In Auckland, food and drink is a point of pride for the locals. A reflection of New Zealand’s status as a multicultural haven, the local cuisine is a constantly changing amalgam of traditional Auckland food and British colonial favourites augmented by Mediterranean and Asian influences. What this inevitably means is that Auckland is home to some of the finest fusion cuisine in the world.
If you’re a foodie looking to sample some of the most delicious examples of Kiwi cuisine while abroad, let your Escape Travel agent know. We can arrange a food and drink tour that will delight your senses and help you decide where to come back to for dinner.
If you prefer to make your own meals even while on holiday, or if you simply like to support local farmers, Auckland food markets stock everything you need. The city is dotted with outstanding markets, from the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market in the southwest to the Parnell Farmers’ Market in the inner city. New Zealand is known for its love of sweet potato variants. Try the Kūmara for the true hāngī experience.
Do you love exploring each destination’s fine-dining scene? Auckland restaurants will not disappoint. From waterfront restaurants in the Viaduct Harbour, to quirky eateries in Britomart and Ponsonby, there’s something to suit every taste, from classic fish and chips to high-class dishes and desserts for the refined palate.
New Zealand is known for being a very laidback, stress-averse country – and this is never more evident than when stepping into Auckland’s bars and nightlife scene. From modest taphouses in Ponsonby and Parnell to upscale wine and cocktail bars along the waterfront, there are plenty of places to meet for a quiet drink in the evening. Live music abounds with bands and DJs performing regularly in almost every venue.
Auckland locals love a cuppa, and so will you when you get to try a proper New Zealand coffee from one of Auckland’s many amazing cafes. The Auckland CBD is littered with fabulous cafes, allowing you to sit down and enjoy your brew in a relaxed space or grab a cappuccino to go on your way to one of the city’s wonderful landmarks. You’ll also find excellent coffee makers on the North Shore and scattered around the inner city suburbs.