Auckland is plenty of places foodies adore in the north, south, west and…east!
We’ve covered West Auckland and North Auckland and this weekend, we figure it’s put on your foodie hat and venture out East.
Marua Road Café
The newly opened Marua Road Café pays homage to its industrial surroundings. Located in Ellerslie, the exterior of the café is similar to a shipping container. As they say, never to judge a book by its cover—the interior will please you with its high stud ceilings, maximum natural lighting and handmade oak tables. With a menu to match, we can’t say no to a place that has four choices of eggs bene.
St Heliers Bay Café and Bistro
Nothing says East Auckland quite like a spot to chill and check out some of East Auckland’s beautiful beaches. Positioned nicely opposite St Heliers beach resides St Heliers Bay Café and Bistro. The casual eatery has an open-space plan with high ceilings and large bay windows showing off the view. Make like the New Yorker’s and enjoy a boozy brunch with a bottle of Bollinger.
Café on Kohi
We’re all about eating at places owned by the Hip Group, where you’re guaranteed a good time and good food. Café on Kohi doesn’t fall short of this experience, with ocean views and a slightly out of the norm menu. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl you can get your daily dose morning and night, open from brunch through to the evening escapades.
Head to Howick this weekend for a slice of French history, and enjoy delicious food to pair. The original 1950s Apothecary interior comes from Northern France and has been transformed into a space for foodies. Indulge in an all-day breakfast, or perhaps go for lunch, or if evening dining is more your thing, enjoy an intimate evening in The Cellar.
Rickshaw Eddy’s Bar
If being a bit fancy and enjoying an afternoon bevvy in the sun on a rooftop is more your thing, then it’ll pay to visit Rickshaw Eddy’s Bar in Mission Bay. With a view overlooking the stunning beach, you can hang out in the warmer months sipping on a glass of vino and enjoying a platter or pizza.
You may recognise the owners at Good Day, who previously managed the infamous Ponsonby Road joint, Dizengoff. Jacqui Crichton and Dan Shaw serve up an epic breakfast feed including bircher muesli and smashed peas on five grain. Of course, the coffee lovers that we are, we were stoked to see that they offer a good brew with only the finest of coffee beans, Supreme.
This one’s for the locals of Meadowbank, taking neighbourhood dining to the next level. The welcoming restaurant, Meadow has plenty to offer, from the expansive courtyard through to the cosy outdoor fire, there’ll be plenty of spots to choose from. Not one to shy away from supplying local vegetables, the restaurant boasts a menu with a farm-to-table dining experience. With fresh, seasonal ingredients hailing from the owner’s Clevedon farm.
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