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30 Of The Best Cheap Eats In Auckland For Less Than $10

By Emma Pickles - 25 Jul 2018

30 Of The Best Cheap Eats In Auckland For Less Than $10
Barilla Dumpling
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Best Ugly Newmarket
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Best Ugly City Works Depot
Auckland , NZ 1 Image
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Selera
Newmarket, NZ 1 Image
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The Mexican Cafe
Auckland CBD, NZ 1 Image
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Bird On A Wire Ponsonby Central
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Bird On A Wire Takapuna
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Tanuki’s Cave
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Better Burger
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Crêpes A Go-Go
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Vulcan Lane Bagels
Auckland, NZ 1 Image
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Chinoiserie
Mt Albert, NZ 1 Image
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Freeman & Grey
Ponsonby, NZ 1 Image
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Xuxu
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Pokpok Thai Restaurant & Bar
Auckland, NZ 1 Image
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Kai Eatery
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Mexico
Ponsonby, NZ 1 Image
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Judge Bao
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The Britomart Country Club
Britomart, NZ 1 Image
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Giapo
Auckland, NZ 1 Image
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Indochine Kitchen
Auckland, NZ 1 Image
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UMU Pizza
Kingsland, NZ 1 Image
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No 1 Pancake
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Eden Noodles
Mt Eden, NZ 1 Image
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Tao
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The Fed
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Il Buco
Ponsonby, NZ 1 Image
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Do you have ten dollars flapping around in your otherwise empty wallet? Don’t head straight to The Golden Arches just yet because Auckland is surprisingly kind to the frugal and the broke. With tacos, burgers and crêpes all on offer for ten dollars and under, there’s no need to spend the night at home weeping over a bowl of two-minute noodles. Here are Auckland’s best bang-for-your-buck eats for less than $10!

