Support local in Tāmaki Makaurau and check out some of Auckland’s favourite eateries.
Brought to market by the same owners of cult favourite, Café Hanoi, Ghost Street has taken up residence in the old 1885 basement. A hole-in-the-wall style eatery that takes inspiration from the streets of Beijing, this eatery nods to the influence of the western cities of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan and Xi’an. From scallop wontons to tiger prawn cocktails, Ghost Street will quickly transport you to the bustling streets of Beijing.
Step into this charming, neo-bistro setting for a night filled with French inspired cuisine. Described as the “social anchor” of K’Rd, Bar Céleste is a place for everyone. Enjoy classic French dishes such as pommes paillasson or devour local kaimoana from Mahurangi oysters. Support local and pair with a New Zealand wine and a loaf of sourdough from Fort Greene.
Say hello to Ponsonby Road’s newest Greek restaurant, Daphnes Taverna. This hot new spot boasts a modern Greek menu filled with fan favourites, including pita breads, dips and fried cheeses. Feeling extra hungry? Tackle a whole flounder with capers and tomatoes, or a lamb shoulder to share with the table. Finish off with a baklava and you’ll be set for the night. Opa!
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.
Globally acclaimed New Zealand chef, Peter Gordon’s restaurant, Homeland, is Auckland’s newest “food embassy.” In partnership with Alistair Carruthers, Peter Gordon has created a space that not only embraces Aotearoa’s freshest produce, but delivers an all-day eatery, a cooking school and so much more! If kaimoana (seafood) is your thing, order a smoked kahawai kedgeree, clam fritters or a paua and cheddar toasted sandwich. Delish!
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.
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.
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.