Fast and cheap, crowded and cool, Chinoiserie is the sassy eaterie in Mt Albert. Picture / Babiche Martens

Neighbourhood Watch: Mt Albert

The best eats, stores and local charms—we check out what's good in the hood

Mt Albert Market
Go Friday night for a lively evening of eats from food trucks including Temaki Truck, Pork ‘N’ Beans and Napoli Central at the weekly Street Food Station. An onsite bar pours craft beer and organic wine. Come back the next morning for a farmer's market with fresh produce, meats and artisan bread.  
Best For Lively eats    When Fridays, 5pm-9pm & Saturdays, 9am-1pm    Where 847 New North Rd   Visit Facebook.com/Mtalbertmarket

Lim Supermarket Centre
Mt Albert's Lim Supermarket is the local go-to for cheap produce and international products. Check out their Facebook page for updates on whopping low deals, like end-of-summer prices for cauliflower priced at $2. 
Best For
 Bargain produce  Where 949 New North Rd  Visit  Facebook.com/Limsupermarket

Tasha Moselen in her funky Mt Albert store Retro Addiction. Picture / Babiche Martens

Retro Addiction
At this colourful two-storey Mt Albert store, run by the lovely Tasha Moselen, you'll find prints and tapestries, ceramics, books and collectables, as well as furniture and fashion everywhere you turn.
Best For Wardrobe envy    Where 849 New North Rd    Visit Retroaddiction.co.nz

READ: Auckland's Best Retro Stores

Chinoiserie has a mix of Chinese and Taiwanese-inspired street snacks. Picture / Babiche Martens

Chinoiserie
Fast and cheap, crowded and cool, Chinoiserie is the sassy eatery of Mt Albert.On offer is a mix of Chinese and Taiwanese-inspired street snacks including some of the best ribs in town. Messy and fun food at its best. 
Best For Asian Street eats    Where 4A Owairaka Ave    Visit Facebook.com/Chinoiserie

READ: Restaurant Review: Chinoiserie, Mt Albert

Good Thing is a local gem stocked full of all things a stylish home needs. Picture / @GoodThing

Good Thing
Located in a 1920s landmark building in Mt Albert, boutique store Good Things stocks homewares, gifts, art, plants and flowers. There's Ashley & Co beauty products, funky printed cushions, amazing large printed photographs from Melbourne-based Warranbrooke, and much, much more. 
Best For Home decor    Where 849 New North Rd    Visit Goodthing.co.nz

Taco Loco Cantina
For a taste of Mexico, Taco Loco Cantina will cure your cravings for authentic huevos locos and quesadillas. The rustic, colourful interior with mismatched chairs and walls covered in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-inspired murals will put you in the mood for a fiesta. 
Best For Mexican yums    Where 847 New North Rd    Visit Tacoloconz.co.nz 

Step into Mt Albert's European bakery and deli Pyrénées and prepare to be seduced. Picture / Babiche Martens

Pyrénées
Walk into Pyrénées and prepare to be seduced. The croissants, baked baguettes and exquisite dessert cabinet, will have your mouth watering. The bakery also doubles as a small grocery offering pate, olives, terrine, cheese, escargot shells in tins, mustards, jams and bags of sweets. 
Best For Greedy morning picnics    Where 756 New North Rd (near Rocket Park)    Visit Facebook.com/Pyreneesdeli

Rocket Park
Mt Albert is home to one of Auckland's best playgrounds with some of the brightest and best equipment to play on — for all ages. 
Get your buttery goodies from Pyrénées to go and plonk down for an impromptu picnic on the grassy lawn. 
Best For Family fun    Where 751 New North Rd (beside the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall)

L'oeuf Cafe brings visitors from all over Auckland to Mt Albert for their signature dishes. Picture / Babiche Martens

L'oeuf
We like how each meal has a name, such as the Cambodian, the Russian, or the (crowd favourite) The Nest: two crumbed soft-boiled eggs in a filo nest, served on a rocket and feta salad with a hearty squirt of beetroot ketchup. It makes your usual ordering rather enticing. 
Best For Fancy brunch    Where 4A Owairaka Ave    Visit Facebook.com/Loeuf 

READ: The Secret Behind The Nest at L'oeuf

Billy Dang from Vietnamese restaurant Parkside Cafe in Mt. Albert. Picture / Babiche Martens

Parkside Cafe 
Parkside Cafe by day has good coffee and all day breakfast. By night, however, things get turned up red-hot Vietnamese. Don't miss the spicy lotus stem salad and caramelised pork. 
Best For Spicy Vietnamese Where 775 New North Rd (by Rocket Park)   Visit Facebook.com/Parkside-Cafe

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