Before you set out it's worth noting that Auckland isn't well serviced by public transport, so walking and taxi cabs are often the way to go. If you're after an organic foodstore, we would suggest trying Huckleberry Farms at 150 Apirana Ave, Glen Innes (they also have stores at Epsom and Grey Lynn). For over 20 years it has been the store of choice for people with allergies, so a naturopath is always on site during business hours. Huckleberry stock everything from fresh produce to cleaning products and have a great list of recipes on their website. For a similar experience (but qbout 15 km North of Auckland) you can also try Naturally Organic at Rosedale Plaza, 215 Rosedale Road, Albany. Founders Karen and Neil Thomas ardently support people's right to have chemical free food and products available to them at reasonable prices. Their range is also big, including books, skin care products and baby specific items. If you want some real organic bread that's made in the old French and German traditions, try Paris-Berlin Organic Bakery at 64 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland City. The bread contains no additives – you can almost taste the simplicity – and you have to try a classic sourdough loaf. If you want some organic cafe time try Wise Cicada at 23 Crowhurst Street, Newmarket, Auckland City. We suggest ordering the purple kumara soup, which is a big favourite with the locals. If you don't need your meals to be 100% organic, we recommend trying The Italian Job at 242 Jervois Road Herne Bay, Auckland City.This family owned business does pizzas like no other and are all made from scratch on site. At $34 for a large they are a bit expensive, but certainly delicious. The restaurant is child friendly. Another one that's not 100% organic but a unique experience is Basilicum at 41 Elliott Street, Auckland (in the Epicurean Village). It is worth checking out their comprehensive website to read about their food philosophies. The menu changes daily according to seasonal availability, but the soups are always delightful. If you're after a more up-market organic dining experience that may include some jazz music, try The Grange – Fusion Organic Bar & Eatery at 106 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby. Open until late, the hours simply disappear courtesy of the fine food (try the open steak sandwich), extensive wine list and relaxed atmosphere. Beer is available on tap, but like the wine, is not organic.
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