The Best Cafes in Auckland
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The 31 Best Cafes in Auckland

Auckland has many wonderful cafes that offer an insanely good breakfast with your favourite coffee drink. If you are in the city and looking for the best cafes in Auckland, we have listed them here for you.

With a selection of satisfying and savoury dishes in many cosy locations with the likes of plant decorations or being in the courtyard, which cafe should you start with?

Most of them offer vegan and vegetarian options sourced from local growers and farmers. That ensures your food is made with all the flavours and juiciness intact so it will be fresh, new, and wholesome to your taste buds.

With that, we are now ready to show you the best cafes in Auckland for a tasty and super-filling breakfast, brunch, or lunch in the morning. Here goes:

1. L’oeuf – Mt Albert

L’oeuf - Mt Albert
BEST FOR Asian Delicacies and Meals
MENUClick the link below to see the menu
ADDRESS4A Owairaka Avenue, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 620 0191
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Friday: 7:30pm – 2:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 3:30pm

If you like Asian delicacies and meals, L’oeuf should be your first choice. The cafe brings a cosy and cool environment that is just the right size, perfect for the summer months — with a cabinet fridge right on the slot on the counter.

The small cafe can be found in the Mt Albert area and has a lot of seats. Its menu has very catchy names and captures the ingredients, texture and taste.

Examples of dish names we loved are the Geisha, the Hunter, the Cambodian, Soldiers, and even the Architect (free-range poached eggs with a seeded toast or sourdough).

For energy ahead of the day, you should try out the Early Bird consisting of cacao and  coconut muesli, chia seeds, walnuts flooded by almond milk with fresh fruit toppings.

And if you have a sweet tooth, grab some pear, chocolate, or cardamom cake. These are gluten- and dairy-free, and you could consider it guilt-free too.


  • Authentic Asian cuisine
  • Cosy and cool atmosphere
  • Choices for every diet

Customer Reviews

Dean Ching Yee wrote a review on Google:

“Nice place with attentive staff. Noticed our order wasn’t coming out proactively during a busy period, and checked and updated us with it. Pork belly breakfast ramen was very tasty and a good portion. There’s outdoor seating for those that want to e joy the sun.”

2. Chuffed – Auckland CBD

Chuffed - Auckland CBD
BEST FOR Perfect Roasted Coffee
MENUBrowse their menu on their website
ADDRESS43 High Street, Auckland CBD, 1010, New Zealand
[email protected]

Weekdays 7am – 4pmWeekends 8:30am – 4pm

Nestled in front of the daily rush and bustle of cars heading to work, Chuffed lets you get the perfectly roasted coffee, hot and rich in flavours on-the-go.

Or you can sit down in their cosy blue cafe with paintings of colourful birds (yes even a flamingo) and a birdcage as well as quaint plants that hang from the pipes. Best of all, it has a skylight to offer a view of the proud and beautiful trees amid the buildings.

Chuffed is run by head barista Scott McLean, who is driven to serve and bring out food that people will love. They have it all, from the freshest and seasonal ingredients to coffee that always has the taste and warmth you came for.

You have a simple set of menus for breakfast, lunch or brunch everyday. You should try out the chicken burger using free range chicken thigh, chipotle mayo, swiss cheese, and lettuce with a Korean touch of kimchi slaw.

Next is the Kiwi favourite of crumpets, eggs benedict, and avo on toast, as well as the mouth-watering sandwiches of Vegan, Cubano, Banh Mi, and others.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this relaxing cafe belongs to the list of the best cafes in Auckland.


  • Serves delicious hot roasted coffee
  • Large variety of meals
  • Lovely and pleasant cafe

Customer Reviews

Michael Wendler said on Google Reviews:

“Lovely coffee spot on High Street with superb service and the most beautiful outside seating in the backyard. Perfect for catching a break from a shopping frenzy or the hordes of people on Queen Street. Flat Whites were excellent as was the music selection!!”

3. Takapuna Beach Cafe – Takapuna

Takapuna Beach Cafe - Takapuna
BEST FOR Majestic Beach Scenery
MENUSee their menu with through the link below
ADDRESS22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland, NZ 0622
CONTACT DETAILS(09) 484 0002
[email protected]

Monday to Sunday: 6am – 6pmThe Store will be open Christmas Day 7 – 11am

It feels like you’re on a holiday when you visit the Takapuna Beach Cafe, another of your best cafes in Auckland.

With windows that run from the floors to the ceiling, you will enjoy the scenery at Takapuna beach over to the Hauraki Gulf while you have your lunch — which will be presented in an elegant and organised arrangement.

