For some, it's classic fish and chips, others it's gourmet salads from a favourite cafe. We asked our food industry friends what their preferred takeaway option is.

Chris Rupe, SPQR

There is this new cafe that's opened in the backstreets of Grey Lynn, corner of Ariki and Crummer streets, called Ariki Store. All the food is fantastic, I particularly like the Cointreau salmon gravlax on bagels with cream cheese, capers and honey mustard - quite good value at $6.50, I would have thought.

Josh Emett, Ostro, Madam Woo, Rata
The best takeout option would be fish and chips, NZ does this well and the kids love it.

Elizabeth Lind, La Cigale
For the best takeout option to take to the beach or park - we're lucky - we have the choice of plenty of fresh food from our La Cigale French Market. My favourite options are a rotisserie chicken, an oozy French cheese from the cheese counter, two to three different salads from stallholder Peter of Musical Knives, a jar of chutney from Terry of Listers Products, a rustic loaf of bread hot from the oven and a bottle of cold rose from Wine Direct.


For a sandwich option I can't go past the ultimate street food - our famous La Cigale pork belly sandwiches. Either the original option with the "works" - sliced pork belly, chutney, aioli, baby cress, sliced tomatoes and topped with a piece of crackling, or our version of a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich - sliced pork belly, pulled pork shoulder, chicken liver , grated carrot, fresh coriander and spring onion salad, optional chilli and a drizzle of spicy sauce.

Fiona Ralph, Viva food writer
I'm a kebab fan - they're easy, delicious and (semi) healthy. Grey Lynn's Shiraz Kebabs are my favourite - all their options taste great and the lovely owners always seem happy to see me!

Damaris and Renee Coulter, Coco's Cantina
Ripe on Richmond Rd do great takeaways, they use only free-range chicken and eggs. Renee lives on their wraps and salads, the varieties are endless. I love the different themed dishes they do. Steve (Renee's partner) loves their ginger crunch and we all couldn't do without their healthy smoothies with coconut water.

Also, local farmers' markets are awesome because you can grab bread, cheese, olives, meats and fruit all in one spot whilst supporting the community. Grey Lynn is our local market, they are a small market with spray-free herbs and veges, juices, pastries, homemade breads and artisan goods.

Clevedon markets are awesome for fruit, veges, speciality goods, organics and The Curious Croppers are based there, which is an extra treat! La Cigale is great, especially if you get to see the Italian cheeses man (he makes the most delicious burrata and scamorza) or sometimes in the winter Jimmy the Fish has his crayfish bisque brewing.

At Christmas, when we head north, we go to the Saturday morning farmers' market in Kaitaia; it's my favourite. Fruit, veges, coffee, Maori bread, pounamu, plants, jams and remedies.