You can savour a different cuisine on every street corner in the heart of the city thanks to Auckland’s vibrant population made up of people from around the globe. Albert Street is a great neighbourhood to experience some of these cultures for the price of a pad Thai instead of the price of a plane ticket.
As a bonus, you can take a peek at our new underground train line that’s in the works and show some love to the businesses right in the middle of the construction action while you’re there. #LoveAlbertStreet
Who can go past a steaming bowl of ramen for maximum umami, filling, flu-suppressing deliciousness? Ichiban offers one of the city’s finest bowls in a tiny, efficient and very popular space - and they’re open till around 1am, so perfect for those late night munchies. Other Japanese favourites like a theatrical teppanyaki meal (head to Kabuki at the Stamford Plaza) and a satisfying lunchtime donburi (check out Rakuten) can also be found close by.
A couple of doors down from Albert Street on Victoria sits The Mexican Cafe, renowned for its happy hour margaritas and being a great place for group dinners. The enormous and tasty taco salad served inside a bowl-sized tortilla chip is one heck of a way to get your 5+ a day.
Food Alley is an Auckland institution of 27 years - a no frills food hall packed with punters from all walks of city life. The hot tip here is the Nasi Lemak from Malaysian Noodles - and go upstairs to eat it next to the cherry blossom mural with sunlight streaming in the big windows.
Mai Thai’s been serving Thai cuisine and hospitality to Aucklanders and visitors for 30 years now. Their curries, stir fries and other tasty morsels are reason enough to head there, and they’re also one of the city centre’s best spots for a BYO. Another taste of Thailand you shouldn’t miss on Albert Street is back at Food Alley - go for one of the punchy, aromatic salads that Thai ESarn are famous for.
The ambiance is old world British in this pastel pink Victorian-style building perched high on the corner of Albert and Wyndham, and the menu serves up traditional English fare alongside international flavours. Go to The Shakespeare for the classic fish and chips and a pint of the Bard pale ale for a true blue English taste sensation.
For authentic, modern and halal Chinese fare, go no further than the stylishly appointed Chamate, tucked down on Swanson Street looking out over an inner city laneway. The hand-pulled noodles, dumplings and soups all come highly recommended.
French, well, modern New Zealand with plenty of classical French inspiration is what The Grove has built its reputation on over the past fifteen years. Treat yourself to a signature degustation meal at The Grove and discover how France and New Zealand combine to magnifique effect in one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
From now until mid-December, every time you spend at a business in the Albert Street area, you can enter into a fortnightly draw to win $500 worth of Albert Street vouchers! Click here for more info.