ponsonby
*On the List*  
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Pilkingtons
Love their 
espresso martinis!
Location: Shortland Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Sly
*On the List*   — My friend takes her Tinder dates here. Check it out here.
Location:
Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: 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.
Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

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! Read more about White & Wong’s here.
Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Xuxu Dumpling & Bar
Amazing cocktails, but my favourite is their passionfruit mocktail (it is not on the menu, but just ask). Read more about Xuxu here.
Location: Corner Galway Street and Commerce Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram


BYO

Barilla Dumplings
When I think of what I would like to eat at a BYO, the first food that comes to mind is DUMPLINGS. There are countless spots around Auckland that serve dumplings, but I believe Barilla does some of the best. Favourites are the Pork & Chive – always. *On the List*  
Price: $5 per person (Wine only)
Location: 305 Dominion Road (opposite Countdown)
Socials: Instagram

Canton Cafe
If you are looking for a rowdy BYO experience, then Canton Cafe is your place. It is open until very late (3-4am) and serves delicious Chinese food. I can’t recommend anything, because I can’t even remember what I ate… the night was THAT good! Although, Sweet & Sour Pork is my go-to and confirm they do this well, along with the classic Cantonese Peking Duck. 
Price: $2.50 per person (Beer, Wine, RTD’s)
Location: Kingsland
Socials: Instagram

Chu Thai Eatery
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Price: $10 per bottle, free on Wednesday nights (Wine only)
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Nishiki
Auckland’s best Japanese BYO! *On the List*  
Price: $7 per bottle (Wine only)
Location: Freeman’s Bay
Socials: Instagram

Pok Pok
Modern Thai fusion restaurant serving authentic street food. *On the List*  
Price: $3 per person (Wine only)
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Instagram

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Price: $1 per person (Wine and Beer)
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DINNER

Ada
*On the Foodie List*
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Amano
Beautiful Italian-inspired meals, featuring pasta handmade on-site and seasonal ingredients. Check it out here.
Location: Tyler Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Baduzzi
Hello Italian. And meatballs. Read more here.
Location: Wynyard Quarter, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Baruhlo
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Instagram

Belly Worship
A Chinese-fusion style restaurant located on Dominion Road, serving a range of dishes such as steamed and fried dumplings, taco buns, spicy pancakes, stir-fried noodles, chicken, pork, beef and tofu dishes. The restaurant is not licensed, but they do offer a self-service bar where you pay just $3 for unlimited soft drink, alongside popcorn, corn chips and pretzels. This is a great idea – something to snack on while you wait for the rest of your party. A very cool cheap eat! Read more here
Location: Dominion Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Instagram

Blue Breeze Inn
A modern Pacific Asian fusion restaurant serving up mouthwatering eats. Don’t leave without trying their crispy pork belly bao and cocktails in coconuts. Check it out here.
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Bodrum Market
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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 here.
Location: A few, my favourite is Newmarket
Socials: Website / Instagram

Cafe Hanoi
One of my favourite restaurants in Britomart, for its forever buzzing atmosphere, great service, and of course, their South-East Asian/Vietnamese food is always full of flavour and presented well, no matter what you order! Read more here.
Location: Galway Street (entrance to Hotel Britomart)
Socials: Website / Instagram

Ceviche by Besos Latinos
In 2020, I won a giveaway to dine at Ceviche Bar by Besos Latinos during Auckland Restaurant Month (thanks to Dish Cult). We had a three course meal, which included Ceviche (favourite was the ‘Marayuca’ as the fish is marinated in passionfruit, pineapple and orange – YUM!), Al Pastor Taco (slow cooked pork belly was divine) and Crème Caramel for dessert. Also loved their very strong Margaritas made with Patron Tequila. Lovely service and ambience, and the fact everything from the plates and cups to the furniture and bright décor is unique to the restaurant (and all designed by a Mexican design house). Check it out here.
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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! Check it out here.
Location: Owairaka Ave, Mount Albert
Socials: Instagram

Chop Chop
Chop Chop is a noodle and whiskey bar located in Ponsonby Central. Highly recommend the Crispy Fried Jerk Chicken Ramen with corn, kombu smoked butter, shiitake, bean sprouts and rye noodles. Super tasty! They also serve rice bowls, salads, buns, wings and fried chicken. Check it out here. 
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Socials: Website / Instagram

