The French may have blown up the Rainbow Warrior and knocked us out of two Rugby World Cups – but sacré bleu, they sure know how to make great food!
Indeed, if you think French food is all baguettes, croissants, snails and frog-legs then you are seriously mistaken. French cuisine is world-famous for its variety, its flavour, its aroma.
Think rich and buttery foie gras, spectacular wine and cheese, delicate soufflés and delectable macaroons – just to name a few famous French dishes that you will be able to try at these wonderful French restaurants and bakeries in Auckland.
And its food is excellent, of course. Executed perfectly, The French Café serves sublime European cuisine in a sophisticated and intimate environment. The wine list is extensive and the menu changes monthly in order to best utilise the finest ingredients available.
Inspired by all aspects of French life, Elizabeth and Mike Lind launched this classic French-style shop and deli back in 1997 – a lifetime ago in the world of restaurants and retail.
La Cigale, meaning “circada” – a sound associated with Provence in the summer, boasts an authentic French experience, sourcing most of its products directly from there. The deli sells French cheeses, tapenades and cornichons, olives and French pates; the bistro serves up exquisite French food for lunch and dinner.
This creperie and café is about as cute as it gets, with red gingham tablecloths and wood panelling complementing the wonderful French food.
A little more relaxed, a little less intimidating than other French restaurants in Auckland, Le Garde-manger nevertheless serves up an extensive menu of delectable French cuisine and wine. You will feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a little piece of Paris on Queen Street.
You’ve got to hand it to the French – they’re pretty much number one when it comes to patisseries, pastries and bread.
Paris-Berlin Organic Bakery produces traditional French- and German-style bread, pastries and cakes, without such nasty things as additives and preservatives. It’s the best place to go in Auckland for crusty baguettes, seeded loaves and sweet French baked-goods.
The bakery’s goods can also be found in organic shops around the city, if its store in Ellerslie is too far out of your way.