Some of Auckland’s best eateries are in Britomart, a buzzing precinct in close proximity to the waterfront, city offices, and the city’s public transport hub. Cafés, restaurants and bars abound, with something for all tastes. A variety of cuisines, coupled with superb local produce, ensures that you are spoilt for choice when visiting this cool urban precinct. We’ve done some of the research for you, so sit back, foodies, and taste test away.
Ostro Brasserie & Bar – 52 Tyler St, Auckland
Situated on the waterfront with sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour, award-winning food, and excellent service, Ostro is the place to meet for lunch, dinner and drinks at any time of the year. New Zealand seafood, meats and local produce feature on the menu, accompanied by local and international wines. Dine inside and enjoy the sleek, modern atmosphere, or reserve a table outside on the deck for better views of the harbour.
Amano – 66 - 68 Tyler Street, Britomart Place
Spanning two historic buildings, this is a Britomart stalwart that transitions from a fabulous à la carte breakfast (including breakfast cocktails if you dare), through Italian-inspired lunch and dinner fare, until well into the evening. Part trattoria and part artisan bakery churning out excellent bread and pastries, Amano has an on-site flour mill that is used to handcraft pasta daily. Cool interiors and rustic, seasonal fare ensure the venue consistently hums with hungry diners.
Daikoku – 148 Quay St, Auckland
Who doesn’t love a Teppanyaki chef cooking your meal on a sizzling grill in front of you? For a scorching fresh, yet highly entertaining dining experience, you can’t ignore Daikoku. This Auckland institution with its traditional Japanese décor makes you feel like you have been transported to Japan. Serving Ramen with egg noodle, gyoza dumplings, Scotch Fillet, Scallops, Miso Soup, Prawn, Seafood and Sake, Japanese cuisine lovers will be in foodie heaven.
Cafe Hanoi – 27 Galway Street, Britomart
One of Britomart’s most popular eateries, this upmarket contemporary restaurant takes traditional Vietnamese flavours and gives them a modern twist. Behind the famous red door sits a casual and lively but effortlessly elegant restaurant that serves a heavenly array of dishes, including the best pho this side of Hanoi. Go with an empty tum and a full wallet.
Ortolana – 31 Tyler Street, The Pavilions
Sourcing ingredients from local growers and its own farm west of the city, Ortolana takes its name from the Italian word for ‘market gardener’. Serving seasonal dishes with a European twist, this cosy restaurant in the heart of Britomart is open from early in the morning until late at night. Choose to dine al fresco or indoors where you can see the chefs flitting about the kitchen turning out their amazing food.
The list doesn’t end there. Mexico is a Britomart staple while Orleans beckons with its Southern USA-style food and live music. Enjoy French classics in La Assiette, handcrafted dumplings and cocktails at Xuxu Dumpling Bar, and Japanese izakaya-style dining at Ebisu. Melbourne institution, MoVida, has even brought its Spanish tapas to Britomart. Finish the evening on a sweet note at Milse, Britomart’s dedicated sweets and dessert restaurant.
Linger and Longer
Live like a local in the heart of the action at Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart, or kick back and relax at the striking, design-led Travelodge Hotel Wynyard Quarter Auckland, just a short walk away.