It’s been too long since we’ve had a long weekend and we surely deserve it more than ever! Take this Monday as an opportunity to go out and wine and dine because that’s what we’ll be doing!
We tend to forget that Labour Day doesn’t apply to the peeps who have to work in order to keep their doors open for us to have fun. So let’s just take a moment to thank these awesome people for making our Mondays more special.
To all the businesses that have closed their doors to take a break like the rest of us, no hate! You deserve it too. But none of us deserve the disappointment of rocking up to our fave spot just to find out it is closed for the day. So here’s a list to avoid that from happening!
Celebrate the long weekend at one of the best cafes Auckland has to offer.
TAKAPUNA BEACH CAFÉ & STORE, TAKAPUNA
If you’re looking for vibes and food, Takapuna Beach Café and Store is the place for you. Enjoy your moment of relaxation with their fresh food while looking out at the gorgeous views they have to offer. They’ll be open bright and early from 6:30am till 6pm.
ODETTES EATERY, CITY WORKS DEPOT
Don’t worry guys, the best whipped feta in town can still be enjoyed this long weekend. Odettes Eatery is will be opening from 8am till 3pm giving us that lush experience as they always do.
KOKAKO, GREY LYNN
Get your morning caffeine kick with a mighty fine coffee from Kokako. Organically brewed and a perfect way to start your Monday, they’ll be serving from 7:30am till 4pm.
DEAR JERVOIS, HERNE BAY
Our friends at Dear Jervois will be at your service from 8am till 4pm and satisfying that sweet tooth of yours with their signature matcha waffles. Feeling more savoury? They have tons of other good stuff on their menu.
Open all day from 7am till late, Rosie offers a sophisticated menu as they put their own special twists to classic dishes. Why get eggs sunny side up when you can get Rosie’s fried eggs with charred leek, truffle and serrano?
Bread and butter, MILFORD
Milford’s Bread and Butter will be operating from 7:30am till 4pm. Treat yourself to one of their gourmet pastries and make sure to check out their menu for some classic and tasty dishes.
café MONT, MT EDEN
Pay a visit to the new kid on the clock! Opening bright and early from 6:30am till 3pm, Café Mont has a wide range on their menu and a cabinet of treats that you just cannot resist (including raw vegan cakes!).
TOWN MOUSE, PUKEKOHE
Make your followers on Instagram envious with your breakfast post from Town Mouse. This café caters to vegetarians and vegans as well! Take this as a chance to explore wider Auckland and enjoy the scenery Pukekohe has to offer.
A long weekend is a perfect excuse to sneak in an extra wine and dine experience. Here are the restaurants that will be open to conclude our Labour Day holiday on the best note possible.
Homemade pasta with a glass of wine, what better way to end your long weekend? With a constantly changing menu to ensure the freshest ingredients, Amano will be open from 7am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
MASU, AUCKLAND CITY
If you’re feeling like a little detox from your long weekend antics full of battered food, beer and sweet treats, MASU by Nic Watt will be providing the freshest of the fresh from 5:30pm Check out their drinks menu and trade in the wine for a sake!
MISS CLAWDY, WYNYARD QUARTER
Get your daily dose of fried chicken goodness at Miss Clawdy from 11.30am till late this Monday. Save room for dessert because their key lime pie is unmissable (trust us on this one).
THE GARDEN SHED, MT EDEN
You must have seen the metre-long cheesecake we posted about a little while ago and you can still get your hands on them this Labour Day! The Garden Shed will be opening from 8:30am till late.
THE BLUE BREEZE INN, PONSONBY
Finding a dinner spot in Ponsonby on Labour Day can be a bit of a mission but The Blue Breeze Inn will be at your service from 12pm till 10pm! Offering an Asian cuisine with a Western spin, The Blue Breeze Inn is not to be missed.
BURGER BURGER, NEWMARKET, TAKAPUNA & PONSONBY
Wining and dining doesn’t always have to be fancy! Indulge in a good ol’ burger and check out the cocktail creations Burger Burger has to offer. Also, you can’t miss their charred broccoli! All three joints will be open from 11:30am till 9pm.
HAPPY BOY EATERY, ROYAL OAK
If you’re craving a burger but want to change it up a bit, try out the new burger joint that has opened up on Manukau Road. Happy Boy Eatery serve up the classic burger with an Asian fusion twist with their special flavours and homemade steamed buns. They’ll be open from 4:20 pm till late.
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, NEWMARKET & ALBANY
End your long weekend with a Mexican fiesta at Flying Burrito Brothers. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, these guys have it all. Not to mention their fruit margaritas which are to die for. Both restaurants will be open from 12 pm till late.
GRANGERS, HALF MOON BAY
Overlooking the stunning Half Moon Bay Marina, Grangers is the place to kick back and enjoy those sweet long weekend vibes. They’ll be dishing up seafood, burgers and—of course—refreshing cold beverages. Open 12pm till late.
Bars & Pubs
Celebrate the end of the long weekend with a drink or two. These guys will be keeping their doors to add the cherry on top to our Monday.
CITIZEN PARK, KINGSLAND
Round up your mates and settle in for a day of dranks, sunshine (hopefully), and awesome food at Citizen Park (opens 11:30am). Pro tip: order their signature beef brisket nachos.
BEDFORD SODA & LIQUOR, PONSONBY & TAKAPUNA
Bedford Soda & Liquor is all about the creativity and crafts of their cocktails and meatballs and this Labour Day is no exception! They’ll be open from 12pm till midnight in Ponsonby and 4pm till 10pm in Takapuna.
KAYA, AUCKLAND CITY
Kaya located on Lorne Street has a menu consisting of traditional Korean cuisine and local Korean drunk food. Either stick to the classic bibimbap or get out of your comfort zone and give their famous pigs' feet a go! Don’t forget to get a bottle of strong soju for the table. Kaya will be opening from 11:30am till late.
THE GLASS GOOSE, AUCKLAND CITY
For a Monday afternoon cocktail (this totally acceptable on a public holiday), visit The Glass Goose. They’ll be mixing espresso martinis from 5pm until the wee small hours of the morn. Don’t stay up too late, though—you have work on Tuesday!
THE LULA INN, AUCKLAND CITY
Not only does this place have an endless cocktail list but also a huge selection of food from oysters to pizzas and burgers. The Lula Inn will be open from 9am till late to satisfy your taste buds.
THE COMMONS, TAKAPUNA
From 4pm, The Commons will be open along with their outdoor courtyard space. Round up your squad and get a bucket of Corona’s or enjoy one of their cocktails if you’re feeling fancy.
THE GOOD HOME, MT EDEN
If you’re looking for a sun-drenched spot to spend your day, then The Good Home is the ticket. This Mt Eden gastropub is all about exceptional pies, burgers and seafood. Open from 11am till 11:30pm.
Image credit: Kellie Blizard at The Garden Shed