Their menu offers breakfast and lunch open even in the late hours. Omelette is a good start, gnocchi, crab croquettes (delicious!), and a hearty French toast.

For lunch and dinner, you have options of oysters, pasta, chicken cotoletta, and fresh-caught fish of the day.

This modernistic cafe has a store right beside it if you’d like to take away your sandwich or anything to eat.

We recommend the dainty homemade gelato with flavours of vanilla bean, chocolate sorbet, salted caramel, coconut, espresso, nelson berry, lemon curd yoghurt and more.

And they source their potatoes, mushroom, kale, citrus, and bacon locally, to preserve the taste and freshness of the food.


  • Offers nice selection of breakfast and brunch
  • Great, relaxing scenery
  • Locally sourced

Customer Reviews

Sohaib Furqan Syed mentioned on Google Reviews:

“Amazing location for having your coffee while the sun goes down. A must try would be the “House Coffee” which can be customised to suit your caffeine needs. All ingredients at your perusal. Highly recommended.”

4. Onehunga Cafe

Onehunga Cafe
BEST FOR Scrumptious Food and Nice Music
MENUOrder online through the link below
ADDRESS259, Onehunga Mall, Onehunga (1061), Auckland, New Zealand
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday: 7am – 3pm
Tuesday: 7am – 3pm
Wednesday: 7am – 3pm
Thursday: 7am – 3pm
Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday: 8am – 3pm

Superb music meets scrumptious food here at Onehunga cafe! They’re an award-winning cafe who has received the Gold medal, Best café in the Entertainment in Voucher Book Edition from 2016 to 2017. You can check out their small plates, good-for-sharing platters, and freshly brewed drinks here:


  • Scrumptious food and excellent music
  • Award-winning cafe
  • Smaller plates and platters good for sharing

Customer Reviews

Guo Ling mentioned on Google Reviews:

“Suggested by friends to try out Onehunga Cafe. Lunch was great and it did not disappoint ? lovely space and lovely food presentation. Must try their chicken & waffles, Yum! Nice Coffee too. Right next to Onehunga Mall. Plenty of seats outside but next to the main road. We will be back.”

5. Cakes n Ladders

Cakes n Ladders
BEST FOR Board Game Cafe
MENUFind It Here
ADDRESS173 Symonds Street, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Cakes n Ladders is Auckland’s premier board gaming café. They’re friendly to players of all levels, from hard-core gamers and families to couples on a date or groups of friends looking for a space to spend time together.

Aside from offering delicious food and drinks, their gaming library features a growing collection of card and board games including traditional family games, Eurogames, games featured on TableTop (a popular gaming web series), and more. The concept is inspired by famous overseas board game cafés such as Castle in Toronto and Draughts in London.


  • Premier board gaming cafe
  • Offers tasty selections of food and beverages
  • Loads of board games to play here

Customer Review

One customer’s feedback is posted on their website:

“Love this place, 10/10. Awesome range of games, and the owners are the friendliest, kindest people you’ll ever meet.”

6. Major Sprout – Auckland CBD

Major Sprout - Auckland CBD
BEST FOR Delectable Breakfast in a Cosy-Vibe Cafe
MENUDownload their menu here
21 Graham Street, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 307 7172
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 2pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 2pm

If you’re in Auckland CBD, you might as well stop by the stellarly reviewed Major Sprout cafe. It has food that’s very tasty, a wonderful place, and is cosy all the time regardless of the Auckland weather.

They serve breakfast and lunch from Mondays to Sundays so you can celebrate birthdays and special events with glee. Or read a book there, or surf the Net while enjoying your coffee (with swan latte art) or smoothie.

Their unwrapped souvlaki is a winner with garlic pita bread, braised lamb, dukkah scramble, mint tzatziki, and flavour-enhancing pickled onions and almond hummus and chips.

Another you can’t miss is the Crunchy Gentleman toastie, which has free range ham and provolone (a delicious smoked cheese), three cheese béchamel, romesco sauce, fried egg, and date and chilli chutney.

The place is spacious, complemented by planters and displays that make it a tranquil, pleasing, cheerful place to be, and so it gets a spot in our lineup of the best cafes in Auckland.


  • Tasty food and cosy cafe
  • Great variety of breakfast and lunch meals
  • Uses free range and fresh ingredients

Customer Reviews

Margot Boyle wrote her thoughts on Facebook:

“Noisy venue but clearly very popular. Great offerings. Our group of four ordered from all over the menu. In addition, I chose a date scone which was toasted whole and proved deliciously crunchy.
Staff were attentive. Coffees were great.”

