Recommended Cheap Eats in Auckland

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Cheap Eats in Auckland

Looking for cheap eats in the Auckland city? Take a look at ViewAuckland.co.nz's guide to the best budget restaurants around Auckland. There isn't a need to stay cooped up at home eating instant noodles or doing dishes night after night! Not with so many restaurants in Auckland offering cheap food that isn't only affordable, but satisfyingly delicious as well. Whether you're a student looking for affordable student rate food or a working adult who may or may not have spent one too many hard-earned dollars on that new bag or pair of shoes, our list of recommended bargains and best Auckland cheap eats will keep culinary deprivation at bay.
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Station Canteen & Espresso, The
122 Anzac Avenue, 1010
  • Incredible $6 scrumptious, gourmet meals
  • Warm, funky, character surroundings, heritage building
  • Cheapest coffees in CBD ($3.80) and Beers from $3.90
  • Fantastic, genuine Italian / Thai chefs in the kitchen
  • Awesome Hours and a BIG menu!
Ah, sushi - one of the two most readily prevalent takeaway lunches in central Auckland city (with the other being kebabs, naturally). It's easy to get a cheap pack of sushi to go for $5 in the city, but it isn't always tasty or fresh - and fresh is important; we're talking consumption of raw fish here, after all. To those who are a little more concerned over the quality of the sushi that they ingest on a regular basis in Auckland city, we recommend Bian Sushi and Donburi. The shocking wave of customers that flock to this Japanese cheap eat come lunchtime is indication of their fresh and consistently yummy nosh. At the very least, with the ridiculously quick turnover of the bargain food on Bian's counters you can be assured of its freshness.
183 Symonds Street,
Auckland,
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Korean BBQ restaurants have been gaining popularity amongst the Auckland locals - while Korean cuisine had admittedly dominated a stretch of Queen Street in central Auckland for many years now, the unique flavours of this cuisine is only now starting to entice the increasingly adventurous palates of Aucklanders. Korean foods make great tummy fillers for those on a budget, too, as the mandatory and complementary banchan (side dishes) that are served to every patron alongside the main dishes will do the trick of filling the pockets of air left in your stomach. With so many of them to choose from, though, how do we know which ones are worth our tight dollar? - Introducing the Korean cuisine representative of our Auckland Cheap Eats list, Bon Ga Ne Restaurant. The place is an absolute favourite with many of the native Koreans in town and offers cheap and cheerful service in a refined wood-paneled interior. We guarantee that you'll be a satisfied and positively stuffed customer for less than $15 here!
430 Queen Street,
Auckland,
1010
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The same names always pop up when great Indian cuisine is mentioned, and these same icons, while undoubtedly delicious, always reside in the central Auckland region. In tribute to the frustrated North Shore residents who have given up needing to brave the Harbour Bridge traffic to get to great ethnic Indian we present Chand Indian Restaurant - and as a cheap eat, too! Food at Chand Indian Restaurant, like many North Shore restaurants, is sorely underrated. This bargain restaurant hasn't been around since 1995 for nothing though; the flavours of their spices always shine through and their naans are always warm and pillowy - we couldn't ask for a better affordable local in the North Shore, Auckland.
4 / 1056 Beach Road,
Auckland,
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This isn't exactly the kind of place where you can fill right up with a wholesome and healthy meal (unless, of course, you consider tiramisu cheesecakes or sticky date pudding mains material). We feel like we're cheating you out of the opportunity to learn about this famed - think Bill Clinton visits - chocolate boutique if we leave it out though; their famous densos go for less than $6 per decadent mug, with most of their cakes and desserts going for no more than $10 per serve as well. Not quite your traditional cheap eat destination, but we reckon there are few places that would rival the Chocolate Boutique when you're out and about looking for a cheap sweet tooth fix, especially when it's open til late, too!
