Now more than ever, supporting local in Tāmaki Makaurau is the way to go. Satisfy those post-lockdown cravings and check out some of Auckland’s favourite eateries.
Garnering attention as one of Auckland’s best Vietnamese restaurants, Café Hanoi isn’t one to miss. Inspired by the street food of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, think fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and a Pho that will leave you wanting more.
Nestled in the heart of K’Road, this handmade pasta pop-up is a must for tonight’s menu. From fresh ravioli and pumpkin gnocchi to a decadent tiramisu, there really is something for everyone.
Did someone say pizza? Although a trip to Italy may be a little while off, a visit to ELMO’s will transport you straight to the streets of Europe. Take your pick from a range of pasta, burrata and pizza fresh out the woodfire oven.
Half Moon Bay
Located a stone’s throw from Half Moon Bay Marina, Grangers is the perfect place for a meal with a view. An extensive seafood menu seems only fitting for this seaside eatery, offering an array of options to tingle those taste buds.
Antique emporium by day and eclectic bar by night, The Apothecary is one of East Auckland’s hidden gems. Each day invites a fresh take on the menu, with an array of specials and gluten-free options to choose from.
This quirky café has graced the streets of Henderson with an envious list of Kiwi and South East Asian dishes, including ricotta pancakes, Thai chicken salad and a trusty plate of eggs benedict. For those with a sweet tooth, a cream filled doughnut for the road is a must.
Inspired by John Travolta’s macho Italian American character, Vinnie Barbarino in 70’s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter, this is the place to be for pasta lovers. Closely resembling an Italian food hall, Barbarino’s offers a relaxed, yet delicious, dining experience.
Coffee lovers rejoice! Beam Café is known for its delicious coffee and some of the best waffles in Auckland. Add some matcha flavoured ice cream and a sprinkling of candy floss to make this the sweetest brunch spot around.
If in-house coffee roasting is of interest, make sure A-Block is next on your list. Located in Brown’s Bay, grab a coffee and order their famous French toast or a traditional bread and butter pudding. Topped off with rhubarb, oreos and premium Kapiti icecream, what could be better?
Manukau & Karaka
Manukau or Karaka, Urban Soul really is the heart of the South Auckland dining scene. Tasty, honest meals are on the menu here, offering a range of delicious breakfast and lunch options. This place is also child-friendly, making days with the kids that little bit easier.
An award-winning café nestled in the heart of Karaka, Red Shed Palazzo really is just that; a red shed. Order from the menu or cabinet, the food is as good as it gets out South. Both child and dog friendly, settle in for an enjoyable dining experience surrounded by a beautiful garden setting.