Five Vegan Eats in Auckland
If you eat a plant-based diet and find yourself in Auckland…feel lucky. Almost every eatery is accommodating to vegans. Most bakeries clearly label their pastries as GF (gluten-free) or DF (dairy-free). There is never an issue letting your Japanese takeaway that you want to steer clear of fish sauce. Auckland is close to heaven for vegans. It’s also very accommodating to solo diners. Most restaurants have large shared tables or solo seating options that make eating alone comfortable. Since there is nothing better than a full menu of plant-based food (no, ‘but we have portobello burgers!’), here are the top picks for exclusively vegetarian and/or vegan cafes in Auckland:
Little Bird Organic & The Unbakery Corner of Summer Street & Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
A raw plant-based institution in Auckland, Little Bird offers food that’s free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. There is a full menu of creative dishes like kimchi pancakes, made with chickpea and kimchi, cold pressed nut milks (the banana nut milk is something else), raw treats like cocoa raspberry brownies, and, smoothies, shakes, matcha, and coffee to round out their impressive menu. A huge bright space that’s worth a visit while in Auckland.
Midnight Baker 218 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden
A cute and cozy bakery and cafe located right outside the city in Mount Eden, Midnight Baker offers vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free breakfast and lunch foods on weekends. Their Snickers Toast, with peanut butter and coconut caramel, is sweet but nourishing. Their Latte Lab with Gingerbread, Red Velvet, and Turmeric Lattes are eccentric and yummy. The cafe is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays so be sure to get their early or late in the afternoon to beat the crowd!
Tart 555 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
A quiet family-owned shop that specializes in famous Kiwi bakery treats turned vegan. Come here to try a New Zealand ‘pie’, a savory filled pastry, like mince and cheese or a ‘slice’, a rectangle sliver of sweetness. Tart also serves homemade croissants, donuts, and bread. Everything here is naughty, seriously delicious, and great for takeaways since there is no indoor seating.
Kakako Café 537 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
A vegetarian cafe slash coffee shop that delivers some of the best coffee and treats in Auckland. Pop in their bright and airy space for a flat white and stay for their avocado toast with carrot hummus and cranberry molasses (it’s a bit pricey but worth every penny). Most of their dishes can easily be made vegan on request. My favorite pick for a solo morning outing thanks to their wifi (weekdays only) and range of design and lifestyle magazines.
The Butcher’s Son 204 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
If you’re looking to indulge in a beautiful setting, head to plant-based The Butcher’s Son. Breakfast dishes like Benedict’s Brother with sweet potato, butternut hollandaise, and coconut bacon are mouth-watering and filling. Fill your sweet tooth with a caramelized cinnamon roll or lemon raspberry cheesecake. In addition to coffees and teas, there's also a full menu of beer and wine. A perfect #treatyoself kinda place (or date spot).
Photo by Jo Sonn