If you’ve ever wanted to run away and join the circus (haven’t we all?), make your dream a reality at Mt Eden’s much-loved Circus Circus café.
This is one café you absolutely can’t miss! The bright red building resembles an old-school circus tent and is guarded by golden lion statues (don’t worry, they don’t bite). As day turns into night, the café glitters in fairy lights.
Step inside and the theme continues. Porcelain clowns hang from the red and gold striped ceiling and the walls are adorned in circus posters. There’s red in every direction—from the crimson coffee machine to the Kiwiana tomato sauce bottles.
There are several spaces within the bustling café. Grab a pozzy on the balcony or cosy up in the back rooms. The private rooms can be booked for events, catering for up to 35 people—perfect for your Christmas do!
First opening in 1995, it’s fair to say the circus-themed eatery has stood the test of time—and for good reason too. Circus Circus has cemented itself as a family-friendly fave, serving good, honest tucker morning, noon and night.
Visit for brunch and you’ll find eggs benedict, mushrooms on toast and blueberry granola alongside their signature big top breakfast with ALL the trimmings. Pro tip: arrive hungry to tackle this beast!
We can’t go past their stack of vanilla pancakes generously topped with berry compote and whipped butter. The dish is then served with a pottle of maple syrup—ensuring you get the perfect maple to pancake ratio.
If you prefer something more lunch-esque, choose between the likes of chicken and mushroom fettuccine, a steak sammie or the buffalo chicken burger.
Nab a table for dinner and start with an entrée of Vietnamese summer rolls, buffalo chicken wings or an oozing baked brie (our fave!) topped with figs and pistachios and served with sourdough crostini.
As for the mains, you’ll discover hand-made gnocchi, chicken and chickpea curry and pan-fried market fish served on a bed of wild rice salad. We’re particularly fond of Circus Circus’ beef cheek pie, slow cooked with a flavoursome blend of veges and pearl barley and topped with a puff-pastry lid. On Sunday evenings you can grab a hearty roast served with your fave sides.
If you’ve got littlies in tow, kids dine free between 4.30pm and 6.30pm daily—we guarantee they’ll love the circus theme!
No visit to Circus Circus is complete without a treat from their “after the show” menu (aka dessert). There’s a no shortage of deliciousness with two full-time bakers whipping up these delectable desserts.
Think massive (and we mean MASSIVE) slices of banoffee pie, Malteasers cheesecake (!) and carrot cake with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting—yum!
Make a beeline for Mt Eden because the circus is in town and it’s damn tasty.
Image credit: Kellie Blizard