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Gelato from Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store

Gelato from Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store

The gelato at Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store is multi award-winning, and I can now see why. If you're a coconut fan, you can't go past the Coconut Vanilla gelato. This stuff is seriously some of the best gelato I have ever tried, and that is saying something considering I've lived in New York City for three years. It's just so creamy and smooth, I can already tell this is going to be one of my regular treat pit stops while I'm home. The coconut flavor is real and fresh, no hint of artificial flavoring here. I also got the Chocolate Hazelnut, which was also delicious. And you really can't beat the location: down by the water with panoramic views of Rangitoto and the Waitemata Harbour. Perfect. Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store: 22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland

Vegan Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Vegan Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Kimchi Pancake from Little Bird Unbakery

Kimchi Pancake from Little Bird Unbakery