Recommended Cafés in Auckland

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Cafés in Auckland

It takes more that just a panini or fancy cake to make a decent café. Auckland cafés need to provide creative café-style cuisine with a good dollop of service, a decent décor—and consistently reliable shots of coffee. Here's ViewAuckland.co.nz's recommended list of the best cafés in Auckland.
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Fortuna
SKYCITY Auckland, Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, 1010
  • Great value buffet
  • Roasts and glazed champagne ham
  • Live Carvery
  • Delicious salads and vegetarian dishes
  • Caters for large groups

Rebo has a stylish, contemporary feel with indoor seating or al fresco dining available. It is the perfect destination for a coffee with friends, or a pre or post theatre drink in the evening, with an extensive wine and beer selection available all day. Bookings aren't required.

Only cakes made by SKYCITY are permitted in SKYCITY's restaurants. If you would like a cake to be made, please contact Rebo with the details at least 48 hours in advance of your booking.

SKYCITY Auckland,
Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets,
Auckland,
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The Alleluya Bar & Café in St Kevin's Arcade on Karangahape Road, Central Auckland, is a relaxed venue offering food at reasonable prices with a wonderful view over Myers Park.
St Kevins Arcade,
183 Karangahape Road,
Auckland,
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High ceilings, gorgeous entrance, large open spaces and friendly service combine to make Altar cafe one of the best eateries in Mt Eden.
465 Mt Eden Road,
Auckland,
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Toulouse sausages and baked beans with Chorizo for brunch? Friendly service, great coffee & parking right next door, is what you will find at Blake St, Ponsonby!
24 Prosford Street,
Herne Bay,
Auckland,
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The Blue Bird Vegetarian Cafe is located in the heartland of the culturally diverse inner-city suburb of Mt Eden in Auckland and specialises in home-baked vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
299 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
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Enjoy a real French experience at Bouchon. In the heart of Kingsland, Auckland, you can enjoy delicous French crêpes, galettes and bistro-style food. This cosy French restaurant, with a sunny garden out the back, is fully licensed and stocks French wines and cider. The staff, most of whom are French, will look after you during breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch or dinner any day of the week. Bookings recommended.
479 New North Road,
Auckland,
1021
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Café Karadeniz in Grafton, Auckland, has a warm and friendly atmosphere, that greets you at this down to earth Turkish cafe. Café Karadeniz serves traditional Turkish fare for lunch and dinner.
3 Park Road,
Auckland,
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Circus Circus incorporates all the fun of the circus with the theme running throughout. Situated in the heart of the Mt Eden shopping strand, Circus Circus Cafe is a fully licenced, child friendly cafe with an obvious circus theme that even offers a candy floss and popcorn cart hire.

With a staggered indoor/outdoor flow, private seating and group bookings are made available on three different dining levels reminiscent of the Big Top at a circus. Circus Circus Cafe provides a unique cafe dining experience you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else in Auckland!
447 Mt Eden Road,
Auckland,
1024
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People drive from near & far to get their morning coffee from Dizengoff, Ponsonby. Serving Jewish inspired menu - this is the place to go for a tasty meal & a little bit different!
256 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Espresso Owens Road, Mt Eden is a boutique roastery and espresso bar founded by David Huang that serves excellent espresso beverage and professional services.

Espresso Owens Road also serves up a good selection of cakes, desserts, cabinet food and sandwiches alongside a breakfast/brunch menu designed to complement their coffees.
2 Owens Road,
Auckland,
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Enjoy the best quality food, coffee and service at Frasers Cafe & Espresso Bar, the very popular institutional cafe nestled right in the heart of Mt Eden Village, Auckland. They pride themselves in providing consistently sumptuous food with a casual touch of friendly unique to this Auckland cafe's charms.

Frasers Cafe & Espresso Bar is open everyday from early - late, serving up the best from breakfast to dinner, besides also providing catered food and cakes upon request.
434 Mt Eden Road,
Auckland,
1010
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Fred's Cafe is a small retro café just off Ponsonby Rd at the top of Franklin Rd, Auckland. It’s an inconspicuous, relaxed space where almost everything inside the shop is actually for sale, and has a classic European style courtyard.

