If you’re feeling adventurous and want to treat your taste buds to a tasty quick bite, these buzzing eateries are our top picks in the city. Whether you’re on the race against time or believe that quick bites are the next best thing, drop into the city for an authentic, innovative or classic plate. 

Sumthin Dumplin | 12 O’Connell Street

Dumplings in a takeaway box

Taste the dumplings made by owner, Shane Liu’s mother. Known as the mother of dumplings, her tasty parcels are full of flavoursome ingredients that will make this quick bite one you’ll return for. Sumthin Dumplin’s Shanghainese dumplings come with traditional fillings as well as innovative fusion recipes. Join the lively contemporary eatery for an on-the-go snack. 

Lowbrow | Queen’s Rise, 125 Queen Street 

Interior of Low Brow

Lowbrow is the eatery to visit anytime of the day for a quick, seasonal meal. The chill vibes of the place and the dusty neon pink theme make it a memorable setting whether it’s for a quick lunch or a late weekend dinner. Lowbrow’s fresh approach to contemporary fast food makes for a meal you can feel good about. Pair with a natural wine to amp up the occasion. 

Bao Baby Bao | 39-41 Elliot Street

Bao on a plate

Bao Baby Bao

Step into the world of Chinese, New Zealand fusion and order the irresistible selection of Bao. From philly cheese steak to beer battered eggplant fillings, there’s a bite for everyone. The eatery is lined with glowing lanterns to set the mood for a romantic and intimate experience.

Burger Boy | 149-159 Quay Street West 

Interior of Burger Boy

Sink your teeth into a burger at no better place than Burger Boy. Serving hot boy sauce or burger boy relish with every burger, you’ll be guaranteed the signature iconic taste with every option. The selection of burgers range from New Zealand beef to Korean chicken and are not limited to the fillings on the menu. The exhaustive list of add-ons lets you get creative and recreate your favourite flavours. Pair the burger with a shake for the ultimate combo.

Mezze Bar | 9 Durham Street East 

Plate of food

Mezze Bar

Mezze Bar is the home of unpretentious eating and tasty tapas. Head in for a couple of traditional Spanish Tapas and relax amongst the warm tones and hanging plants of the space. Make a late night trip to this hidden gem to explore their famous range of espresso coffee and cakes.  Its ideal location makes for a great spot pre- and post-show going. 

Kai Eatery | 1 Rutland Street

Exterior of Kai Eatery

Kai Eatery is the perfect stop for authentic and contemporary Taiwanese quick bites. Offering favourites like XL Fried Chicken and Gua Boas, this street-food inspired eatery serves honest dishes and friendly service. The bright orange container is unmissable, bringing an uplifting vibe to the city streets. 

Last updated: 01 July 2019