5 Cafés and Restaurants To Visit This Weekend

By Grace Noles
14th Oct 2017

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Scratch that Saturday to-do list, we’ve got an even better one for you to tick off! 

It’s the weekend again and that means it’s time for some wining and dining, because hey, you deserve it! Skip heading straight to your same old same old, and try out one of our top five picks this weekend to mix things up! We promise you won’t be dissappointed! 

Ivy & Bean

Mt Eden 

New to the Auckland foodie scene, Ivy & Bean are upping the café game and creating an ultra-modern new vibe out of the old Mt Eden tram station.  The white walls and wooden floors are a breath of fresh air and their pastries are nothing short of perfection! From the sweet-toothed looking for muffins, slices, cakes, and cookies to the savoury bunch after home-made pies, stuffed filos, and sausage rolls, Ivy & Bean cater to every café goer’s need! Support your local friendly neighbourhood new kid on the block and give them a try today! 

Urban In East 


This East Auckland gem is one of our new favourites to hit up on a Sunday morning! We’re loving the brunch menu made up of house waffles with vanilla mascarpone, lemon and cinnamon sugar crepes, and the classic eggs bene to name a few! Urban in East also suggests trying one of their signature house drinks like the gingerbread latte, peppermint mocha, or coconut milk latte! With blankets on hand to keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy, the friendly staff and scrumptious food will have you glad you dropped by! 



You really will be Chuffed with yourself if you head to this hide-away café located on High Street for some of the best breakfast foods Auckland has on offer! With signature crumpets, almond maple granola, and semolina porridge and macadamia crumb, this café will blow your mind and have you wondering how you never knew about this secret hotspot! Don’t forget to grab a piping hot, freshly roasted cuppa’ joe so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekend the right way! 



With a beach-side view dripping in sun and all things yummy and comfort food-esque on the menu, Franc’s will be your go-to restaurant and bar this weekend! We’re talking foot-long hot-dogs, triple cheese macacroni bites, pork belly roti, chicken & waffles, Dorito-crusted chicken burgers, kimchi BBQ, and cookies & cream New York cheesecake! Psst… little extra tip, don’t forget to save room for a Franc’s speciality of ice cream sundaes as big as your head! 

The Apothecary Licensed Eatery


Another East Auckland treasure, The Apothecary in Howick Village is a stellar pick for all of your end of week needs! Take your time perusing the all-day breakfast menu—our favourites are the buttermilk pancakes and smoked salmon bagels with a quality barista made coffee on the side! And, make sure you stick around later because the inhouse Cellar Bar kicks off happy hour at four o’clock, filled with $5 wine and beer! The Apothercary’s quirky décor, full-flavoured menu, and extensive drinks list will have you sorted for a full day of indulgence! 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

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