Auckland’s 7 Hottest New Openings

By Ellen Seah
16th Jul 2018

Here in Auckland, we can definitely get around a good brunch. Or lunch. Or dinner. Look, you get the gist: we're a darn hungry city, and we're hungry at pretty much any time and any place. So, we felt we'd do you a solid and round up seven ridiculously delicious new Auckland openings so you can impress the socks your mates when you blow their minds this weekend with their fave restaurant. It just so happens that our (much more stylish than us) mates at New Balance have teamed up with us to celebrate the launch of their new 247, which, if you ask us, the perfect staple to take you from breakfast, to pilates, and right back out again for late night tacos. Because why the hell not?! 

If you're all about uncovering the latest foodie discoveries, secret gigs, and generally being the first in your crew to find out what's hot in our fair city, we think you're going to want to add a pair of the new 247s to your wardrobe, like, right now.  

So, what better way to celebrate the new 247s with seven of Auckland's hottest new openings?! Get your notepads out, and take all of the notes as we let New Balance's crew give us the rundown on these newly opened foodie spots. Allow us to introduce the team, we have: @holly.estelle @cammansel and @styledlevi acting as tour guides today. We think you're going to love them and their taste in food! 

Our only tip is to come hungry. And probably don't wear anything tight. All that's left to do is fire up the group chat and get ridiculously hungry as you read this article. 

If you're after slick and stylish, get to Teddy's right now. These guys offer classics done right and a variety of European-inspired dishes. With indoor plants, sleek furnishings, and outdoor seating, Teddy's is a cosy spot to nestle into your seat and enjoy a meal—so gather the squad, and get to feasting. Or, save this one for date night. 

If you’re on a low-calorie, zero-fun diet, you’ll probably want to avoid Williams Eatery. Ingredients like potato noodles pecorino, 63-degree eggs and thyme oil are served generously with melt-in-your-mouth confit ham hock. Halva hot cakes come with a side of pistachio crumble, caramelised apple and mandarin mascarpone.

Industrial black seating, blue graffiti murals and pops of neon pink lighting makes Wu & You one of the hottest-looking restaurants in Auckland. Highlights of the menu include the ‘Little Tokyo’ Cheesecake On A Stick featuring frozen new york cheesecake, chocolate ganache, miso caramel and cookie crumbs. If your mama brought you up right and you need mains before dessert—try the Asam Laksa or Mr Krab’s Nori Tacos.

Meaning “the little fork” in French, you’ll some delicate silverware to appreciate the finer details that go into making every pastry at La Petite Fourchette. Expect a wealth of small pastries, cakes and tarts. Order one of everything?


Literally selling cans of love (well, not exactly literally), Love Exposure is one of our new favourite venues in Auckland. Canned lagers include the Kiss Kiss (lychee and lemongrass) or Love Exposure (strawberry) alongside a small selection of cocktails, wine and housemade drinks. Classic pho, banh mi sandwiches and share-style entrees are also on the menu.

Sourdough is fabulous, and pizza is fabulous so why not have both? UMU Pizza has created just that: an old-fashioned sourdough pizza using mainly natural, organic ingredients. Toppings include #Eight with mozzarella, pancetta, field mushroom, pecorino, garlic oil or #Six with harissa, lamb merguez, feta, herb, yogurt, dukkah and mint.

Home to 11 of Auckland’s finest eateries, Queen’s Rise this is a laneway of food heaven. You’ll find the likes of Poke Bar, Grace, Jar Story and Ottoman Meeze Lounge jam-packed into this vintage-styled area. Your only problem will be choosing where to eat.

Suddenly to overcome with a need to run, not walk to one of these epic new openings? Shop the look at New Balance or visit your local Stirling Sports, Platypus or Loaded store and start fasting now. 

Image credit: Jared Donkin, Jaiden Bhaga

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by New Balance NZ and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

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