Clay
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
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Coco’s Cantina
Very late to the party as I only tried Coco’s Cantina this year (2021). Love their $7 daily happy hour prosecco, their happy hour pasta, Spaghetti & Meatballs (a classic) and Tiramisu… dreamy! Service was great and I cannot wait to go back and try more of their menu, including the polenta chips and Pizza! Check it out here.
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Socials: Website / Instagram

Cocoro
If there was one word to describe Cocoro, it would be… well, to be honest, it would be many words, such as Exquisite and Perfection. Last year, I was invited by Pamu New Zealand to dine at Cocoro, to try their signature Deer Milk dessert, and to indulge in their Omotenashi, which is a 9 course degustation including two desserts. My favourite dish was the Hokkaido Scallop Gratin. A single scallop, dissected, served in its shell on a bed of pebbles, accompanied by a fabulously creamy sauce made up of soy, miso and gochujang, topped with crispy breadcrumbs, fish roe and seaweed powder – sensational. Read more here
Location: 
Socials: Website / Instagram

Cotto
Beautiful Italian-inspired food, all very reasonably priced. Homemade pasta and loads of cheese. Get there quick! 
Read more here.
Location: Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website
Instagram

Dantes Pizzeria
Authentic Woodfired Italian pizza. This is my go-to for a mouthwatering Margherita pizza in Auckland! Read more here.
Location: A few, Ponsonby Central, Takapuna and Eatery at Eastridge, Mission Bay
Socials: Website / Instagram

Daphne’s Taverna
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Federal Street, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

East Street Hall
A bright, modern canteen-style eatery serving Jewish Israeli fare. Highly recommend their Hummus (super smooth and dreamy and fast becoming my favourite hummus in Auckland), Falafels with tahini and pickles (now, these are the best I have ever had!) – crispy on the outside and incredibly moorish inside. Plus, a Whole Roast Cauliflower, simple, yet delicious. Huge portion as well. Plus, Pide to mop it all up! Food is great, service excellent (shout out to Joy for being our host) and the space is super cool. Check it out here.
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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, complete with marshmallows and fruit on sticks! Read more here.
Location: Symonds Street, Grafton
Socials: Website / Instagram

Elmo’s
I mainly head Elmo’s for their woodfired pizza, and one pizza only – the Truffle Shuffle. Featuring Mozzarella, Shiitake and Button Mushrooms, Black Truffle Cream, Pancetta and Chives mmm… If you have not tried it yet, then you are seriously missing out! Also love their Aperitivo Time, with $12 Aperol Spritz and $8 Wine and Beers. Check it out here.
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Epolitos
If you are looking for authentic New York style pizza, look no further than Epolitos in Grey Lynn. Owner Chickalena Rose hails from New York and her pizzas are amazing. My favourites include the Pepperoni, Sicilian Sausage, Margherita and Artichoke and Lemon. Check it out here.
Location: Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
Socials: Website / Instagram

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

Gemmayze Street
One of my favourite restaurants in Auckland for its beautiful and 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 here.
Location: St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Gerome
Serving beautiful modern Greek food. Read more here.
Location: Parnell Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Gochu
If you dine at Gochu, make sure you order ‘Jason’s Fried Chicken, But Spicier’ – the chicken is crunchy and juicy, and the sticky glaze right up our alley. It was also super spicy, so you will need to few beers to help you through it. Also recommend the ‘Korean Pork XO Noodles’, which tasted like Korea’s version of Bolognese, but on steroids! Super flavourful. Service was also good, and it is located in one of my favourite foodie spots – Commercial Bay. Check it out here.
Location: Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: 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! Read more here.
Location: Drake Street, Freemans Bay
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Hotel Ponsonby
*On the Foodie List*
Location: 
Socials: Website / Instagram

Khu Khu
A vegan Thai-inspired restaurant located on Ponsonby Road, serving delicious dishes! Check it out here.
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Lilian
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
Socials: Website / Instagram

