Secret Auckland’s Guide To The Best Cheap And Cheerful Eats In The City

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Cheap And Cheerful Eats

Gorge on delicious, top-quality food while still on a budget.

When you are in a rush, it can be impossible to get a decent feed without spending a fortune. Yep, we have all been there, where we feel it’s easy to stay with what is familiar even if it brutally expensive. But the truth is that there are plenty of hidden cheap eats places around Auckland where you can avail of a great foodie experience without burning a hole in your pocket. Lucky for you, we’ve tracked down six of the most affordable cheap eats in Auckland for you to indulge at.

1. Mexican Café

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This iconic Mexican eatery serves up some scrumptious belly fillers that you can delight in when you are penny pinching. Avail of their daily happy hour and pay just $5 for tasty tacos and on Taco Tuesdays they cost only $3. What a bargain! Other menu highlights include quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos and burritos. Indeed, you can’t go wrong here whether it’s for lunch or dinner.

📍 67 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

2. Sal’s Pizza

Aucklanders absolutely adore this 5-star hotspot. A gigantic slice of authentic New York pizza for just $6. What more could you want? With a great selection of flavours, you’ll be tempted to purchase more than one slice. It is an excellent eatery to sober yourself up after a night out, by chowing down on this slice of heaven. If you’re still hungry, other bites you can get include their famous garlic knot balls at three for $5 or eight for $10 while a large slice of New York cheesecake will set you back $9, just to name a few.

📍 Various Locations 

3. No.1 Pancake


Send your tastebuds into a frenzy by purchasing one of the traditional Korean pancakes at this spot. Freshly made, stuffed with fillings, and cooked to perfection…is there anything better? The sweet options start at $5 and include chocolate, red bean or cinnamon with sugar flavours, while the savory options will cost you $7 for ingredients like potato and cheese, chicken and cheese, beef and cheese, and plenty more. This cheap eats spot will cheer you up through an excellent filling meal if you are strapped for cash.

📍 Lorne Street &, Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


4. Better Burger

Chow down on one of the finest cheeseburgers in Auckland for just $8 at this joint. Make it a meal and opt to pair it with a large portion of top-quality fries for $5. Indeed, this spot is guaranteed to fill you up while avoiding burning holes in your wallet. If there is room in your budget, be sure to wash it all down with an epic chocolate, strawberry or vanilla milkshake for $6. Certainly, these treats are not to be missed.

📍 Various Locations 

5. Sri Pinang

This cheap eats place serves up unbeatable and low-cost Malaysian cuisine. You can bag yourself a magnificent meal for under $10. With a large variety on the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Think chicken curries, nasi goreng, roti dishes, curry laksa, tofu claypot, just to name a few. Everything can be adapted for vegan dieters too. Consequently, it is a fantastic spot to dine on a budget.

📍 356 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

6. Sumthin Dumplin 

Treat yourself on your next lunch break to six dumplings for only $10.50. With quick service and an array of diverse dumplings and flavours, it’s a convenient way to recharge your batteries for the day. Select between chicken, prawn, pork, beef or vegetarian options for the most pleasurable dumpling experience. You couldn’t possibly be hungry after scoffing down these bad boys.

📍 Various Locations 

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