A melting pot of cultures, Auckland Central’s buzzing and constantly evolving food scene makes it a mecca for food lovers.
New Zealand’s largest city is not short of memorable food and wine experiences for the gastro adventurer. Enjoy world-class food precincts in Auckland city’s vibrant heart, head further afield to explore its diverse wine regions or find a farmers’ market to revel the local flavours.
In the heart of Auckland city, you’ll find a concentration of food and wine precincts that boast something for everyone’s taste and budget. There is a world of flavours to explore at Britomart, Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Located close to the Waitemata Harbour, they are ideal for casual eating, enjoying a chilled glass of wine or an elegant evening experience.
Following an edgy makeover, Britomart is one of the stars of Auckland’s dining scene. The superb food from this eclectic collection of hip cafés, bars and restaurants is complemented by funky new fitouts, from a revamped industrial garage to minimalist modern spaces. Keep it casual with artisan French pastries and great coffee, or indulge in contemporary Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, fresh seafood, or something sweet at the specialty dessert restaurant.
Enjoy great food and wine by the water’s edge at Viaduct Harbour, overlooking an impressive backdrop of sleek superyachts. It’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch and a chilled glass of wine by day, or an elegant evening experience.
The buzzing restaurants that line the redeveloped Wynyard Quarter waterfront precinct bring locals and visitors together to enjoy a meal and drinks with beautiful harbour views. Menus range from delectable European and Asian to seafood caught fresh from local waters. The precinct’s first restaurants on North Wharf are now joined by new establishments on Jellicoe Street, offering American Southern soul food, traditional Thai, a craft beer bar and restaurant and many more dining choices.
The Federal Street district is Auckland’s newest foodie precinct. Federal Street features more than 20 bars and eateries, a number of them led by internationally renowned chefs, including Al Brown, Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly and Nic Watt. Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, authentic tapas, exquisite Italian, Japanese robata and contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Linger later with a fine New Zealand wine or designer cocktail.
The inner-city suburb of Ponsonby epitomises Auckland’s urban style. Enduring favourites sit alongside stylish new cafés and restaurants, including those in popular Ponsonby Central, a laneway of hip bars, street vendor-style eateries and an organic produce market.
Visit one of Auckland’s bustling markets for a true taste of the city. In the inner city, markets such as La Cigale in Parnell and City markets are most popular. The Otara Markets and Auckland Night Markets are perfect spots to get a taste of the city’s vibrant and mixed culture. Further afield the Matakana market, a true country market, is a gourmet haven with locals and visitors packing it to the seams every weekend. Coatesville Country Market and Clevedon Village Market are other country markets that get a special mention.
You can sip the best of local wines in many city restaurants, but an experience not to be missed is exploring Auckland’s distinct wine regions. The most popular by many miles is Waiheke Island – only about half-an-hour’s ferry ride from Central City.
In west Auckland, Kumeu is a heritage wine area with origins dating back to the 1930s when Croatians first settled here. As a result it is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries. If you’re heading north from the city, Matakana is a wine region not to be missed.