There's nothing like getting to know a city than by eating and drinking in it, so if you are after the top Auckland cafés, restaurants and bars in the area, let Neat Places show you where to go.

The big city vibe spills over into the eat and drink scene with the whose who often found out and about at restaurants in Ponsonby, the quirky and colourful characters of K Road hanging out in throngs at cool cafes, and those who have just stepped foot in the country making the most of the waterfront eateries.

Drink your way through some top quality coffee to start the day, and follow it with some pretty and wholesome breakfast from Auckland cafés that know how to wow an audience. Lunchtimes are best spent much in the same style; find an Auckland cafe or eatery that looks cool from the outside (they're a dime a dozen) and you'll likely find it just as impressive on the inside. Then there's only one thing for it come dinner time, hit the streets. A short wander into the city and you will find any array of cuisines and atmospheres, from the pubs to the posh fine-dining, Auckland is catering to over a million different tastebuds after all, so no wonder there is something to suit everyone. Auckland restaurants are well used to busy nights, so soak up the vibes of eating out in a big city and order a table full of good food to share.

Want more from your café, restaurant and bar experience? Auckland hospitality sure knows how to put on a party - see our Neat Places guide for where to go.

A New POV: The Best Seats in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

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With approximately 53 volcanic centres spread out across the region, it’s hardly a surprise that Auckland offers an abundance of seriously good views.

Tala

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What started out as a pop-up restaurant at Karangahape Road’s Bar Magda in 2022 saw subsequent success for TALA, which has now permanently relocated to Parnell Road.

Norma Taps

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Sustainability and creativity combine at Norma Taps, an innovative space making its home in Auckland’s City Works Depot.

Roses Dining Room

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Roses Dining Room may seem a little unconventional, but they’ve certainly got the recipe right.

Culprit

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Tucked away up a narrow central Auckland staircase lies Culprit, a trendy and sophisticated inner city hideout serving nostalgic New Zealand cuisine with a modern global edge.

Maison des Lys

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Maison des Lys is an artisan French pâtisserie but with a real point of difference.

Fort Greene

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What started out as a humble sandwich stall has evolved to become a much-adored, artisanal bakery and cafe that has more than made its mark on Auckland’s Karangahape Road.

Forest

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Forest may be one of Auckland’s only semi-formal vegetarian restaurants, but owner and chef Plabita Florence hopes it is so much more than that.

OOH-FA

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Anyone who appreciates the genius behind Auckland’s Pici - an intimate space with a limited offering, is going to love Ooh Fa: the same owners, the same philosophy and...

Amano

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Very few big city eateries pull the masses all hours of the day, seven days a week, but at much loved Amano, this is simply the reality.

Cocoro

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Japanese cuisine comprises a whole lot more than just sushi rolls and tempura, and more fish types than simply salmon and tuna.

Sen Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar

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SEN, meaning lotus flower, is an authentic Vietnamese kitchen and bar that has long been a mainstay in Mount Eden.

Ebisu

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Located on the waterfront in the city centre, Ebisu also lies at the heart of Japanese cuisine in Auckland.

A Parnell Guide to Christmas

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Take a trip to Auckland’s oldest suburb, wander the historic buildings and beautiful shops, and embrace the Christmas magic of Parnell.

Azabu Ponsonby

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Azabu has long been considered a mainstay in Auckland's culinary scene, for good reason.

Browns Eatery and Store

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Nestled amongst a row of busy shops along Remuera Road lies Browns Eatery and Store. It’s a deceptively big, welcoming space, offering something of a European vibe.

Kepa Road Café

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Kepa Road Café is the younger, cooler sibling to Remuera’s popular Browns Eatery and Store.

Tanuki's Cave

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Tucked away on Queen Street (in the middle of Auckland’s arts precinct) lies Tanuki’s Cave: a not-so-secret, gem of a yakitori bar.

