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The Best Bars and Restaurants near Eden Park

If you're heading to Eden Park for any kind of event or just looking for something nearby even on a midweek night you can expect the suburb of Kingsland to be buzzing.
From the Bond Street bridge, all along New North Road, and a short walk from the Kingsland train station and Eden Park, there is a hive of hip bars, fantastic restaurants and the kind of cafes and bakeries that make it a favourite destination for hungry Aucklanders.
Even on a weeknight people come out and make the most of the evening sun here and come Tuesday when the road is closed is traffic, the street will become one big open air party.
It’s a kind of magic heavenly foodie triangle – from the bridge, to the park, down to Kingsland Ave, the area is full to brim with some of the best drink and eateries Auckland has to offer. 
You might be thirsty after a long train ride from Britomart or Henderson, so stop at Atomic for a quick espresso pick me up before you call into Glengarry next door or for supplies.
One door down is Citizen Park’s (424 New North Road) chic tiled exterior tiles and the best accessory a restaurant can have – an outdoor eating area. The menu is pub food with a dash of the exotic. You will love the ‘raw’ section of the menu complete with oysters, steak tartare, and kingfish cerviche, perfect to slip down with a cold beer. The Spanish/Mexican flavours of the polenta, quesadilla, nachos and ‘mole’ are perfect combinations of hot, zesty, smooth and tantalising.
At a huge converted store you will find the Kingslander (470 New North Road) ‘New Zealand’s favourite local sports bar. Well it is very local and very sports oriented so you might well feel right at home here with a choice of tasty bar snacks, lite meals and a huge selection of beer on tap.
Neighbourhood Macs Brewbar (498 New North Road) is the next big beer bar along the stretch. If you like the Northern Steamship in Britomart you’ll love the rest of the family (in Kingsland and Newmarket). The outdoor tables, under the shade of a couple of trees and around some grass, make it the next best thing to chilling in your own backyard before you head to the Park.

If you are calling through Kingsland and want a coffee and a sandwich rather tna a beer and snack your tastes will be catered to.

Shaky Isles is a Kingsland institution and the website says ‘wake up buddy and bust some nuts’ and the coffee here will defintely do one of those things. The hot chocolate of Whittakers Sante bars in hot milk are fabulous and the food is wickedly tasty – try the ‘old schoolers’ section of the menu to see what everyone is raving about.

La Bottega (503 New North Road) is an authentic Italian bakery right down to the Italian Papa in the kitchen. The rows of buttery small sculptures are all delectable and with names that might be familiar from shows like the Sopranos. Canoli filled with zabaglione cream rich dark coffee and a great little verandah you can sit down and watch the world from your own corner of Italy.
Roasted Addiqtion (487 New North Road) is an oldy but a goody, with it’s bright orange tables and chairs and classic café fare it is a good spot for a family lunch and a bite before a big game.
Tables outside mean you get the best of both worlds and a courtyard out the back could be a nice escape from the busy street. Salad and pasta, burgers and sandwiches are crowd pleasing favourites and cater to all tastes (gluten free and vege) the food is healthy and filling.
The Fridge at (507 New North Road) is a deli/cafe with a huge slection of counter food ready to go, home made pies and an extensive brunch menu. With the friendliest staff you have ever met, giant scones and flakey rich pies the Fridge ticks all the boxes. The mixmatched furniture and the comfortable layout and table spacing make this feel just like having a feast after raiding the fridge at home.
Monday wholefoods kitchen and juicery (503B New North Road) is down a little laneway off the main drag that services Supreme coffee. Famously run by two food bloggers you know it will live up to it’s tagline ‘insanely delicious’. If you aren't going to the match and this is tickling your fancy you can order food, books and cakes online. If you are going to be in the neighbourhood then you can take part in the revolution toward happiness and health. Check out ‘The Positive Project’ on their website for ideas – come along and make a ‘small and simple change’.
If fast food is more your speed try anything from gournet burgers at Handmade Burgers (455 New North Road) to the ‘best millkshakes in the world’ just across the street.
If you want a little spice and ethnic food is more up your alley then you can call into Petra Shawarma (482 New North Road) for Jordanian food home-style and prepared with love.
If Turkish is what you are craving then head to Jaan further up the road for woodfired pizza and fresh baked Turkish bread .
@Bangkok is a small traditional Thai takeway with great prices and a solid menu selection. Try the labr or the Pad Thai for classic favourites.
Mekong Neua (483 New North Road) is the other Thai restaurant in the main strip. It serves generous portions and plenty of fresh crisp vegetables smothered in fragrant scents and gorgeous flavours and is a restaurant recommended to anyone wanting a good Thai meal and good atmosphere.
Canton Café (477 New North Road) is always crazy busy, with big tables and a Lazy Susan in the middle to shared dishes from it is a great place for large grouse to go to end their day. The best part is that it has a generous BYO policy so don’t worry about corkage, bring what you like, wine beer and enjoy!
 

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