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Top 8 Ramen Spots in Auckland

Top 8 Ramen Spots in Auckland

If you’re anything like me, you understand the profound joy that a steaming bowl of perfectly crafted ramen can bring to your soul. 

I’ve had the pleasure of exploring the diverse culinary landscape of this vibrant city, and let me tell you, when it comes to ramen, Auckland does not disappoint.

In this guide, I’m excited to take you on a mouthwatering journey through Auckland’s top 8 ramen spots. 

Each of these establishments has earned its place on this list through their dedication to quality ingredients, meticulous preparation, and, of course, unforgettable flavors.

So, grab your chopsticks, prepare your taste buds, and join me as we embark on an epicurean adventure in search of the perfect bowl of ramen!

1. Chop Chop Noodle House

Address140 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 360 0708 
Operating hours Monday to Sunday: 12 – 9 pm 
Must-order menu items Pork Ramen 
Miso Ramen 
Cobra Kai Super Mega Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

Chop Chop Noodle House is considered one of the city’s best spots for ramen. In fact, it’s self-proclaimed as a “noodle saloon.”

Now, when it comes to their ramen, it’s not just good; it’s legendary. We’re talking about flavor combinations that’ll make your head spin (in the best possible way). 

Take, for instance, their Cobra Kai Super Mega Ramen. This dish is not for the faint-hearted. 

Crispy fried chicken, pork belly, pulled pork shoulder, kimchi, bacon, mushrooms, corn – you name it, it’s in there, swimming alongside those trusty rye noodles and, of course, the obligatory egg. 

It’s a ramen extravaganza that’ll leave you wondering why every bowl of ramen isn’t this epic.

And here’s the kicker: you can pair your ramen with a side of whisky. Yes, you heard that right. 

Because why not add a little extra kick to your meal, right? It’s the kind of bold move that sets Chop Chop Noodle House apart from the rest.


Address405 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 630 4445 
Operating hours Monday: 5 – 9 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 5 – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 12:30 pm; 5 – 10 pm
Sunday: 12 – 2:30 pm; 5 – 9 pm 
Must-order menu items Paitan Ramen 
Pork Tonkotsu Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

Here at ZOOL ZOOL, you’ll know you’re in the right ramen place, and every sip will be as good as you imagine because it was created by two award-winning chefs – Toru Hirae and Kazuya Yamauchi.

They’d go as far as to say this place is some of the best in Auckland, and their well-known Paitan is just one of the reasons why. But here’s the thing: it’s not an everyday affair. 

Nope, this beauty graces the menu only from Tuesday through Thursday, adding an extra layer of anticipation to your ramen experience.

It’s a velvety chicken broth that’s been simmered to perfection, cradling tender chicken chashu, vibrant spinach, crunchy bamboo shoots, fresh spring onions, a perfectly gooey egg, and just a hint of wakame seaweed. 

Every slurp is like a hug from your taste buds, bringing comfort and joy with every bite.

If you’re more of a ‘less broth, more noodles’ kinda person, Zool Zool’s got you covered with their Zoolmen menu. It’s like they’ve thought of everything!

And here’s a little insider tip from me to you: don’t be shy about slurping your ramen here. They believe that by doing so, you’re showing appreciation for the dish. 

3. Ichiban Ramen Original

Address17 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 303 4372
Operating hours Monday: 11:30 – 3 pm; 5 – 9 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 – 12 am
Saturday: 5:30 – 12 am 
Must-order menu items Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen 
Jigoku Chashu Ramen 
Shio Lemon Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

If you’re looking for an authentic ramen dining experience, try Ichiban Ramen!

Here, you can sit on one of the 10 stools while slurping down those piping hot bowls of noodles, just like you would if you’re in a real Japanese ramen bar. 

But the real highlight of Ichiban is that they’ve got heat levels that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance or break out in a sweat, depending on your tolerance, of course (fair warning: level five is for experts only). 

One of the all-time favorites is the Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen. Just imagine diving into a bowl of rich, pork-flavored broth, each slurp revealing tender roasted chicken and melt-in-your-mouth chashu pork. 

How delicious, isn’t it? 

4. Tanpopo Ramen

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Address13 Anzac Avenue, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 308 9705 
Operating hours Tuesday to Friday: 12 – 2:30 pm; 5:30 – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 3 pm; 5 – 9 pm 
Must-order menu items Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen
Michio Miso Ramen 
Tanpopo Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

For over 35 years now, Tanpopo Ramen has been an integral part of the ramen scene here in Auckland, serving up bowls of the good stuff under the watchful eye of Tokyo-born Michio Kurihara.