Icing on the cake: Where to find the best sweet treats in Auckland

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Without sugarcoating it, Auckland has us well covered when it comes to sweet treats. The city is popping at the seams with culinary wonders, so it should really come as no surprise that sweet tooths can easily embark on a journey of indulgence, tantalising even the most discerning of taste buds. Whether it be to neighbourhoods with quaint corner bakeries or to institutions with queues a mile long, sweet enthusiasts won’t have to search too hard for their perfect piece of sugar-coated paradise.

Tempero

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We all know that Karangahape Road is a melting pot of global cuisines, but until recently Latin-influenced options were notably lacking from the scene.

Williams Eatery

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Williams Eatery is one of the stalwart eateries of the centrally located Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.

Daily Bread Ponsonby

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It’s hard to think of sourdough or hot cross buns in Auckland without conjuring up an image of Daily Bread and its iconic croissant logo.

Homeland

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Built on the concept of being an embassy for all things food, Auckland’s Homeland is about appreciating local, sustainable produce, creating a sense of community and...

kingi

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With a name short for ‘kingfish’ and an ethos committed to sustainability, kingi is representative of a brighter future for New Zealand’s fisheries.

Tianze Dumpling House

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Thanks to its suburban Sandringham location, Tianze Dumpling House may feel like something of a secret.

Duck Island Ponsonby Road

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Duck Island has been crafting small-batch ice cream in the Waikato since 2015.

Cassia

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Fans of one of Auckland’s finest restaurants, Cassia, breathed a sigh of relief when the much loved contemporary Indian restaurant reopened within the SkyCity precinct.

Bar Magda

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Tucked away on Karangahape Road is Bar Magda.

KOL

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KOL (pronounced ‘coal’ and inspired by the same word) is all about fire, food and cocktails. Cue: vibrant colours, bold flavours and interesting concepts and dishes.

Annabel's Wine Bar

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Sitting pretty along the main strip, a trip to Annabel’s is mandatory when hanging around Ponsonby.

Candela Bar

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For guaranteed good times, Candela is our venue of choice.

Neat in the Neighbourhood: Grey Lynn

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Said to be home to Auckland’s ‘free thinkers’, Grey Lynn prides itself on being a neighbourhood with charm and a different way of doing things. Houses in the district were mostly built in the 1880s, and low rent in the 1950s attracted many immigrant workers who quickly made this neighbourhood home. Now, having undergone a similar renewal to Ponsonby, Grey Lynn has become a much sought after place where locals live close to neighbourhood shops and within easy reach of Point Chevalier beach.

Pici Pasta

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Pasta fiends unite; you simply can’t miss a meal at Auckland institution, Pici.

Swings

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Tastebuds at the ready, the Korean cuisine legends behind OCKHEE have opened up their new venture on Kitchener Street; Swings.

Bandung Café

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Inspired by home cooking from the team’s roots in Java, Parnell’s Bandung Café boasts a fresh take on Indonesian cuisine.

Vaniyé Pâtisserie

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Those with a penchant for French finery won’t want to miss a decadent trip to Vaniyé Pâtisserie. This award-winning patisserie is the passion project of husband-and-wife team, Sonia and Laurent Haumonté.

Dine Al Fresco-Style in Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau

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One of Auckland’s greatest appeals is its prolonged summers, often sticking around until well after the last of the Easter bunny’s goodies are gone. And even when it starts getting cooler, there’s something invigorating about cosying up with a delicious bowl of food or hot drink, a blanket and an outdoor heater.

Völla Café

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Tucked away in York Street Courtyard, Völla Café is a sweet little garden oasis dishing out artisanal treats and killer coffee.

Little Rosie

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Don't worry if you didn't get a seat at the ever-popular Rosie, their sister eatery is here to satisfy your hunger. Head next door to Little Rosie for a moreish selection of takeaway goods ready to devour.

Simon & Lee

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When you’re looking for big Korean flavours and solid staples in Auckland, look no further than Simon & Lee.