7. Cereal Killa Cafe

Cereal Killa Cafe
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BEST FOR Famous Killashakes
MENUCheck out their menu here
ADDRESS360H Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand 1024
CONTACT DETAILS+64 21 100 6651
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSSunday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday: 8am to 5pm

Cereal Killa serves a wide range of shakes, coffee, and burgers that are freshly made, locally produced with varied food choices.

Offering contemporary NZ cafe cuisine that celebrates local producers & suppliers, Cereal Killa specialises in New Zealand-famous Killashakes™, which are made in-house, together with all-day breakfast, lunch fresh salads, in-house baking and cater to a range of dietary requirements.

They also have a seasonal menu which has an extensive range of choice, perfect for groups of all shapes and sizes.


  • Fresh and seasonal food
  • Super delightful Killashakes
  • Wide range of shakes, coffee and burgers

Customer Reviews

Rea HD said on Google Reviews:

“After months of following on Instagram I was able to visit this lovely cafe on a trip to Auckland. The shakes were as amazing as I imagined- absolutely delicious and fun to share (or enjoy on your own!) Had breakfast and also lunch over different days and everything we ate was beautifully presented and tasty. On top of that the staff and management are incredibly nice and welcoming. A place you should definitely visit!! Thanks guys, will be back.”

9. Raw Power Cafe

Raw Power Cafe
BEST FOR Guilt-Free Healthy Meals
MENUSee it here
Floor 1, 10 Vulcan Lane, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 303 3624
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

With the motto, “Choose Raw Power, Choose Healthy. Choose to be brilliant,” you’d already gather that Raw Power Cafe is where you can eat without the guilt!

Raw Power Cafe has been specialising in Vegetarian and Vegan Cuisine since 1996. Customers love their fresh live juice, smoothies, self-serviced salad bar, all-day breakfast and more for the health-conscious.

The cafe is open for both breakfast and lunch.


  • Specialises in vegetarian and vegan cuisine
  • Offers a wide selection of juices, smoothies and salads
  • Ideal for the health-conscious individual

Customer Reviews

Hsu HsiangHui May wrote her feedback on Facebook:

“I’m not easily impressed, but this place is excellent. $4 medium coffee real nice, I had 2. Vegi drink my wife had, awesome. My omelette huge and so tasty. Wife’s Mushroom and hashbrowns same. Recomend for brunch and feel totally stuffed, will last out until dinner. Price was pretty dam good. And upstairs location with window seats is great for people watching and checking social media. No pressure here.”

10. MELBA at Vulcan Lane

MELBA at Vulcan Lane
BEST FOR Delicious Food and Friendly Service
MENUClick here to see the menu
ADDRESS33 Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 303 3624
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday / 7am – 4:30pm
Saturday to Sunday / 8am – 4:30pm
Public Holidays: 8am – 4pm

Melba Vulcan provides fast and friendly service, delicious food and some of the city’s best coffee in the trendiest part of Auckland. In 1995, Café Melba opened in the iconic Vulcan Lane location, which eventually grew and ventured out into the wider Auckland area.

Melba Vulcan is a place beloved by both locals and tourists seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle fo the city.


  • Tremendously good coffee and food
  • Fast and friendly service
  • Opened in 1995 in Vulcan Lane

Customer Reviews

Raphael Benoni expresses it clearly on Google Reviews:

“A great day and a delicious brekkie. Really enjoyed the pancakes as the Maple syrup and the caramelised banana was out of the world. Would definitely come back for more. Good service but there is a delay in getting the orders. Something to be mindful of due to it being very busy.”

11. Mondays Wholefoods

Mondays Wholefoods
BEST FOR Wholesome Gourmet Food
MENUSee it here
ADDRESS503 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 849 7693

Mondays Wholefoods is located down Kingsland driveway, where you can find Bali inspired boutique space specialising in wholefoods, yoga & well-being. Focused creating an inner-city sanctuary, Monday Wholefoods’ CAFE & BAR is open 7 days, and serves simple and beautifully plated wholefoods in an Ivy covered courtyard.

Directly above the cafe, their Ivy STUDIO is the place to be for integrated health & well-being. You can also join in on a range of welcoming yoga, meditation and relaxation sessions as well as a variety of specialty pop-up clinics.

Life, well-being and career coaching is also offered by their resident coach, Julie Hazelhurst. Or, for a working space away from your day to day environment, book out the Ivy Studio to host your next team workshop or EVENT.


  • Healthy and fresh wholefoods
  • Relaxing and naturey cafe
  • Open 7 days

Customer Reviews

Here’s what one customer 김희연 wrote on Google Reviews:

“This cafe is beautiful, unique and cozy. Especially for vegetarians, here would be perfect! there are many GF desserts and unique latte:). I tried Golden latte and it was nice. Carrot Muffin is less sweet and very nutty tasting which I love it.”

