Let’s face it, at some point this weekend we’re all going to be chocolate and cross-bun-ed out. And when that happens, we’re going to want to turn to some of Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and bars to feed us with their scrumptious, non-Eastery fare. Luckily, plenty of our fave spots will be open for your dining and wining pleasure. Who are they? Wouldn’t you like to know…?
Here’s what’s open this Easter weekend. You better be hungry—there’s more than you think!
Little Bird Unbakery, Ponsonby
Balance out that copious consumption of choccie with a trip to Little Bird Unbakery. Their Ponsonby store is open all Easter weekend long with zero surcharge.
Charlie & George, Stonefields
Stonefield’s Charlie & George will be in action this Easter weekend, and with no surcharge so you can enjoy a leisurely brunch without having to fork out the extra moolah.
Fact Tree Cafe, Sunnynook
Fact Tree Cafe is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so you don’t have to miss out on a weekend eggs bene (woot, woot!).
Mondays Eatery, Kingsland
Treat that bod of yours to a nutritious, wholesome brekkie at Mondays Eatery in Kingsland. They’ll be serving it up from 8.30am.
Little & Friday, Belmont, Ponsonby & Newmarket
Head to any of these Little & Friday stores this long weekend. The doughnuts will be ready and waiting.
Fort Greene, K Road
If you happen to have a hankering for a damn fine sammie, Fort Greene can help you out. They’ve even got a four-cheese grilled cheese if you’re feeling a bit dustry.
Good Day, Orakei
Protect yourself from any bad day juju with a trip to Good Day in Orakei. You’ll be met with tasty breakfast fare and Supreme coffee.
Philippe’s Chocolate, Grey Lynn
We totally geddit. Your hot cross bun obsession knows no bounds and you want a fresh batch every day. Thank the heavens, because Philippe’s Chocolate is open all long weekend.
Town Mouse, Pukekohe
Pukekohe’s coolest little café will be cranking all weekend long. Pop by for four-hour braised lamb or an amazing veg burger.
Coffee General, Birkenhead
Weekends simply shouldn’t commence without caffeine. The Coffee General crew in Birkenhead will be creating the perfect flattie and filter this weekend.
Puhoi Valley, Puhoi
Get your weekend cheese intake with a trip to Puhoi Valley. Their café will be dishing out dairy deliciousness from 10am daily.
Little King, Milford
Milford’s Little King will also be open this Easter weekend for all your brunching and lunching needs.
Twisted Tomato, Pt Chevalier
Head to Pt Chev for a meal at Twisted Tomato. Their homemade banana and choc bread French toast will hit the spot.
Cornwall Park Café, One Tree Hill
Go for a leisurely stroll before popping into Cornwall Park Café for a tasty feed of baked beans, smoked ricotta and poached eggs.
Best Ugly Bagels, City Works Depot & Newmarket
Stop by lovely, little Catroux and get amongst a fitness bowl to balance out all the Easter treats.
Petit Bocal, Sandringham
This French local is set to serve their top-notch brunch, lunch and dinner menus this Easter weekend. A cheesy croque monsieur will be ready and waiting.
The Fed, Auckland CBD
All is well—you can still feed your poutine obsession this Easter weekend. The Fed is closed on Good Friday but will be open for the rest of the weekend.
Depot, Auckland CBD
Next door, Depot will be putting out sliders and oysters from 11am.
Miss Moonshine’s, Ponsonby
Get ready for some damn good low ‘n slow this weekend, folks! Miss Moonshine’s will be serving their meaty goodness from 11.30am
The Garden Shed, Mt Eden
Whether you’re after an early morning brunch or scrumptious dinner, The Garden Shed has got you covered.
The Blue Breeze Inn, Ponsonby
Don’t worry, your weekend won’t go by without pork buns and choc pots. The Blue Breeze Inn will open for business.
Gusto at the Grand, Auckland CBD
Gusto at the Grand will be offering rustic Italian food at its finest thing Easter weekend. Make sure you order a side of duck fat roast potatoes.
Woodpecker Hill, Parnell
14-hour smoked brisket, anyone? Parnell’s Woodpecker Hill will be cooking that and the rest of their oriental-meets-smokehouse menu this weekend. https://www.theurbanlist.com/nz/directory/woodpecker-hill
Burger Burger, Ponsonby & Newmarket
Fish Fish, Ponsonby
The newly opened Fish Fish will be in action from 11.30am, too!
Miss Clawdy, Wynyard Quarter
Lunch or dinner, whenever your fried chicken cravings emerge, Miss Clawdy will be open to cater for them.
Bars & Pubs
FYI, these spots won’t be serving alky on Friday and Sunday due to restrictions.
The Cav, Freemans Bay
The Cav will be alive and pumping this Easter weekend. And the best thing about it? They’re surcharge-free!
Bedford Soda & Liquor, Ponsonby
Bedford Soda & Liquor will be shaking up their famous cocktails on Saturday and Monday. However, once the liquor laws kick in, they’ll only be open for food. Luckily, meatballs just so happen to be the perfect substitute for cocktails.
The Lumsden Freehouse, Newmarket
Craft beer fan? Head to The Lumsden Freehouse in Newmarket on Saturday and Monday. Be there on Friday and Sunday for mac ‘n cheese, too.
Citizen Park, Kingsland
Round up your crew and settle in for a day of feasting at Citizen Park. They’re open from 11.30am.
The Commons, Takapuna
Open aaall weekend, The Commons will be catering to all you Taka peeps with their tasty food and dranks.
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Image credit: The Garden Shed