New Zealanders absolutely love the hype around traditional hot cross buns at Easter. The soft, dense and often deliciously spicy bun has derived through the years offering special twists, from custard fillings to chocolate and more. Here are seven of our favourite places to get hot cross buns in Auckland.
1. Ima Cuisine
This Middle Eastern restaurant is famous for their delicious and indulgent custard cross buns. Each bun consists of fruit-peel, sultanas, currants and more. Just toast it with butter and you’ve got yourself a winner. Certainly, an excellent contender for the best hot cross buns in Auckland. This restaurant is also home to one of the best shared platters in Auckland.
📍 53 Fort Street, Downtown, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
2. Wild Wheat
This bakery serves award-winning thick hot cross buns consisting of a spicy, fruit-infused flavour. However, this year they are baked in a new style, but still offer that crowd-pleasing taste enthusiasts seek upon each visit.
You can preorder special hot cross buns made with Helensville’s Liberty Brewing. The ingredients uses darkest days oat to infuse the buns, topped with raisins, golden raisins, fruit peel, sultanas, and soaked in beer to make them extra juicy. Certainly, some of the best hot cross buns to pick up this year.
📍103 Mill Road, Helensville 0800, New Zealand
Send your tastebuds on an adventure with the glazed hot cross buns from this joint. Think a slight fruit ratio, with a soft and fluffy texture inside and some chocolate fillings. Perfect untoasted or toasted…the choice is yours.
📍76 Benson Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050, New Zealand
5. Fort Greene
Another favourite among Aucklanders. Expect a thick crust on the outer dough with a mix of sweet, spicy and fruity flavours inside. Definitely, one of the best hot cross buns in Auckland. Be quick because hot cross bun orders take two days here.
📍327 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Indulge on a range of popular organic hot cross buns from this bakery. Think soft slow-fermented buns containing a small amount of yeast and fruits like raisins, cranberries, raisins and more. Indeed, it’s the perfect doughy fix to pair with a coffee this weekend. This bakery is also home to the best chicken waffles in Auckland.
7. Daily Bread
Order a selection of the famous fluffy and glazed sourdough hot cross buns oozing with flavour. Each bun is a generous size and is made with spices and in-house fruits. Opt for the original buns or special chocolate buns. Definitely one to try for hot cross buns lovers this season.