12. ORO

BEST FOR Sustainable Food and Beverages
MENUView their menu here
ADDRESS371, West Coast Road , Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday, and Sunday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday: 8am – 9pm

Inspired by the mountains and purity of gold, ORO is located around an eight-decade old native Rimu tree offering a calm, inviting & relaxed environment. ORO believes in happy food that feeds your soul; they partner with suppliers who share their vision in supporting and promoting a sustainable environment and support the local community.

Kokako Coffee and Karma Cola are some of their suppliers who we have partnered with to bring customers organically sustainable beverages.

Be it a corporate meeting, training or event, ORO’s friendly team can also work with you to create a bespoke menu for your special event. They cater to working breakfasts, morning or afternoon tea or working lunches.


  • Sustainable variety of meals
  • Calm and relaxing ambiance
  • Creates personalised menu for special occasions

Customer Reviews

Vanessa Martell-Mead mentioned on Facebook:

“Had an amazing dinner tonight and would highly recommend Oro. Such a great place, fantastic service and local which is such a bonus. Burgers were fabulous and the cake was to die for

13. Little Dream Cafe & Restaurant

Little Dream Cafe & Restaurant
BEST FOR Extensive Coffee and Beverage Menu
MENUYou can see their menu at their website
ADDRESS96 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 07:30am – 4pm
Saturday to Sunday: 08:30am – 4pm

Little Dream Cafe is located at 96 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052. They offer an extensive coffees and beverages menu, as as well as separate food and alcohol menu. They also have kid-friendly options.


  • Extensive coffee and beverage menu
  • Also offer kid-friendly food choices

Customer Reviews

preetam choudhary, one diner, wrote on Google Reviews:

“Love the ambiance and food. Staff are friendly and courteous. Order muffins, chicken wrap and cronut. Place is easily accessible from the main road. Definitely one of my favourite place in Auckland.”

14. L’Atelier du Fromage

L'Atelier du Fromage
BEST FOR French Foodies
MENUBrowse their offerings on their site
ADDRESS5 McColl Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 524 8524
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday – 8am – 4pm

L’Atelier du Fromage is the perfect place for French food lovers. The cafe also welcomes those who are adventurous enough to try out something new in Auckland.

The cafe offers an experience that will transport you to France itself. From fresh baguettes to artisan cheeses, morning coffee to a private dinner — all of which will truly provide an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for a tasty treat, their deli offers a large selection of French cheese and charcuterie, finally add wine on the side from their wine cellar for a perfect combination.

To finish off your day try their Plat Du Jour for $26.50, braised wild venison osso buco with carrot purée, duck fat roasted carrots & walnut poivrade sauce.

This French eatery, deli, and cheese shop is located in Newmarket. For those of you in Auckland Metro, try their At Home menu to enjoy a classic French meal at home.


  • Perfect for French food lovers
  • Offer a vast range of choices
  • Provides you an unforgettable dinner experience

Customer Reviews

Here’s a comment from one customer, Jyotsna Bhadauria on Google Reviews:

“A must visit if you are fond of French food and wines. Ambience is cozy and sitting arrangements are all surrounded by wine bottles. Had a vegetarian sandwich, which was a bit dry but flavourful. A glass of rose went well with it. Their desserts are very popular too.”

15. KIND Cafe

BEST FOR Vegan Cafe
MENUHave a look at their menu here
ADDRESS16 McDonald Street, Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS(09) 869 8765
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm

KIND is a (mostly) vegan café, that specialises in healthy, delicious food options, serving an outstanding plant-based menu that caters to many different dietary needs and choices.

KIND also shares a vision to have a positive impact on the wider community and environmental goals. It is a social enterprise established and run by the collective behind Crave, who are motivated and passionate about Morningside being greener, healthier and kinder to the environment.


  • Healthy, scrumptious vegan dishes
  • Emphasises and practises sustainability

Customer Reviews

Joshua John writes a review on Google:

“Fresh food. Great menu with epic food options. Food is presented beautifully. Stunning design. Excellent staff. Parking is tricky but is well worth the walk. Highly recommend.”

16. Black and Gold Coffee/Eatery

Black and Gold Coffee Eatery
BEST FOR Sustainable Food and Specialty Coffee
MENUClick this link to see the menu
1/33 Triton Drive, Rosedale, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-479 4258
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 4pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Sunday: 8am – 3:30pm

Black and Gold Coffee/Eatery has been a staple in Auckland cafe scenery since 2014. They’re known for serving sustainable food with a creative Asian twist, specialty coffee like single origin espresso, batch brewed filter, cold brew & pour-over v60 filter. All coffee beans are roasted (distributed under the name “Society Coffee”) and baking are baked in-house, however they have moved the production to their sister store, A-Block, Browns Bay.

