If you’re travelling to New Zealand, you have to try their famous meat pies. It’s not too difficult to get your hands on this iconic Kiwi staple: all the best cafés and bakeries will have them. If you happen to be visiting Auckland, here are the eateries that serve up some of the tastiest pies in the region.
Little & Friday
Little & Friday’s commitment to providing a large selection of sweet and savoury goodies, produced from ethically-sourced ingredients, made them a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to the meat pie game, you can count on these baking experts to serve you an ever-changing selection of flavours. Classic fillings, like steak and cheese, are part of their offerings too.
Greenland Bakery and Café
You can’t talk about Auckland’s best without mentioning the seasoned (no pun intended) Greenland Bakery and Café. This East Tamaki institution has plenty of pie awards under its belt. It made a name for itself by producing an incredible range of flavours – the pick of the crop includes their chunky chicken and vegetable and flavoursome bacon and egg pies, and a wondrous selection of beef pie fillings.
This quintessential Kiwi bakery is hands-down one of the best places to get a traditional meat pie. Muzza’s Pies is a discreet little shop in the Mount Albert suburb that truly packs a punch when it comes to delicious savouries. Select from any of the traditional flavours (mince, steak and cheese, potato top) or go for something a little different – chicken and apricot, smoked fish, and chili and mince are some of their unique crowd-pleasers.
Muzza’s Pies, 55 Richardson Rd, Mount Albert, Owairaka, New Zealand, +64 9 846 2355
Whenuapai Bakehouse & Café
This West Auckland bakery has earned a strong reputation because of its pies. In fact, the humble Whenuapai Bakehouse & Cafe’s mince pie earned the Gold Award at the 2012 Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards. As you’d expect with any Kiwi bakery, this establishment will give you plenty of pies to savour, as well as a nice selection of sandwiches and treats.
Scratch Bakers HQ
True to its name, this urban gem makes all their food from scratch. Scratch Bakers HQ have seen a surge of popularity because of its gourmet pies – especially its signature pork belly and apple cider option. No matter which meat you choose from, though, you’ll be able to truly relish a delectable flaky pastry and a wonderful marriage of flavours.
Scratch Bakers HQ, 5 Graham St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 307 2323
The Mustard Kitchen
This cute café in the inner-city Morningside suburb knows how to make a good pastry. Bacon and egg, roast veggie and feta, Mexican chicken, and steak, mushroom and cheese are some of The Mustard Kitchen’s freshly-made pie offerings. Their entire menu is quite diverse too – if you’re wanting some dessert to go with your hearty meal, opt for one of their doughnuts, cakes or slices.
The Baker’s Cottage, Kingsland
The Baker’s Cottage is famed for its gourmet pies – and the sheer variety of choices lining their cabinets will appease even the pickiest of eaters. Steak and pepper, creamy chicken and mushroom, and Moroccan lamb pies are just some of this Kingsland café’s specialties. If you’re in the mood for a baked treat, this establishment will fill you up with an incredible range of savoury goodies, desserts, sandwiches and freshly-made breads.