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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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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