There are more than 220 distinct ethnic groups living in the country’s biggest city, and almost 40 per cent of Auckland’s population were born overseas. Celebrate this urban diversity with 12 of the city’s most delicious international cafes and restaurants.
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La Voie Francaise
Owner Tetsuya Namekawa is originally from Japan, but after training in Paris he turns out Auckland’s best French baking. Baguettes have a perfect amount of crunch and are often warm from the oven when sold. More delicate are pistachio macarons and authentic versions of classic Gallic treats like madeleines and palmiers.
875 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Open 8am-3pm daily
Pasta & Cuore
Booking ahead is recommended at this popular neighbourhood eatery inspired by the culinary traditions of the northern Italian city of Bologna. Feast on pappardelle pasta with slow-cooked lamb or begin the night with an Italian style cocktail. Fresh pasta and sauces are also available for takeaway.
409 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
Open 11am-8.30pm Tue-Sat
Make the trek to Onehunga for Auckland’s best banh mi sandwiches – served with marinated pork in a crunchy baguette bun – or hu tieu bo kho beef noodle soup with a brilliant broth of star anise, cinnamon and lemongrass. It’s the closest you’ll come to slurping noodles in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
210 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga
Open 7am-3.30pm Tue-Sat, from 8am Sun
In most discussions of the Great Auckland Dumpling Wars, this friendly spot on Khyber Pass Rd is usually overlooked. For authentic flavours of the Chinese province of Sichuan, pair the dumplings with chilli and lip-numbing (in a good way) mala pepper, and a side dish of the cooling cucumber salad.
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