Brunch

Where To Go For A Healthy Work-Day Lunch

By Sophia Romanos
Bagels on a table

No matter how many alarms you slept through or buses you missed, lunch can redeem even the most disheartening morning. If you’re in the CBD of Auckland you’ll know the options are overwhelming, which can make things problematic. It’s hard to know the direction to dash in when you’re looking for something quick, tasty, and not deep-fried, so let us help you out.

Here we have compiled the top list of where to chow down on a healthy workday lunch.

Hello Mister

Vietnamese
Auckland CBD, Parnell, & Newmarket
Hello Mister

Choose from your favourite Vietnamese dishes and let Hello Mister take care of lunch. With rice rolls, bańh mi, buń, and phò, Hello Mister's street food is the perfect choice for a healthy and flavoursome meal, leaving you energised and satisfied. The pork phò is a serious winner and is sure to keep you full until dinner time.

Chuffed

Cafe
43 High Street, Auckland CBD
Chuffed

The little hideaway secret of High Street, Chuffed is your go-to for a quick sandwich or salad. If a Reuben on rye doesn’t fit into your idea of healthy, grab a salad of the day and add some free-range chicken, it hits the spot every time while contributing to your protein quota.

Jess’s Underground Kitchen

Cafe
Herne Bay, Parnell, Remuera, & Devonport
Jess' Underground Kitchen

Healthy and affordabl, Jess is supplying the goods as you can mix and match your (actually pretty big) small salad for only $10. The options at JUK change so regularly that a recommendation would be useless, so trust us when we say that Jess’s cabinets provide nothing less than a flavour-packed experience perfect for your weekday lunch.

Lowbrow

Modern New Zealand
Karangahape Road + Queens Rise, Auckland CBD
Lowbrow

Yes, it’s true, Lowbrow does more than its famous sandos. Pop on into St Kevin’s Arcade (or their Queen’s Rise OG home) and grab one of Lowbrow's healthier alternatives such as the caesar salad or grilled cauliflower. Pick a day where you’ve got time to enjoy the lively atmosphere that K Road is known for, and get stuck in. Make sure you avoid eye contact with the dessert menu – You were warned.

Scarecrow

Cafe
33 Victoria Street East, Auckland CBD
Scarecrow Cafe

Flavour-packed and organic salads that regularly change, Scarecrow puts all the hard-work into a healthy packed lunch so you don't have to. Take one of these away with you if you must, but this is a great spot for a quick and relaxed catch up with a friend or workmate. Enjoy the calming atmosphere away from the office and grab a healthy slice from the enticing cabinet too.

Revive

Cafe
Lorne Street + Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD
Revive Cafe

If you’re vegan and you know it, head over to Revive in either Lorne Street or Wyndham Street for a hidden heaven. Revive has salads like you’ve never seen before–And a lot of them! Mix and match multiple options (did someone say Asian miso quinoa?) and finish your order off with one of their delicious vegan slices and a smoothie.

Ha! Poke

Japanese
Auckland CBD, Ponsonby, and Takapuna
Ha! Poke

Affordable and contributes towards your 5+ a day. Ha! Poke is nestled into Auckland University’s strip of campus life and provides a ridiculously flavoursome array of options. If your love lies with edamame, kimchi, teriyaki glaze, fresh tuna, or king salmon, this is the place for you as midday hits. We recommend adding on avocado as they dish out a generous scoop.

Jar Story

Cafe
Level 1/125 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Jar Story

Grab Jar Story's apple, ginger, and beetroot pressed juice and the free-range chicken soba noodle salad and your body will be a temple by the time you’ve landed back at the office. The kick of coriander and chilli in the salad with the added crunch of bean sprouts makes it worth leaving the office and boycotting the junk-food

Misters

Cafe
G/12 Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD
Misters

Wyndham Street is now forever in debt to Misters. These guys have the perfect balance of quick and easy takeaways and top quality food. The Moroccan bowl with seared calamari is just one example of the options you have to choose from-With a completely dairy-free and gluten-free menu and an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options. Their menu even specifies your order won’t take more than 12 minutes–So if you’re in a hurry to get back to the desk, rest assured you’ll make it and have time to enjoy your goods too.

The Botanist

Cafe
City Works Depot, Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD
The Botanist

If you’re around City Works Depot, you can’t miss The Botanist for your lunch fix. Grab the Super Bowl. With quinoa, broccoli, spiced pumpkin, halloumi, and more goodness, this lunch spot is perfect for a seat in the sun as you treat your body to some well-deserved nutrients. Opt to add salmon and/or eggs for the extra delicious protein kick.

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