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The Top 15 Food Courts in Auckland for Easy but Excellent Eats

The Top 15 Food Courts in Auckland for Easy but Excellent Eats

Everybody loves a good food court, right? It’s affordable, easy to find, and most importantly – delicious! But with many boutique restaurants dotting the streets, tourists (and even some locals) find it hard to explore Auckland’s food court scene.

Well then, worry not because our team did the leg work of reviewing food courts in Auckland to find the best for you. Here you’ll find spots that are popular among locals, as well as more obscure, hidden gems in various neighborhoods!

Atrium on Elliott


Address: 21-25 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 375 4960

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Price: $

Hidden under the Atrium on Elliott shopping center is a beloved local food court. They whip up a fusion of international flavors including Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, making it a haven even for the fussiest eaters. It’s a hot lunch spot – quick, affordable, and delicious!

The place offers noodles, DIY sushi, ramen, barbecue, dim sum to go, dumplings, banh mi, and more. Whether you’re dining in or grabbing takeout, there’s something to satisfy your cravings. 

Sushi and tempura are big winners here, and the service is speedy. Plus, there’s always a seat, though it can get pretty packed during the lunch hours. 

You won’t break the bank either; you can fill up for about $10. And if you need something to go, there’s a cafe and juice bar to grab a drink from. 

Located in the CBD, it’s a lifesaver for city workers craving variety. It’s just not that it’s not a quiet lunch spot – after all, it’s still part of a busy shopping mall. But is that really what we’re here for?

Ponsonby International Foodcourt


Address: 106 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 27 361 5398

Operating hours: Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM | Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $

This food court has something to satisfy every Asian craving – from Japanese to Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, and Indian. If it’s non-Asian food you love, they also have options like Italian and Mexican fare.

Ponsonby International Foodcourt is more of a dinner hangout than a lunch spot, and it’s always buzzing with activity as locals gather to catch up and chat. And if you’re into celebrity sightings, keep your eyes peeled because this place is a hotspot for actors and artsy types!

But of course, let’s talk about the food they serve here. Most of the food is made fresh to order, except for the Indian and Chinese dishes. 

Plus, there’s a cozy little bar called Ponsonby Friends serving up beer, wine, and the most deliciously tangy homemade lemonade made with real lemons.

Best of all, you can fill up a hearty meal here without breaking the bank. Most dishes come in at under $10, making it a go-to spot for budget-friendly dining. Perfect if you’re craving some good ol’ rice dishes!

Lim Chhour Food Hall

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Address: 184 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 307 0498

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Price: $

At Lim Chhour Food Hall, you can fill up without emptying your wallet, even leaving with change from a tenner. 

There’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re craving Korean treats from Sneaky Snacky or Malaysian delights from Chaiyo, you won’t be disappointed. 

And at Lee Hong BBQ, you can dive into flavorful and affordable Thai dishes, including hearty portions of wok-fried goodness and succulent barbecued duck and pork. 

For sushi lovers, you can pre-order platters from Sushi Bar Salmon for your next party – tasty and easy on the wallet!

If you need a caffeine boost, Coffix has your back with plenty of coffee options.

Before you leave, don’t forget to swing by the Asian supermarket at the back. You can pick up ingredients to recreate your favorite dishes at home, inspired by your meal at Lim Chhour.

Rialto Food Court

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Address: Rialto Centre, 163 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 306 2088

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Saturday: 9:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Sunday: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $$

At Rialto Food Court, you’ll find a mix of cuisines – Japanese, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Turkish, plus American favorites from Subway and Nandos. 

Just a heads up, it’s a little pricier than your average food court – plan on spending around $15 for a meal and drink. But hey, the variety makes it worth it, especially if you’re up for trying something new.

However, this place is best suited for a quick bite on the go rather than a leisurely meal. Unless you’re trying to avoid heading back to the office or store, of course!

On the bright side, there’s a playground in the middle to keep the little ones entertained, making it family-friendly. And don’t miss the cafe in the Rialto theater complex – great for a relaxing glass of wine or a tasty treat like a tan square.

Elliott Stables


Address: 39-41 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 21 104 4386

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Price: $$

At Elliott Stables, you’re in for a treat with tasty food, a variety of beers and wines, and a lively atmosphere filled with interesting characters. 

Picture cozy wooden tables lit by soft lights, where people are digging into everything from Asian dishes to Mexican, French, and British cuisines. There’s even a juice bar and a spot for seafood lovers.

