Funky Asian eatery Hot Hot has made such a splash since opening in Sandringham. Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Neighbourhood Watch: Where to Eat, Shop & Visit in Sandringham

Is Sandringham home to the city's best dumplings? We find authentic eats, local parks and bargain produce is the spice of life in this local hood

Hot Hot 
Funky Asian eatery Hot Hot has made such a splash in Auckland since opening at the start of the year. The food is searingly good and stands out for its excellent service too. A must try is the wok-fried noodles tossed in a dark sweet soy sauce and served with Asian greens. 65 Sandringham Rd, Mt Eden

Paradise Indian Food 
It's a favourite spot in Auckland to get a curry and there’s often a queue out the door. Specialising in Northern Indian Mughlai cuisine, it would take you forever to make your way through Paradise’s giant menu, but the curry specials and any of the biryani dishes are always excellent. 591 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham

With blistering good Indian Street food, be sure to check out Satya Spice And Chai Shop (K Rd location pictured). Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Satya Spice And Chai Shop
Hidden down the back half of the Sandringham branch of Satya Indian restaurant is secret chai lounge, Satya Spice And Chai Shop.  It’s a spinoff of the Satya franchise, operated by the owners’ charismatic son, Sammy. The magical bar specialises in blistering good Indian Street food —yes, it is almost all deep fried—beer, cocktails and of course traditional chai. 515a Sandringham Rd, Sandringham

READ: Restaurant Review: Satya Chai Lounge, Karangahape Rd

The Mustard Kitchen 
This snug and welcoming cafe serves simple, tasty food including amazing French toast brioche and sausage rolls, along with salads, casual cafe fare and coffee and smoothies. 5 Morningside Dr, Sandringham

Tianze Dumpling House
Some of the best dumplings around town come out of this bustling Sandringham kitchen. Be sure to order the steamed cabbage and mushroom and wash down with a drink that you help yourself to from the fridge. 695 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham

Lord Kitchener has all your British-inspired pub favourites. Photo / Babiche Martens

Lord Kitchener
A British-inspired pub serving the likes of Yorkshire pudding, Scotch eggs, mushy peas and chip butties. Its decor features exposed brick, pressed tin, hanging plants, wooden floors and a fireplace, and there's also a courtyard for when the Auckland weather starts playing ball. 6 Kitchener St, Sandringham

Spice Supermarket 
A treasure trove of Indian pantry ingredients. You'll find every spice, flour and grain here. 537 Sandringham Rd, Mount Roskill

Prosciutto al fungi pizza and pappardelle pasta from Papa's Pizza. Photo / Dean Purcell

Papa's Pizza 
This favourite has been around for decades, and we hope it stays that way. Its pizzas are made on wholemeal semolina bases, with one of the more interesting toppings being slow-cooked pork with jalapenos, coriander, brie and spinach. Add a side of arancini and/or polenta chips for good measure. 61 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland

Gribblehirst Park
A popular spot for locals which makes for a nice spot to spend the day outdoors. There are playgrounds, sports fields and plenty of room to picnic on. There's also a rose garden situated at the top of the hill. 5 Cabbage Tree Swamp Dr, Sandringham 

Brunch is looking good at Petit Bocal, which stays open into the evening. Photo / Supplied

Petit Bocal 
A cosy local spot (that takes bookings) doing just about everything with a French flair. Breakfast is served from 7am featuring sweet crepes, eggs florentine and bruschetta. Lunch has well-loved baguette sandwiches, croque monsieur and super salad bowls. Swing by in the evening for French specials and platters destined to transport you to France at first bite. 177 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham

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