Contrary to popular belief, a healthy lunch doesn’t necessarily mean a home-made lunch. Being healthy has never been easier in the city centre. Although salads and wraps are a staple, here are a couple of healthy lunch picks that will make your lunch break the highlight of your day – if it isn’t already.
Cali Press | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen St
Aptly named, Cali Press exudes the hip and healthy culture of Southern California, with its selection of fresh smoothies and hearty bowls. The space itself in Commercial Bay is light and airy, styled with light wood and white brick walls. Cali Press’ bowls offer up a selection of delicious lunch options for all tastes. Whether you prefer a Burrito bowl, a Tokyo tofu salad, or Spicy BBQ Chicken bowl, you will leave your lunch break feeling simultaneously refreshed and full.
Luna Cafe and Eatery | 30 Chancery St
Located in Chancery Square, Luna Cafe and Eatery has a simple yet delicious menu featuring an array of healthy lunch picks. Taking inspiration from North Vietnamese cuisine, which is naturally fresh and healthy, Luna Cafe offers summer rolls, vermicelli salad, and Pho Ha Noi. Your lunch break at Luna will nourish your body without leaving you feeling heavy and overfull.
Ika Bowl | Inside Auckland Fish Market, 22 Jellicoe St
A Polyenision Poke Bar, Ika Bowl combines traditional and contemporary flavours to deliver a hearty bowl packed full with fresh ingredients. If you are wanting some good old fashioned protein alongside brightly coloured veggies and grains, then head to Ika Bowl. One favourite is the Katchaflame, featuring tuna, coriander, green chilli, cucumber, shallots, topped with wasabi soy dressing. For a vegetarian alternative, the Ve-Gains has organic tofu, kale, carrot, edamame, cucumber, dressed with tamari and almonds.
Fatimas | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen St
Fatimas has been making one-of-a-kind twists on authentic Middle Eastern recipes, infused with fresh herbs and punchy citrus. Pitas, chawarmas and salads make a perfect brunch, lunch or dinner, best paired with their 'legendary' potato koftas.
Bowl and Arrow | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
Bowl and Arrow aims to create healthy and enticing smoothie bowls, free from preservatives and processed junk. Give your body a break and try the Sun Warrior Smoothie bowl, filled with passionfruit, pineapple and mango. Or why not try the Super Man Smoothie bowl, packed full of nutrients with mango, banana, turmeric, cinnamon, Himalayan sea salt, and dates.
Raw Power Café | 10 Vulcan Lane
Having been in Auckland city centre for over 10 years, Raw Power Café specialises in vegetarian cuisine serving healthy food from breakfast to lunch, from self-service salads to hot meals and juices. Perfect for dine in or takeaway, check out Raw Power Café upstairs on Vulcan Lane.
Misters |12 Wyndham Street
Misters offers an array of cuisines which will make your lunch break something to look forward to. Perfect for a takeaway meal, Misters has an online ordering service so you can pre-plan your meal the night before. We're currently loving their Korean Bowl with organic brown rice, house-made chilli paste, asian pickled cabbage, carro and cucumber slaw, sesame dressing, choice of protein.
Scarecrow | 33 Victoria Street East
Serving up the best seasonal ingredients for its Mediterranean flavours, Scarecrow is known for its relaxing dining oasis in the heart of the city.
Hello Mister | 5b Hardinge Street, Victoria Street West or 29A Customs Street West, AMP Building
Great for both sit downs and takeaways, the modern Vietnamese café promises the freshest ingredients, great service and a satisfying meal that will keep you coming back time and time again.