Make every meal count on a gourmet food journey around Auckland
The best way to start your day Richmond Rd Cafe crumpets with whipped blackberry butter, beach wood honey and a piccolo. Small, light, and so perfectly tasty – best of all, you will have plently of room left as you continue your exploration of the great tastes of Auckland.
Address: 318 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
For those who like to combine fitness with food, kick start your day with a walking food tour. Discover Auckland’s vibrant food scene on a half-day Zest Food Tour. Zest’s gourmet walking tours are for those with an appetite for discovering buzzing cafes, restaurants, cool bars and fantastic farmers markets.
10am - to market, to market:Head to the bustling City Farmers’ Markets held in Auckland's Britomart precinct to sample fresh produce and meet growers, farmers and local artisan food producers. From quality fruit and vegetables, to delicious homemade gourmet treats, these markets are an exciting gourmet destination for discerning foodies.
The market operates all year long on Saturday’s between8.30am - 12.30pm.
Address: Te Ara Tāhuhu Walking Street, Britomart Precinct, Auckland
1pm - lunchtime:
Its back to school, seafood school that is. Here you'll learn from the Kiwi’s how best to prepare the catch of the day. Auckland’s Fish Market has a wide selection of cooking classes available ranging from basic seafood to international variations. Once you’ve cooked up your fish, grab some chips and head to the nearby waterfront to enjoy the Kiwi classic – 'Fish and chips'.
Also found in the Fish Market building is a variety of fresh seafood retailers, restaurants, licensed cafes, a boutique food market and an enticing wine counter.
Address: On the water, Jellicoe St, Auckland
3pm - coffee break:
For an afternoon coffee break you can't go past, the delightful Queenie’s Lunchroom in Freemans Bay. Queenie's is a quirky hole-in-the–wall cafe adorned with vibrant artwork and unique collectables. If you have room, be sure to try their scrumptious sweet treats.
Address: 24a Spring Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
6pm - pre-dinner drink:
Freshen up and make your way to the trendy Wynyard Quarter for a pre-dinner drink. Sip on a Blueberry Champagne Mojito at The Conservatory – a cool, laid back venue with stunning sea views.
Address: East 1, 1-17 Jellicoe Street, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
7pm - dinner:
Auckland's Britomart Harbour is a leading culinary and entertainment precinct - the perfect place to settle in for a night of fine food and wine. For a traditional take on Japanese cuisine fused with the buzz and excitement of contemporary dining, Ebisu is a must. If it's an after-dinner cocktail or glass of New Zealand wine, then nearby Smith Wine & Cocktail Bar is a great spot to unwind after your day of indulgence.
Address: Union Fish Company Building, 116-118 Quay Street, Britomart, AucklandFor a more comprehensive list of where to go in New Zealand, visit www.newzealand.com