Little Bird Kitchen
Famous for its delicious raw food, Little Bird Unbakery recently opened for dinner (January 2019). We loved their pakoras, BBQ cauliflower and one of the best desserts I have eaten this year, their salted caramel ice cream sandwich. Read more here.
Location: Corner Summer Street and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Love Exposure
From the same owners as Kiss Kiss and Happy Boy, Love Exposure serves delicious Vietnamese food in a bright and colourful setting. Also check out their super funky website. I have not yet been to their restaurant, but have ordered their Green Prawns and Pork Belly Bao. Check it out here.
Location: Dominion Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Location: St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: 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 (and one or three of their delicious Frida’s Margaritas). Read more here, here and here

Location: Several, my favourites are Britomart, CBD and Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

My Fried Chicken
First tried My Fried Chicken literally a day before we were going into NZ’s first Lockdown – couldn’t have asked for a better meal! They serve four different variations of Fried Chicken, including: OG (Crispy Original), Cluck Cluck Soy (Garlic & Soy on OG), Thunderbird (Hottest) and Hot n Sweet As (OG with Gochujang Sauce – favourite). Also highly recommend their Chicken Burger – HUGE piece of chicken, sauce and pickles. Plus, don’t forget to order a side of Garlic Bread (Korean street food style), which is brushed with butter and has a garlicky cream cheese filling – you will not regret it! Check it out here.
Location: Ponsonby Central
Socials: Website / Instagram

Nanam
Filipino-inspired dishes, using fresh New Zealand produce. You will find twists on favourite Filipino classics such as Roast Chicken ‘Sinigang’, Pork Belly ‘Lechon’, Crispy Pata, Taco Pao and desserts such as Turon and Halo Halo. Read more here.
Location: Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Socials: 
Website / Instagram

Non Solo Pizza
My favourite Italian restaurant in Auckland – sitting outside at Non Solo Pizza 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 all kinds of pasta. Check it out here.

Location: Parnell Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Ockhee
*On the Foodie List*
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Oh Calcutta
My favourite Indian restaurant in Auckland. With its starch white tablecloths and white napkins, the tandoor oven at the back, plus the service is great and the food heavenly. I recommend their Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoor Chicken. Check it out here.
Location: Parnell Road
Socials: Website

Pasta e Cuore
I haven’t been here yet, but it is on the list! Plus I have heard super good things. Chefs make the pasta from scratch every day and you can watch them preparing it also. A friend 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. Check it out here.
Location:
Mount Eden Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Peach’s Hot Chicken
Love love love Peach’s Hot Chicken. Highly recommend their Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thigh on a brioche bun with aioli and pickles [OMG] and 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. Recently tried their Fried Chicken & Waffles with pure Canadian chili maple syrup and garlic butter. Ooh la la, it was EPIC! Check it out here.
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Pici
Pronounced Pea-chee, this cute and cosy fresh pasta and wine bar is the latest addition to St Kevin’s Arcade on K’Road. They serve simple yet flavourful dishes. Highly recommend the Cacio e Pepe, which is cheesy, buttery goodness in the form of fat hand-rolled pasta noodles, with loads of black pepper. Plus, for dessert, try their Cheesecake, slathered in EVOO, with a sprinkling of lemon zest and sea salt. It may sound odd at first, but trust me, it will change your life. Service was also fantastic. Check it out here.
Location: St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

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.
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Location: Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Prego
Another long-time favourite Italian restaurant which has been around since 1986. Excellent pasta, pizza and desserts. And great service too! Check it out here.
Location: Ponsonby Road
Socials: Website / Instagram

Sen Vietnamese Bar & Kitchen
One of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in Auckland. We love their Pho, Goi Cuon, Roasted Duck Salad and the Green Papaya Salad. Every dish is fresh and flavourful. Check it out here.
Location: Normanby Road, Mount Eden
Socials: Website / Instagram

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Location: Fort Lane, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Soul Bar & Bistro
Fantastic food, cocktails, service, atmosphere and surroundings. Read more  here.
Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

The Poni Room
Located in Commercial Bay, The Poni Room has got it going on. Loved the aquatic-themed décor, harbour views, Asian-inspired menu and the fact that they serve ROSE ON TAP. Highly recommend the Salt & Pepper Crusted Tofu (hello truffle gochujang sauce), Daikon Fries and Half Grilled Crayfish. Next on the list is are their Tea Smoked Salmon Rolls and Steamed Duck Buns… delish! Check it out here, here and here. 
Location: Level 2, Commercial Bay, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Tiger Burger
Awesome eatery, with top notch burgers (our favourite is the Gang-Jeong – Buttermilk Fried Chicken) and the best kimchi fries. In love. Read more here.
Location: Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Socials: Website / Instagram

