Looking for a sustainable cafe or restaurant? Check out these Auckland eateries that have made a commitment to treading lighter and being kinder to Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) 

There are many places in Auckland that not only fill our tummies and also nourish our souls. From beer made from surplus bread, to a community-driven vegan cafe, here’s a snapshot of the eateries that are worth checking out.

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KIND Cafe & Eatery, Morningside

KIND, a mostly vegan café in the Morningside precinct aims to plant and maintain more trees and to encourage locals to be healthy and connected. All ingredients used in the café are low on food mileage, water usage with minimal environmental impact. The menu boasts a heavy plant-based offering and for those who enjoy animal products, dishes are also free range. And to top that, it is delicious! 

Orphans Kitchen, Ponsonby

Orphans Kitchen strives to promote the protection of native fish species in the seas of Tāmaki Makaurau, and openly champions more sustainable approaches to harvesting food in our forests, farmlands and rivers. Diners are educated about Māori heritage through ways of food preparation and bringing forgotten flavours and ingredients to the experience.

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Pasture Restaurant, Parnell

Award-winning Pasture serves one set menu that is designed for the season and driven by wood-fire, fermentation and time. Their philosophy is to work with whole animals, seafood, and line-caught fish, bringing in their own preservation, charcuterie, dry-ageing, baking and cheesemaking. There are only six seats available - so it's a book in advance kinda place!

Citizen Collective, Auckland-wide

Citizen Collective is a collective of chefs, brewers, bakers and innovators who want to reduce food and resource waste. They rescue unloved surplus foods and re-work them into delicious, low-impact food and drink. With beer made from surplus bread and cans made directly from fermentable starches found in one slice of bread, Citizen is heading in a truly sustainable direction!

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The Butcher's Son, Herne Bay

The Butcher’s Son takes inspiration from around the world to create plant-based alternatives of some of your favourite dishes, catering to almost any dietary requirement. They support local produce suppliers and their takeaway packaging is biodegradable. Delicious food that is better for the environment? That’s a yes from us.

Rothko at Sculptureum, Matakana

Rothko works with local producers and suppliers to offer only the freshest flavours of the season. Indulge in a menu that offers a range of delicious options, from beer braised pork belly and tomato salad with whipped feta and miso to smoked kahawai with horseradish, there are bursts of flavour from start to finish!

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Rothko at Sculptureum