There's nothing quite as good as a long weekend, and this one is no exception. With the weather warming up, there's no need to head out of the City of Sails to feel like you're on holiday. With stunning beaches and plenty to do, some of our favourite bars, restaurants and cafes are remaining open, so there's no need to miss out.
Here are the best places that are open this Labour Day.
Celebrate the long weekend at one of the best cafes Auckland has to offer.
TAKAPUNA BEACH CAFÉ & STORE, TAKAPUNA
If you’re looking for vibes and food, Takapuna Beach Café and Store is the place for you. Enjoy your moment of relaxation with their fresh food while looking out at the gorgeous views they have to offer. They’ll be open bright and early from 6:30 am till 4 pm.
ODETTES EATERY, CITY WORKS DEPOT
Don’t worry, the best whipped feta in town can still be enjoyed this long weekend. Odettes Eatery is opening from 8am till 3pm giving us that lush experience as they always do.
Situated near the waterfront at Wynyard Quarter, you really can’t go wrong with Williams Eatery. Open from 8am till 4pm, they will be whipping out their top-notch coffee and carefully thought out menu. Williams Eatery catches all the rays of sunshine and is an ideal cafe for your long weekend.
CRAVE CAFÉ, MORNINGSIDE
Open from 7 am till 5 pm, Crave Café has become the go-to destination for Morningside locals and they’ll be in business this Labour Day. The community loving café is renowned for their house French toast, so be sure to order that to the table.
BREAD & BUTTER, MILFORD
Milford’s Bread and Butter will be operating from 7:30 am till 4 pm. Treat yourself to one of their gourmet pastries such as the chocolate almond croissant and make sure to check out their menu for some classic and tasty dishes.
HARE AND THE TURTLE, AVONDALE
Treat yourself this Labour Day to one of the best cinnamon buns in town at Hare And The Turtle. This Avondale local favourite will be open from 8 am until 3 pm serving their famous sandwiches which include buns that they make themselves. Not to mention, their $10 stack of pancakes and sweet caramelised banana.
THE CANDY SHOP, NEWMARKET
From prawn dumpling soups, fried chicken and buttermilk pancakes, The Candy Shop seems to have all the things we love. Open from 8 am until 4 pm, The Candy Shop will be serving the goods including freshly brewed coffee by the Camper Coffee barista champions.
A long weekend is a perfect excuse to sneak in an extra wine and dine experience. Here are the restaurants that will be open to conclude our Labour Day holiday on the best note possible.
BADUZZI, WYNYARD QUARTER
Homemade pasta with a glass of wine, what better way to end your long weekend? Widely known for serving the best duck ragu pasta and tiramisu in town, Baduzzi will be open from 11:30 am, serving lunch and until late for dinner.
WHITE + WONG'S, AUCKLAND CBD
You can never go wrong with some Asian fusion, especially when it’s coming from White + Wong’s. Situated on the waterfront, White + Wong’s provides top-notch food and killer ambience. They’ll be open from 11 am until 11 pm with a 15% surcharge, serving their infamous handmade baos and dumplings for lunch and dinner.
DEPOT EATERY, AUCKLAND CBD
Freshly shucked oysters, clams, fish sliders and beef brisket tacos – now that’s a spread that was made to finish anyone’s long weekend on a high note. Renowned as one of Auckland’s top restaurants, Depot will be running their regular hours from 8 am until late.
FRASERS, MT EDEN
This Mt. Eden gem will be open for dinner time during Labour Day and we could not be more thankful. Frasers have a diverse Mediterranean and Asian inspired menu but most importantly, their cabinet of cakes is the absolute game changer. Treat yourself to a slice of Bailey’s cheesecake and end your Labour weekend on a sweet note.
THE BLUE BREEZE INN, PONSONBY
Finding a dinner spot in Ponsonby on Labour Day can be a bit of a mission but The Blue Breeze Inn will be at your service from 12 pm till 10 pm. Offering an Asian cuisine with a Western spin, The Blue Breeze Inn is not to be missed.
BURGER BURGER, NEWMARKET, TAKAPUNA & PONSONBY
Wining and dining doesn’t always have to be fancy. Indulge in a good ol’ burger and check out the cocktail creations Burger Burger has to offer. Also, you can’t miss their charred broccoli and curly fries with their special aioli sauce. All three joints will be open from 11:30 am till 9 pm.
MARINA CANTINA, HALF MOON BAY
Overlooking the stunning Half Moon Bay Marina, Marina Cantina is the place to enjoy those sweet long weekend vibes at a Mexica fiesta. From tacos, quesadillas and burritos, Marina Cantina will be serving it up from 12 pm till late.
Bars & Pubs
Celebrate the end of the long weekend with a drink or two. These guys will be keeping their doors to add the cherry on top to our Monday.
GRANGERS, HALF MOON BAY
Right next to the Mexican eatery Marina Cantina is Grangers, a bar that ticks all the boxes from an impressive drinks list which includes a chocolate and orange jaffatin to a serene ambience situated in front of the marina. They’ll be dishing up seafood, burgers and—of course—refreshing cold beverages. Open 12 pm till late.
CITIZEN PARK, KINGSLAND
Round up your mates and settle in for a day of dranks, sunshine (hopefully), and awesome food at Citizen Park (opens 11:30 am). Pro tip: order their signature beef brisket nachos.
BEDFORD SODA & LIQUOR, PONSONBY
Bedford Soda & Liquor is all about the creativity and crafts of their cocktails and meatballs and this Labour Day is no exception. Although their Takapuna branch will be closed, they’ll be open from 12 pm till midnight in Ponsonby. Do yourself a favour and order the Hokey Pokey Flip, a concoction of vanilla vodka, dessert wine, butterscotch, orgeat, egg and black walnut bitters.
REGATTA BAR & EATERY, TAKAPUNA
Breathe in the refreshing night sea breeze at Regatta to finish off the Labour Weekend. Nab a spot on their front deck, sit back and sip on one of their many cocktails or beers on tap. To match the seaside mood, a glass of pina colada is the way to go. Regatta will be open from 11:30 am until 11 pm.
THE LULA INN, AUCKLAND CITY
Not only does this place have an endless cocktail list but also a huge selection of food from oysters to pizzas and burgers. With spectacular harbour views, The Lula Inn will be open from 9 am till late, so make the most of your Labour Day.
THE GOOD HOME, MT EDEN
If you’re looking for a sun-drenched spot to spend your day, then The Good Home is the ticket. This Mt Eden gastropub is all about exceptional pies, burgers and seafood. Open from 11 am till 9 pm.
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