For us Auckland peeps, a love of cafes seems to be in our DNA. Life is infinitely better with bacon, smashed avo and three rounds of coffee, and there are plenty of Auckland cafes serving up just that. Narrowing down Auckland’s best cafes hasn’t been an easy task, yet here they are—30 cafes you should have been to if you live in Auckland.
(P.S. We already feel an Auckland’s best cafes 2.0 list coming on—we’re in love with many more than 30).
- Queenies: Auckland cafes don’t come cuter than Queenies. This sunny spot on the corner of Spring Street (how appropriate) is a lovely escape from the Ponsonby brunch madness.
- Black and Gold: Rosedale’s Black and Gold cafe isn’t the easiest gem to find but once you do, silky smooth coffees and scone eggs bene awaits.
- Chuffed: A great inner city café worth hunting down for next level cheese toasties, house made crumpets and a cracking chai.
- RAD: Rad is exactly what this Mt Eden Café is. Flight Coffee occupies the espresso machine, and they’ve got us hooked on their RAD rolls—Grandma’s Pork Bánh Mì is particularly radical.
- Twisted Tomato: Point Chevalier newbie, Twisted Tomato combines halloumi and peas in the most delightful waaaay.
- Dizengoff: An iconic Auckland café, Dizengoff is an eatery we’ll never fall out of love with. Treat yourself to a few rounds of coffee and fancy museli.
- Odettes: Doughnuts and mushrooms—don’t kick ‘em till you try ‘em. Odettes is one of the best cafes in Auckland so expect excellent food. Sweet fans must try the chocolate crepe.
- Petit Bocal: Any café that coffee arts Angry Bird on their flat whites is a winner in our books. Petit Bocal is a Sandringham fave with a breakfast bruschetta sure to blow your Sunday morning cobwebs away.
- Ceremony: This Grafton sandwich shop may appear on a fair few of our lists, but we can’t get enough of the place. Hit up Ceremony when you’re feeling quality coffee, quality chat and a quality sammie.
- The Workshop Kitchen: The people of Mt Eden look to hole-in-the-wall café, The Workshop Kitchen for their coffee, bap and brioche needs, and so should you!
- Good Day: Turn your bad day on its head with a trip to this Orakei café. It’s casual and friendly, and definitely part of the best cafes in Auckland club.
- Best Ugly Bagels: A bagel lovers paradise, Best Ugly Bagels pumps out ridiculous quantities of those epic masterpieces, topped with goodies such as P.B.J and the classic salmon, cream cheese and capers.
- Kokako: Kokako introduced us to chia bircher and the genius creation known as the breakfast salad. We’ll happily chow down on baby kale, asparagus, poached egg, avocado, tomato and pomegranate if Kokako is making it.
- Jam Organic: Plonk yourself down on one of Jam Organic’s outdoor tables and order their old school mince. It’s the ultimate hearty brekky.
- L’oeuf: Beautiful food is what Mt Albert’s L’oeuf excel at. Eggs are at the core of most of their dishes (The Nest being their most popular), but there are plenty of options for non-egg lovers.
- Misters: Misters claim that ‘real food’ is their thing, and we believe them. Their bowls—be it breakfast, Jerusalem, Indonesian, French, Italian or Southwestern—are super scrumptious and can be chopped and changes to suit anyone’s tastes or dietary requirements. Misters also make their own beans (of the coffee variety).
- Geeks on Sainsbury: Embrace your inner geek at this Sainsbury Road café. We’re big fans of the sunflower seed crusted pork salad.
- The Garden Shed: Staying true to theme, The Garden Shed is decked out in all things garden related. Tuck into shared plates, burgers and delish brunch fare surrounded by shovels, buckets and pitch forks.
- Cosset: A wee vegan oasis in Mt Albert. Cosset’s hotcakes, nuggets and pinwheels are brilliant. Even worth bring along the carnivore in your life—Cosset’s vegan goods are known to convert even the fiercest of meat loyalists.
- Little King: One of Auckland’s best cafes, Little King has everything you’d ever want or need from a brunch—classic eggs benedict, hashbrown and mushroom stacks, washed down with an organic superfood smoothie.
- Weirdough & Tuck: Soft shell crab + brioche rolls = sandwich heaven. This City Works Depot café/sandwich shop is almost too good to handle. Sit outside and sip away on cold drip and East Imperial tonic water.
- Orphans Kitchen: We’re still dreaming of their smashed avo toast. Sounds simple, but the Orphans Kitchen crew know how to make home-style noms taste phenomenal.
- Little & Friday: Not to worry, guys—we’d never forget this Auckland favourite. Little & Friday are pros at the baked goods game. Whether you’re a doughnut fiend, or need a sammie to go, Little & Friday have got you covered.
- Welcome Eatery: Welcomed is exactly how you’ll feel stepping into this airy, open space in Grafton. Although their menu changes on the reg, top-notch food offerings await—think divorced eggs or fancy beef buns, finished off with a hot date pudding.
- St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro: A gorgeous spot that always nabs a spot on Auckland’s best cafes lists. Its constant busyness is a confirmation that St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro is one of the best places for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three). Make sure you have at least a bite of their smoked fish folded eggs (steal some from the next table if you have to)—they’re stellar.
- Goodness Gracious: Bagels and coffee: a wonderful union we’ll never tire of. Put your bacon obsession aside and order the vege bagel—the avocado, tomato and haloumi combo is spot on.
- Catroux: This light, bright Westmere café will have you munching on slow cooked rosti, green eggs and ham, or one of their hard to resist cabinet creations.
- Little Bird Unbakery: Raw food queens, Little Bird Unbakery have got the treat yo’self without the guilt thing sussed. Most of their food is organic, vegan and free of sugar, dairy, gluten nasties. Try their raw taco plate.
- Rosie: This Parnell café takes brunch to a whole ‘nother realm with smashed herbed eggs, rhubarb nut granola (topped with labneh, not yoghurt) and irresistible ‘speciality’ bevvies. No surprises that the salted caramel house hot chocolate is our pick.
- Mondays: Another haven of wholesome yet wickedly tasty food is Mondays. Founded by two food bloggers, Mondays is a must when lunch time rolls around. They’ve turned us into savoury waffle people with their spinach, mozzarella and parmesan version.
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Image credit: Libby Robinson