Cafes

Auckland’s Best Breakfasts You Must Try

By Olivia Atkinson - 17 May 2017

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Some things in life make for the perfect union. Like toast and avocado, and pancakes and fairy floss (it’s a thing), Aucklanders and breakfast are simply meant to be. Our hunt for the best breakfast in Auckland is never over and, being the brekkie-obsessives that we are, we’re always waiting for the next shiny, delicious breakfast beacon (aka. Auckland’s next best breakfast cafe) to open its doors.

But, living in one of the most breakfast-friendly cities in the world can be difficult. With so many Auckland breakfast spots to choose from, it’s hard to keep tabs on who is serving up Auckland’s best breakfasts. Fear not, breakfast-lover! You’re about to have the ultimate list of the best breakfasts in Auckland right at your fingertips!

Without further ado, we present the list to rule all lists. It’s a list you’ll want to print out and stick on your desk, in your car, by your bed, at your SO’s house and back up in Google Drive, STAT. Here are all the best places for breakfast in Auckland (handily broken down into suburbs, might we add). You’re more than welcome.

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Auckland City

You city slickers are a lucky bunch. Some of Auckland’s best breakfasts can be found in Auckland city itself. We’re talking crepes, waffles, seasonal specialties and even brekkie burgers. Here’s where to get the best breakfasts in Auckland city.

Odettes, City Works Depot: Beautiful fit out? Check. Silky, smooth coffee? Check. Some of the best breakfast in Auckland? Check. Odettes is a breakfast winner.

Major Sprout, Auckland City: With both food and aesthetics on-point, Major Sprout serves up a mighty fine guilt-free breakfast and beautiful bevvies to match.

Lord of the Fries, Queen Street & K’Road: Burgers for breakfast?! You don’t have to ask us twice. Head to Lord of the Fries (they have two handy locations) for brekkie burgs and ALL the hash browns.

Pollen, Auckland CBD: For gorgeous (and delish) breakfast food in Auckland City, look no further than Pollen. If chia seed waffles topped with chocolate soil won’t get you out of bed, we don’t know what will.

Ortolana, Britomart: Ortolana nail the farm-to-table concept like no other Auckland cafe. Feast on their seasonal menu and you won’t be disappointed.

Chuffed, Auckland CBD: Tucked down a corridor off High Street, Chuffed is home to some of the best breakfasts in Auckland City—don’t blame us if you get hooked on their crumpets.

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Ponsonby/Herne Bay/Grey Lynn/Westmere

You haven’t had the best breakfast in Auckland until you dine in these four suburbs. In no particular order, here are the best breakfast spots in Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn and Westmere:

Dear Jervois, Herne Bay: Herne Bay wouldn’t be Herne Bay without Dear Jervois. It’s one of Auckland’s best breakfast cafes, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table. Pro tip: the gluten-free waffles are worth it.

Dizengoff, Ponsonby: An oldie but a goodie, Dizengoff continues to dish up some of the best breakfast in Auckland. Our pick is the half and half—perfect scrambled eggies and creamy balsamic mushies with a dollop of homemade pesto. Nom.

Kokako, Grey Lynn: Purveyors of damn good coffee AND some of Auckland’s best breakfasts, Kokako are pros at turning humble vegetables into something so good, your taste buds won’t know what hit them.

Marys, Ponsonby: Mary had...well, one of Auckland’s best breakfasts cafes. With wi-fi and plenty of seats, it’s the perfect place to power out some work over a couple of eggs.

Queenies, Freeman’s Bay: Lovely, lovely Queenies is exactly where you need to go when you want to escape the Ponsonby madness. Their Turkish eggs deserve a dedicated shout-out.

Little Bird Unbakery, Ponsonby: They were responsible for Auckland’s raw food obsession and are showing no signs of slowing down. Visit Little Bird Unbakery to witness some raw, culinary magic.

Catroux, Westmere: Small but mighty, Catroux remains a frontrunner in the Auckland breakfast scene. Their menu is seasonal and always impressive.

Grafton/K’Road

One of the coolest precincts in town has breakfast downpat. For some of the best breakfasts near Auckland city, go here:

Ceremony, Grafton: With new openings popping up left right and centre, it can be hard to know who, what and where are the best Auckland breakfast spots. Dishing out epic breakfast sammies and top-notch coffee, Ceremony is hard to beat.

Welcome Eatery, Grafton: We’ve forgiven Welcome Eatery for only being open during the weekdays because their food makes up for it...although we wouldn’t say no to having their torched eggs seven days a week.

