Grandma-friendly date spots.
Before you start eye rolling, let us remind you that you probably don’t spend enough time with your clan’s matriarch. She’s wise, she’s kind (hopefully) and she’s constantly misses you because you’re TC to take her out on a gran-grandkid date.
Fret not—all can be redeemed by locking in a bonding sesh at one of these cafes. Grandchild of the year, here you come!
Grandmas seem to have a thing for roses, and y’know what? We’re totally with them on that. Located opposite the Parnell Rose Gardens, Rosie is an ideal place to visit after wandering through the blooms. With just the right amount of natural light and easy on the ears, you and your gran can catch up over smashed herbed eggs or spiced chicken salad. Just promise us you’ll introduce her to the salted caramel hot chocolate.
Cornwall Park Café
If your gran is an Auckland lass, she’s no doubt spent a fair bit of time in lush Cornwall Park. Take her on a trip down memory lane with a lunch date at Cornwall Park Café. Popular with all walks of life, this café is exactly what the park needed and your gran will be totally chuffed with your choice. Grab something yummy from the cabinet or sample the house-made baked beans with smoked ricotta. You’d be hard pressed to find a baked beans dish more delish.
This café is slightly off the beaten track (i.e. not along Ponsonby Road) and we’re optimistic your nan will appreciate that. OhSo has gone to great lengths to ensure their environs are on point. You don’t feel sardined in a row, forced to listen to the next table’s gossip rants, and they’ve even gone the extra mile by offering off-street parking—what a rarity! On the food front you’ll find French toast, build-your-own brekkies and hearty salads. Whatever you order, it will be oh-so good.
St Marys Bay
Like your dear nana, 13 St Marys Road has seen and done a lot. Once an old fire station, it has housed a handful of restaurants before it’s current occupant, Mary’s. This lovely, bright café will have you sippin’ on a cuppa and chatting away with ease. The menu is mammoth in size and features scrumptious options such as vegan sticky black rice, mushroom bruschetta and deconstructed Caesar salad—Mary’s signature dish.
If Grandma hasn’t been to Bolaven, make it happen, stat. This Mt Eden restaurant uses locally source ingredients to create their Laotian-inspired menu. Introduce your nan to grandma’s beef pho or keep it classic with Bolaven-fied bubble and squeak. And if she’s fond of a tipple of two, there’s plenty of maak-lesang (grape) to go around.
While Nana might believe there’s no need to venture outside for a pot of tea and a good feed, a trip to Honey Café will convince her otherwise. Situated on Huron Street, this funky, fresh eatery prides itself on warm customer service and excellent food. Their pea and halloumi fritters are a guaranteed hit and their superfood salad is a tasty way to get your greens for the day. With plenty of tea and Atomic coffee, Nana might even make Honey her local.
After more places to take Nan? Here are Auckland’s Most Beautiful Cafes.
Image credit: Artnet