Hello Beasty

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed with foodie offerings around Viaduct Harbour, but spots like

Mr T's Baked Goods & Eatery

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A trip to

Peach's Hot Chicken

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Don’t fact-check us on this, but we’d say a mouthful of Nashville Hot Chicken has been proven to send serotonin levels through the roof.

Cotto

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You simply can’t talk about the best of Auckland’s dining scene without mentioning Cotto.

Bar Martin

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After a long week, there’s something extremely comforting about pulling up to your local for a pint.

Gemmayze Street

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Don’t head here looking for something you’re familiar with, go to be taken somewhere completely new.

Bar Céleste

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No matter the shape of your night, Céleste should be a feature.

East Street Hall

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The place to be to experience Auckland’s diverse creative scene.

Kiss Kiss

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Pad Thai and fries? Bao bun and a cocktail? Whether you’re out for a flat dinner or looking for a place to hide behind your dark sunglasses on a Sunday lunch, Kiss Kiss has all the Thai treats you need.

Neat in the Neighbourhood: Your Guide to Point Chevalier

Just a stone’s throw from the CBD (well, almost), Point Chevalier is one of central Auckland’s outermost suburbs and a patchwork of family friendly activities, funky eateries and natural attractions.

Crave

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A café/social enterprise that give all of their profits back to the community.

Cazador

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Cazador’s location is a little off the beaten track, and they like it that way.

Federal Delicatessen

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This place is off the chain good.

The Raw Kitchen

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A lovely escape from the sometimes hectic concrete jungle.

Pizza Pilgrim: The Best Places for Pizza in Auckland

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In a city that is recognised for its diverse culinary options, there is one dish that continues to capture the hearts (and stomachs) of locals and visitors alike: pizza. Whether you are craving a classic Margherita, a packed meat lover’s delight, or just some oozy cheesy goodness, Auckland’s mouthwatering pizza landscape offers something for all pizza fans.

The Lucky Taco

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The Lucky Taco have created a truly unique eating experience for New Zealanders.

Freida Margolis

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A fine establishment full of colour and character with a penchant for the drink.

Ponsonby Central

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There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus.

Odettes

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Odettes has delivered another level of sophistication to the Auckland dining scene.

Perch

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Well worth a visit for its impressive dumplings and cocktail lineup.

Bestie

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A very good addition to Auckland’s ever-burgeoning café scene.

Allpress Auckland Roastery

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Coffee is the most important item on the Caffetteria’s menu, and it is some of the freshest in town.

Good Day

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A spot tucked in the block of shops on Coates Avenue has been fueling this community with caffeine for over a number of years.

Brothers Juke Joint BBQ

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From the kings of the Auckland craft beer scene, Brothers Beer, comes its edible equivalent.

Depot Eatery

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Al Brown’s Depot has the foot traffic to keep their tables stocked, but not the clamor of the main drag so you can actually hear yourself think.

The Book Exchange

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The next time the Auckland drizzle gets too much for you, forget your troubles with a trip to the Book Exchange.

Apero Food and Wine

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Apero has quickly cemented itself as one of the coolest little wine bars in the city.

Green Party: Where to find the best plant-based food in Auckland

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Whether you're a committed herbivore or simply curious about exploring the world of plant-based food, Auckland’s vibrant and diverse culinary scene offers a huge range of delicious plant-based options. Featuring mouth-watering plant-based burgers, tantalising Thai curries and indulgent gluten or dairy-free desserts, this guide includes dishes that are so tasty they rival their meat- or dairy-based counterparts in both taste and satisfaction.

Bird on a Wire

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The guys at Bird on a Wire crisp up some of the best beer battered chips around. An easy companion to one of their Dirty Bird burgers.

Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie is a Taiwanese street food joint that has made quite the impact on the Auckland dining scene.

Baduzzi

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Baduzzi is a stylish and slick operation, a hybrid: a cross between the traditions of authentic Italia and what you’d expect to find in one of the more stylish parts of NYC.