Ranked as Metro Magazine’s Top 50 Café of Auckland 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, Black and Gold Coffee/Eatery continues to invite new guests and loyal patrons with friendly customer service and lovely ambience.


  • Serves fresh and tasty Asian food and specialty coffee
  • Award-winning cafe
  • Has a wonderful ambience and kind customer service

Customer Reviews:

Sarah Rickards wrote a review on Facebook:

“Was very impressed. Yummy food, yummy coffee. The best thing though was we got caught short today without solids for our baby. So at my request they gave us a portion of mashed potato for him. So we were able to feed him. Didn’t charge me either. Great to visit a family/baby friendly cafe where you don’t get looked at strangely. Thanks guys!”

17. The Block Cafe

The Block Cafe
BEST FOR All-Day Menus
MENUYou can browse their menu on the link provided below

570 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, NZ​

CONTACT DETAILS(09) 627 0325

Sunday to Wednesday: 6:30am – 4pmThursday – Saturday: 6:30am – 8pm

The Block Cafe offers day and night menus, as well as a separate menu for drinks. They’re located at 570 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland. They’re open from Sunday to Tuesday: 7am – 5pm, and Wednesday to Saturday at 7am – 9:30pm.


  • Offers an all-day menu for food and beverages
  • Enjoyable and satisfying gourmet meals

Customer Reviews

Cecilia Lal shared on Google Reviews:

“Just a fabulous place. Menus are always changing. Staff are top notch. Service is impeccable. It’s a cafe/restaurant. Food is superb. Always changing they menu every so often. Keeps customers keep coming back.”

18. Timbuktu Nomadic Deli

Timbuktu Nomadic Deli
BEST FOR Fresh and Healthy Comfort Food
MENUVegan, Delicatessen and Destination Location (international cuisines)
7 Belgium St, Ostend, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 372 2544
OPERATING HOURSMonday and Wednesday: 7:30am – 6pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Timbuktu is a new model of delicatessan with a focus on fresh and healthy, with comfort foods that people love and crave occasionally. They offer global tasting experience in a fun and relaxed environment.

Their business is a takeaway outlet with a focus on cabinet food. They have a regular range of popular dishes that showcase a spectrum of global street food. In addition to this range, they have an ongoing “Destination Location” which changes from time to time, giving customers a chance to try new food experiences.


  • Fresh, reinvigorating food
  • Offer a spectrum of global street food
  • Constantly changing menu

Customer Reviews

One customer, Ispinosi said on

“Spent a week on Waiheke Island and went out of our way to eat here numerous times. Vegan lasagna was awesome! Their daily salads were very well done – couldn’t get enough of their potato salad. Vegan mushroom arancini – so happy we tried them (twice). And their quinoa polenta bake was outstanding! And their desserts are to die for!!! Lovely place and very friendly staff.”

19. Fresh Pots

Fresh Pots
BEST FOR Espresso and Batch Brew
MENUSeasonal espresso and batch brew coffee
155 Queen St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Fresh Pots has been providing seasonal selected espresso and batch brew. They also have been offering daily selected Pull Over to all the coffee lovers. Hot and cold options for their drinks are available. They also have yummy baked goods onsite!


  • Offers excellently made coffee and scrumptious pastries
  • Hot and cold options available

Customer Reviews

As posted on the website, Dave C describes his experience at Fresh Pots:

“Good coffee good price, best of all, no more long wait in a busy morning. Best coffee for a quick grab.”

20. D’Refinery Eatery

D'Refinery Eatery
BEST FOR Kid and Pet-Friendly Cafe
MENUClick here for the menu
ADDRESS272 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand, 1052
CONTACT DETAILS+64 21 0832 6588
Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

D’REFINERY EATERY is a trustworthy, kid and pet-friendly cafe located in Auckland, New Zealand. It was started by a hospitality couple have experience in both kitchen and front of house. The pleasant accommodation and minimalistic decor are coupled with  conglomerations of European cuisines with Asian delights make them one of the most celebrated cafes in Parnell, Auckland.

Aside from the usual beverages, you can have beer with your peers and family members. Their  Beer and wine corner in Parnell, Auckland is ideally suited to enjoy your time of regalement. The outside sitting cafe allows you to bid your time of repose and merriment, too.


