There’s nothing more exciting than coming across that brand new foodie find that no one else has ever heard of. Whether they’re down random alleyways, in tiny hole-in-the-wall venues or hidden out in the ‘burbs, some of our most interesting foodie spots in Auckland are not where you would expect.
From teeny coffee houses to the some of the city’s best dumplings, here are seven secret foodie spots in Auckland to track down.
Top Cafe Dumpling House
Sitting snug down Cross Street, behind K Road, is Top Cafe Dumpling House. Far from the hustle and bustle of Balmoral’s dumpling joints, Frank Feng aka. Dumpling Master puts together parcels of happiness in the form of pork and chive, beef and carrot, and vegan dumplings. They’re pan fried to perfection and served with three dumpling essentials—soy, vinegar and chilli oil. It’s a keeper.
Friend of the Farmer
If you think Takanini’s King’s Plant Barn is just home to foliage, think again. Tucked away in the plant barn, Friend of the Farmer will have you feasting on brioche French toast and green machine burgers in their spacious garden. They’re pet-friendly and roast their own coffee, and if that wasn’t enough, their giant book shelf wall is one of the coolest café features in Auckland. Get there.
The Tannery is the brainchild of Mt Atkinson Coffee and Kohu Road Ice cream, so you’re right to expect very, very good things. The concrete floors and high ceilings create chic industrial vibes—something you don’t always find in the CBD—and their bagels are definitely something to rave about. We’re talking s’mores and 12-hour BBQ brisket, to name a few. Just make sure you don’t leave this hidden gem without sampling their affogato.
Beer and food are basically best mates. While you can’t get kai at Hopscotch, this Eden Terrace hideaway is one of the best craft beer hubs in Auckland. BYO flagon and fill up or try the latest tap beers. Whatever you do, you’ll be walking away happy (or should we say hoppy).
Another Eden Terrace treasure, Coffee Pen probably isn’t on your radar yet but those willing to seek it out will find themselves in bona fide caffeine heaven. This cosy spot is the place to enjoy a seasonal blended coffee and sweet treat. Coffee Pen’s outside area feels like a backyard and we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be on a sunny day.
Jimmy The Cook
Jimmy the Fish once served up classic f’n’cs in Pons Central but nowadays you’ll find him rebranded as Jimmy the Cook at the Grey Lynn RSC. Yep, bet you didn’t expect to find him there. From 6pm Wednesday to Saturday, get your hands on fresh fish, steak, pasta and other scrumptious seafood creations. Best thing about it? No one even knows its there.
Deluxe Coffee Bar
We stumbled upon Deluxe Coffee Bar after getting our shop on at Bunnings and boy oh, boy, were we in for a treat. This Mt Roskill coffee spot is first and foremost about java but they also whip up tasty baked goods. Grab a table in the sun and knock back a silky flat white, all while being grateful that Deluxe Coffee Bar is something you know about.
Want more treasures? Here are 10 Of Auckland’s Best Hidden Cafes.
Image credit: The Tannery