The best cafes in Auckland 2016

by Metro / 14 December, 2016
The Metro Top 50 cafes, listed by area.

Click here for Auckland's best cafes 2018

Central City

Best Ugly Bagels
BEST FOR: Fire-side eating in the winter, takeaway brunch on the way to the beach in summer. Havana coffee
City Works Depot

The Botanist
BEST FOR: Original brunch food with easy parking. Three Beans coffee
City Works Depot

Chuffed
BEST FOR: Inner-city meetings. Chuffed coffee
43 High St

Eighthirty High St
BEST FOR: Coffee (of course). Eighthirty coffee
Ground floor, 35 High St

Federal Delicatessen
BEST SERVICE. Havana or Coffee Supreme
86 Federal St

Greedy Guts
BEST CAFE WITH 20 SEATS OR FEWER. Atomic coffee
44 Wellesly St West

Ima
BEST FOR: Brilliant comfort food downtown. Be.Specialty coffee
53 Fort St

The Lunchroom
BEST FOR: A smart lunch in an oasis of inner-city calm. Kokako coffee
Level 1, 45 Queen St

Major Sprout
BEST FOR: Inventive cuisine at both ends of the healthy-eating spectrum. Flight coffee
21 Graham St.

Misters
BEST FOR: Vegetarian food that excites. Misters coffee
12 Wyndham St

Oaken
BEST FOR: Lunch meetings on your own dime. Allpress, Eighthirty or Peoples coffee
130 Quay St

Odettes
SUPREME WINNER BEST CAFE. Odettes blend
City Works Depot

Ortolana
BEST FOR: Downtown people-watching. Allpress coffee
The Pavilions, 31 Tyler St

Scratch Headquarters
BEST FOR: An indulgent morning tea. Three Beans coffee
5 Graham St

Top coffee specialists: 

Three Beans
City Works Depot 

be.specialty
57 Fort St

Supreme Seafarers
52 Tyler St, Britomart 

Kokako. Photo/Caitlin McKone

Grey Lynn

Bread & Butter
BEST FOR: Hearty, crowd-pleasing cafe food with a strong organic focus. Five Elements Espresso
34 Westmoreland St

Kokako
RUNNER UP- BEST CAFE 2016. 
Kokako coffee 
537 Great North Rd

Richmond Rd Cafe
BEST FOR: Seasonal, all-day dining on a sunny outdoor deck. Allpress coffee
318 Richmond Rd

Were Bros
BEST FOR: Toast and a gift to go. Coffee Supreme
480 Richmond Rd

Bread and Butter. Photo/Rachel Soh

North Shore

Blind Basket
BEST FOR: Time out from the dubious delights of Barrys Point Rd. Coffee Supreme
38-40 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna

Takapuna Beach Cafe
BEST DOG FRIENDLY CAFE Allpress coffee
22 The Promenade, Takapuna

Top coffee specialists: 

Coffee Lab
15 Silverfield, Wairau Valley

Coffee General
100 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead

Ark Coffee
6/461-467 Lake Rd, Takapuna

Grafton

Ceremony
BEST HANGOVER CURE (PORK AND FENNEL SAUSAGE WITH OVER-EASY EGG) Flight coffee
7 Park Rd

Welcome Eatery
BEST FOR: Meetings. Coffee Supreme
181 Grafton Rd

Bestie. Photo/Caitlin McKone

Parnell

Rosie
BEST FOR: Spring lunch followed by a fragrant walk through the Rose Gardens across the road. Allpress coffee
82 Gladstone Rd

Top coffee specialists: 

Espresso Workshop
19 Falcon St

Red Rabbit
Shed 3, 7-15, Faraday Street

Pt Chevalier

Spilt Milk
BEST FOR: Brunch before a Pt Chev beach walk. Velo coffee
Unit G, 1197 Great North Rd

Westmere

Catroux
BEST FOR: Exceptional cabinet food. Eighthirty coffee
129 West End Rd

Odettes. Photo/Caitlin McKone

Ponsonby

Bambina
BEST FOR: A solo date with a magazine. Allpress coffee
268 Ponsonby Rd

Dizengoff
BEST FOR: Unfussy Jewish cafe food in a hip location.
Allpress coffee
256 Ponsonby Rd

Little & Friday
BEST CAKES IN AUCKLAND. Coffee Supreme
42 Douglas St (also 43D Eversleigh Rd, Belmont, and 11 McColl St, Newmarket)

Little Bird Unbakery
BEST VEGETARIAN. Kokako coffee
1A Summer St (also 14 Customs St East, Britomart, and 385 New North Rd, Kingsland)

Mary’s
BEST FOR: Good ole eggs on toast. Allpress coffee
13 St Marys Rd, St Marys Bay

Orphans Kitchen
BEST FOR: Getting to know unusual New Zealand ingredients. Coffee Supreme
118 Ponsonby Rd

Pintu
BEST FOR: A tasty break from the office. Mojo coffee
80 Mackelvie St

True Food and Yoga. Photo/Rachel Soh

Mt Eden

Bolaven
BEST FOR: Classic egg breakfasts made less ordinary with the flavours of Lao cuisine. Eighthirty coffee.
597 Mt Eden Rd

Kiss Kiss
BEST ROOM. Atomic coffee
1 Rocklands Ave

The Midnight Baker
BEST TOAST. Allpress coffee
218 Dominion Rd

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery and Café
BEST FOR: Pretending you just need to buy some good bread but then sitting down for lunch as well. Coffee Supreme
1 Stokes Rd

The Return of Rad
BEST FOR: Breakfast after a hike up Mt Eden. Rocket coffee.
397 Mt Eden Rd

Eastern suburbs

Good Day
BEST FOR: Good coffee in suburbia. Coffee Supreme
3/78 Coates Ave, Orakei

St Heliers Bay cafe & bistro
BEST FOR: Lunch away from the city. Allpress Coffee
387 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers

True Food & Yoga
BEST NEW OPENING. Allpress coffee
19 Tamaki Drive, Orakei

Bestie. Photo/Caitlin McKone

K’Rd Precinct

Bestie
BEST FOR: Breakfast with an excellent view of the city. Eighthirty coffee
St Kevin’s Arcade,183 Karangahape Rd

Fort Greene
BEST FOR: Takeaway sandwiches to eat in nearby Myers Park. Peoples coffee 
22 St Kevins Arcade, K Rd

Top coffee specialists: 

Miller’s Coffee
31 Cross St

Eighthirty
553 Karangahape Rd

Kingsland

Atomic Roastery
BEST FOR: Morning sunshine with great coffee. Atomic coffee
420C New North Rd

Mondays
BEST FOR: Tasty, nutritious wholefoods and a peaceful moment in a serene setting. Coffee Supreme
503 New North Rd

Newmarket

L’atelier du fromage
BEST FOR: Wine, cheese, terrine. Allpress coffee
5 McColl St

Top coffee specialists: 

Camper Coffee 
4 Kent St 

Homestead. Photo/Rachel Soh

Hillsborough

Homestead
BEST DESTINATION CAFE. Flight coffee
72 Hillsborough Rd

Vaniye
BEST FOR: Fresh French pastries and artful desserts. Kokako coffee
1/7 Windsor St

Avondale

Rosebank kitchen
BEST FOR: A swanky lunch out west. Atomic coffee
2 Jomac Place

 

Mt Wellington

Charlie & George
BEST FOR KIDS. Kokako coffee
4/40 Stonefields Ave

Meadowbank

Meadow
BEST FOR: Taking your in-laws, before swooping down to Tamaki Dr to sightsee. Allpress coffee
20 St Johns Rd

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