1 / 323 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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Food courts are aplenty around Auckland and have a rabid following - heck, we even run annual food court awards in the central Auckland city. But because there's not much fun in recommending a food court cheap eat (predictable!), we're introducing to this Cheap Eats in Auckland list something that runs along a similar concept, yet couldn't be any more different - Elliott Stables Epicurean Village. The unique communal space is shared by close to a dozen individual food merchants with varieties ranging from the Japanese sushi and authentic Spanish tapas to vegan food - all with affordable prices but in a setting that rivals that of a posh dining restaurant. And with quality wines available into the night, too. Check out the different food retailers available on the bottom!

Basilicum
Besos Latinos
Bruschetteria
De Niro Risorante
El Faro Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Frankies Wurstbude
Reslau Cafe
Samurai Sushi
Torchon French Creperie
39 Elliott St,
Auckland CBD,
1010
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Pies - the quintessential and humble Kiwi nosh - an Auckland Cheap Eats list is never complete without at least one of these in the equation! The Fridge receives love from us at View Auckland precisely because of this. Sure, pies at The Fridge are a tad pricier than the run-of-the-mill pie, but $7.50 for a piece of heaven isn't too much to ask - you'll agree with us when you've tried one of their bargain signature flaky pies.
507 New North Road,
Auckland,
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Good Vietnamese restaurants in Auckland are few and far between - well, actually, Vietnamese restaurants are difficult to find in general, but lack of culinary diversity in New Zealand is another issue altogether. Hansan Vietnamese Restaurant is one of the few that meet the bill at an affordable price. Cheap, hearty and flavourful food - what's not to like?
Unit H,
55 Nuffield Street,
Auckland,
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The Ponsonby suburb in central Auckland has a notorious reputation for being a rather elitist part of the city, but not all of Ponsonby emanate this vibe. Case in point: Il Buco. Il Buco is, in fact, the antithesis of elitism and all things posh without actually being crassly so. It's a street-side mass polygonal pizza-peddling store that sells little more than their ridiculously yum and cheap pizzas by the $5 slice, although we don't often say no to their soups or tiramisu either.
113 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Mamak Malaysian Restaurant is a relatively young cheap eats restaurant seated in the heart of Chancery in the central Auckland CBD, but it's already got a cult following of its own. But then again, Mamak Malaysian Restaurant is the only place in Auckland that makes its own roti fresh daily, best mimics the true Mamak experience in Malaysia AND is surprisingly affordable with the novelty roti tissue selling for a mere $7.50 per serve, so what's not to love?
50 Kitchener Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Few places take their ramen more seriously than Men Tatz Japanese Noodle Restaurant does, and their steadfast dedication to the art of ramen-making clearly pays off, judging from the crowds of suits and students alike that flock to this central Auckland CBD restaurant come lunch time daily. Well, that and the affordable prices, naturally. There's nothing like a warm bowl of tonkotsu broth and noodles cooked your way to slurp it with!
28 Lorne Street,
Auckland,
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****-
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There are few things that we appreciate more than cheap food, with one of it being heritage. There's nothing like hearing recollections of dates the parents used to go for at the Middle East Cafe in central Auckland, or how so many baby boomers continue to bring their children to this childhood favourite of theirs to this day. We're pretty sure the prices may have gone up since (our fingers are pointed at inflation), but the food remains comparatively cheap and are an absolute bargain, especially with their generous and toasty charwarmas going for less than $10 each. Cheap food AND heritage - now that's a keeper!
23 Wellesley Street,
Auckland,
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While the recently renamed No. 1 Pancake (formerly Corner Pancake) has a new and dubiously self-appraising name, we've got to say that it's difficult to argue with that claim of theirs. This takeaway hole-in-a-wall curiously has a perennial crowd huddling in front of it, waiting come rain or shine for the satisfyingly greasy filled pancakes made to order. From the savouries such as chicken and cheese to the sweets such as red bean or chocolate, there's sure to be a filling to satisfy a craving. Makes for a great midday snack at less than $5 a pop, and don't be deceived; this cheap eat if far more filling than it may appear to be!
