Auckland's myriad restaurants will appeal to all tastes and budgets. Fans of Asian cuisine will be particularly well served here, and the city's many bistros, pubs and cafés provide a nice European atmosphere.

110 Ponsonby Rd., Ponsonby, tel. 09 376 6477
The popular Bolliwood restaurant serves Indian classics in a vast, white-walled dining room.

St Tropez Restaurant, Bistrot & Wine Bar
149 Parnell Rd., Parnell, tel. 09 309 0996
This charming French bistro's tantalising cuisine showcases such Provencal staples as rosemary, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and thyme.

Santa Lucia Restaurant
51 Tamaki Dr., Mission Bay, tel. 09 528 6631
A good spot to enjoy classic Italian cuisine, the Santa Lucia Restaurant's festive dining room is decorated with Mediterranean frescoes.

Wangthai Restaurant
Viaduct House, 96-102 Customs St. W., tel. 09 358 4131
Wangthai serves exquisite Thai cuisine in a sober, unpretentious setting.

at Quay and Albert sts., tel. 09 379 2377
This restaurant opened in 1980 and offers traditional Japanese fare including, of course, sushi.

The French Café
210 Symonds St., tel. 09 377 1911
The recipient of many awards for its quality food, service and extensive wine list, the French Café offers delicious contemporary European cuisine.