Food & Eating Out

Whether you need a daily coffee pick-me-up, just want to grab a sandwich for lunch, or are after something healthy to take home for dinner, it’s good to know what’s in your local area. We look at some of the food options in and around Glenn Innes.

From boutique coffee roasters to organic groceries, and award-winning butchers to cafes specialising in homemade treats, the Eastern Bay area is jam-packed with an interesting variety of cafes, food stores, markets and bakeries.

Baker & Co
Baker & Co

For food just like “mum used to make”, pop in here and grab an Allpress coffee while you’re at it. The team at Baker & Co turn out sweet and savoury treats including muffins, scones, brioche, pies, wraps, tarts and sandwiches, as well as cookies, slices and cakes. Everything is made in house using free-range eggs, meat and local fresh produce. If you’re thinking about a party, they also cater for morning teas and lunches.

Huckleberry Organics
Huckleberry Organics

If you’re looking for natural, organic and gluten-free foods, Huckleberry should be able to help. An Auckland-based franchise, Huckleberry is a grocery store that specialises in natural foods for customers on restricted diets, those who have food allergies or are interested in nutrition, health and wellbeing. The shop stocks both fresh and packaged food, as well as bodycare, homewares and household products.

Merchants Espresso and Eatery
Merchants Espresso and Eatery

One of latest additions to GI’s growing café culture – run by an energetic young couple, Karen and Ivan Merchants serves up really good coffee and gourmet cabinet food.

Avons Butchery
Avons Butchery

Award-winning bacon, ham and sausages are the trademark of Avon Rzoska, who has celebrated 37 years of running his own business in Glen Innes. Avon and son William, now working there too, run the family butchery, and many customers are the children of the shop’s original customers. Avon is renowned for home-cured Christmas hams and gluten-free sausages and bacon, and the Argentinian cuts are also a favourite.

Marsic Brothers
Marsic Brothers

Fish for breakfast, lunch or dinner – whether you want fresh, fried with chips, or smoked, Marsics carries a huge selection of whole and filleted varieties, all fresh from the market each day. The shop opens about 6.30am Monday to Saturday and serves its regular throng of customers until about 6.30pm, except on Saturday, when the shop closes at 1.30pm. They can also smoke your catch for you.

Café on Kohi
Café on Kohi

This spot is a favourite with locals, cyclists and walkers wanting a coffee, cold drink or something more substantial after a morning workout along the waterfront. Owned by the Hipgroup since 2004, much of the fresh produce comes straight from the owners’ farm in Kumeu. Grab an outside table and enjoy views of the beach and harbour.

St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro
St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro

A hop, skip and jump across the road from St Heliers Beach is this casual eatery, open seven days a week. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between, the menu is comprehensive, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce, and the drinks menu includes tasty offerings like Kombucha, homemade sodas, cocktails, beers and wine.

Sylvia Park Night Market
Sylvia Park Night Market

Every Thursday evening, you'll find the market in full force - teeming with stalls, entertainers and people. With 70 to 80 amazing food stalls cooking up tasty street snacks and delicacies from around the world, it's a true melting pot of cultures and nationalities that reflects the diverse and dynamic nature of Auckland.

Pakuranga Night Market
Pakuranga Night Market

For a fun night out listening to live music and watching buskers, magicians, dance troupes and other performers, drop in here. The first night market to open in 2010, visitors can experience food from different cultures and countries – favourites like Thai and Chinese, or more unusual delicacies. As well, stalls sell fashion items and toys. Even better, it’s under cover, and open in all weathers.

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