Besides delicious coffee, tea and an assortment of cakes, there’s also filled baguettes, muesli, soup and a small selection of tasty hot food. The famed chocolate lamingtons are served with lashings of jam and thick cream or you can go for the more dainty melting moments or Belgian biscuits. In classic Ponsonby fashion, this is a favourite with everybody.
181 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1011
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The Fridge is a great cafe in Kingsland serving delicious european deli and standard cafe food (and what some say are the best pies in the country!). Eat in or take out.
507 New North Road,
Auckland,
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Gala, Mt Eden, is not the sort of place you stumble over but it’s well worth seeking out.
23 Edwin Street,
Auckland,
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Good One is deceivingly small and tucked away in a narrow housing estate in Ponsonby, but in actuality fronts Coffee Supreme's Auckland base.

Do drop in to Good One for the best ham cheese toastie in town, sardines on toast and a darned good coffee (or even if to pick up a much needed brew device from their extensively stocked offerings. George and the team will treat you like royalty.
42 Douglas Street,
Auckland,
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The previous owners of Benediction have opened the latest addition Jafa in Grey Lynn, Auckland.
551 Richmond Road,
Grey Lynn,
Auckland,
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The Library Cafe & Function Venue in Onehunga, Auckland, is a premium function venue in an architecturally designed impeccable restoration of one of Auckland's finest heritage buildings.

The building, built in 1912, is a true monument of it's time and offers the perfect setting for social gatherings, weddings and corporate functions.

The Library, adorned with impressive features of it's era with an expansive garden setting, is a truly unique venue in a central Auckland location that will make for a wonderfully memorable event.
55 Princes Street,
Auckland,
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Well worth a detour if you're on the North Shore. Counter food (both sweet and savoury) is exceptional and the friendly staff are a delight to deal with.
43C Eversleigh Road,
Auckland,
0630
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The Little Grocer in Grey Lynn is a café meets gourmet grocery meets deli. Open daily from 7am to 7pm and is one of Auckland’s more versatile foodie spots.
311 Richmond Road,
Auckland,
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Queenies is an adorable cafe in Freemans Bay, serving kiwi food in a kiwiana style! A favourite neighbourhood cafe to hang out in!

24a Spring Street,
Freemans Bay,
Auckland,
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Reward lies at the Wellesley St end of Elliott in Auckland CBD. Here sits Reslau Cafe, one of the foundation members of the newly-renovated and very Melbournian Elliott Stables.

Cafe Reslau is the newer, bigger and licensed version of McGregor Brothers Kitchen.
39 Elliott Street,
Auckland,
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The trendiest cafe on the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn block is the Richmond Road Cafe with it's super-stylish interior, clientele and food.
312 Richmond Road,
Auckland,
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Rosie Cafe in Parnell, Auckland, is a breakfast and lunch café serving Allpress Espresso coffee. Freshly baked products daily as well as lots of counter and deli food.
82 Gladstone Road,
Auckland,
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Contemporary New Zealand cuisine, it's been said that everyone should have one at the end of their street.
478 Richmond Road,
Auckland,
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Shaky Isles Coffee Co in Kingsland, serves the best coffee in town, delicious food served fast and fresh in bright and urban surroundings by the best staff in Auckland.
492 New North Road,
Auckland,
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At Stark's we are an espresso café by day and a champagne bar by night. Serving great coffee, good food, excellent wine and beer, fantastic cocktails and champagne. Stark's is located in Central Auckland, next to the Civic Theatre.
The Civic,
Corner Queen Street and Wellesley Streets,
Auckland,
1010
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The famed Takapuna Beach Cafe sits on Takapuna Beach, North Shore, Auckland.

It already has the upper hand of a great location that not every cafe would have on its side, but Takapuna Beach Cafe amps it up even more with food that even central Auckland city people would traipse over for.

Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store isn't only famous for its impeccable brunch and lunch food, but also for that exciting selections available in its shop section that does takeaways, pre-prepared gourmet food-to-go and what some claim to be the best gelato in Auckland. And if it isn't possible to love the Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store even more, they'd prepare a custom Gourmet Picnic Basket for you with advanced booking, in case you want to eat on the beach itself instead!
22 The Promenade,
Auckland,
0622
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Traditional cafe on Verran's Corner in Birkdale.
12 Birkdale Road,
Verran's Corner,
Auckland,
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Verve Café is nestled in the heart of historic Parnell village in Auckland. Relax on the sun-dappled deck and enjoy a glass of wine. The menu offers an alluring combination of fresh and confident flavours, alongside your traditional café favourites. The perfect way to spend your day.
311 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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