For lunch, you can’t go wrong with the fresh sushi from Samurai or the flavorful tacos from Besos Latinos. 

Truly, with so much to choose from, it’s the perfect spot for a big group outing. Plus, it’s super close to major arts venues like The Civic and Auckland Town Hall, making it ideal for a pre-show meal.

If you’re after a more private dining experience, you can book a table in one of the restaurants or in the communal area. Just reach out to your favorite spot ahead of time to secure your spot. 

Food City Ethnic Food Court 

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Address: 6-10 kilham Avenue Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 21 905 995

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $$

Northcote’s Food City is a bustling spot with two levels packed with around 18 vendors dishing out a diverse range of cuisines. 

From tempting Thai dishes and spicy noodles to hearty Kiwi breakfasts and Malaysian Halal food, you’re spoiled for choice here.

There’s one standout though that steals the spotlight 0– Nanita’s Tamales! Nestled in a cozy corner, Nanita’s is renowned for its traditional and homely Mexican dishes. 

While it may operate solely for dinner, and sometimes not at all, when it does, it’s a budget-friendly haven. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that you can easily satisfy your cravings and feed two hungry bellies for less than $30. 

While the tacos are undeniably delicious, the true star of the show is none other than Nanita’s namesake tamales. Each bite is a savory delight that transports you straight to Mexico.

Rose Alley


Address: 5 Rose Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Price: $$

Luxury and food courts don’t usually go together, but Ponsonby’s Rose Alley is different. With its charming glass-roofed courtyard and cozy vibe, it’s become a hotspot for locals. 

When you’re there, don’t miss the lower level, where you’ll find a mix of food and retail vendors. 

While there are plenty of options, a few standouts are worth checking out. Start your evening at Bar Beluga, a chill cocktail bar serving tasty snacks and creative drinks. 

Then, head over to Pizza Monkey for a delicious wood-fired pizza, whether you’re into classic margheritas or something more adventurous like truffle mushroom and miso.

And if you’re in the mood for a refreshing bubble tea, Twentea has a great selection, including dairy-free options.

Now, while these three vendors alone make Rose Alley a must-visit for Auckland’s foodies, the area also hosts rotating food trucks and espresso bars, so there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Otahuhu Food City

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Address: 15 Mason Avenue, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland 1062, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 270 3348

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Price: $

At Otahuhu Food City, you can enjoy a diverse array of dishes, from tantalizing Asian delicacies hailing from Singapore, India, China, and Thailand to savory Pacific Island flavors.

But if you’re in the mood for something closer to home, Kiwiana Korner has classic Kiwi favorites like fish and chips, pavlova, and cinnamon doughnuts that’ll hit the spot.

As you explore the food stalls, keep an eye out for must-try spots like Traditional Thai Sizzlers and Hungry Corner, serving mouthwatering dishes. And for a taste of Fiji, Chandu’s Corner is the place to be with its flavorful curries and island-inspired treats.

Best of all, you’ll get great value for your money here, and the place is kept spick and span. And when you need a refreshing sip, the juice stand serves the freshest lemonade around!

Food Alley

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Address: 9 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: 09 373 4917

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $

If you’re a local, chances are you’ve heard of Food Alley on Albert Street – it’s the OG of food courts in the area! And it’s not hard to see why since it’s been dishing out tasty eats for as long as anyone can remember. 

Now, if you’re not sure where to start, head up to the second floor. It’s one of the few spots in Auckland where you can actually enjoy a bit of a view, whether it’s of the busy CBD below or a cool cherry blossom mural.

With 12 kitchens to choose from, offering everything from Malaysian to Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisines, you have options to explore. 

From tandoori to tom yum, barbecue pork to dandan noodles, tikka masala to mie goreng, and even refreshing strawberry bubble tea – the only problem here is deciding what to order. Plus, there’s a bar right in the middle serving up affordable drinks to wash it all down!

And if that’s not enticing enough, there are also cheap cocktails on offer. A pina colada will only set you back $6.50.

Auckland Fish Market


Address: 22-32 Jellicoe Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Price: $$

Auckland Fish Market is the place to go, especially if you’re a seafood fan! 

Among the must-visit spots are Billypot, renowned for its mouthwatering mussels, Ika Bowl for delicious Polynesian poke bowls, and Mar and Tierra Latin Grill, a cozy shack dedicated to New England lobster rolls.

