Cheap eats Auckland: what are the best cheap places to eat in Auckland?

Cheap eats Auckland: what are the best cheap places to eat in Auckland?

Places to eat in Auckland New Zealand

As the cost of living is pretty high in Auckland, it might be difficult to find good affordable places to eat in Auckland, New Zealand, especially when visiting and not knowing the area.

However, there are plenty of cheap eat in Auckland in different parts of the city.

See below our selection of affordable places to eat in Auckland:

  • Breakfast cheap eats in Auckland Ponsonby Central, breakfast for about NZ$10,

  • Lunch cheap eats in Auckland Ponsonby at Ha! Poke Bowl, Hawaiian lunch for NZ$15,

  • Dinner cheap eats in Auckland Ponsonby at Ramen Takara Ponsonby, dinner for NZ$20,

  • Breakfast cheap eats in Auckland CBD at The Coffee Club, breakfast for NZ$10,

  • Lunch cheap eats in Auckland CBD at Andy's Burger bar, lunch at NZ$20,

  • Dinner cheap eats in Auckland CBD at The Right Track sports bar, dinner at NZ$20,

  • Cheap eats restaurants Auckland viaduct at O'Hagans Irish pub,

  • Cheap eats Auckland waterfront restaurants at Oysters And Chop.

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Cheap eats Auckland Ponsonby

  • Ponsonby central breakfast for about NZ$10,

  • Ha! Poke Bowl Hawaiian restaurant lunch for about NZ$15,

  • Ramen Takara Ponsonby dinner for about NZ$20.

The best places to eat in Auckland Ponsonby all are along the Ponsonby road, which is the main street of this trendy district, that has the best views around due to its location on top of a hill, but unfortunately doesn't has any rooftop restaurant or restaurant with a good city view.

However, you can find there some good cheap eats for Auckland, see below our selection.

Ponsonby central breakfast for NZ$10

Another great place to enjoy food any time of the day, would it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with the possibility to find a whole meal for NZ$20 or less, is Ponsonby Central, a huge food court in the heart of Ponsonby district.

Our advice to get one of the cheapest breakfast in Auckland, while keeping it tasty and light, is to visit the great Little Bread&Butter, which offer amazing pastries.

A coffee and croissant served with jam and butter will cost you about NZ$9 which isn't bad for a breakfast in Auckland, and you can even have it on a street terrace.

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Ha! Poke Bowl Hawaiian lunch for NZ$15

In Ha! Poke Bowl Hawaiian restaurant, you will get one of the cheapest breakfast in Auckland possible, with prices as low as below NZ$15.

They are serving Poke Bowls, which are some kind of Hawaiian salads served in bowls, and you can choose the base, the toppings, and much more.

With a standard bowl, you will most likely be able to have all the food necessary for a good meal that will take you through the day.

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Ha! Breakfast & Poke Bowls on Google Maps

Ramen Takara Ponsonby dinner for NZ$20

Another good idea of relatively cheap eat in Auckland is having some amazing Japanese ramen, and they are great at Ramen Takara Ponsonby.

The ramen themselves are less than NZ$20, and adding a Japanese beer will get you around NZ$25, which still is a good price for a dinner in Auckland city.

The food is delicious and the service is perfect, which is why the place is usually packed.

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Ramen Takara Ponsonby, dinner cheap eats Auckland

Cheap eats Auckland CBD

  • The Coffee Club breakfast for NZ$10,

  • Andy's burger bar lunch for around NZ$20,

  • The Right Track sports bar dinner for less than NZ$20.

Eating cheap in Auckland CBD might be difficult, but there are options to have both breakfast, lunch and dinner at affordable prices, all below the limit of NZ$20.

And, if you're visiting on Saturday, you can even have amazing street food, mostly Asian, for around NZ$10 to NZ$20 for a whole large dinner meal at the Auckland night food market, which only happens on Saturdays in Auckland CBD.

The Coffee Club breakfast for NZ$10

At TheCoffeeClub restaurant, which is right next to the cheap accomodation Ibis Budget Auckland Central, you will find one of the cheapest breakfast in Auckland, with selection for only NZ$10.

With choice between French toasts with banana, muesli with youghurt, or Kiwi mini breakfast at NZ$10, and omelette or bacon with egg and toast at NZ$15, this is one of the most affordable breakfast in town.

Add a freshly squeezed juice with one of their breakfast options, and you'll get a full breakfast for less than 20$NZ.

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Andy's Burger bar lunch at NZ$20

For a fulfilling lunch at 20$, a good option for typical New Zealand food is to have... a burger, that's right, at Andy's Burger bar, which is right in the Sky Tower's building. One of the Sky Tower entrance is actually in that restaurant.

A good cheeseburger with one of their amazing sodas will take you just a little bit above 20$, but you can eat for NZ$15 by ordering only a burger, which tastes great and is also a good cheap eats option before taking the bus downstairs - that's what we did before heading to Rotorua with the New Zealand InterCity bus.

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The Right Track sports bar dinner at NZ$20

What would be Auckland without sports bars? Probably not the same.

One of the best places in town to enjoy affordable food in Auckland while having one of the best and longest happy hour in town in the Right Track sport bar, where you can even get dinner for NZ$20.

Our tip: order as many beers as possible right before the end of the happy hour.

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Cheap eats restaurants Auckland viaduct

Eating cheap in Auckland viaduct might be difficult, as most of the restaurants around are fancy ones with expenses prices...

Your best bet to eat cheap in Auckland viaduct is actually to head to the O'Hagans Irish pub, which has some of the best options around.

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Cheap eats Auckland waterfront restaurants

Waterfront restaurants are the most expensive restaurants in Auckland, but the Oysters And Chop have some of the most affordable prices around.

A dinner will most likely cost more than $20, but that's the price to pay for an Auckland waterfront restaurant.

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