Auckland is a multicultural city with the easiest access to Muslim friendly eateries in New Zealand. While you can enjoy a variety of cuisine from Middle Eastern to Portuguese, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and Malay, the distinguishing factor is fresh ingredients and quality produced that is widely available in the country is used in the cooking. New Zealand is famous for its lamb, beef, seafood and fresh vegetables.
At Auckland Airport there are no Halal-certified outlet or vegetarian eateries. You will be limited to outlets that sell non-Halal items but serve options for seafood at Hayama Sushi, and vegetarian at Urban Market Cafe or Pita Pit (their 3 locations in the city centre are Halal friendly). There are also international chains such as Burger Kings, McDonald's, and KFC though they are not Halal-certified. If you are into juicing, you could not go wrong with Tank Juice Bar.
However, at close by Mangere suburb nearby the airport, you can find the closest Halal-certified joint called Airport Kebabs & Pizza who specialized in wood fire pizza and kebab.
This guide is to recommend Muslim friendly outlets in Auckland Central Business District (CBD) within walking proximity and route covered by Link bus services for you to easily get around. Other than Queen Street, the bus will link you to charming inner suburbs of Ponsonby, Parnell, and Newmarket.
The list goes beyond the kebab outlets on the main Queen Street (Istanbul Kebabs and Pizza, Kebabs on Queen) and excluded the International chain such as Long John Silver’s (3 locations in Auckland serve a Halal menu), Nandos (chicken is sourced from supplier who is Halal certified) and Burger Fuel (meats are Halal certified and they can cook your burger separately using fresh utensils).
We’ve compiled 9 best Halal food eateries in Auckland city centre which cover a variety of cuisines and price ranges for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply for snacking around the city.
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Uncle Man’s Restaurant & Takeaway is an authentic family-owned joint on K Road serving all you can think of when comes to Malaysian cuisine. You will not go wrong with freshly made roti canai and murtabak. Try the beef rendang, biryani rice, curry laksa, Penang laksa, chicken rice, mee rebus, or coconut rice. For Halal Chinese meals, you will not disappoint with mee hoon soup, flat rice noodles with gravy, wonton soup or char kuey teow. If you after Western food, they also offer burgers, chicken schnitzels, steak, fish, and chips. Affordable prices in a simple yet clean setting, this will satisfy any of your craving for homemade Malaysian meals.
Location: 277 Karangahape Road
Contact: +64 9-377 1799
Mamak Malaysian Restaurant is located at the elegant cobbled stone of Chancery Square in the heart of Auckland CBD. They use Halal meats on the menu. A regular feature in local media, this is a place to savour exotic Malaysian cuisine (blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese) such as spicy beef rendang, char kway teow, coconut fragrance rice, kuay teow mee Soup, curry chicken hor fun, seafood laksa or "Mamak" Mee Goreng. Other than typical Murtabak, roti canai, and satay to choose from the menu, they also serve pan-fried leek dumpling, spicy soft shell crab, and sambal grilled prawn. Open for lunch or dinner, you can choose to seat inside or outside while you wash down the meal with teh tarik (bubbled tea or pulled tea) or iced coffee. A nice spot to rest your leg after exploring nearby Albert Park and meandering High Streets precinct. Be mindful that this is a fully licensed eatery so expect consumption of alcohol on the premise.
Location: 50 Kitchener Street CBD, Chancery St, Auckland,
Contact: +64 9-948 6479
Nickie’s Thai Restaurant is an established and one of the city’s longest-standing Thai restaurant which popular among local. They are proud of serving full flavoured Thai dishes using traditional recipes and quality ingredients besides using the Halal meat. You will encounter delicious Thai delights such as massaman lamb, steamed whole snapper, tamarind snapper, stir-fry roasted duck, sizzling beef, and BBQ chicken. Drop by for lunch or dinner after strolling along beautiful Parnell Road to dine in a traditionally decorated restaurant. Please note this is a fully licensed restaurant which means alcohol is served in the restaurant.