Tanpopo is famous for its Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen. A rich, soul-warming pork broth infused with soy sauce is topped with tender slices of barbecue pork that practically melt in your mouth. 

It’s no wonder this bowl of goodness earned itself a spot on the list of 2020’s Iconic Auckland Eats. 

But hold onto your chopsticks, because here’s where Tanpopo Ramen takes things up a notch – extra toppings! 

And we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill extras here. We’re talking about cheese. 

That’s right, cheese on ramen! It might sound unconventional, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

5. IPPUDO Newmarket 

AddressLevel 4M/309 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 213 0694 
Operating hours Monday to Wednesday: 11:30 – 3 pm; 5 – 8:30 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 11:30 – 9 pm
Sunday: 11:30 – 8:30 pm 
Must-order menu items Bonito Tonkotsu Karaka Ramen 
Akamaru Tamago 
Price range $$ – average 

If you’re looking for a ramen experience that’s not just a meal but a journey, IPPUDO is the place to be. Apart from their global reputation, they take customization to a whole new level. 

They actually ask you how you want your noodles cooked!

IPPUDO’s must-try ramen dish is Karaka Men. This bowl features a flavor-packed tonkotsu broth, pork belly (sliced and ground), spring onions, and fragrant garlic oil.

6. Ajisen Ramen (Newmarket) Restaurant

Address5/7 Kingdon Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 218 9977 
Operating hours Monday to Friday: 11:30 – 3 pm; 5 – 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 – 9:30 pm 
Must-order menu items 
Price range $$ – average 

Another great place to visit if you’re craving some ramen is Ajisen Ramen in New Market! It’s got a reputation that precedes it, all the way from its overseas success to finally gracing with its presence right here in New Zealand.

They’ve got enough varieties to keep you slurping happily for months on end. If you haven’t tried Tonkotsu before, well, you should — to put this claim to the test. 

It’s rich, creamy, and oh-so-satisfying, especially when paired with melt-in-your-mouth chashu and perfectly seasoned tamago.

But if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, Ajisen also has dry ramen on the menu!

7. Yawara Ramen Bar

Address10 Cammish Lane, Orewa, Auckland 0931, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 889 8686
Operating hours Tuesday: 11:30 – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 11:30 – 2:30 pm; 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 – 2:30 pm; 5:30 – 8 pm
Sunday: 11:30 – 2:30 pm; 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Must-order menu items Shoyu Ramen 
Yuzu Shio Ramen 
Miso Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

If you’re fond of authentic Hokkaido-style ramen, go to Yawara Ramen Bar in Orewa. Trust me, it’ll be love at first slurp!

They serve up traditional Japanese ramen, and their bowls of goodness are worth seeking out for the delightfully cloudy broth and thick noodles.

For a lighter-style ramen, you can have Shoyu Ramen. It’s like a flavor explosion in every spoonful, with that soy sauce-based broth bringing a depth of umami that’s simply irresistible. 

And those noodles? They’ve got that perfect chewiness that you just can’t get enough of.

But then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, lay eyes on the Yuzu Shio Ramen. It’s a bowl of sunshine, with hints of Japanese citrus cutting through the richness of the broth.

8. Daruma Ramen

Address451 Ti Rakau Drive, Huntington Park, Auckland 2013, New Zealand
Phone 64 9 272 2600 
Operating hours Monday to Sunday: 11:30 – 3 pm; 5 – 9 pm 
Must-order menu items Plenty Vege Miso Ramen 
Spicy Tonkotsu Miso Ramen 
Tonkotsu Mega Chashu Ramen 
Price range $$ – average 

Walking into Daruma feels like coming home to a comforting hug from your favorite aunt! The aroma of their simmering broth wraps around you like a cozy blanket, instantly putting a smile on your face. 

You can’t help but feel a rush of excitement as you eye their menu, knowing that whatever you choose, it’s going to be a flavor-packed adventure.

What sets Daruma apart? Well, for starters, they’re not just making ramen; they’re crafting it. 

These guys are so dedicated to their craft that they’ve got their own factory, churning out top-notch ingredients like nobody’s business. 

We’re talking about housemade noodles that are made with some serious Japanese noodle-making wizardry.

As per the crowd’s favorite, it’s Spicy Tonkotsu Miso Ramen. If you’re into bold flavors and a little kick, this one’s for you.