Auckland is one of the world’s most diverse cities, with more than 200 ethnicities calling it home.

This diversity has helped turn Auckland into a tantalising food destination that runs the gamut of the world’s cuisines. Bottom line? It’s a terrific place to eat and there’s no shortage of new establishments popping up.

In Auckland alone, 1200 new premises have opened in the past year, making visitors and locals alike spoilt for choice.

Like any great city, Auckland is made up of diverse precincts and neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct flavour and style, making for a world-class food scene.

Auckland’s home-grown and international chefs use the freshest seafood, organically grown fruit and vegetables, and sustainably farmed organic meat to create dishes that showcase the best New Zealand has to offer.

From European cuisine and Asian-fusion fare right through to Argentinian, African and Sri Lankan cuisine, alongside signature New Zealand and Pacific Rim styles, you could eat your way around the world, right here in Auckland.

It’s not just the type of food that’s varied, you’ll also discover that there’s a vast range of prices and styles as well.

Whether you’re looking for world-class fine dining such as Clooney or the 2018 Metro magazine supreme winner Sidart, open-kitchen casual eating in the city like Al Brown’s Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar or if you just want to race up the road to your local ‘cheap eats’ favourite, you’ll find something for every style and budget.

Head into Wynyard Quarter where you’ll discover a range of casual dining with views of the harbour. Enjoy watching the yachts sail by, with a glass of wine and meal.

You could go for a wander along Ponsonby Road and try out one of the many restaurants that line the street, or discover one of the many more eateries on the side streets off the main road.

If it’s a more casual experience you’re after, grab some fresh fish and chips, a bottle of tomato sauce and a rug and head down to your local beach. This is relaxed kiwi dining at its best.

And if you’re really struggling to decide where to go, every year Metro magazine publishes a guide to Auckland’s top 50 restaurants, some of the finest dining around, and a companion guide to their handpicked ‘cheap eats’ around town, the best places serving dinner for $20 or less.

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