There's been a bit of debate (and a whole lot of head-scratching) over the last couple of days regarding what exactly will be open during the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. We know of course that supermarkets are in, and cafés, restaurants and bars are definitely out. But did you realise that some of our fave foodie retailers will actually remain open, due to their status as an essential service? Here are those we know of so far:
We're glad to see that one of our most treasured foodie spots, Farro will be staying open throughout the lockdown. Head along to one of their six stores in Constellation Drive, Epsom, Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Mt Wellington or Orakei Bay from 9:00am-6:00pm daily for all of your grocery essentials (just remember to leave some for everyone else!). We're talking fruit and veg, meat, dairy, bread, and a whole host of other gourmet goodies... you name it, they have it. While you're there, be sure to check out their epic range of Easter treats—their cute animal cookies and macarons are sure to put a smile on your dial (and let's be honest, we could all do with one of those right now).
Huckleberry will continue to have your back during the lockdown, with their huge range of organic goodies including fruit and veg, snacks, cooking and baking needs, and chilled and frozen foods. This popular grocery has stores in Browns Bay, Glen Innes and Grey Lynn, meaning that for many of you, good-for-ya groceries are never too far away. Opening hours will remain as normal for each store, while you can also buy online (though please be warned of delays with delivery).
Gourmet fave, Sabato have announced that while they've closed the doors to their physical shop, they'll still be taking orders online as well as those via phone and email. Peruse their virtual aisles for everything from the practical (think pasta and rice) to the downright luxurious (chocolate and confectionary). Those living in select areas of Auckland will also have access to their meat and frozen goods sections. They're currently delivering nationwide (though again, please allow for some delays), with a no-contact pick up service for locals.
Loaf supplies many of New Zealand's major food retailers and therefore its online store will remain open throughout the lockdown. This will come as welcome news for fans of the brand, which produces a whole raft of goodies from freshly-baked bread and doughnuts through to pre-packaged slabs and slices. Be sure to check out their moreish hot cross buns, available in original, chocolate, white chocolate and blueberry, and keto options (yuss!).
The Midnight Baker
We first fell in love with The Midnight Baker back in 2016, when they opened the doors to their amazing 'toast' café (wheat, gluten, yeast, nut and refined sugar-free toast, that is). We've been fans of this wholesome brand ever since, and are stoked to hear their popular Freedom Loaf is still available throughout the lockdown (albeit online), in either fresh or pre-mix form.
N.B: Whilst we've taken every effort to ensure the information given here is correct at the time of posting, we acknowledge that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is continually changing and therefore, so too is this information.
For the most up-to-date information possible, we recommend visiting these businesses' official social media pages.
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