Allpress Ponsonby

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Serving up coffee by the cup to busy business people, shoppers and wanderers every day of the week.

The Taco Lowdown: Where To Find Auckland's Tastiest Tacos

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From night markets and food trucks to the tucked-away gems that locals whisper about, Auckland has no shortage of epic taco joints to discover.

Orphans Kitchen

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Effortlessly cool and utterly lacking in pretension, Orphans Kitchen is one of the greatest contributions to the Ponsonby Road renaissance.

Dantes Pizzeria

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An authentic Italian pizzeria with the freshest ingredients – right down to the mozzarella which strings its way throughout the melting pot of flavours each topping provides.

The Kimchi Project

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Offering Korean-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu full of delicious surprises.

Coco's Cantina

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Coco’s has been around as long as anyone can remember - the kind of restaurant that has become so cemented in its neighbourhood.

Dear Jervois

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Dear Jervois hosts the who’s who of Herne Bay for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Little Bird Kitchen

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100 percent plant based 100 percent whole foods 100 percent of the time.

Tiger Burger

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If Korean quirk and good ol’ western burgers once bumped into each other, they've most certainly made themselves at home here on Great N’ Road.

Espresso Workshop (Britomart)

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A prime example of how focusing on one product and doing it well can be so successful, the Espresso Workshop covers all the bases when it comes to coffee taste, service, knowledge and experience.

Ortolana

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This inner-city Britomart offering is nothing short of brilliant.

Street Organics

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Street Organics is the burgeonings of a whole foods community, passionate about organic, ethically sourced goods.

Giapo

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Giapo's is all about transforming what is undoubtedly the world’s most popular dessert into something that triples as fashionable, artistic and (of course) delicious.

Homestead Café

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From the people who brought you Ceremony Café comes Homestead, a gallery-come-café servicing the ‘burbs with great coffee and food.

Tokyo on a Plate: Exploring Auckland's Best Japanese Cuisine

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Delicious Japanese food in Auckland is not hard to come by, which is fortunate because it tends to be loved by Aucklanders all year round.

Monsoon Poon

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It's a tropical oasis.

Best Ugly Bagels Auckland

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Another culinary gem hidden in the labyrinthine City Works Depot.

Queenies

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Queenies boasts itself as a truly inviting spot for morning coffee and midday lunch.

Goodness Gracious Café

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They say that good things come in small packages and Goodness Gracious is no exception.

Our Picks of the Best Indian Food in Auckland

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If your regular Indian order is heavy on the butter chicken, samosas and cheesy naan, we're sorry to say you're missing out. Auckland has some of the best Indian restaurants in New Zealand Aotearoa, each showcasing India's diverse flavours and dishes. If rich and aromatic Mughlai Cuisine, fresh Punjabi Indian food or traditional South Indian street food sounds like something you could get into, read on. Indian restaurants make up an integral part of Auckland's foodscape, each crafting a unique and delicious taste experience all of their own. Whether you're a meat-lover, vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of dishes to choose from. They can range from mild to very spicy, so err with caution when placing your order!

Eighthirty

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This little endeavour has carved out an enviable spot amongst Auckland’s booming coffee scene.

Bowl and Arrow

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Nestled in the Orakei Village Complex, Hannah Bryan and Leisha Rae are making their delicious smoothie bowls, juices and healthy baked treats at Bowl and Arrow.

Bread and Butter Café and Bakery

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As the big sister to Little Bread and Butter Bakery in Ponsonby Central, Bread and Butter Café and Bakery in Grey Lynn gives off a homely and warm ambience.

Brothers Beer

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A fine establishment which handles the concocting of craft beer like Picasso handled a brush.

Remedy Coffee

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A popular haunt of suits in the morning, tourists around lunchtime and general good folk at all times.

Pineapple on Parnell

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Prepare to be seduced by the old world charm behind the door at Pineapple.