Auckland city centre has a fantastic breadth of world-class restaurants boasting international cuisine from all over the world. From escargot to ceviche, you won’t need to get on a plane to experience authentic flavours that will transport you to all corners of the globe. Check out our top picks below.
Gochu | Commercial Bay
Experience a one-of-a-kind New Zealand Korean fusion at Gochu, featuring fresh, flavor-filled Korean cuisine, modern wines, cocktails, and good times. Immerse yourself in a truly unique New Zealand Korean experience.
Seoul Night | 16 Fort Street
This hidden gem on Fort Street opens up to an amazing underground basement-like restaurant. Sip on soju while savoring Seoul Night's delicious street food menu, featuring fried chicken and crispy pork belly.
The Kimchi Project | Lorne Street
Step into this hidden gem and discover a stylishly decorated eatery serving Korean food with a twist. Make sure to sample their Kimchi Waffle Fries with pan-fried kimchi, sriracha, yogurt, and crispy shallots, as well as their range of Bao Buns.
Pocha Restaurant | Courthouse Lane
Gather a group of friends and head to Pocha to soak up the lively atmosphere while indulging in delicious Korean food. With their superb Korean fried chicken options, you'll get the full experience of Korean street food - from sweet and spicy chicken to garlic butter or almond crunch.
Bossi | Commerce Street
Serving contemporary Italian cuisine using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Bossi will transport you right to the heart of Italy.
Mozzarella & Co. | Wyndham Street
This city centre spot does not disappoint when it comes to authentic Italian fare. Perfect for girls night or date night, indulge in the likes of succulent wagyu meatballs in Napolitana sauce, pesto buccatini, lamb osso bucco, honey and thyme semifreddo.
Romani | Fort Street
Complete with table cloths, bright orange paint on the walls and a teeny tiny kitchen, Romani is the perfect spot for a cosy Italian night out.
Origine | Commercial Bay
Set in stunning surrounds with waterside views, this modern French restaurant fuses French cuisine with a modern, local approach to cooking.
Le Chef | Upper Vulcan Lane
Bringing the charm of a traditional French bistro to O'Connell Street, Le Chef's delectable cuisine is nothing short of spectacular. Their escargot (snails) are a must, as is their classic crème brulèe or cheese of the day for dessert.
Times of India | Graham Street
Head to Time of India where you'll find charming interiors and authentic Indian fare with a contemporary twist. Gather your friends for an unforgettable culinary experience featuring a modern twist on classic dishes - pani puri, lamb chops, charcoal paneer, lamb shoulder nihaari and mango kulfi to name a few.
Cassia at SkyCity | Federal Street
With plush interiors, mouthwatering food and top-tier service, it's no wonder Cassia is a favourite amongst foodies. Take yourself on a journey through India and their cuisine at its finest.
Chawlas Indian Restaurant | Wellesley Street
For a spectacular and traditional Indian flavours, we recommend a trip to Chawlas. From the delectable onion bhaji and flavorful chicken tikka to the creamy butter chicken and rich palak paneer, every bite is a celebration of taste.
iVillage at Victoria | Victoria Park Market
Nestled in Victoria Park market, iVillage serves quintessential Indian cuisine using homemade spices and masalas. Discover the authentic essence of India with dishes like the succulent Tandoori chicken, the indulgent Delhi-style butter chicken, and the aromatic goat curry.
Ima cuisine | Fort Street
Driven by seasonal produce and the desires of their beloved customers, Ima's Eastern Mediterranean food offering is a must-try. Indulge in a selection of mains that promise to delight your taste buds - think slow cooked lamb, tangy chicken meschan, vegan mince skewers, pan fried halloumi and more.
Vivace | Fort Street
A well-loved inner-city eatery for over 20 years, Vivace boasts excellent table service, a superb wine list and mouthwatering food to match. Prepare to be surprised with their crisp perfection of Persian vegetable fritters, spiced lamb koftas or chili marinated haloumi, potato gnocchi, just to name a few.
Feriza's | Jellicoe Street
Feriza's Kitchen, Gozleme and Bar bring the charm and unique flavours of Ottoman dining to the waterfront. Indulge in the likes of crispy battered halloumi chips or grilled octopus followed by dukkah spiced cauliflower, baked eggplant or grilled skewers and baklava or tiramisu to finish.