Umu Pizza
If you are craving a top quality woodfired pizza, then look no further than UMU Pizza. Their pizzas are seriously good. Read more here
Location: New North Road, Kingsland
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Viaduct Harbour, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram

Wu & You
Think mouthwatering food, cocktails, ambience and service. They also do a Bottomless Brunch on weekends, which I am still yet to experience. Plus, there is so much pink inside Wu & You – Sold. Read more here
Location: Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden
Socials: 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 here.
Location: Corner Galway and Commerce Streets, CBD
Socials: Website / Instagram


FOOD TRUCKS / STANDS / POP UPS

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.
Socials: Website / Instagram

Baby G Burger
*On the Foodie List*  
Socials: Website / Instagram

Bun Hun
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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].
Socials: Website / Instagram

Eggloo
Located in Sylvia Park Mall, 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…!
Socials: Website / Instagram

Hapunan
*On the Foodie List*  
Socials: 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.
Socials: Instagram

Temaki Truck
One of my favourite food trucks in Auckland (along with 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!
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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. Read more here.
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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!
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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.
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AIRPORT EATERIES

Best Ugly Bagels
The best bagels, but definitely not ugly. My all time favourite bagel is the Yodi – the perfect smoky and spicy combination, featuring smokey pastrami, grilled Swiss cheese, habanero mustard and a sliced gherkin. YUM. The TAB is also delicious – tomato, avocado and bacon. Read more here.
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Better Burger
Looking for a cheap burger, but don’t want to eat at McDonalds?! Then head to Better Burger for a super tasty and cheap meal. Read more here
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Krispy Kreme
Original Glazed Doughnuts. Kreme Shakes. Coffee. Sundaes. Your chance to see them making the doughnuts. All this and more at the first NZ Krispy Kreme store in Manukau. More recently, a store opened up in Chancery Square – literally 30 seconds from my work place! Read more here and here.
Socials: 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 (and one or three of their delicious Frida’s Margaritas). Read more here, here and here

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Orleans
I have visited Orleans on a few occasions – mainly for their Waffles with Fried Chicken and Maple Chili Syrup at lunch and at night when they have live jazz music. You can also sit at their bar and have cocktails and small plates, or go there for a delicious Southern meal, complete with dessert. Read more here
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CRAFT BEER

Churly’s
*On the List*
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Garage Project
*On the List*
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The Beer Spot
*On the List*
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The Brewer’s Room
*On the List*
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The Fridge & Flagon
*On the List*
A warehouse and bar, run by Beer Jerk, and serving a selection of rare, interesting or hard to find beers from around New Zealand and the world.
Location: Shaddock Street, Eden Terrace
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FOOD & DRINK APPS

Delivereasy
I have been using the Delivereasy app for a while now and love it. There are many food options to choose from, ordering is easy and delivery fast. My favourite eateries on the app are Coco’s Cantina, Tiger Burger and Umu Pizza.

2021 saw the launch of the new Delivereasy Drinks service, whereby you choose from a selection of beer, wine, craft beer, premix, spirits, cider and seltzer, and non-alcoholic drinks, confirm your date of birth (and present your ID on arrival) and the drinks will be delivered straight to your door… chilled too! Some of my favourite drinks are on the app, including Double Vision Brewing Smooth Operator Ale, Dirty Water Seltzer and Stolen White Rum. Read more here and here. 
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Evouch
This fun app allows you a discount on your meal from an eatery (over 100 local businesses involved) in exchange for an Instagram story! Some of the eateries include Chuffed, Simon and Lee and The Kimchi Project. 
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Menulog
On the Menulog app, the eateries are usually local to each area, and are often the smaller restaurants in each neighbourhood like Thai, Chinese or Indian restaurants. This is another app which if you spend over a certain amount (different for each restaurant), you may qualify for free delivery. My favourite eateries on the app are Bun & Bao, Proper Pizza and Sumthin Dumplin.  
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Uber Eats
The Uber Eats app allows you to order your favourite dishes online from over 70 participating eateries, delivered straight to your door. My favourite eateries on the app are &Sushi, Epolito’s Pizza and Love Exposure. Read more here, here, here and here.  
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FOOD ACTIVITIES / EVENTS

