Whether it’s sushi rolls, pizza, or teppanyaki straight off the grill, you’ll find niche restaurants, bustling takeaway outlets and tucked away eateries dotted around Newmarket’s Lumsden Green and Davis Crescent. Regardless of your taste or budget, there’s a café or restaurant to suit any occasion. A great pre-movie spot for a tipple and a tasty bite to eat, here are the must-try spots.
Tucks & Bao
For a modern take on street food, Tucks & Bao’s more-ish selection of sharing plates from Asia and across the globe are worth trying. If you’re hunting out Auckland’s best steamed bao bun, we suggest adding this spot to your list of contenders – their Pork Belly Bao is a favourite.
19 Davis Crescent
Khao San Eatery & Bar
Tucked away on the corner of Davis Crescent, this Thai hot spot delivers the goods. A newcomer to Newmarket’s hospitality fold, Khao San adds a modern twist to Thai food, with local ingredients and top-notch cocktails. Their Bangkok Sandwich, a fresh baguette packed with vanilla ice cream and coconut sticky rice, is a must-try. Take our word for it.
61 Davis Crescent
The Lumsden Freehouse
Famous in Auckland for having a world-class craft beer selection, The Lumsden Freehouse is a Newmarket staple. With a laid-back atmosphere, you’ll be sure to find a bite to eat and something to fill your glass, with 15 taps of local rotating brews, over 120 craft beers and ciders and a delicious menu to match. If you’re a fan of a pub quiz, make sure you head down for trivia and fun for the weekly quiz night which is held on Tuesdays from 7pm.
444 Khyber Pass Road
Frequented by locals who have a love for Allpress, Safran Café is a Newmarket go-to spot before taking to the shops. With a Mediterranean atmosphere and alfresco dining, their Wednesday Paella night is not to be missed. We suggest stopping by for a $6 happy hour wine (between 12pm-6pm!) for people watching in the sunshine.
71 Davis Crescent
Open until 2am (yes that’s right!), MoMotea is best known for its popular bubble milk teas, alongside its Chinese and South-East Asian cuisine. Light, bright and with options galore, it’s affordable and perfect for the family.
3 Short Street
Located next to The Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre, Aqua Cafe’s convenient location makes stopping by for a strong coffee and B.L.A.T all the more enjoyable.
2 Davis Crescent
When we hear the words ‘all you can eat buffet’, we know it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Tombo Asian Buffet serve up the best of Korean BBQ and Japanese cuisine with everything your heart (or stomach) desires, from hot pots, dumplings, to sushi and more.
5 Short Street
A Newmarket institution, Archie’s Pizzeria serves up the best Italian wood-fired pizza and creamy pastas. If you’re anything like us, you’re crazy about carbs and their authentic Italian fare is not to disappoint. Always bustling at night, we recommend you book early!
63 Davis Crescent
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Bien Japanese Cuisine
Easily a favourite for lunch on-the-go or for a sit-down bento box, Bien offer simple and delicious no-fuss Japanese cuisine, from classic sushi dishes to mouth-watering udon noodles.
53B Davis Crescent
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Tasty tacos, quesadillas and burritos are a staple in any diet, we believe! Created with fresh and locally sourced vegetables and meats, The Flying Burrito Brothers have mastered the taste of Mexico. With a quirky and vibrant interior and plenty of seats, it’s the perfect spot to bring the family for a Mexican night out, with a kid’s menu for the little amigos.
65 Davis Crescent
Heizo Teppenyaki Restaurant
There’s nothing more exciting than a traditional Japanese teppanyaki with food cooked by a chef straight from the grill in front of you. We recommend making the most of the set menu options to try a variety of Asian delights from this hidden gem.
3C Short Street