Auckland’s best local delicatessensby Kate Richards
Our roundup of the best, most delicious food stores from all over town. Get shopping.
The Good Grocer
237 Tāmaki Drv, Kohimarama
Hip Group’s flagship deli is set in the idyllic surrounds of Kohimarama Beach. Fresh, seasonal produce proudly bears labels detailing its provenance. There’s also nut “milk” on tap, housemade preserves, pickles and relishes, and dried, organic pasta made to executive chef Jo Pearson’s recipe.
756 New North Rd, Mt Albert
A traditional French bakery with a cheese counter. You can get a very good toasted baguette at Pyrénées, with thick wedges of goat’s cheese and roasted vegetables.
The first Huckleberry Farms store was opened in Greenlane in the early 1990s, by the same family that own the West Lynn institution Harvest Wholefoods (now rebranded Huckleberry). In 2015, the empire grew to a total of nine local grocery stores city-wide, specialising in organic produce and gourmet food items for alternative diets.
5 McColl St, Newmarket
Big, glorious wheels of cheese sit in a special ageing room next to the cafe in Maison Vauron. You can stare longingly through the glass at them and then buy some to take home.
474 West Coast Rd, Oratia
We have it on good authority that Nola’s is the best in the west. Produce comes direct from their own orchard so you can guarantee it’s super fresh. Worth a Sunday drive.
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
The ever popular La Cigale is essentially an outdoor deli. Mooch around, taste the samples and leave having spent way more than you anticipated. What the hell, you’re in Parnell!
570 Te Atatū Rd
The folk at Demolition Deli are so committed to stocking all the best deli treats that they even take recommendations from their customers. If you can’t find what you’re after among their take-home meals, charcuterie and preserves, enquire on their Facebook page and it may just turn up.
Mars Salt and Sweet
330 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chevalier
Victoria Hardy and her husband Seru Mar were inspired to open a deli after a trip to San Francisco last year. Highlights include: bunches of wildflowers, a succinct fresh-pressed juice menu and 18 types of Charlies gelato (including their own signature Mars Salt and Sweet flavour).
Okay, it’s totally a supermarket, but the deli counter at Farro Fresh is just so good. We love the specials, Saturday samples, and the produce neatly displayed in repurposed wooden boxes.
Ponsonby Central Markets
136/146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Whatever you need, Ponsonby Central’s got you sorted. From Neat Meat’s range of interesting cuts and special ageing room, to vino from Wine Direct and Ceres organic produce.
33 Victoria St East, city centre
When Alison Dyson came back from Paris she couldn’t believe the only bread available in the central city was from the supermarket. Wanting fresh bread every morning, she opened her own specialty food store. Her little shop also offers chocolate from around the country, nut butters and boutique Auckland honeys.
57 Normanby Rd, Eden Terrace
Phil and Jacqui Dixon love the Mediterranean so much they’ve been importing food from France, Spain and Italy since the early 1990s. They travel to Europe regularly to keep tabs on the quality and ethical controls of the products they import.
455 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
Nestled in Mt Eden Village, this little deli remains as popular as ever. Miller’s Coffee, piles of cabinet food and some of the best vegetarian pies in the city – it’s the perfect place to grab a picnic lunch before a hike up Maungawhau.
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