Location: 34 Broadway Newmarket Auckland
Contact: +64 9-520 0015
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Popa’s Pretzel offers freshly made pretzels in the traditional way or with a filling of savoury or sweets. The signature filled pretzels will not disappoint you – try the Kiwi classic cheese and marmite, or Arabic twist cream cheese & zaatar. Other than these, there are pretzels dogs, pies, and Banh Mi pretzels. If you haven’t had manakish (Arabic round flatbread) before, they serve from meat to vegan toppings. Get the Lebanese mincemeat with pomegranate & herbs or pretzel dog for some energy to roam the city.
Location: 350 Queen Street Auckland City
Contact: +64 9-222 2855
Little Algiers Café owned by Jamaldeen offer warm and hospitable experience in a very relaxed atmosphere to satisfy your breakfast and lunch. You will receive Algerian welcome with some French flair. The authentic African and Mediterranean menu items await you in store so you can enjoy the generous portion food. All day breakfast is offered which includes eggs benedict (on a hash cake or toasted bagel), spicy baked beans cassoulet, and Little Algerian big breakfast. For lunch, you can order from a wide selection of burgers, and wraps but we could not help to like the Little Algiers mezze ((garlic pita, feta cheeses, olives, hummus, boiled eggs and homemade dips). Sip a cup of espresso before you head back to wander around the hip and arty K Road.
Location: 551 Karangahape Road Auckland
Contact: +64 9-336 1560
Celine Mediterranean Cuisine is a dining place in the cozy Middle Eastern setting, good vibe and not far from iconic Sky Tower. The authentic menu serves comfort food with a solid taste from the eastern Mediterranean such as shakshuka, bamya (lamb and okra stew), grilled halloumi, and kofta in tahini or tomatoe. Either washed down with mint tea and then stay a bit longer for a shisha delight, this could be one of your memorable night in Auckland.
Location: 12 Darby Street Auckland
Contact: +64 9-377 0228
Betsia Kebabs & Chargrilled Burgers appeared in local guide Metro: The Best Cheap Eats in Auckland 2012. They provide good portion and friendly service tucked on a street behind upper Queen Street. They pride in the use of fresh local ingredients, handmade sauces and meats marinated in a special recipe. For kebabs, it’s all about cajun chicken, Adana, souvlaki, chicken satay, or chilli lover. For chargrilled burgers, you will discover that their beef burger is served using 100% prime beef patty hand mixed using their fresh ingredients. Try the blue cheese, camembert or avocado burger. A flair of curry can be enjoyed here too as they serve rice dishes such as butter chicken, tender lamb curry, and chicken curry. Enjoy their Turkish apple tea or latte before continuing your tour of Auckland city.
Location: 9 City Road Auckland
Contact: +64 9-366 7691
This fresh, healthy and wholesome joint was spearheaded after a couple came back to Auckland from a healthy retreat. This vegetarian haven could be your cleansing after all those kebabs you’ve been consuming. We love that the salad bar menu changes weekly and the hot dishes change daily. Please check the menu as you could be savoring on Russian stroganoff on one day or Mexican chilli beans the next day. Healthy dessert treat awaits you – how about almond cacao brownie or plum & ginger slice? Situated in good CBD location on quiet streets for you to revive yourself.
Location: 33 Lorne Street & 24 Wyndham Street Auckland City
Contact: +64 9-303 0420
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Vegetarian or not, you will find Raw Power Cafe to satisfy clean eating with its generous portion and the self-service concept from the salad bar. Open for breakfast, you will discover vegetable big breakfast, eggs benedict, omelette, scrambled tofu and lemon pancakes. For lunch go with tofu burger, falafel pita pocket, tofu hash mushrooms or pumpkin corn fritters. This little cafe is situated in the heart of the city, a perfect place to unwind with your healthy kale smoothie or beetroot latte.
Location: Floor 1, 10 Vulcan Lane, Auckland
Contact:+64 9-303 3624
If the above does not satisfy you, there are plenty of Asian food court in Auckland CBD which serves Halal eateries under one roof. Visit Ponsonby International Foodcourt (few blocks away from Ponsonby Mosque) for Zap Lai Laos Food and Roti Shop. Or Food Alley Foodcourt for Malay meals at Kampung Delights.