  • Kid and pet-friendly cafe
  • Offers European and Asian meal choices
  • Pleasant and simple cafe aesthetics

Customer Reviews

Here’s Donna Carvalho’s comment on Facebook:

“Fantastic Position on Parnell Road, a definitely delicious cafe to go to. Staff very professional and friendly. The food excellent!! What more can I say.”

21. La Petite Fourchette

La Petite Fourchette
BEST FOR Authentic French Delicacies
MENUCheck out their menu here
ADDRESS9 Britomart Place, Auckland, New Zealand
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 2pm

French-Kiwi couple and owners Natalie and Romain Le Gal built La Petite Fourchette with one objective: to share their love and passion for French food and culture, in particular, the French savoir-faire or ‘know how’.

Inspired by the authentic French “Boulangerie-Pâtisserie’ that you find in any town in France, La Petite Fourchette brings a little touch of France right to the heart of Auckland City, providing a wide range of both savoury and sweet French delicacies all made with love and that added ‘je ne sais quoi’ which makes every bite a unique experience.

They bring local French favorites to Auckland from macarons, éclairs and tarts to quiches, croque-monsieurs and salads. They can also produce larger gâteaux or tarts, as well as canapés for that dinner party or special occasion.


  • Experience true French culture and taste
  • Offers a broad range for savoury and sweet French delicacies
  • Handmade with passion and love

Customer Reviews

Heidi Walker, one of the customers shared her thoughts on Facebook about the food from La Petite Fourchette:

“wonderful place to stop for true french treats and good coffee in wynyard quarter, always fresh, baguettes and quiche-lorraine our weekly favourites, thanks team for looking after us a little slice of france in NZ.”

22. Up Cafe

Up Cafe
BEST FOR Refreshing and Tension-Easing Drinks
MENUClick the link below to see their menu
ADDRESSThe Sebel Quay West, Level 1, 8 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS(09) 973 5231
[email protected]
Monday and Tuesday: 8am – 2pm

Wednesday and Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 1pm

Up Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Sebel Quay West, Level 1, 8 Albert Street, Auckland CBD. This cosy cafe is owned by a Maori/Samoan couple: Lisa Hawkins and Aaron Paul.

Up Cafe is also a licensed bar with happy hours every day. Selected beer and house wine are available at $5 while cocktails can be enjoyed at $9. For guilt-free gastronomic experience, Up Cafe also offers a variety of healthy food options including gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Up Cafe is also open for catering and private functions available 7 days a week including public holidays.


  • Owned and operated by Maori/Samoan couple
  • Offer a range of healthy food, such as gluten-free and vegetarian meals
  • Beers and cocktails are offered!

Customer Reviews

Pauline Gabriel Fruean commented on Facebook:

“This place has been our all time favorite for years now whenever visiting Auckland City . The service is top notch and the food is amazing . Great memories here.

They also accommodate and cater for birthdays and type of celebrations .

Can’t tell you enough how much I love this place . Highly recommended.”

23. Stolen Summer

Stolen Summer
BEST FOR Brewed Coffee and Baked Goods
MENUCoffee, Scones, Muffins, Bars and Cookies

18b High Street, Auckland CBD, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS+64 22 545 2288
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Stolen is a humble little nook located in 18B High Street, Auckland CBD. Aside from serving freshly brewed coffee, they also make scone, muffin, bars, and cookies.


  • Serves freshly brewed coffee
  • Sweet and tasty muffins and scones

Customer Reviews

One customer, David R, raves: “First of all-Coffee is great. Great friendly owner, very fast and great muffins (they can make it yourself in store!) // what exactly is your local boutique coffee experience. Go over there!

24. Caffé Massimo

Caffé Massimo
BEST FOR Service with a Soul
MENUView their menu here
ADDRESS3/1 The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 486 5550
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 7:30am – 3pm

Located in the heart of Takapuna, Caffé Massimo is the closest café to a favourite North Shore beach, the Takapuna shops and iconic Sunday market.

The Manager knows most of his customers by name and with his loyal, efficient staff, offers service with a soul.

As well as being big and airy, with comfy, cushioned high-backed bench seats, a large area of outdoor seating allows customers to maximize its beach side location.

Caffé Massimo also has a branch situated amongst the designer shops of re-developed Nuffield Street.

Floor to ceiling fold-back doors and additional pavement seating give a light airy feel to this European-style café. And for those chillier days, comfy chairs around the fire offer a cosy alternative. Whether you work locally or on a shopping spree, the fresh Caffé Massimo coffee, roasted on-site, is sure to lure you in for a welcome break.


