New Year’s resolutions, deathly hangovers, dancing until the wee hours of the morning and sunrise yoga- there’s a bunch of different ways we will all kick off 2020. One thing we’ve got in common however, is our love of good food and drinks. Luckily we’ve done the hard yards so you don’t have to. Here are Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and bars that are open this New Year’s Day—and the first day of a new decade! We’ll cheers to that.
Takapuna Beach Café
Begin the new year by the sea at Takapuna Beach Café. Try their French toast with berries and vanilla cream, of if you’re feeling fancy, a crab croquette with chilli. Feel revitalized with a fresh beetroot, carrot and ginger juice. Takapuna Beach Café’s doors will open from 8am until 6pm, and there’s a 15% surcharge.
One of our favourite cafes and restaurants—Odettes Eatery—will be welcoming
customers on New Year’s Day from 8am-3pm. You’ll find Odettes located in the
heart of Auckland’s CBD. We love the lush greenery nearly as much as their
brunches, including the buffalo mozzarella with broad beans on sourdough. We
also love that there’s no surcharge.
For all you coffee lovers (addicts) out there, never fear—Ponsoby Road café Dizengoff will be serving their smooth and hot brew on 1 January 2020, with doors opening from 6.30am until 4pm. There will be food too, including their well-known half-and-half breakfast, with fluffy scrambled eggs and balsamic mushrooms. 15% surcharge.
Who doesn’t love an all-day menu? From macadamia granola with coconut yogurt or the buttermilk fried chicken burger (if you’ve had one too many Panheads the night before)—whatever state you’re in on New Year’s Day, you’ll be sure to find something you love at Frasers in Mt Eden. There’s no surcharge, and you can head there from 7am until 11pm—the dinner menu is seriously good.
Mortar and Pestle
Start a new decade at Mortar and Pestle, a café, bar and eatery situated in Takapuna. You’ll be able to go there from 8am onwards this New Year’s Day with zero surcharge. For breakfast, try their gin-cured salmon, or their avocado and peas with feta on sourdough.
Located by Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour is Amano, a bustling restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this New Year’s Day from 8am. The Italian leaning menu is seasonal and changes are made daily, as well as their must-try pasta. Be sure to pick up a buttery croissant from their bakery, too. 15% surcharge.
Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill
White tablecloths, waterfront views, champagne and oysters—relax into 2020 the right way at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill. The restaurant’s doors will swing open from midday, and there’s a 20% public holiday surcharge. Try to score a seat on the outside deck and look forward to the year that will be.
You can head to Turkish restaurant Feriza’s on the 1 January from 11am and dig into dishes such as halloumi bruschetta with tomato and mint and slow cooked lamb with beetroot hummus and flatbread. Don’t leave without trying the Kunefe—it’s a Middle Eastern dessert with cheese, honey and pistachio ice-cream and it’s pretty much what dreams are made of.
Regatta Bar And Eatery
It’s hard to top fresh seafood and cold beers by the sea on New Year’s Day—and Regatta Bar And Eatery has all three in spades. Bring a bunch of mates and enjoy a long and boozy lunch—Regatta will be open from 11.30am until late and there’s a 15% surcharge. Come for the view, stay for the vibes.
Boy & Bird
Nurse your hangover with free-range rotisserie chicken, gravy and very moreish potato ‘chunkies’ at Boy & Bird in Ponsonby. We like that they only use ingredients that are sourced locally. You can head to Boy & Bird from 10.30am and there’s a 10% surcharge. Look out for the cocktail specials.
The Asian-fusion restaurant Fang is many things, but bland sure isn’t one of them. Big flavours in the menu with a lick of Sichuan pepper, cocktails that list five spices, sesame and fermented soy as ingredients (not in the same drink—thankfully) and staff that know what they’re doing, makes for a fun restaurant to visit this New Year’s Day. You won’t have to pay a surcharge at this Parnell restaurant, and can visit from 11.30am.
Dine alfresco on the first day of the year at the contemporary bistro, Ortolana, which is found in the middle of Auckland’s CBD. They are open from 8am until late with a 15% surcharge. The European-inspired menu showcases fresh produce that’s either been grown on their farm or it’s been locally sourced.
Bars And Pubs
Bring your best friend or a date to Housebar, a stunning art deco venue that’s found on the first floor of Auckland’s Hotel DeBrett. This coming New Year’s Day they will be open from 12pm. Graze on their charcuterie board with a fine New Zealand drop and forget what decade you’re in.
The Glass Goose
Keep the New Years’ celebrations rollin’ at The Glass Goose, which you can visit from 11am on 1 January until the wee hours of the morning. Sip on one of their ‘grammable cocktails on the rooftop bar, and get stuck into a cheese board or their brisket bun with pickles.
If you’re after a cold beer and chicken wings on New Year’s Day (and every other) then visit Citizen Park, a beer garden that’s nestled in the heart of Kingsland. If you’re still feeling peckish, the South and Southern American menu will be sure to fill you up. What’s more, there’s no public holiday surcharge. Open until late from 11.30am.
Parasol and Swing
Bask in the sunshine this New Year’s Day at Parasol and Swing, a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. There will be no public holiday surcharge, but there will be great music and food—including ceviche with avocado and herbs and fish tacos with jalapenos. The cocktails here are not to be missed—our pick is the whistling blackbird, with tequila, blackberry, pineapple and lime. Doors open from 12pm.
The Lula Inn
Spend your first day of the year at The Lula Inn and enjoy great music, a relaxed atmosphere, a tasty menu and Auckland’s only on-water deck. Visit for lunch from 12pm, or for dinner and drinks, and you’ll be reminded about all the great things in life.
Discuss your New Year’s resolutions over an 18-inch pizza and a glass or two of crisp wine at The Conservatory. The restaurant sits right on Wynyard Quarter so you can people watch until your heart’s content. Open on 1 January from 10am, you can bet The Conservatory is going to be busy.
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Image credit: Mac and Cheese stuffed croissant at Mortar And Pestle