Where to Find Hot Cross Buns in Auckland

Go past the supermarket six packs and look for delicious hot cross buns at your local eatery

Hot cross buns from Ima Cuisine. Picture / Babiche Martens.

It's hard to beat sinking your teeth into a warm doughy hot cross bun come Easter, especially when there are so many good options available. From traditional to flour-less, here are our pick of the best hot cross buns in Auckland:

1. Ima Cuisine
Yael Schochat of Fort St instituition Ima Cuisine has got her hot cross buns recipe down to a fine art, with the usual currants and mixed peel, as well as a delicous custard cross on top. Try making Yael’s recipe for yourself.
— 53 Fort St, Auckland CBD

2. Scratch Bakers
If you aren’t a fan of mixed peel, the hot cross buns from Scratch are the buns for you. They’ve also got a 50:50 flour to fruit ratio, with currants, raisins and sultanas.
— 5 Graham St, Freemans Bay

3. The Caker
Not technically of the dough variety, but The Caker’s hot cross bun cake is as good as any traditional versions we’ve tried, with spices, chocolate chunks, candied orange and cinnamon cream cheese icing.
— Available to order through thecaker.co.nz

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4. Little and Friday
There isn’t much Little & Friday can do wrong, and their hot cross buns are no exception. These are the no-fuss kind, flavoured simply with spice, sultanas and mixed peel.
— 43D Eversleigh Rd, Belmont, 11 McColl St, Newmarket, and 42 Douglas St, Ponsonby

5. Bread and Butter 
You'll have to act quick to try the buns from Bread and Butter, which are best served hot with lashings of butter.
— 34 Westmoreland St West, Grey Lynn

6. Little Bird Unbakery
If you're looking for an unrefined alternative, Little Bird, of course, has you covered. Their Raw Cross Buns are served in slice form, and are just as satisfying as a doughy treat.
— 385 New North Rd, Kingsland

7. Catroux
Pre-order the hot cross buns from Catroux, as they tend to sell out fast. These little beauties are light on spices and heavy on fruit.
— 129 West End Road, Westmere 

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