Let’s be honest, you probably have your favourite local Auckland café that you head to every Sunday morning for brunch and a coffee. However, if you feel like branching out and trying somewhere new, we promise it’s worth the trip to head out west—west IS best after all. Here are five cafes you should have been to in West Auckland.
Little Sister Café
We all know little sisters are the best and this one is no exception. Henderson’s Little Sister Café has a slightly Asian influence (think Vietnamese pancakes and Thai chicken salad), as well as your classic Kiwi faves (hello baked beans, eggs bene and an open omelette). Get there early as tables fill up fast—we’re warning you now. While there’s a high chance you’ll want to eat everything on the menu, we suggest going for their ricotta hotcakes that come topped with fairy floss. Oh, and pick up a doughnut on your way out the door—they have some of the best cream-filled doughnuts in town.
Bringing a bit of Turkey and a dash of Greece to West Auckland is Titirangi’s Deco Eatery. Taking up residence in the historic Lopdell House, the space is divided into a street-side café, main dining area and a balcony with views out to the stunning Manukau Harbour. Owned by the same guy who spend $32,000 on plates at Bodrum, you can guarantee this eatery is beautiful. The menu is just as beautiful as the décor and we would defs recommend heading here for brunch. We can’t go past their Greek meatballs and Feriza’s breakfast starring fried eggs, Turkish sausage, grilled halloumi tomato and gherkin in a kumru Turkish bun—it’s an absolute feast.
West Aucklanders have been brunching at this Kumeu spot since 1998. Considering Blossom’s Cafe been around for almost two decades, you can guarantee you’re going to get a good feed here. Located on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, about 10 minutes from Westgate, it’s a great place to get away from the city. Their pancake stack is a not to be missed. Think fluffy pancakes topped with your choice of blueberries or banana and served with a generous side of bacon and maple syrup. You won’t be disappointed.
One for the health nuts amongst us, Ethos Café in New Lynn is the perfect spot for a weekend delight. Whether you’re vegetarian, raw, vegan, gluten free or just fancy a guilt-free treat, then there will be something for you here. Their signature hash potatoes are sure to get your taste buds tingling. The dish stars fired paprika ‘tatties, grilled haloumi, kale, aioli and sunny side up eggs. Don’t leave without a slice of their raw vegan cheesecake.
Take a leisurely drive through the countryside to Soljans Estate Winery in Kumeu. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door before heading to Soljans Café to grab a bite to eat. Serving up Mediterranean food with a classic Kiwi twist, Soljans is a must-visit brunch spot for Aucklanders. If you’re visiting with energetic kids, they’ll be sure to have fun in the outdoor play area while you wine and dine. If you’re a breakfast guy or gal, the country omelette with mushrooms, bacon, camembert and hollandaise sauce is always a winner. Or, if you’re more of a lunch person, then the tempura beer battered fish and chips should be on your radar.
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