Gastronomy in Auckland

Auckland cuisine
Updated 2023-02-11 19:22

Auckland has a strong food and drinks culture with influences from the West, Asia, the Pacific Islands and indigenous Māori. Whatever your budget or preference, you will be able to find some delicious kai (food) - and be sure to try the local favorites during your stay in Auckland!

Popular dishes to try in Auckland

Fish and chips

A Kiwi favorite, there are fish and chip stores on almost every corner. Local tarakihi or snapper coated in batter and deep-fried, accompanied by a generous serving of hot chips (fries). For the authentic Kiwi experience, eat in the park or at the beach with a generous helping of tomato sauce (ketchup) – just watch out for the seagulls!

Most fish and chip shops will also sell burgers, toasted sandwiches, and a whole array of deep-fried goodies.


Available in any supermarket, Marmite is a rich, salty and sweet spread that Kiwis go nuts for. The last time national stocks got low, locals declared ‘Marmageddon'. Despite its meaty taste, it is totally vegan. Australians will tell you that Vegemite is better, but they don't know what they're talking about.


There's no fruit in a Kiwi pie! Any supermarket, dairy (corner store), gas station, or bakery (lunch bar) will sell pies. Mince and cheese and steak and cheese are the local favorites, but potato top, chicken and veggies, and pepper steak are enjoyed all over. Auckland even has a local vegan bakery called Tart that sells delicious vegan versions of this staple.


Auckland is an isthmus caught between the Pacific Ocean, which is filled with beautiful kai moana (seafood). Head to the seafood market in the CBD or book a table at one of the countless seafood restaurants. Even the supermarkets will have a decent range of fresh fish and mussels to choose from for the evening's dinner.


Auckland has some of the best coffee in the world. The home of the flat white, espresso bars can be found on every corner. Forget Starbucks, find a nice local cafe and experience the rich, bitter-sweetness of a proper coffee.


The traditional Māori way to cook food, a Hāngi is a collection of meat and root vegetables like kumara (sweet potato), buried in an underground oven pit and cooked with hot coals. It's not always easy to find, but if you do get the chance to try it, be sure to get involved.

Dining out in Auckland

In terms of cuisine, Auckland honestly has it all. Due to its diverse population, there are dozens of delicious Asian restaurants to choose from, including Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. There are also numerous Turkish and Italian options, lots of casual burger and pizza joints, vegan and vegetarian options, and fine dining to boot. There are so many delicious options to choose from in Auckland it's almost impossible to narrow it down, so please feel free to branch out far beyond these suggestions.

Casual dining

  • The Blue Breeze Inn - Ponsonby. This place is a little slice of heaven for those who love Asian cuisine. From the tasty dumplings to the crispy pork belly, everything on the menu is a hit. Don't leave without trying the miso eggplant!
  • Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar - Auckland CBD. This cozy spot is all about the freshest seafood and a warm atmosphere. They have a great selection of oysters, along with a number of dishes that showcase the best of New Zealand's seafood.
  • The Fed - Ponsonby. The Fed is a great place to stop for brunch. They have a wide variety of dishes to choose from, with everything from classic eggs benedict to more innovative creations. Be sure to try their famous avocado toast!
  • Farina - Mt Eden. Farina is a cozy Italian restaurant that's perfect for a night out with friends. From the delicious pasta dishes to the wood-fired pizzas, everything on the menu is a winner. They also have a great selection of Italian wines to choose from.
  • Mama's Brewhaus - Mt Eden. This place is a must-visit for anyone who loves good beer and tasty food. They have a rotating selection of craft beers, along with a menu that features pub classics with a gourmet twist. Try the chicken wings - they're out of this world!
  • The Roast - Auckland CBD. The Roast is a cafe that specializes in coffee and brunch. They use top-quality beans to brew the perfect cup, and their brunch menu is full of delicious options. From sweet to savory, there's something for everyone here.

Fine dining

  • The French Cafe - Auckland CBD. This classic French bistro is known for its romantic ambiance, impeccable service, and delicious cuisine. The menu features classic dishes like escargot and bouillabaisse, as well as more contemporary offerings like pan-seared duck breast and roasted pork belly.
  • Masu by Nic Watt - Auckland CBD. Masu by Nic Watt is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that's perfect for a special occasion. The menu features dishes like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, crispy duck leg tempura, and grilled Wagyu beef.
  • Gusto at the Grand - Auckland CBD. Gusto at the Grand is a chic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Auckland. The menu features classic dishes like handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, as well as more contemporary offerings like seared scallops with pea puree and roasted lamb rump.
  • The Grove - Auckland CBD. The Grove is a stylish restaurant serving contemporary cuisine with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The menu features dishes like pan-fried salmon with roasted root vegetables and black garlic sauce, and roasted beef tenderloin with truffle mashed potatoes.
  • Sidart - Ponsonby. Sidart is a contemporary Indian restaurant that offers a unique twist on traditional dishes. The menu features dishes like tandoori salmon with mango salsa, and lamb shank with cardamom-infused mashed potatoes.
  • Ebisu - Ponsonby. Ebisu is a stylish Japanese restaurant that specializes in sushi and sashimi. The menu features dishes like salmon tartare with avocado and wasabi, and tuna and salmon sashimi with soy sauce and ginger.
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