Local's guide on the top eats in Auckland
New Zealand is known for its food scene. Here, we ask one of Auckland’s favourite cake makers to whip up a list of the city’s tastiest top spots.
- July 2018
Jordan Rondel, aka The Caker, is New Zealand’s answer to baking royalty. A keen baker from a young age, weaned on the recipes of her French grandparents, Jordan started out with a small blog selling hearty, homespun, pastel-pretty cakes online. The orders flew in and, seven years on, Jordan helms a flourishing brand that incorporates custom cakes and cookies made out of The Caker kitchen on Auckland’s ‘K Road’. She also produces cookbooks and a range of high-end cake mixes, with US expansion on the cards. The Aucklander found her hometown the perfect incubator for her business. “I’ve felt supported in this city since [the beginning],” Jordan says. “I think because it’s such a small place, once people discover something that is good, they talk about it and word spreads like wildfire.”
As a born and bred foodie, Jordan has watched the local dining scene grow with interest. “I’ve always thought Auckland’s food scene was admirable, but nowadays I truly think we have some world- class eateries that we ought to be so proud of. There’s never a struggle to find somewhere good to eat out.” Here, Jordan shares where you’ll find her when she’s not busy baking up a storm.
Find The Caker at 446 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland.
Jordan’s favourite dining spots in Auckland
I love Orphans Kitchen for its intimate and peaceful atmosphere, impeccable service, and excellent food. My favourite meal here is breakfast – I always go for the slow-poached eggs on house-made toast and a milky chai masala tea.
118 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn
This restaurant offers contemporary Thai food at its best. I love the fact that it’s less central than most of the eateries I go to, because it makes it feel like more of an adventure going there. The interior and atmosphere are awesome, and the fried chicken bun is to die for.
1 Rocklands Avenue, Mount Eden
Ponsonby Central is a one-stop location for some of the best coffee, eateries and fresh produce in Auckland. I pass through most mornings to grab a coffee from Eighthirty Coffee Roasters, a smoothie from Ceres Organics and lunch from any one of the incredible vendors that are housed there.
136-146 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Little Bird Organics
Little Bird is where I go to feel virtuous. Everything here is raw and vegan, and it all tastes incredible. I usually go for a green detox smoothie (which they warn is not for the faint of heart) and the Vietnamese crêpe, which is filled with goodness.
Ponsonby and Britomart
La Voie Française
This unassuming bakery honestly makes the best bread I’ve ever had in New Zealand. Their baguettes stand up to those you could buy from a true Parisian boulangerie, and their buttery, flaky croissants and pain au chocolat are world-class too.
Shop 4, 875 Dominion Road, Mount Roskill
If you like Indian food, you will love Satya. It’s Southern Indian style cuisine, so it’s light, fresh and fragrant – whatever you do you must start your meal with an entree of Dahi Puri. There are several Satya restaurants dotted around the city and each has its own little quirks.
Sandringham, Mt Eden and Newton
Hamilton Road Beach
There are several little beaches dotted along the Herne Bay coast, but the one at the end of Hamilton Road is my favourite. It’s best to go at high tide in summer for a heavenly swim, or it’s a glorious spot for fish and chips on the sand in the chillier months.
This is my go-to spot for an after-work happy hour cocktail. I always try to get a spot outside so I can enjoy the lively culture of ‘K Road’. The constantly evolving food menu is also worth writing home about. 490 Karangahape Road, Auckland