Image from Cafe Hung Viet Facebook
By Tony Wang
Named after a UK naval base, Devonport is a quaint seaside town of Auckland. From the city centre, it only takes 12 minutes by ferry to get to the charming, quiet village.
With sunny beaches, nice hotels, and boutique shops, this is a great vacation spot. Not to mention, they have great cafes and restaurants to satisfy your cravings.
From New Zealand to unique French-fusion cuisine, you can find it here. We picked the very best cafes that the city has to offer.
Read on to know about these eateries, their offerings, and what makes them that great.
The Best Devonport Cafes
Without any delay, let’s proceed to our roundup of the best Devonport cafes!
1) Cafe Hung Viet
|BEST FOR||True Vietnamese cuisine prepared by Hanoi chefs|
|SERVICES||Lunch and dinner Drinks Takeaway|
|ADDRESS||101 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||09 446 3368 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Open every day from 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM|
|PRICES||Check out their menu rates here|
Cafe Hung Viet is a hidden gem restaurant serving true Vietnamese cuisine. Warm and inviting, it has a sprawling brick wall with pictures and classic furniture furnishings.
Enjoy the ever-popular noodle dishes like Chicken Rice Noodle Soup or Southern Brown Rice Vermicelli. For greens, the Vietnamese style side salads and tofu salads are great picks.
However, what this eatery is in demand for are their host of shared plate dishes. Try their traditional pan-fried spring rolls or pork belly and egg hot pot.
The price is affordable and brings value through authentic taste and generous portions. Their staff are friendly and knowledgeable, according to clients.
Although some criticised their service, it was nonetheless good for others. Food was always prepared with skill, flair, and care—and that’s why they are scrumptious.
One customer left this review about the cafe:
“I love this place. The food is fresh, tasty, generous, authentic, consistent, healthy and scrumptious. Devonport’s best kept secret. It is all about the food … some would say that the service can be a bit casual but the staff are warm and friendly so if you want something … just ask … grab their attention. It is relaxed and real with the food being the focus. And it’s just sooooo yummy!!”
And another one shared his dining experience:
“This was our third visit and probably the best yet. The prawns and omelette were outstanding. The food is fresh and tasty and well priced. Service is always excellent. Is our local favourite.”
|BEST FOR||Home-style fare coupled with superb barista-made coffee|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Drinks Beer & wine|
|ADDRESS||46 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||09 445 4151 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Open every day from 7.00 AM – 9.00 PM|
|PRICES||Click here to see their food rates, here for their drinks rates, and here to see their alcoholic drinks rates.|
Corellis is very proud of its Tripadvisor badge that puts them in the top 10% of all cafes worldwide. It goes without saying that they’re one of the best Devonport cafes.
Stationed on Victoria Road, it’s a welcoming restaurant for both young and old. The cafe is about simply enjoying good food and coffee.
It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We recommend starting off the day with a Smashed Avocado or B.L.T. (bacon, lettuce, and tomato on toasted Turkish bread).
For lunch, try their nutritious Halloumi Salad with peanuts and sweet potato. If you crave Italian food, you could have the tasty Penne Napoletana or Meat Lovers Pizza.
Are you a music lover? They have live bands here that play great tunes in the evening as you have your dinner and wine.
Most of the customers had a fabulous time at Corellis. They noted the cafe’s personable staff and delicious food from orange scones to a steak sandwich and carrot cake.
Here’s what one customer has to say about the cafe:
“Have been to Correli’s several times, most recently on a date with my girlfriend. The food is good – not pretending to be anything it’s not – good size portions. I had the smashed avo on toast and the owner bringing out asked “who’s having the millennial meal?” Was a funny, cheerful guy. Would eat there again.”
Also, a customer named Ross stated this:
“Brunch was delicious, service was good, and it was uncrowded while we were there. Reasonable prices, highly recommended.”
|BEST FOR||Fantastic French cafe near the Devonport ferry|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, brunch, and lunch Drinks Catering|
|ADDRESS||87a Vauxhall Road, Cheltenham Beach, Devonport 0624, Auckland, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||09 445 0021 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday: closed Tuesday – Sunday: 7.00 AM – 3.30 PM|
|PRICES||Kindly refer to their menu here|
Ever dreamt of going to France and experiencing their culture? Go to Châteaubriant and experience authentic French deli, cafe, and grocery shop in one place.
There aren’t many like this cafe around Devonport, as most meals are only ‘French-inspired.’ Their menu never ceases to amaze with omelettes, baguette sandwiches, salads, and fromages with gluten-free and vegan choices to cater to your special diet.
Of course, they have flavourful organic coffee and tea to complement your meal. If you want something different, they offer sweet hot chocolate and almond milk.
Brighten up your day by ordering their decadent desserts like delightful macarons, chocolate brownies, and lemon tart. And also, we’d like to add that their signature Beef Bourguignon is superb—definitely a must-try.
Clients noted that the cafe is a great and popular spot for lunch. Additionally, they praised its authentic French food, charming decor, and personable team.
One customer posted his feedback of one of the best Devonport cafes:
“I have come here multiple times for Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch & Work Meetings. You walk into the cafe and everything is so clean and tidy, and I love the rustic look of the place.
