From high-end dining to cosy coffee catch ups, and everything in between, Newmarket ticks all the boxes. Its easy access by train and bus means no one has an excuse to pass up on your coffee date and you can run off to the Broadway shops afterwards. From burritos to bagels and bellinis, we’ve bundled together some of the best eateries Newmarket has to offer.
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A vibrant addition to the Newmarket line-up, Newbie is a technicolour space to fully indulge in. Aside from being an aesthetic dream, Newbie's Asian-inspired brunch menu is captivating and exciting to even browse. From Balinese black rice to beef brisket burgers to apple rhubarb crumble, it’s the perfect way to switch up your usual brunch order. Take in the neon walls and dried-flower decor as you sink your teeth into equally beautiful and delicious food.
The Candy Shop
Osborne Lane is Newmarket’s hideaway secret. Just behind Broadway you’ll find the cobblestone lane and one of the fairly new kids in town - The Candy Shop. This Korean cafe provides an elegant array of cabinet treats (matcha red bean scones!) as well as a menu full of Asian fusion dishes to pleasantly test your taste palate. Famous for their fried chicken and Philly cheese steak hotdogs, The Candy Shop's menu is experimental, and as delicious as they come.
Tucks & Bao
Pork belly, come to us! A bao is the perfect start to night - after a good cocktail of course, and the guys at Tucks & Bao know it. Order a round of frozen margaritas for starters and if you’re with a group, there’s a bao platter that’ll tickle everyone’s fancy. With an array of tasty sharing options like popcorn shrimp, you’re going to want to settle down in this cosy shack and tuck in.
Best Ugly Bagels
Bagels, the holey crowd pleaser. Sit outside and soak up the sun as you wait for the friendly team at Best Ugly to slap together the goodness. From basic toppings for the average Joe like Marmite or jam, to loaded options like a cream cheese, salmon and red onion bagel. These guys top their crispy Montreal-style bagels with a whole lot of love - and it tastes good too. Grab a maple iced coffee as well, and you're set for the day.
Khao San Eatery
The decor alone is exciting enough to plan a visit to the newly opened Khao San Eatery. The electric murals, umbrellas, lights, and hanging greenery
make the hole-in-the-wall restaurant stand out from the street, with lively music and a bartender on stand-by. On the menu is Thai, in every traditional and contemporary form. Order some old favourites and some brave new dishes for the ultimate experience.
Leave the kids at home and spend the day at the new spruced up Westfield rooftop precinct. If you can’t decide between seafood, BBQ, or Asian flavours, INCA is the place to be, with Peruvian dishes to wow your palate. Broaden your horizons the freshest ceviche in hot and sour sauces, crispy fish tacos with lemon mayo, and Japanese-inspired furikake aubergine. As the lovechild of Nic Watt and Darren Johnson, you already know it's full of revolutionary dishes.
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Holy moly guacamole! Loving an avocado is hard without corn chips. The Flying Burrito Brothers hit the spot with their abundance of guac and Mexican dishes full of flavour. The pulled pork chimichangas are our personal favourite, but if you’re looking to share with a few friends, ordering lots of bocaditos (small bites) mean you can try a bit of everything. The lively energy radiating from the trendy restaurant is contagious the second you walk through the door; this isn't the place for a quiet one.
Dinner can’t get much simpler when Burger Burger is in the area. Cocktails, milkshakes, tacos, and of course, burgers. The menu here is fun and great for a first date or a wee drink before heading over to Rialto for a flick. They have delicious vegetarian and vegan options with mushroom, quinoa, walnut and cheese patties, field mushrooms, caramelised onion, and vegan green aioli. If you can fit it in, trust us when we say add a cheeky side of their crispy potato skins.
Authentic Malasian food at an affordable price - yes please! Once you’ve decided on Malaysian cuisine, you can’t go past the ultimate dish - the rich and tender beef rendang. Selera is your reliable joint when you don’t know what you’re craving - and you want to stay in your casual-wear. Not only do their Char Kuey Teow noodles happily pile the plate on mass, the service is fast, friendly, and unforgettable.
Award-winning and renowned for their authentic French dishes, Maison Vauron whisks you away to a Parisian coffee shop, simply by walking through their wooden doors. The cafe welcomes you with the scent of fresh baked pastries and the sight of their cheese and meats deli, filled to the brim with cuts of traditional produce. Treat yourself and order up large with their range of specialities including three different varieties of Croque-monsieur, quiches, and pasta dishes, all made in-house with free-range and organic ingredients. They also offer private dining experiences, with the opportunity to venture into the upstairs wine cellar.
