Wondering where to find vegan food in Auckland? This post gives a comprehensive list of vegan restaurants in Auckland alongside restaurants and cafes with great vegan options (in case you want to enjoy dining out alongside your omnivore friends).
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Each restaurant, cafe or takeout chain has been listed alongside its type, suburb and our best recommendations.
This Vegan Guide to Auckland was written with the help of my local friend, who grew up in Auckland and is 100% vegan. As a more recent vegan, I’m excited to taste test and enjoy all the food here. For the good of the blog, of course.
This list also may as well also be called the best vegan burgers in Auckland… we love burgers!
In this guide, you will find everything from:
- Vegan Restaurants
- Vegan burgers and fast food
- Vegan Cafes and Bakeries
- Dairy-free ice cream
The Butcher’s Son – one the most popular vegan restaurants in Auckland
Area: Herne Bay
Type: Restaurant, all vegan
Recommendations: BBQ bao buns, ‘chicken’ or beyond burger
Notes: Friendly staff, although sometimes the food takes a while as it can be busy
Wise Boys Burgers – for a complete range of vegan burgers in Auckland (fully vegan!)
Area: Grey Lynn
Type: Burger Takeaways, all vegan
Arrangement: A couple of seats to sit at, but takeaway recommended.
Recommendations: Crispy fried chick burger
Notes: There are a couple of seats to sit at but mainly just takeaway. Pretty pricey for junk food, but definitely hits the spot.
The Burgerie – my friend’s fav vegan burger in Auckland
Area: Karangahape Road – just at top of Queen St
Type: Fast food Takeaways, vegan menu
Arrangement: Only takeaway, no online order for pickup. phone order pickup recommended.
Recommendations: Veg Kiwi Burger
Notes: Great value for money, nowhere to sit so can only do takeaways.
Ralph’s (vegan options)
Area: Mount Eden
Type: American restaurant, a couple of vegan options
Recommendations: Fried chicken burger with curly fries, like Big Mac burger. Ask to be made vegan.
Notes: Nice interior, there is a bar to get drinks from too
Area: Eden Terrace
Type: Eatery, all vegan
Recommendations: Large range of food choices and deserts. Good coffee.
Notes: This so called plant-based eatery and ‘brewtique’ opens for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week & dinner four nights. There are both healthy options and vegan options on classic pub food.
Burger Burger (vegan options)
Area: Ponsonby, Takapuna, and Newmarket.
Type: American restaurant, a couple of vegan options
Recommendations: Vegan burger and curly fries (ask for vegan aioli), dairy-free shakes.
Kaiaroha Vegan Deli and Eatery – my favourite lunch spot for vegan food in Auckland!
Type: Fully vegan cafe/eatery with a varied menu. Can also buy food from the bakery.
Arrangement: Dine in, nice interior with lots of natural light despite being down an alleyway due to the floor to ceiling windows. Spacious wooden tables and houseplants
Recommendations: I loved the mock meat options (such as the ‘fush’ and chips) whereas my friend loved the vegan bakery, especially the waffles off the menu!
Notes: Lunch from $17 with two pages of options. Cheaper options from the bakery behind the glass.
Tart Bakery – fully vegan bakery!
Area: Grey Lynn, and another on Karangahape Road – near the top of Queen St
Type: Bakery, all vegan.
Arrangement: A couple of seats to sit at, grab to takeaway recommended.
Recommendations: Any pie (the vegan pies are perfect if you enjoy mock meats!), cream doughnut, sweet slices
Notes: Options can vary based on time of day. If you’re missing pastries and baked delights since you made the switch from vegetarian to vegan, this is the place for you!
Note: If you live near ELLERSLIE, don’t miss Richoux Patisserie!
They have a great vegan selection, including mock meat pies (like ‘chicken’ and cranberry or ‘steak’ and cheese) and delicious desserts. My non-vegan flatmates love the vegan custard doughnuts too!
Type: American Restaurant, vegetarian/vegan menu
Recommendations: Paratha burrito, Banana blossom “fish” and chips
Notes: They do good drinks – my friend Tom recommends the mojitos – although admits the drinks here are quite pricey
Area: Morningside, right near Morningside train station
Type: Cafe/Eatery, mostly vegan
Recommendations: Jackfruit tacos
Notes: Great vibes with lots of plants, friendly staff. Also good selection of cabinet food to grab.
For alternative vegan cafes around Auckland (or cafes with fab vegan options) you should check out:
- Little Bird Organics (Ponsonby)
- The Midnight Baker (Dominion Road)
Lord of the Fries – fully vegan burger takeout in Auckland
Area: Karangahape Road – near the top of Queen St, and also another near the bottom of Queen St
Type: Fast food joint, all vegan.
Arrangement: A couple of seats to sit at, order online recommended.
Recommendations: HSP snack pack, hash & patty muffin
Notes: All breakfast menu, quite pricey but filling. This is a great option if you’ve had a long day (or had too much wine at Friday night drinks) and want to order some hearty junk food.
Burgerfuel (vegan options)
Area: All around – there are 2 on Queen St and one in Ponsonby
Type: Burger chain, a couple of good vegan options.
Arrangement: Nice enough to sit in, can be ordered online for pickup.
Recommendations: V8 vegan burger, shakes, small-sized combustion tofu for a snack. Motobites are also good. (crumbed pumpkin, carrot, chickpea & ginger bites, ask for vegan aioli)
Hell Pizza – poss the best place for vegan pizza in Auckland!
Area: All around. CBD one is Victoria St West – just off Queen St.
Type: Pizza chain with a separate vegan menu.
Arrangement: Possible to eat there, although isn’t great. Order online for pickup recommended.
Recommendations: Vegan mischief pizza (comes with vegan nuggets and chorizo), potato wedges. Vegan cheese is an option for all their vegan pizzas, yummy.
Notes: Quite pricey, large pizzas are around $20. Can customise a pizza to your liking with up to 8 toppings at no extra cost. Tasty and filling. You can also choose how spicy you want your sauce.
Area: Gore Street – Downtown CBD
Type: Ice cream, some vegan flavours and cones
Arrangement: Some seats outside, recommended to walk down Gore St until you reach a little grass area with beanbags! (corner of Gore St and Tyler St)
Recommendations: Coconut Cookies & cream with a broken cone (you get more ice cream with broken cone).
Notes: Staff are super helpful, they’ll guide you through the different flavours and cone choices. Can taste test all-vegan flavours! It’s quite pricey… but worth it. Before I came to Auckland, Giapo is the one place everyone consistently recommended.
Vegan Asian Food in Auckland
KHU KHU EATERY – PONSONBY
Khu Khu Eatery is next level and I have LOVED everything I’ve eaten from this Thai vegan restaurant. From classics like Thai red curry and pad thai, to ‘mock meats’ cooked with fresh veggies and DELICIOUS flavours. The portion sizes are huge and I can’t wait to try everything on the menu!
CHU THAI – PONSONBY
EBISU – CBD
GREENTIME – BRITOMART
JANKEN – HERNE BAY
SUNFLOWER THAI RESTAURANT – CBD
An expansive vegan menu and is pretty budget-friendly compared to other options on this list. You can’t really go wrong with Thai food, right?
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple – Manukau
The food here is SO GOOD! They have a fantastic vegetarian menu with mostly vegan options. Highly recommended, and exploring the temple is beautiful too. The experience took me back to travelling Asia and eating amazing local vegan food.
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