Green Time

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28 Fort St (at downtown), Auckland, New Zealand

Vegan cafe serving contemporary NZ food, sometimes with an Asian twist: burgers, salads, snacks. Serces acai bowls, smoothies, tea and coffee from 8am. Lunch and dinner served from 11am with an express lunch service 12-2pm on weekdays. Menu is international and changes weekly. Everything made on-site in a large vegan kitchen out the back. Informal atmosphere. Since 2016. Open Mon-Wed 8:00am-8:00pm, Thu-Fri 8:00am-8:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Asian, Fusion

39 Reviews

First Review by Exquire

we love NZ - Edit

We were so worried about finding vegan places on our holiday, but again Happy Cow and the reviewers did a great job in helping us! Green time is right down the street from our hotel and lots of dishes and desserts to choose from. Green curry for me and Mexi platter for the hubs. Both amazing!

Pros: great selection, nice service , cute place

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Delicious - Edit

delicious food!! downside is that they used plastic straws :(

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Overrated and overpriced - Edit

I don’t understand all the glowing reviews on here and am happy to see that at least a few other people agree with what I’m about to write...

Yes, I’m happy that this is a vegan place in a great location and that the staff are nice people, so that’s all worth something. However, the portions were tiny for the prices they’re charging. We ordered three dishes and left hungry. The food tasted OK, but definitely nothing spectacular. We’ve eaten much more inspired and tasty vegan food at non-vegan restaurants all over New Zealand. Totally overrated, in my opinion. Wouldn’t go again.

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-10

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good conceptual cafe - Edit

I visited here for dinner and ordered a spicy Indonesian fried noodle. It was good! They set some vegan magazines in NZ. It is useful that such a peaceful vegan cafe is placed in the center of the busy city.

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great food and concept - Edit

Great food and concept for a cafe. The quesadillas and mini tacos were my favorite with the tacos just winning out. The rainbow cake was ok, the blueberry cheese cake was grainy and should be skipped. Quick service, friendly staff. Recommend.

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Lovely place and good energy - Edit

Lovely staff. We only got the kombucha ice cream float so can't say much about the food. The ice cream melted too fast but it was a fun idea.

Great kids play space! But there are no windows in the restaurant so while it is well-lot and cheery it is a bit cavern-like.

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Good food, awesome atmosphere! - Edit

I ate here twice during my 4 day stay in Auckland. I had the Korean noodles the first day, the second day I had the quesadillas. The quesadillas were my favourite (quite spicy)

Pros: The feel and atmosphere was great, I loved the story behind everything on the wall

Cons: Quite expensive, considering the portion size.

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Wonderful - Edit

One of my favourite places to eat in Auckland. The banana bread is great and the owner is lovely. Really inspiring story, I love the 'we can change the world' spirit in the restaurant. Makes me happy:)

Pros: healthy

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Incredible Food, Incredible Story - Edit

Had such a delicious dinner at Green Time. It's got quite a chilled cafe feel inside but the walls are painted with the story of how Green Time started and it's so inspiring! The food was just incredible. Would definitely recommend!

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My favourite place in Auckland - Edit

The first impression you get of this place is that it is warm and welcoming, the staff will make you feel right at home and are very helpful. The menu has a great range of vegan goodies, most of which are reasonably healthy seeing as they do not use refined sugars or fry anything. I had the smoked tofu burger and stole a few tastes of my parents' Mexican platter. Both dishes were unbelievably tasty. I also recommend the ginger chai (which is served hot or cold to your preference) as well as taking a look at some of their cakes and other sweet treats because the apple pie cookie I had was perfectly spiced and contained some lovely apple chunks. Real care and attention is obviously put into the menu and food of this place and it upsets me that I do not live in Auckland so that I could eat here more often.

Pros: Friendly staff, The best food in Auckland, Fairly priced

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loved everything! - Edit

Super concept and execution! Don't miss this one health, planet and food lovers!

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Tasty & friendly - Edit

I like the calm, the friendly people running this place, the really tasty food, and the big mural raising awareness on the environmental impacts of our food.

Each time I order the same, udon noodles with shiitake mushrooms, lotus and tofu, because it's really tasty & comforting (yes it's winter here).

Pros: Vegan!, Very tasty food, Friendly staff & pleasant space

Cons: Closed on week-ends

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Must come here! - Edit

Very yummy vegan food with lots to choose from! Lovely staff also :)

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Fresh, delicious vegan retreat - Edit

Great options on the menu that have a depth of flavour and not trying to be meat substitutes. Friendly staff and a fresh, clean environment.

Pros: fully vegan

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love this place! - Edit

Such yummy food, lovely service and nice atmosphere. The nachos are epic! And some great cakes too. Haven't had anything I didn't like yet.

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Delicious, Wholesome, Invigorating Food. - Edit

I love Green Time. Everything about it is perfect for a nice meal on the road. The restaurant has a warm, inviting atmosphere, with a nice mural explaining the inspiration for the restaurant. The food is delicious, using wholesome ingredients. The staff is super friendly. I liked it so much I came back. Everything I had looked gorgeous and was so yummy. I especially enjoyed their noodle dishes and the green tea cake.