  1. Barilla Dumpling in Balmoral: Kicking off this list of cheap eats is none other than Barilla Dumpling. You can get some grub at this Auckland institution for under $10. Think pork wonton soup, savoury pancakes, and soup noodle with vegetables! It’ll be worth any line, we promise!
  2. Best Ugly Bagels in Newmarket and City Works Depot: Choose between 13 (!) delicious Montreal bagels and get change from a tenner at Best Ugly Bagels. We can’t go past the bananarama—fair-trade banana, maple mascarpone, chocolate fudge sauce and chopped peanuts!
  3. Selera in Newmarket: $10 at Selera can get you four skewers of chicken satay, deep fried prawn and pork dumplings, curry puffs or a big ol' pot of wonton soup!
  4. Daikoku (multiple locations): Ramen! Hot, filling and under $10? Yep, that’s right. Daikoku Ramen has five different salty bowls of goodness to choose from. Think soy ramen, pork ramen and even a curry-topped ramen!
  5. Mexican Café in Auckland City: These guys have been around for awhile and know exactly what they’re doing. They have $10 lunch deals of all your fave Mexican dishes, and grab a fruit blend juice for only another $5!
  6. Nishiki in Freemans Bay and Botany: Get some udon, deep-fried soft shell crab, teriyaki chicken skewers and more for less than $10 each at Nishiki! The whopping ten-page menu will be a feast for your eyes and friendly on the wallet.
  7. Bird On A Wire in Ponsonby and Takapuna: Free-range chicken, tarragon mayo and cos lettuce all wrapped up in a warm baguette is sure to be a winner (winner chicken dinner). Plus, Bird On A Wire has five (!) different desserts on offer all for a mere $10 each.
  8. Mentatz in Auckland City: Located on Lorne Street, you'll be shook at the selection they have for under $10. All of their ramen is under 10 bucks and so are most of their donburi dishes! Also get this, they sell salmon sashimi for under 10 bucks too!
  9. Tanuki’s Cave in Auckland City: The oh-so cosy Japanese eatery, Tanuki’s Cave, specialises in skewers, and you can get ’em for cheap, too. Starting from $4.10, order a few amongst your friends and get some sake to wash it all down. Delish.
  10. Better Burger in Auckland City: You can do better than McD’s at Better Burger. Hamburgers are just $5 or for 50c more, add cheese!
  11. Crêpes A Go Go in Ponsonby: Satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings at Crêpes A Go Go. The menu includes the classic ham and cheese or if you’re feelin’ fancy try the banana, Nutella and coconut—or why not both?
  12. Vulcan Lane Bagels in Auckland City: Out of this unassuming hole-in-the-wall you can find possibly the cheapest smashed avo in the city—just $7! Although with pulled pork, chipotle beef and cheesy melts on Vulcan Lane Bagels’ menu, you’ll find it tricky to choose.
  13. Chinoiserie in Mt Albert: Check out Chinoserie for delicious homemade steamed baos with your choice of chicken, beef, tofu or squid for a measly $8.
  14. Freeman And Grey in Ponsonby: A $5 lunch in Ponsonby seems like an oxymoron but Freeman and Grey really do serve pizza for this implausible price.
  15. Xuxu in Auckland City: When it comes to cheap eats you cannot go past dumplings! Xuxu’s are some of the best with mouth-watering combos such as chicken and shitake or prawn and ginger.
  16. Pok Pok on K Road: Pok Pok has got a range of Thai treats such as satay chicken, spring rolls, pork belly, soft shell crab. So get some friends together cause you’ll wanna try them all. P.S. They do BYO.
  17. Kai Eatery in the CBD: Grab a huge scoop of the crispiest kumara fries in Auckland at this little orange container located near the Auckland library for just 6 bucks! Or commit to their XL fried chicken fillets for the full $10.
  18. Mexico in Britomart, Takapuna, Ponsonby and Ellerslie: We can’t go past Mexico for their soft shell tacos. With their ever-changing menu and $7 price tag they’ll be sure to keep you coming back.
  19. Sal’s Pizza (multiple locations): If you’re in the mood for a bit of greasy New York-style pizza, head over to Sal’s. One slice is filling enough.
  20. Judge Bao (food truck): Making appearances at many local markets and pop-ups, Judge Bao serve up the best buns. Be sure to grab one if you see them around.
  21. Coffee Pen in Eden Terrace: Tucked away in Basque Road is this gem that serves takeaway boxes of homemade meals like mac 'n' cheese, meatballs and lamb pot pie. They even have a selection of gourmet sammies in the cabinet all for under $10 and the Reuben is not to be missed!
  22. Giapo in Auckland City: Treat yourself to one of Giapo’s gelato creations; they’re a meal in itself.
  23. Indochine Express in Auckland City: To all the struggling students, fear no more Indochine Express are open at both AUT and University of Auckland city campus sites. Get amongst their $8 lunch box deal for an authentic Vietnamese feast! 
  24. UMU Pizza in Kingsland: Get amogst their happy hour from 5pm - 6pm where you can get a whole wood-fire oven margherita pizza for just $10! 
  25. No. 1 Pancake in Auckland City: Take a pancake break at No. 1 Pancake. With prices starting at $3.50 at least you won’t be feeling guilty about the price.
  26. Eden Noodles in Mt. Eden and Albany: Not only can $10 buy you a small bowl of their spicy dan-dan noodles but you can even upgrade to a medium sized portion! 
  27. Tao in Newmarket: For $5 a tray of dumplings, you can get your fix of premium quality filled dough goodies! Beef brisket dumplings, black tiger prawn dumplings, what more could we ask for?!
  28. The Fed: Get yourself a homemade Chelsea bun and a bottomless cup of filtered coffee while you soak up the ultimate diner vibes at The Federal Delicatessen, it'll only set you back $8.50.
  29. Hare And The Turtle in New Winsdor: Brunching never felt like such a bargain with Hare And The Turtle only charging $8 for eggs and toast and also treating us to $10 pancakes!
  30. Il Buco in Ponsonby: Il Buco serves pizza by the slice for $6. Vegans are also catered for for offerings topped with vege-friendly mozzarella.

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