Alan and his staff are very friendly and so funny (and the honestly make the Best Coffee in the area!!). From the Gluten Free Chocolate Fondant to the famous Galette – I have always been so happy with my food – everything I have eaten there has been so full of flavour and delicious as well as great portion sizes… THE AMBIANCE IS OUTSTANDING.”
Here’s another review from Erica:
“In Chateaubriant I could imagine myself being in a French café boulangerie while we enjoyed delicious baquette sandwiches and coffee.The ambiance and service are adding to the delights. Distance from home prevents us from being regulars…… but will certainly be back again when visiting Devonport.”
4) Manuka Cafe & Restaurant
|BEST FOR||Mediterranean brunch amid historical buildings|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Drinks Beer & wine Takeaway Functions|
|ADDRESS||49 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||09 445 7732|
|OPERATING HOURS||Open from every day from 7.00 AM – 9.30 PM *Note: The cafe may close earlier or later depending on the customer number and day of the week.|
|PRICES||Please click this link to see their menus and rates|
Whether you’re craving a sandwich and milkshake, a hearty seafood brunch, or a savoury Scotch Fillet Steak, Manuka Cafe has your back!
They serve Mediterranean-inspired dishes including seafood, salads, pizzas, and pastas. Moreover, they have all sorts of drinks, from coffee to bubbles.
The cafe is nestled amid heritage buildings, exuding class and elegance. You have the option to dine al fresco while enjoying the sunny weather during the day or speckled stars at night.
Have an event to celebrate? Manuka Cafe can host your event and cater up to a hundred people.
Manuka Cafe & Restaurant has garnered positive reviews for its fantastic-tasting food, outside ambience, and friendly service.
Kiwilass66 wrote her feedback of Manuka Cafe:
“We’ve been staying in Devonport over the last week, and had dinner here twice as well as breakfast.
The meals and service are always 10/10, and the staff are always welcoming and very friendly.
We called in late yesterday afternoon for an extremely early dinner, but it wasn’t a problem and our meals were absolutely delicious.
Another diner named Daniel posted this review:
“Susan and Peter, new owners of Manuka Cafe and Restaurant, have transformed their historic building into an inviting venue with an extensive menu of delightfully delicious food. Susan, also is an amazing baker with a nice selection of cakes, bars and cookies, but the star has to be her famous carrot cake! Go there for that if nothing else and you won’t be disappointed.
With good food, great service and a very comfortable ambiance, Manuka Cafe and Restaurant is a “must do” when visiting Devonport.”
5) Devon on the Wharf
|BEST FOR||A minimalist cafe with delicious shared platters and artsy presentation|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Drinks Takeaway|
|ADDRESS||Devonport Wharf, 1 Queens Parade, Auckland, 0624 New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||09-445 7012 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7.00 AM – late Saturday – Sunday: 8.00 AM – late|
|PRICES||Kindly go to their website to see their rates|
It can’t get any more lovely than Devon on the Wharf. You have the pleasure to soak in the glorious sea views while you’re relishing your food.
They serve a mix of Turkish, Mediterranean, and European dishes. Their shared platters are famous for letting you try out different food items in all their glory.
We recommend the Mezze Platter with tzatziki, hummus, falafel, and pickled vegetables. Another is their Antipasto Platter which includes cured meats and cheese.
Setting the bar is their flavoursome Jordanian Lamb with toasted almonds and tomato salsa. After that, you can opt for a tempting ice cream sundae, Tiramisu, or Baklava.
Customers say that the cafe staff are approachable and friendly. Certainly, Devon on the Wharf is one of the best Devonport cafes you can go to.
Clients were impressed with the amazing food, bespoke cocktails, and attentive staff. Aside from that, they absolutely loved the sunset view and the charming foliage.
One customer named Jim shared this on Tripadvisor:
“What a wonderful restaurant, the food simply is outstanding. We had Angus beef steak prepared so well it melted in your mouth. The snapper was also delicious, fresh as if it were just caught along with the oyster what more can I say. Definitely worth a visit, it’s short 10min ferry ride from Auckland’s Harbour, township of Devonport is well worth a visit too.”
What’s more, Martyn wrote this feedback:
“Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, with some excellent innovative cocktails. Perfect venue on the wharf in Devonport, especially on a summer evening at sunset.”
6) Chancery Bistro
|BEST FOR||European-inspired Chancery Lane and Mediterranean-influenced Cuisin|
|SERVICES||Cafe, Bar, Grill|
|ADDRESS||Chancery Square Cnr O’Connell & Chancery Street, Auckland, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 9 356 7028 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday: 10:30 am to 2:30 am|
Chancey Bistro offers a beautiful and relaxing dining atmosphere for its patrons. Their venue can fit a large amount of people comfortably.
They have many seating areas to offer for their diners. Besides the restaurant and courtyard area, they also have a bar and outdoor seating area.
They also offer catering services for various occasions. If you decide to hire them, they can put together a menu that’s suited for your guests.
And those were the absolute best Devonport cafes you can visit. These cafes are perfect spots for a romantic date or casual get-togethers.
Did we forget to include other amazing cafes in our list? If we did, send us a message, and we’ll update our list ASAP!
Plus, you may want to read about the best cafes in Auckland. We have numerous options there for cafes throughout Auckland that bring superb food and coffee!