  • Wonderful European cafe
  • Located close to the shops and market
  • Loyal and efficient staff

Customer Reviews

One customer, Jasper Hamlet commented on Google Reviews: “Great place to eat and friendly staff. Always enjoy our Massimo Takapuna breakfasts.”

25. Revive Vegan Cafe

Revive Vegan Cafe
BEST FOR Nutritious Vegan Meals
MENUKindly click through the link below to see their menu
ADDRESS24 Wyndham St, Auckland Central, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS(09) 303 0420
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

If you’re looking for great meals minus the meat, chicken or fish, then Revive Vegan Cafe is the one for you! They offer mouth-watering healthy meals that would surely leave you feeling full yet energized.

Some of their menu items include salad boxes like Vietnamese Coleslaw w Peanuts, Mint & Lime Dressing, and Thai Satay Rice Noodles w Tofu, Peppers & Carrots, that starts at $9. Smoothies and Vegan Sweets are also available to cleanse your palate off of the savory food.

What sets them apart from a normal vegan food shop though, is that they have vegan alternatives for some of our favorites like mac ‘n cheese and curry! Although removed of some of what we’d like to think are essentials in the food (like milk or even eggs), they still make sure that the food tastes almost the same, if not better, but in a healthier way.

Aside from being vegan, most of the food are also gluten-free and wheat-free. Revive Vegan Cafe believes that you need not partake in dairy or meat to have the protein you need in everyday living. You can get all that your body needs and more from vegetables and fruits that they are willing to provide for you.

Check them out in 24 Wyndham St and 33 Lorne St, Auckland Central, and be well-acquainted with their beautiful shop and amazing food, all for a cheap price.


  • Offers mouth-watering and healthy vegan meals
  • Beautiful shop offering vegan mac n’ cheese, curry and others
  • Affordable pricing

Customer Reviews

Janik Lamontagne, one customer wrote on Google Reviews:

“This place is fully vegan and their menu includes a wide choice of cold salads and a new choice of hot options every day. Service is also great! I highly recommend. Keep in mind they usually close at 4:00pm and are most likely closed on public holidays.”

26. Montrose Cafe. Bistro. Bar

Montrose Cafe. Bistro. Bar
BEST FOR Savoury Yet Affordable Meals
MENUCheck out their menu with the link indicated below
ADDRESS1 Montrose Terrace, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0630, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 9 478 9610
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday: 8am – 10pm

If you’re looking for breakfast on the go that would surely fill you up, Montrose Bistro offers quick fixes like hashbrowns and eggs, and a breakfast bap that’s filled with delicious ham and cheese, all below $10.

Their coffee is also to die for, fresh beans roasted daily and topped of with a beautiful froth and art that would surely brighten up your day. And if you’re not into caffeine, then not to worry as they also have fruit shakes and chocolate drinks that can be enjoyed by anyone no matter the age.

Montrose’s menu also consists of lunch/dinner food at such reasonable price. Their Fettuccine Bacon, Chicken & Mushrooms creamy sauce costs $23.80, Fish and Chips at $20.50, while the Paella that serves 2 is at $32.50. More cabn be checked out at their shop, or their online website.

After a savory meal, you could take them up for their desserts like Apple pie or Chocolate Fudge Brownie, both served with vanilla ice cream.
It cab be said that no matter the time you walk into Montrose Bistro, they’ll be able to provide you food that are mouth-watering and fulfilling at the same time. The combination of delicacies are endless, and you’d definitely want to try them out.


  • Savoury and delicious breakfast meals
  • Unrivalled pure and warming coffee
  • Affordable prices

Customer Reviews

A certain customer, Madeline Maligro commented on Google Reviews:

“Great customer service, friendly staff. If you love mangoes, their mango smoothie is great! The food is good too. Would highly recommend and would definitely go back again.”

27. Orvieto Cafe

Orvieto Cafe
BEST FOR Delectable And Reasonably Priced Food
MENUYou can order online on their website
ADDRESS935 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1042, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 630 5046
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Orvieto Cafe is the dream place to have good food and great environment. From their salads to their hash browns and crepes, everything is surely delectable and reasonable in price.

Aside from brunch food, they also offer these eye-catching monster beverages they call Freakshakes. It consists of a delicious base of milkshake or fruit shake, with ice cream, cotton candy, brownies, and even a macaron on top! Truly a satisfying drink that you’d like to post on your account because of how pretty they are.

Premium, roasted coffee is a perfect fix in the morning before you go to work or even during your break. They offer a variety of options from cold to hot, or even if you want it a little sweet or more bitter, their coffee really is another item the people go back for.

