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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.

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.

OOH-FA

Pizza and wine on a table at 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...

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.

Kepa Road Café

The white and blue exterior of Kepa Road Cafe.
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Kepa Road Café is the younger, cooler sibling to Remuera’s popular Browns Eatery and Store.

Browns Eatery and Store

Staff members working behind the counter at Browns Eatery.
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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.

Tanuki's Cave

A packed restaurant on a dark night.
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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.

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.

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.

Bar Magda

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Tucked away on Karangahape Road is Bar Magda.

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

A row of two person tables with feature lights above every able.
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For guaranteed good times, Candela is our venue of choice.

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

Woman holding cocktail and plates of food at Bandung Café, Auckland.
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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.

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.

Simon & Lee

Meals on the table at Simon and Lee, Auckland.
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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

View of bar and dining area at Hello Beasty, Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
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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

Close up of baguettes for sale at Mr T's Baked Goods and Eatery, Auckland.
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A trip to

Cotto

Bench top dining with palm tree in the background at Cotto, Auckland.
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You simply can’t talk about the best of Auckland’s dining scene without mentioning Cotto.

Bar Martin

A table of customers being served by a man at Bar Martin, Auckland.
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After a long week, there’s something extremely comforting about pulling up to your local for a pint.

Bar Céleste

Chef preparing food in the kitchen at Bar Celeste.
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No matter the shape of your night, Céleste should be a feature.

Gemmayze Street

Close up of seating area and old photographs and artwork on the wall at Gemmayze Street.
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Don’t head here looking for something you’re familiar with, go to be taken somewhere completely new.

Cazador

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

Best Ugly Bagels Auckland

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Another culinary gem hidden in the labyrinthine City Works Depot.

Bird on a Wire

Bowls of food.
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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.

Dantes Pizzeria

Pizza in oven.
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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.

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.

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.

Brothers Juke Joint BBQ

Food on a table above a vintage carpet.
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From the kings of the Auckland craft beer scene, Brothers Beer, comes its edible equivalent.

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.

Allpress Ponsonby

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

Chinoiserie

Cutlery in white mugs on a colourful table.
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Chinoiserie is a Taiwanese street food joint that has made quite the impact on the Auckland dining scene.

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.

Bestie

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

Tiger Burger

Outside windows at 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.

Bowl and Arrow

Smoothie Bowl from 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.

Good Day

Toast on a wooden table.
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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.