Bestie, K’Road: Sitting snug in St Kevins Arcade, Bestie is the kinda spot you’d gladly spend an entire morning at. They’ve got eighthirty coffee in the machine and a batch of lip-smackingly good hotcakes in the kitchen.

Newmarket/Epsom/Parnell

These three ‘burbs have upped their breakfast game like nobody’s business thanks to the opening of some excellent cafes. Make sure you try all of them—they’re responsible for some of Auckland’s best breakfasts.

Winona Forever, Parnell: Home to one of the best cabinets (and best breakfasts) in Auckland is Winona Forever. We’ll never get sick of their magical mushrooms.

Hello Friends & Allies, Epsom: Epsom had no chance at being a best Auckland breakfast spot until Hello Friends & Allies came along. Their red velvet pancakes are a game changer.

Champ Canteen, Newmarket: Champ Canteen whips up some of breakfast, but not as you know it. Think prawn eggs bene, pork chops and the Kiwi classic spaghetti and sausage toastie.

Little & Friday, Newmarket, Ponsonby & Belmont: Doughnuts for breakfast are always a good idea. Little & Friday’s cabinet is chock-a-block with all sorts of breakfast-friendly goodies.

Mt Eden/Kingsland

Most of these cafes need no introduction, but there’s a new kid in town who could be serving up one of Auckland’s best breakfasts.

The Garden Shed, Mt Eden: One of Auckland’s best breakfast cafes or a secret, magical garden? The Garden Shed is both. Their seasonal menu will never let you down.

The Midnight Baker, Mt Eden: There is nothing more breakfast-y than a good piece of toast. The Midnight Baker, however, turns the humble toast into something you’ll never forget.

Harlan Pepper Food Co., Kingsland: A newbie quickly morphing into an Auckland breakfast legend. Harlan Pepper Food Co. has joined Kingsland’s cafe scene and you should be stoked.

Mondays, Kingsland: This hidden Kingsland sanctuary makes healthy food a pleasure to eat. Don’t leave without trying one of Mondays’ Auckland-famous smoothies.

Ralph’s, Mt Eden: With a homely vibe, and some of the friendly folk in town, head to Ralph’s for a breakfast you’ll truly love. Dine like a God with the Breakfast of Zeus—fried tofu, red onion, sweet chilli, peppers, baby spinach, roast pumpkin, hummus, and dukkah with ciabatta or five grain toast. Vegan breakfast sorted!

North Shore

The Shore doesn’t mess around when it comes to amazing breakfast food. Here are some of our faves.

Paper Moon, Mairangi Bay: Fun fact: one of Auckland’s best breakfasts cafes lives on the North Shore and has done so for yonks. Grab an outdoor table at Paper Moon and tuck into their epic brekkie fare in the sunshine.

Takapuna Beach Cafe, Takapuna: You’re shore to love everything about Takapuna Beach Cafe. From the glorious view to the fresh, seasonal menu, it’s a firm fave with the locals and will be with you, too.

Blind Basket, Takapuna: White and bright, Blind Basket serves up Japanese-influenced meals. But, really, who can go past the green eggs bene? Hello, Dr. Seuss.

Sip Kitchen, Mairangi Bay: Cleanse yourself of all the waffles with a trip to Sip Kitchen. Everything you eat and drink there will both nourish your body and satisfy your breakfast cravings.

The Collins Cafe and Bar, Greenhithe: Cornflake and macadamia-crusted French toast is what you’ve been searching for all along. The Collins is quickly gaining a rep for bringing cheat meal breakfast dreams to life.

Cafe Mimosa, Takapuna: Fairtrade and organic, you can’t go past Cafe Mimosa. The Vegan Ploughman’s Board includes sourdough toast, vine tomatoes, homemade vegan cheese, walnut mushroom pate, olive tapenade, seasonal pickles and sauerkraut. Can we hear a yes please?

Balance Kitchen, Albany: Enjoy a guilt-free breakfast at Balance Kitchen. We love the ‘build-your-own-menu’ to avoid any dislikes without trouble.

Zomer, Takapuna Beach: What could be better than a weekend stroll along one of Auckland’s most beautiful beaches followed by one of Auckland’s best breakfasts? Zomer has you sorted.

East Auckland

In case you’ve forgotten that East Auckland is where to find some of the best breakfast in Auckland, here’s a quick reminder. These cafes know what’s up.