Sun World Chinese
For great Chinese cuisine in a yum cha style of dining, Sun World hits the nail on the head. Big groups are easily accommodated and with the bustling vibes of the place, you’ll fit right in. With all the dim sum classics, you'll easily find your favourite dish amongst the variety of dumplings, steamed buns, fresh seafood, and noodle dishes. Top tip: end with a plate of baked coconut buns or sesame balls if you can squeeze them in.
Looking for a good old comfort meal? Look no further than The Bavarian. Slightly heavier than some of their Newmarket counterparts, The Bavarian takes food very seriously – in both portions and quality. Situated on Westfield rooftop precinct, the eatery is a fast-casual spot, perfect for those times you still want a nice meal in a fraction of the time. Offering the best of Bavaria, you'll find dishes such as crackling pork belly, bratwurst with sauerkraut, and a range of different schnitzels. Pro-tip: They also sell chicken and cauliflower wings in 100 piece packs.
Looking for a spot to refresh between shopping in the lanes? Cali All Day Eatery is a place of rejuvenating energy with a vibrant menu to suit any kind of diner. The drinks menu alone is exciting, with a range of iced coffees and light, tasteful cocktails for a boozy brunch. Enjoy classic dishes with a twist, such as Cali's Pomegranate Molasses Granola, or opt for an adventurous dish such as their Dirty Cheeseburger with a bacon and cheddar stuffed beef patty. Served up in Cali's contemporary spacious slice of Newmarket, it'll recharge you before you hit the streets again.
If someone is in need of spoiling or you’re just craving some goodies, Petal Cupcakes have enough flavours to tempt even the biggest savoury-lover. From milk chocolate or golden syrup to ginger kiss and Hawkes Bay peach, there’s a little guilty pleasure for everyone. Gluten-free and vegan options are also readily available from their colourful display, or you can order online for delivery, pick-up, or corporate events. We're not exaggerating when we say the icing-to-cake ratio is out of this world.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Roll up, roll up for a night at the circus. The food here may come in at second best to the entertainment, but that’s not to say Archie’s doesn’t serve up a whopper of a menu. Alternate your hand at bowling with a hand in the basket of sweet corn nuggets. When you've had enough arcade games and dodgems, grab one of their vegan plant-based beef burgers - don’t be scared off by the green bun. After 8pm the place is R18, so book in with your workmates or pop in with your friends, grab a fairy floss-topped margarita and enjoy the cirque electriq!
For a sit down spot that has a cosy atmosphere - come to L’affare. It’s a given that their coffee is the bees knees, but their menu is equally as impressive if you’re here for longer than a quick coffee date. Opt for the breakfast burrito, crammed full with chorizo, scrambled eggs and crispy potato - this hearty breakfast and coffee buzz will have you skipping back to the shops on Broadway.
White + Wong's
With great success at their original Auckland venue on the waterfront, White + Wong's has expanded with the opening of their Newmarket restaurant. Adding a taste of Asian flavours to the rooftop line-up, the restaurant comes with high-rise scenery and an electric atmosphere. The menu is impressive, with a dish to suit everyone's taste. Designed to share, the smartest move is to order an array of baos, dumplings, cold cuts, and large meals to optimise your chance to taste a bit of everything. Paired well with their wine list and house cocktails, there's a reason White + Wong's is so popular.
Little & Friday
One of Newmarket's sweetest little spots, Little & Friday is not only an Instagrammer's dream, but also a baking empire. Setting out in 2007 to create amazing treats from scratch with fresh, free-range, and organic produce, Little & Friday bloomed with popularity and became a cult-favourite. Nowadays, the cafe still stands in the same spot, hidden slightly away from the main-street pandemonium, making for the perfect quaint spot for a hot drink and bite of something delicious and fresh.
There's no better combination than wine and tapas! Particularly when they're both authentically Spanish. Tasca is your local Spanish wine bar, designed to be a comfortable little eatery by drawing on inspiration from the back-street tapas bars of Spain. There's plenty of options from vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free to a full day menu and tapas and dinner for later in the evening. The wine list is extravagant, with plenty of New Zealand and Spanish wines, but if wine just isn't your thing, they have an excellent cocktail list full of classic favourites to devour.