If you’re dining with the little ones, they’ll love the classic fish and chips option!

While there’s plenty of indoor seating, if you prefer to enjoy your meal al fresco, you can grab a spot at their outdoor seating area. Just keep in mind that space is a bit limited and it can get quite hot in the sun.

Before you head out, try and stop by Sanford and Sons Fishmonger for the freshest, highest-quality seafood. Their friendly team will take care of all your seafood needs, ensuring you leave with the best catch of the day.

Westfield Newmarket


Address: 277 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 978 9400

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Thursday and Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Price: $$

Shoppers at Westfield Newmarket are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to grabbing a bite. This Auckland shopping center boasts a trendy and modern food court on Level 3, offering a wide range of casual dining options.

When here, expect to find a diverse array of cuisines, including Indian, Greek, Malaysian, and more.

However, the highlight of the food court is The Rooftop, a smart-casual Peruvian-style eatery that’s home to several fantastic dining spots including Inca. There’s also White + Wong’s, an Asian fusion restaurant.

You can also enjoy the laid-back vibes of The Bavarian, sample legendary ramen from Ippudo, or satisfy your cravings at Bodrum Market, Corner Burger, and Island Gelato.

What’s great about dining here is that it’s perfect for family get-togethers, where everyone can enjoy their favorite cuisine together. Plus, there’s an indoor play area for the kids on Level 3, just a short walk from the food court.

And after you’ve had your fill, why not take advantage of the shopping opportunities? After all, Westfield Newmarket is one of the best shopping malls in Auckland, so there’s plenty to explore!

Mercury Plaza

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Address: 23-31 Mercury Lane, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: (09) 3099387

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Price: $

“Merks,” as the locals affectionately call it, might not have the flashy vibe of some other food courts, but it’s a real hidden gem if you’re after tasty food without breaking the bank. 

Here, they don’t just scoop food out of a display counter – it’s all cooked to order, and you’ll be happy to know they have top-notch hygiene ratings.

Keep an eye out for Maruten Ramen and dive into their Tonkotsu Ramen, or warm up with some hot tofu soup from Koreaunts. For a taste of Thailand, head over to E-sarn Wok and slurp up their flavorful Thai Laksa and Mein Fun.

The bottom line is, while the decor at Mercury Plaza might be a bit worn, the food more than makes up for it. Fresh and tasty dishes await, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a celeb or two while you’re there!

Harbour Eats


Address: 21 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Operating hours: 

Price: $$

Commercial Bay’s Harbour Eats is far from your average shopping center dining spot. With its New York-style ambiance and culinary offerings that surpass typical food court fare, it’s a feast for the senses.

Diverse vendors await you here, offering a rich array of cuisines from around the world, including Thai, Middle Eastern, Korean, Indian, Mexican, South American, Greek, and Vietnamese.

And if you’re in the mood for drinks after work or on the weekend, there’s a great selection of international-inspired bars to choose from.

With over 650 seats, finding a table for you and your big group won’t be a problem here.. And the comfortable ambiance, highlighted by waterfront views, adds to the overall dining experience. 

The Terrace at Sylvia Park

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Address: Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 570 3777

Price: $

The Terrace at Sylvia Park offers various cultures and cuisines, allowing you to sample dishes from around the world – all within a vibrant and casual food court setting.

From mouthwatering Chinese dishes to fragrant Thai cuisine, fresh sushi, aromatic Indian curries, and flavorful Vietnamese fare, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

Plus, the best part? Despite the diverse range of options, the prices are surprisingly affordable. You can enjoy a decent, filling meal with just a couple of dollars.

Whether you’re gathering for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, you’ll feel right at home in this welcoming dining destination.

K’Rd Food Workshop and Co


Address: 309 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 AM

Price: $$

Located in the heart of K’ Road, Food Workshop and Co is a melting pot of culinary delights from around the world, perfect for both adults seeking adventurous flavors and little ones craving familiar favorites.

And because of that, expect a wide selection of restaurants to choose from.

Some highlights include El Sizzling Lomito, known for its Argentinian grilled sandwiches and steak, Lovebucket, offering cocktails on tap

Moustache is a milk and cookie bar popular among youngsters and Poke Poke allows you to create your own fresh poke bowl.

But Food Workshop and Co isn’t just about the food – it also offers a great ambiance and good music, adding to the overall experience. As for the prices, while it may be relatively pricier, the delicious food makes it well worth it.