St Heliers Bay Café and Bistro, St Heliers: Get your brekkie and views fix in one hit with a visit to St Heliers Cafe & Bistro. It’s one of the best Auckland breakfast experiences, ever.

Moloko, Meadowbank: Moloko is putting a Russian twist on cafe fare and the result is incredible. We can't go past their plump ricotta and tvorog (Russian cheese) pancakes—they’re perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

TRUE Food & Yoga, Orakei: For a breakfast your bod will thank you for, head straight for this Orakei yoga-studio-meets-eatery. TRUE makes a delightful green omelette featuring eggs, kale chlorophyll, parsley pesto and linseed lavosh. Mmm, mmm.

Good Day, Orakei: Turn a terrible morning on its head with a lovely breakfast at Good Day. These guys know a thing or two about coffee, and the bacon bap does wonders for the soul.

Meadow, Meadowbank: Meadow has been one of Auckland’s best breakfasts spots for a while now and we ain’t complaining. Their garden courtyard is unbeatable on a sunny day.

Marua Road Cafe, Ellerslie: Ellerslie’s breakfast game has skyrocketed thanks to Marua Road Cafe. Their big breakfast is something we’ll probably never stop raving about.

South Auckland

Southside! Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you. We know you have some of Auckland’s best-kept breakfast secrets.

Urban Soul, Manukau: Ever had a breakfast tostada? No? Get your booty to Urban Soul in Manukau, ASAP.

Mottletop Espresso Bar, Papakura: Neighbourhood cafe, Mottletop Espresso Bar oozes homely vibes with shelves filled with books and mismatched bone china plates. We reckon the French toast is a must.

The Corner Kitchen & Bar, Clevedon: Weekend roadie’s are much more enticing if food is involved. Make a pit-stop at The Corner Kitchen & Bar for one of the best breakfasts in South Auckland.

Red Shed Palazzo, Karaka: Known as the ‘people’s cafe’, Red Shed Palazzo is child-friendly, dog-friendly and stomach friendly. Breakfast is a no brainer—it’s served throughout the day and they even have four different types of omelette. Yummm.

The Artisan, Wiri: Next time you wander to the wonder of South Auckland, make a beeline for The Artisan. With bright tables and a smoothie names ‘this shit is bananas,’ a smile will be on your dial quick smart.

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West Auckland

West is sometimes best, especially when breakfast rolls around. Here’s where to find the best breakfast in West Auckland.

Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen, Avondale: Once you stop marvelling at Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen’s spectacular interior, get amongst their French toast. Banana toffee, citrus, grand marnier and salted cocoa crumble are delicately placed on a piece to slate to create edible art.

Deco Eatery, Titirangi: Give us the crispy potato rosti and nobody gets hurt. Seriously though, Deco Eatery’s rosti eggs bene makes it one of the best places for breakfast in Auckland.

The Block Cafe, Blockhouse Bay: Yep, home to the OG fried chicken eggs benedict of Auckland. The Block Cafe also have a bunch of other breakfast goodies in their arsenal so head to Blockhouse Bay and give them a jam.

Iti, Titirangi: Sitting pretty in Titirangi is Iti. Nestle in amongst the beautiful surrounds from 9am on the weekends and eat your heart out. We recommend the Iti big place—with eggs, grilled tomato, bacon, potato hash, mushroom and spicy Bratwurst you’ll be in seventh heaven.

Little Sister, Henderson: Oh-so sweet but oh-so naughty, Henderson’s Little Sister is the kinda place you go for breakfast and then walk out with a hefty collection of baked goods. But hey, that’s why it’s one Auckland’s best breakfast spots, right?

Mt Albert/Sandringham

To those living in these suburbs, we envy you. Be sure to make the most of what these amazing Auckland breakfast cafes have to offer.

Petit Bocal, Sandringham: A slice of France in Sandringham, Petit Bocal is an unbeatable spot for coffee and croissants on a weekend morning. Their latte art rocks our socks.

L’oeuf, Mt Albert: L’oeuf is eggcellent. In fact, their menu is predominately egg-centric (try The Nest, please and thank you) but there’s also tasty dishes for those who don’t live the egg life.

Crave, Morningside: We love Crave’s focus on community just as much as we love their chia breakfast pudding.

Geeks On Sainsbury, Morningside: We’ll try not to geek out about this Morningside cafe too much, but it really is one of the best breakfast spots in Auckland. The coffee is fab, the service friendly and the food exactly how breakfast fare should be.

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