There are two types of people in this world: those who will happily waltz into a restaurant and ask for a table for one, and those who shiver at the thought of it. If you’re in the latter group, this list is made for you.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re at our happiest during date nights/lunch with the gals/brunch with the ‘rents. But sometimes the occasion arises when you want (or need) to caffeine and cake load all on your lonesome—at some of Auckland’s best cafes and restaurants, of course.
Whether the hunger hits mid shopping spree, or you’d rather demolish that plate of fried chicken all by yourself, we’ve located the best Auckland restaurants to do just that.
This Federal Street restaurant and bar is a tad tricky to get into for groups, but the counters running along the front and back are a perfect solo dining posse. Grab a stool and watch Depot’s chefs meticulously shuck fresh oysters and shake up cocktails. One of the best restaurants in Auckland, the lovely wait staff will chat any worries away, and after a couple of house savs, you’ll feel completely at ease.
Next door The Fed has a similar set up. Head there for poutine, pie and bottomless coffee.
You’d be hard pressed to find a café in Auckland more welcoming than Ceremony. The dudes behind this Grafton spot, Connor and Charles, are all about community so don’t be alarmed when they start bantering like you’ve been homies for yonks. Ceremony is a bright, open space to eat breakfast sammies and fancy buttered brioche for some well deserved ‘you time’.
Chop Chop Noodle House
Slurp your way through ramen and and Korean fried chicken at Ponsonby Central’s Chop Chop Noodle House. The kitchen is surrounded by counters, where you can get a front row seat to the noodle making frenzy. Who knows? You and your counter companions might bond over brisket buns.
Sandringham favourite, Petit Bocal has a communal bench practically made for solo dining. Flick through the morning news over flatties (the coffee, that is) and croissants—you’ll quickly forget that you rocked up alone.
Little & Friday
Newmarket, Belmont and Ponsonby
How could you feel uneasy with doughnuts by your side?! Little & Friday is home to some of the best baked goods in town. Sit down with fellow sweet treat obsessives at Newmarket’s huge communal tables, the tall benches in Belmont, or out in the sun at the Ponsonby café. Excessive coffee consumption is encouraged—bring a good book and spend the morning doing exactly that.
Cali All Day Eatery
All day, erryday is when you should be at Cali, Nuffield Street’s latest eatery. It’s a cool spot for post shop munching. And with tacos and pizzettas on the menu, you won’t want to share anyway!
Jam Organic Café
The Shore folk have sure got it good. Wander along Takapuna beach then refuel at Jam Organic Café via raw juices and bagel stacks. There’s plenty of outdoor seating to perch on, and if you’re still unsure about this whole solo dining business, bring your pup to calm the nerves—Jam is dog friendly.
Looking for more of Auckland’s best restaurants and cafes? Head to the Directory.
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