Some people choose their brunch spots because of the food, others select them based on how damn jaw-droppingly stunning they are. If you’re part of the latter group, you’ll understand the attraction to beautiful cafes.
The hanging pot plants, the snazzy fittings, the Pinterest-esque plates and cutlery…if a café has got them, we’re likely to fall in lurve. Because when it comes down to it, life is too short to dine surrounded by lazy interiors.
Which is why we’ve searched high and low for the city’s finest: here are our picks for the most beautiful cafes in Auckland.
The Garden Shed
Fresh, bright flowers, spades, metal buckets and an abundance flora and fauna, this Mt Eden café is—you guessed it—garden themed. The Garden Shed exudes beauty from every inch of its interior, right through to the rustic sun-drenched oasis out the back. It’s a dreamy spot for long brunches or afternoon wines.
Hidden down a Kingsland driveway, wholefood mecca Mondays is a beautiful, bright café covered head-to-toe in vines. Jars of health food ingredients line the shelves, flowers dangle from the roof and the outdoor courtyard feels like a secret hideaway—perfect for gobbling up Mondays’ gluten and refined sugar-free cakes, waffles and smoothies. There’s also a light, intimate yoga studio upstairs to get your zen on.
Quaint little Queenies, how we love you so. Like Mondays, this Freemans Bay café is covered in vines and is full of charm and character. From the retro teaspoons to the vibrant outdoor furniture, Queenies is a welcome contrast to the modern, minimalist cafes we’ve seen popping up around Auckland. Pop by, order the Turkish eggs and switch off. You’ll quickly forget that bustling Ponsonby is just up the road.
Ortolana may be smack bang in the heart of the city, but once you’re sitting under that glass canopy, the focus is on ‘garden to fork’ food and lush, urban-meets-country interiors. Its exposed brick walls, bubble lights and organic linen creates a chic atmosphere without trying too hard.
City Works Depot
This City Works Depot spot is where flowers, food and wine collide. The Botanist team comprises of florists, restaurateurs, chefs and sommeliers, so you know you’re in for a dining experience like no other. With a low ceiling, bright cushions, a long Scandinavian-wood table, and, of course, gorgeous floral arrangements, we’d happily give up our humble abodes and move in if they’d let us. Pretty please?
St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro
We don’t know whether it’s the deep green tiles, the humongous cane light shades or the salty sea breeze that draws us to St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro, but it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed. Interior-loving brunchers can perch on the long marble-top table or find a pozzy by the window for a view of both the ocean and the open kitchen. And once you’ve finished your meal, please refrain from walking out with the plates and dinky salt pots, despite how gorgeous they may be.
Another of Auckland’s most beautiful cafes is situated on Graham Street. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows flood Major Sprout with natural light as you eat your granola or nibble on a raw cheesecake. Owned by David Lee of Dear Jervois (an equally impressive café), it’s obvious that the guy knows interior. His decision to include a honeycomb-patterned marble bench was a good one.
Any café that’s willing to splash out $30,000 on plates (yep, plates) is clearly putting everything they have into the place. And it shows. Bodrum Kitchen in the New Lynn’s Brickworks development is a stunning spot oozing with authentic yet modern Turkish and Greek fittings—think copper cutlery, white washed brick walls, blue distressed shutters and funky, geometric lights. The only thing more beautiful than the fit out is the food.
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Image credit: Hamish Melville