Free Wi-Fi is also available for their customers which attracts a lot of students in the area. So if you’re looking for a cafe to spend time studying, doing homework, or even just to hang out with friends, then this is the one for you!


  • Amazing in taste and pricing!
  • Offer a variety of options for your coffee fix and crafty milkshakes
  • Great hangout place

Customer Reviews

Tracey Mclean, one customer mentioned on Google Reviews:

“Fabulous coffee and service. Best gluten free orange cake ever. Many thanks for the delivery to work, we really appreciate it.”

28. Urban Soul

Urban Soul
BEST FOR Breakfast and Brunch / Family Style Dining
MENUKaraka Menu
ADDRESS71 Hingaia road, Karaka Auckland, New Zealand 2580
CONTACT DETAILS +64 9-216 7973 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday and Friday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

After a long day at work, it’s nice to have food with your friends in a nice, and warm place. With good ambiance, friendly staff, and amazing food, your day will surely end with a blast.

The Urban Soul, famous for its amazing food, ambiance and staff, has a good number of customers in their place almost most of the time. To accommodate these customers, they also have many parking spaces available.

They are highly recommended, for they always make sure that their customers always comes first. If you ever have time, grab the chance to visit Urban Soul and relax in their cozy premises.


  • Open 7 days and 7 nights
  • Great Ambiance
  • Friendly Staff

Customer Reviews

Here is a review left by a satisfied client:

“Great friendly staff and the best pork belly we’ve had in a long time! 10/10″ – Timothy FitzGerald

29. Willow Cafe

Willow Cafe
BEST FOR Solo or Small Groups
MENUYou can find their selections on the website
42 Tawa Drive, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am to 3pm
Weekends: 8am to 3pm
Kitchen closes at 2pm

The Willow Cafe is the perfect choice for solos and small groups to enjoy themselves with great coffee and gourmet food in a nice garden atmosphere. Everything is made fresh and with the best ingredients that the market has to offer.

Don’t have the time for the sit-in experience? There’s no reason to fret, since the Willow Cafe has also taken this into account! Plenty of their menu items are available for Click & Collect, so you can still get a taste of the Willow Cafe’s tasty offerings without setting foot in their store.


  • Presentable and delicious food
  • Offers a Click & Collect option
  • Uplifting cafe with a nice garden

Customer Reviews

Tina Botton, a customer shared on Facebook:

“I call in most days for a pre order lunch for my boss. Can highly recommend the butter chicken curry. He never seems to get tired of eating it. Tony and Gibb will always endeavour to keep you happy and coming back for more.”

30. Cafe Midnight Express

Cafe Midnight Express
BEST FORGreat food and atmosphere
ADDRESS59 Victoria Street West, Auckland City
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected] / 09 303 0312
OPERATING HOURSLunch: Tue – Fri : 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: Tue – Sat : 5pm – Late
Closed on Sundays & Mondays in December

Since 1989, located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with its unique décor Cafe Midnight Express offers authentic Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. They also serve fine wine and a warm and comfortable ambience.

The extensive menu offers many options. Customers cannot get enough of the meat and vegetarian varieties.

They aim to ensure every appetite is catered for. They will be pleased to serve their regulars with traditional hospitality at their place.


  • Great service and food
  • Free food tasting menu
  • Hip atmosphere

31. Black and White Coffee Cartel

Black and White Coffee Cartel
BEST FORMicro-Roasting Coffee

Next on the list is an establishment perfect for coffee lovers and enthusiasts. Black and White Coffee is a franchise that endeavours to provide quality coffee, going so far to roast it on site, in full view of the customers.

This gives the people the opportunity to see more of the process that goes into making their coffee.

Aside from the unique experience, Black and White Coffee also offers a wide array of food options, beginning with their cabinet food, which consists of various sweet treats that pair well with coffee. Some to note are caramel slices, tan slices, friands, bliss balls, muffins, cheesecakes, and brownies.

Those who are looking for something heartier need not look further either since Black and White features breakfast and lunch menus unique to the store visited. One thing that remains constant is the quality, as Black and White always ensures that only the finest and freshest ingredients are used for the menu.


  • Numerous locations around New Zealand
  • Breakfast and lunch menu available
  • Specialises in freshly roasted coffee
  • Franchising available

Anyway, those were your best cafes in Auckland serving breathtaking food and unbeatable roasted coffee. Anytime you want a good, nay, great breakfast, just swing by these coffee shops, order, and enjoy.

Do you have any questions regarding our list today? Tell us what you think and feel by commenting below.

Want to know about popular cafes in Christchurch instead? You can read about the best cafes in Christchurch.

But if you are nearer to Wellington, you can check out the best cafes in Wellington instead.