Their "spicy" dishes are just right for me. Not super hot, but just the right burn. I really love this place. You can tell a lot of care went into it.

Pros: Warm, inviting atmosphere, Delicious, Healthy Food, Friendly Waitstaff

Cons: No WiFi

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Inspiring, Delightful Vegan Haven - Edit

Great food. I'm a fan of their desserts. Have tried the mains that others have raved about, but I found them average, sorry. I'd still go here until I try every single item on their menu :)

Nice decor, lovely murals. Inspiring journey. High on sustainability. The owner and her staff all walk their talk - hats off to them.

I've been here a few times now, trying something new each time. Definitely check it out!! Bring your friends and co-workers for lunch; good meeting place as it's usually quiet. However, the quietness of the place can also be a negative aspect as it creates a lack of atmosphere. During my latest trip there, my colleague wondered why we were the only two customers there although it was during typical lunch hour. That was a bit awkward heh.

Pros: Environmentally-conscious., Great selection. Delicious desserts. , Awesome decor.

Cons: A bit pricey., Sometimes, long waiting time for food , Usually very quiet even during lunch times.

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A bit disappointing. - Edit

Thought I would give here another go after being underwhelmed the first time I came. Food in warmer almost cold. Got my order wrong. And instead of taking it away gave me the other option I asked for. Bang on lunchtime and only one other here. Lacking atmosphere and certainly not worth $17.50 for lunch. Shame

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vegan oasis in the city - Edit

What a find Green time was, the delicious sexi mexi burger was a taste sensation. My partner had the sriracha mi goreng a huge plate of earthy mushroom noodle awesomeness. We shared the macha chestnut cake ....no photos it was devoured too quickly! Thankyou for your beautiful relaxing cafe. Excellent service from friendly staff.

Pros: all vegan , nothing fried, lots of raw food options

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Top location - Edit

Friendly enviroment, creative interior and most delicious food. Its driven by a sustainability idea. Make sure you try the burger!

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Great for CBD - Edit

A fresh, clean restaurant right in the CBD. I had the tacos, the sliders, and a smoothie; they were all soo good.

Pros: All vegan, Nice staff, Central location

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great range of food - Edit

lots of tastey food that's rather gourmet and lots of nice desserts bit pricey though

Pros: they really care about the environment and have gr

Cons: little bit pricey

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Decent but not exceptional - Edit

Given how much love this place gets on review sites, I may have had unfairly high expectations. It was fine, but not much more than that.

The pros: The place is lovely. Really nice ambiance. Very clean (though the one table I sat at didn't seem to have been lavished as much attention). The staff are really friendly and helpful. Cute founding story (see the wall paintings). If you're vegan, peanut-allergic, etc., I bet this place is heavenly.

So what's not to like?

The menu is really small. So there's only so much selection.

I had the Sexy Mexi, which was a pretty so-so burger (on a bagel? definitely not on a regular burger bun). Beets, beans, salsa, gauc…a so-so interpretation of "Mex". The flavors were fine, but nothing particularly memorable or outstanding, especially given that there are lots of good veg burgers Down Under.

I also ordered the tofu rolls. This ought to be renamed the “glass noodles rolls”. There was a bit of tofu, a bit of vegetable, and lots and lots and lots of glass noodles just stuffed into the wrappers. Maybe it was an off day, or maybe it's like how place stuff burritos with rice or other ingredients that are cheap and temporarily filling.

Even by NZ standards, it was somewhat expensive, especially for the quantity of food.

In short, you're not really paying for the food alone (unless you have dietary restrictions that make this place an absolute necessity); you're paying for an oasis in the middle of the Auckland CBD. There's value in that, but how much? Not enough that I felt “Wow, why can't we have one of these at home?”.

Pros: very conscious of dietary restrictions, very friendly and helpful staff, very clean

Cons: so-so food, limited menu, pricy for the quantity

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Great food - Edit

First timers here and we loved the food. We each had a burger and we followed it up with a trifle cup and kumera cake. The staff were all lovely too. We'll definitely be back.

Pros: All vegan, everything. What a nice change.

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Chef's Special - absolutely delicious - Edit

It was my first time trying Green Time (first time trying a full vegan restaurant!), and I was blown away by how delicious it was. The Chef's Special was one of the best meals I've ever bought. Also the atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff were incredibly friendly. I will be bringing my omni boyfriend back here for lunch asap. 10/10. A . 5 billion stars.

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Tasty, but a little pricey - Edit

Cosy, pleasant little joint. Had the udon noodle soup and soba noodles, which were both delicious - the menu is a little small and its options on the expensive side.

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super sweet! - Edit

the staff was really nice and we loved reading the story of the cafe on the walls. :) the food was healthy and delicious. we also could hardly decide what cakes to try, they all looked so yummy!

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