Corner Wellesley & Lorne Streets,
Auckland,
1010
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It's hardly a surprise that the Paneton brand had grown so much with its pre-packaged breads flying off supermarket shelves like hot cakes - yep, we'll just slip that one in there - considering how the Paneton Bakery had been satisfying the Auckland local desires for authentic French pastries since 1986. The standard of the fare had been consistent throughout the years as well. We should know - with treats such as pain au chocolats and ham and cheese croissants going for around the $5 mark, it had been far too easy to drop by every so often, order one of those, then top it up with a pecan or citron tart. While we sure are thankful that the great pastries and lunch sandwiches at Paneton Bakery are fresh and cheap eats, but we're not sure our waistlines agree with us....
21 Halsey Street,
Auckland,
1010
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The Bahn Mi Bale South Vietnam Restaurant had just recently re-branded into just South Vietnam Restaurant, but that doesn't mean the food had gotten any less amazing. This central Auckland CBD cheap eat serves the best kind of sandwiches you'll get in Auckland for less than $10. This bargain eat probably ranks as one of the very few positives to have come out of French colonialism in Vietnam back in the days - with its crusty baguette-like bread and flavourful fillings, the cheap as bahn mi at South Vietnam Restaurant are an absolute steal!
6-8 Lorne Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Sure, cheap and cheerful eateries along Dominion Road are aplenty, but zeroing in on one that A) isn't Chinese and B) consistently cooks up great nosh is no easy feat. Well, we say when in doubt, go for Ras Vatika Indian Vegetarian Cafe's fare. The authentic Indian food served here is incredibly affordable and the varieties are endless. And with such cheap prices, worry not - you'll be able to work your way through their interesting menu in no time and with hardly a dent put in your wallet!
596 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
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Sal's Authentic New York Pizza needs no introduction in Auckland - everything from its unapologetic 42-inch MTV-blaring screens to its signature eco-friendly Segway deliveries and, of course, puzzlingly simple yet ridiculously yummy 18-inch pizzas are characteristically Sal's. There's real substance to their style, though, and with the affordable price of only $5 per 18-incher pizza slice you could fill yourself up with two slices of these and still not go beyond the $10 mark. Alternatively, grab a couple of their pepperoni wheels or garlic knots, both also competitively priced. No cheap eat in Auckland more iconic then Sal's Authentic New York Pizza!
4A Commerce Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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The Station Canteen and Espresso is famous for it's amazing and delicious $6 meals and the most affordable drinks in Auckland town! Get on down!
122 Anzac Avenue,
Auckland,
1010
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Being the little brother to the traditional and prestigious Tanuki Japanese Restaurant may deceive some people in Auckland into thinking of Tanuki's Cave as overpriced or too trendy for its own good, but the constant crowd and waiting line at Tanuki's Cave is well deserved. Their sheer variety of yakitori skewers they have - with even the exotic like chicken hearts and beef tongue steak available - are appropriately sized, incredibly tender and classically charcoal roasted. But you're the kind who needs good ol' carbs to fill the tummy right up, worry not for their yum chicken yakitori don will do the trick, costing less than $10 (cheap as deal, or what?). Alternatively, go lean with the meat skewers pricing merely around $5 per two sticks and binge on their deep fried mashed kumara balls which we simply cannot get past every time we drop by this Auckland cheap eat love of ours - and only $6 for this huge serve of decadence!
319B Queen Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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*****
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The heritage of Zap 4 Esan Thai Cuisine heralds back to its humble roots at the famed Albert Street Food Alley food court back in 1996. After moving out of its dingy food court hall and spreading its wings do we find ourselves blessed with Hamish and Yao's latest venture; the Zap 4 Esan Thai Cuisine on Commerce Street, central Auckland CBD.

The atmosphere at Zap 4 Esan Thai is rather reminiscent of its food hall roots itself. Not exactly first date, dress-to-impress material, but it's undeniable that not only is the North Eastern Thai food at Zap 4 good; it's a real bargain too. With hearty curry and noodle dishes never going above the $15 mark and even some great cheap Thai street treats to nibble on, Zap 4 Esan Thai Cuisine certainly passes our bill as a cheap eat!
6 Commerce Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
***--
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*****
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