Auckland Fish Market
Most of you will already know, but earlier this year, the Auckland Fish Market underwent renovations for nine months to include eight new eateries, a courtyard bar, a world class fishmonger –
 Sanford & Sons and seating for 400 inside and out, making it an ideal dining destination for Aucklanders and for tourists alike. The newly refurbished Auckland Fish Market is a celebration of New Zealand seafood – in fact it sells the widest range of the freshest seafood available, straight from the boats to your dinner table. Read more here.
Location: Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter
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Auckland Food Show
One of my favourite foodie events of the year is The Food Show! The event is held over four days and showcases the best in food, drink and kitchen equipment from product owners around the country. There is so much to sample and buy at The Food Show, you get the opportunity to meet and talk with the owners behind all your favourite brands, experience different foodie zones and EAT, EAT, EAT, which is what I really love about this event! 
Read more here, here and here.
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Eat Auckland Food Tours
A chance to try new dishes and learn about different cultures, all led by an experienced guide. They offer four tours: Korean Food Tour, Sandringham Spice and Food Tour, Balmoral – More Than Dumplings Food Tour and Ponsonby Food Tour.
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Margarita Masterclass with Mexico
insert… Read more here
Location: Britomart and Takapuna branches
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Night Noodle Markets
Held annually, the Night Noodle Markets celebrate mouthwatering Asian street food from around the country. Generally held over 10 days, you will find a variety of dishes, think dumplings, BBQ meat, summer rolls, ramen, bao, loaded fries, spicy kaarage fried chicken, pakoras, roti rolls, donburi, poke bowls, noodles, gelato, deep fried ice cream and smoothies in pineapples. Always a great night out with friends and family! Read more here.
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Pasta Fresca Workshop at Pasta e Cuore
Learn how to make fresh handmade pasta in a two hour workshop. Read more here.
Location: Mount Eden Road
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Taste of Auckland
Another favourite foodie event of the year, Taste of Auckland is ideal for those who love food, cooking and everything in between. Like the Auckland Food Show (one of my other favourite events), it is ultimate foodie heaven. Taste showcases some of Auckland’s best restaurants, all in pop up style at the festival and offers 3-4 dishes for you to purchase. Your ticket entry to Taste also includes trying new and existing food products from all over New Zealand, watching your favourite chefs cooking in action, as part of the Electrolux Taste Theatre and lounging on sun chairs while listening to live music. Read more here: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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The Chocolate and Coffee Show
Held at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf, The Chocolate and Coffee Show celebrates everything indulgent – from boutique chocolatiers and artisan coffee roasters, to producers of tasty treats. There are also talks and cooking demonstrations, various masterclasses you can participate in – barista skills, cupcake decorating and workshops. A great day out if you love chocolate or coffee, or both! Read more here.
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FOOD MARKETS / SHOPPING

Avondale Market
A wonderful mix of Asian and Polynesian food and culture, held every Sunday. Read more here.
Location: Avondale Racecourse, Ash Street, Avondale
Socials: Website

Catalina Bay Farmers Market
This farmers market has a variety of stallholders, from fresh produce, an amazing array of cheeses, gelato and freshly squeezed juices; rice, beans and grains; cakes, chocolate and coffee; to artisan breads. Plus, bagels, burgers, pastries, crepes, fritters and more. Read more here
Location:
Catalina Bay, Hudson Bay Road Extension, Hobsonville
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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 here
Location: Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Road, Gate 6, The Munro Entrance
Socials: Website 

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!
Location: Several, my favourite is Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn
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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 here.
Location: Several, my favourite is Williamson Avenue, Ponsonby
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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. Read more here.
Location: St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
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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 here
Location: Matakana Village Complex, Matakana Valley Road, Matakana
Socials: Instagram

Milly’s Kitchen Shop
My favourite kitchen shop in Auckland!
Most recent purchase: A French rolling pin (no handles) – perfect for rolling out my pizza dough!
Location: Ponsonby Road
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Sabato
My one stop shop for Valrhona French chocolate, smelly cheeses, olives, garlic, Spanish chorizo, Italian Panettone, plus many more delicious things.
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Location: Normanby Road, Mount Eden
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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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