Where to find the best hot cross buns in Auckland

by Alice Harbourne / 29 March, 2017
It's almost Easter, which means eating way too many buttery, toasted hot cross buns. So, who makes the best buns in Auckland? We pick five of the best.

Ima

53 Fort St, central city

In the run-up to Easter, Ima’s charismatic owner Yael Shochat can be seen rolling dough in the restaurant’s window, apron covered in flour, as she works to meet the insatiable demand for her cult hot cross buns. Honey-sweet buns fragrant with freshly ground spices are topped with a moreish vanilla custard cross.

Ima

Bread & Butter Bakery

Ponsonby, Milford and Grey Lynn

There’s no chemical after-taste in these organic buns, thanks to the un-sulphurised organic fruit mix. Buttermilk gives extra depth of flavour, as does a burnt butter and spice syrup glaze.

Bread & Butter Bakery

La Voie Francaise

875 Dominion Rd, Balmoral

With a fine cross and handmade asymmetry, La Voie’s buns have an understated finish. They’re individually rounded for an even bake, resulting in chewy edges when toasted.

La Voie Francaise

Miann

Britomart and Fort St

Follow chef Brian and Roselle Campbell’s dessert bars on Instagram and say goodbye, hips! Their chocolate hot cross bun recipe features freshly ground spices and Valrhona chocolate.

Miann

Little & Friday

Ponsonby, Newmarket and Belmont

In signature L&F fashion, these square buns are almost as big as a side plate, the optimum excuse for extra butter. The scent of orange will fill the house after toasting.

Little & Friday

For vegan hot cross buns:

Grey Lynn’s Tart Bakery serves up legendary vegan hot cross buns, glazed with cinnamon schnapps “butter”, 555 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

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