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“Crème de la crème” of New Zealand’s French gastronomy scene crowned

Discover without further ado the winners of the 2021 New Zealand's French Business Awards!

The people have spoken and the results are in for the second edition of New Zealand’s French Business Awards, run by the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (FNZCCI) and Le Petit Journal Auckland.

Three French gastronomy awards were up for grabs in the form of a “People’s Choice” award campaign run towards the end of 2021. The call for registrations went out far and wide for Best French Bakery, Best French Café & Bistro and Best French Restaurant. Entries were received from Auckland in the North Island down to Rolleston in the South. 

Despite a difficult year-end for many, once the polls opened voters came out in force to support their favourite French establishments and give them a much needed boost to both business and morale. The awards attracted over 2000 votes from the public, who voted on the standard of food, service, price, reputation, authenticity, general atmosphere and “French touch”.

Without further ado, we are excited to reveal the winners!


Best French Bakery: Vaniyé Patisserie

Vaniyé Patisserie of Parnell, Auckland successfully defended their 2019 title and was once again named Best French Bakery. Founded by Sonia and Laurent Haumonté, Vaniyé is a modern contemporary French patisserie known for its edible works of art and offers an array of exquisite French-style cakes, artisanal chocolates, delicate desserts, buttery croissants and crusty baguettes.

Vaniyé amassed a whopping 564 votes overall and a satisfaction rate of 9.64 out of 10!

Want to know more? Check out Vaniyé's profile here.

What are you waiting for? Head down to 1/7 Windsor Street, Parnell to congratulate them and get some yummy in your tummy!


Best French Café & Bistro: Le Café de Paris

The title of Best French Café & Bistro went to Rotorua’s own Le Café de Paris. A veritable institution situated in the heart of Rotorua’s CBD, Le Café de Paris has been serving a taste of France for almost 20 years. French owners Alain and Valérie Janin greet locals and visitors with a friendly “Bonjour” and customers love the impression they get of visiting a real Parisian cafés, without the jetlag. Le Café de Paris serves breakfast and lunch inspired by classic French dishes and a variety of kiwi favourites reinvented with French flair and savoir-faire.

Le Café de Paris took out 1st place in this category with a huuuge 462 votes and an awesome satisfaction rate of 9.86 out of 10!

Want to know more? Check out Le Café de Paris' profile here.

Another great reason to visit Rotorua! For those of you based there, head on down to 1206 Hinemoa Street to congratulate them and indulge in a taste of France while you're at it!


Best French Restaurant: Poivre & Sel

Napier's own Poivre & Sel won 1st place in this category with 113 votes and an excellent satisfaction rate of 9.74 out of 10!

French couple Samuel and Severine Goslin created Poivre & Sel in 2015, wanting to bring a little piece of France to Aotearoa. They recently relocated their romantic restaurant to Napier's iconic Marine Parade in one of the Six Sisters buildings, the ideal edifice to create the touch of glam that they love to provide. Poivre & Sel is a small family restaurant, which prides itself in offering an "informal fine dining experience" and a unique tasting menu that changes weekly according to the season and the market. Each dish is paired with a French wine for customers who desire it. À la carte wines are also available.

Want to know more? Check out Poivre & Sel's profile here.

Based in Napier, or planning to visit? Head on down to 189 Marine Parade to congratulate them and indulge in an amazing French fine dining experience!


Each winner will be offered promotional content in Le Petit Journal Auckland with display banners for 12 months, as well as a free year's membership with the FNZCCI. In addition, they will receive further promotional content from the FNZCCI related to their award and an official New Zealand's French Business Awards Winner Sticker to proudly display on their establishment's window.

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