Celebrate good times, come on! Finally, the four-day weekend we have all been hopelessly waiting for is here! Now you’ve let this glorious news sink in and you’re busy prepping bottles to pop, let’s get to the most important matter in hand: food.
Although copious amounts of Easter eggs and toasted hot cross buns could actually suffice as a diet, chances are, spending your weekend in a sugar coma isn’t where you saw it going. Thankfully, some of Auckland’s best eateries have come to the rescue and are staying open for your wining and dining pleasure!
With more choice than you could shake your packet of Mini Eggs at, here our top picks of cafes, restaurants and pubs that are open this Easter weekend.
Little Bird Unbakery, Ponsonby
When the time comes to give the choccie treats a break and to fill your body with something a little healthier, roll your way into Little Bird Unbakery. Their Ponsonby store is open allllll weekend with zero surcharge!
True Food & Yoga, Orakei
Staying on the healthy train, why not fuel up the best way possible with a class of downward dogging while you're at it? True Food & Yoga are open as normal for all you health nuts out there.
Little Sister Cafe, Henderson
Henderson phenomenon, Little Sister Cafe are notorious for their epic, cream-filled doughnuts and equally as naughty brekkie menu. Thank goodness that they are open all weekend as those doughy morsels aren’t going to eat themselves!
Dear Jervois, Ponsonby
One of Auckland’s complete brekkie and brunch go-to’s, Dear Jervois, will be open all of Easter weekend, with the exception of a slightly later opening time on the Monday.
Best Ugly Bagels, City Works Depot
If doughy deliciousness is what you’re after, look no further than the pros at Best Ugly Bagels at their City Works Depot store. With normal hours and no surcharge, this long weekend just got a whole lot better!
Takapuna Beach Cafe, Takapuna
What better way to spend the Easter weekend than with a stroll down the beach and a pit stop at the incredible Takapuna Beach Cafe? Open until 6pm on Sunday and Monday and with regular hours in-between, we’re already eyeing up the gelato!
Shakedown Milk Bar, CBD
Newbies in town and masters of things milky, Shakedown Milk Bar are serving up their epic shakes and bevvies all weekend long! You're gonna need something to wash those chocolate eggs down with, duh.
Winona Forever, Parnell
Parnell newbie and owners of some of the best French toast this side of town, Winona Forever are serving up their epic breakfasts and brunches all weekend from 8am-4pm, except for a well-deserved day off on Good Friday!
Fokker Bros, Viaduct
Behind some of the best burgers, dogs and shakes this side of town, Fokker Bros are unfortunately closed on Friday, but will be back for business the rest of the long weekend!
Deco Eatery, Titirangi
Titirangi all-star, Deco Eatery are not only complete brekkie kings but they also happen to serve up a delectable dinner menu for lucky diners too! The best part is, you can get your fix throughout the long weekend, as they are open all four days as normal! Hooray!
Burger Burger, Ponsonby
Open for biz all weekend, the incredible team at Burger Burger will be churning out their epic creations for hungry diners this long weekend. With a certain creme egg milkshake gracing the menu for this festive period, the 10% surcharge is sure as heck worth it!
Soul Bar & Bistro, Viaduct
Although closed for Good Friday, Soul Bar & Bistro will be back open and serving up their incredible dishes for the rest of the long weekend. For killer views with great food and drink in gorgeous surroundings, look no further. FYI usual liquor laws apply for Easter Sunday.
The Tasting Shed, Kumeu
Set in one of the most picturesque locations, if you find yourself in the Kumeu area, you must stop off for an Easter weekend feast at The Tasting Shed. Opening their doors for usual business hours, apart from their usual Monday day off, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
If the only thing you’re craving is a carafe of sangria or a salt-rimmed glass full of shaken, not stirred, margarita, then pop into Britomart’s very own Mexico. Open all weekend with surcharge, we urge you to try the fried chicken!
Odettes, City Works Depot
Open all Easter weekend with the exception of an early finish on Monday, Odettes are serving up their cracking menu with absolutely no surcharge! How good is that?!
Kiss Kiss, Balmoral
Kiss Kiss is one of Dominion Road’s most vibrant, funky and all-round amazing Asian eateries. Better yet, they are open the entire long weekend with delicious dishes in tow!
The Culpeper, Princes Wharf
For the perfect long weekend hangs with the fam, your friends or your flatties, look no further than The Culpeper. Open for business every day except Monday, get your feast on with the likes of pork belly corn dogs, mac ‘n cheese and much, much more!
Bars & Pubs
Hallertau Brewery & Restaurant, Riverhead
Riverhead top dogs and all-round brewer extraordinaire, Hallertau are unfortunately closed Good Friday, but are open the rest of the long weekend! Sunday will enforce the stricter drinking laws but grab yourself a delicious dish and pint of the good stuff for a relaxed and enjoyable arvo!
Puhoi Pub Hotel & Stables, Puhoi
For a stunning and countryside getaway, head to Puhoi Historic Pub for a long weekend retreat. Closed for business on Friday, they’ll be back pulling pints for the rest Easter. Take note that there will also be the strict drinking laws for the Sunday!
Citizen Park, Kingsland
Staying open every single day of the long weekend, Citizen Park is the place you and your crew will wanna be with beer jugs a-plenty and nibbles galore!
The Garden Shed, Mount Eden
For a picture-perfect drink setting, look no further than Mount Eden’s very own The Garden Shed. Open all weekend from 8 am - 10 pm, order in a bottle of the good stuff alongside a share-worthy platter for a lovely lazy afternoon with the gang.
Malt Public House, Grey Lynn
Open from 11 am alllll weekend, Grey Lynn’s very own Malt Public House will be serving up your favourite bevvies alongside cracking grub and good vibes! Psst, liquor laws will be enforced for this festive period!
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Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga at Shakedown Milk Bar