Foodie highlights of Auckland in 24 hours.

In August my husband was invited to New Zealand for business, I felt obliged to accompany him,  I couldn’t let him travel alone, that would be rude, so because I’m a good wife I dutifully went along! And because we are responsible parents we took Ms S along too.

We stayed in a pretty town called Cambridge, 2 hours south of Auckland.

I was fortunate enough to get to Auckland for a day and squeeze in a visit with friend, photographer and fellow foodie Vanessa Lewis. 
Vanessa and her family relocated to New Zealand 3 years ago. Refusing to be restricted or detered by the mercurial Auckland weather we did a whizz around tour, Vanessa showing me the foodie highlights of her new hometown. She has kindly written a guest blog post on the places she took us too, including this beautiful greenhouse where she snapped our pic. I have included links to all the places she mentions, and some of Vanessa photos from Auckland. The weather was nothing like photos on the day we visited, it was freezing cold, which simply means we will have to visit again to see Auckland in the sunshine!

I hope you will enjoy reading about our whirlwild trip, it was really fun.

Much love



” When your foodie mate visits you for only a day in Auckland, you’d better plan it very carefully, down to the minute in fact. There really is so much to see, eat and buy in Auckland when food is the main priority, followed by catching up and the emotional stuff which is always best done with coffee and cake.

I’m not a very emotional “girlie” girlfriend but can cry over the perfect cheese soufflé in a historic post office building with French accents and pretty decor.

Brilliant coffee is an Auckland thing, and something I also love so the right coffee stop is as important as good lunch and dinner reservations.

We met at the Domain Wintergardens around 11am, the perfect setting on a chilly morning, especially in the lush, warm Tropical Glasshouse. We could have spent hours there, but we were on a tight schedule, so after a look around the gardens we headed to our first foodie stop.

Little & Friday, a trendy and quirky cafe in New Market, has been voted to have the best filled donuts in Auckland. The parking situation in Auckland is a frustration, but its worth persevering to get a spot because the coffee is perfect and we love that they have sparkling water on tap and use fun animal toys as table numbers.

The glass cabinet filled with their mouth watering sweet treats was begging us, but we had lunch plans and this was a coffee stop. For a longer visit or the hungry I canrecommend the lemon and coconut cake, and my favorite, the raspberry friandes. For something savory their quiches are delicious!

On our way back to our car we popped in at L’atelier Du Fromage, A francophiles dream. A small deli & cafe filled with  French cheeses, wines and croissants. Even the staff are French.

Lunch continued the French theme. Augustus, a French Bistro in Ponsonby. Because. Twice Baked, 3 Cheese Soufflé – Parmesan, Gruyere, Comte.
Be still my cheese loving heart!

If the soufflé alone isn’t enough (what is wrong with you?) Then the building, restaurant, and decor are sure to win you over!

Augustus is in the original post office, a heritage listed site, and a gorgeous grand landmark in Ponsonby.

Crisp white linen tablecloths, lush greenery, monochrome tiles, marble and glass, the interior and decor is sophisticated and elegant without being stuffy.

We took advantage of the Auckland Restaurant month special, main course and a glass of wine, and almost ate in reverent silence.

If you can squeeze in more food, I recommend a cinnamon scroll and coffee/tea at Bestie, very appropriately named coffee shop in a cool location, the hip and happening St Kevins Arcade.

In the late afternoon we headed home, making sure to leave in time to avoid getting stuck in traffic so that we could enjoy a family evening and dinner. Home cooked organic chicken, gluten free cornbread and freshly picked green beans all from my favourite food shop Farro Fresh, followed by New Zealand’s best chocolate Whittaker’s Chocolate for dessert.

In the morning we were in need of good coffee & croissants. Brittomart, is another lively and trendy food area in Auckland.  The bakery and restaurant Amano’s is not only a popular breakfast / brunch spot , it has an extensive light meals and diner menu, but we were here for one thing only, the delicious pastries, so after getting a hit of caffeine, and indulging in a few carbs, who can say no to steel cut oats on a cold Auckland morning? we were off again.

With happy tummies and umbrellas in hand, we made our way to  Junk and Disorderly, a fabulous second store where  the items are carefully curated, and I really enjoy scratching around to find a great one of a kind pieces. We both pick up some great food styling props, and then sadly its almost time to say good bye.

Our last stop is for some travel food, for the road trip back to Cambridge. What better than a New Zealand classic, a meat and cheese pie! Meat pies are an iconic Kiwi staple, so you’re likely to find them at every bakery and cafe. We pop into a nearby store and buy a few for lunch, rounding off our marathon 24 hours of food in Auckland.

If you ever visit Auckland, be sure to come hungry!

Kia Ora

Vanessa ”

Vanessa Lewis, photographer Auckland New Zealand


Photo credit: Vanessa Lewis




Foodie highlights of Auckland in 24 hours.





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