Recommended Metro Top 50 Auckland Cafes for 2010

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Metro Top 50 Auckland Cafes for 2010

The top 50 cafes in Auckland, as chosen by Metro magazine, were announced earlier this week with some interesting picks making the list. We've compiled the list for you to browse, but make sure you get out there and try the exceptional services these winners have to offer!
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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 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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Altezano in Newmarket for your coffee requirements.
1 Kent Street,
Auckland,
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Bambina in Ponsonby, Auckland, is a casual, relaxed breakfast and lunch café. Simple food, using the freshest ingredients.
268 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Ben Cafe - serving their house Barista Empire blends and single origins since 2006 - is seated on Fort Street in the Auckland CBD and has an on-site roastery. Ben Espresso Cafe is kitted with a three group Synesso, a few Roburs, a few odd syphons and a host of Hario peripherals, amongst others.

Service is efficient, pleasant, never excessively chummy and the site is constantly busy and patronised by the people of Auckland - which always is a good sign!
57 Fort Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Benediction in Newton, Auckland, offers a brilliant coffee. Our food is devine, as are the soups, the cakes and the sandwiches. In addition our service is always friendly and charming.
Come and enjoy brekky/brunch/lunch at Benediction Cafe any time.
30 St Benedicts Street,
Auckland,
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Situated on Kohimarama Beach in Auckland, Café on Kohi has recently completed a $200K refurbishment. The result is a wonderfully relaxing venue on the beach for dining, coffee, or to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.
2 / 237 Tamaki Drive,
Auckland,
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Good Coffee, excellent food and a private location make Cafe People a magnet for high-powered breakfast meetings when in Ponsonby.
38 Ponsonby Rd ,
Auckland,
1011
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167 Great North Rd,
Auckland,
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Dellows Kitchen in Herne Bay has earned a solid reputation for providing fresh, modern food including pies, tarts, salads, soups, hot dishes, sandwiches and baking to people looking for something a little different.
212 Jervois Road,
Herne Bay,
Auckland,
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If you're in anywhere near Auckland you should check out the newly opened Shed 5 Cafe. Located in an old warehouse in the ex Courier Post site off Wellesley Street, the cafe forms part of the Deus Ex Machina showroom; part gallery, part retail and part cafe. The folks behind the space are passionate about all things motorcycle related, they build custom bikes on site, a process that you can watch in action over a coffee. The entire space has an raw, yet thoughtful design ethos to it that makes you want to don a helmet and leather pants and be part of the action.
Shed 5, Upper Deck,
90 Wellesley St,
Auckland,
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Dida’s Food Store is a European style Delicatessen & Cafe in the heart of Herne Bay. Fabulous coffee, local and imported delicacies and a great breakfast menu available from 7am to 3pm!
54 Jervois Road,
Auckland,
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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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Domain Ayr Cafe - rebranded from Kokako Cafe mid-2011 - in Parnell, Auckland roasts only Kokako Organic Coffees. The cafe formerly known as Kokako Cafe used to be known for its use of organic products in its amazing food (that includes vegan and gluten-free options) and organic rice, soya and cows milk for their coffees and continues to carry the tradition of providing ethically conscious grub to its patrons, even as Domain Ayr Cafe.
492 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
1052
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Inspired by Dulcie May Booker, our loving and talented Gran, Dulcie May Kitchen is a food store and cafe with a difference.

The emphasis at Dulcie May Kitchen is on creating home-cooked delights and treats with love, all made in house and everything is takeout for your convenience. We also create nutritious take-home meals with local ingredients to share with your friends and family. We cook and bake everything onsite, the good old-fashioned way - made by our family for yours!

You'll also find jams, preserves, and chutney's we've concocted using Gran's recipes. Like Gran, we use free range, organic and recycled products where ever possible. Come and have a coffee with us, while you look around the store!
809 Mt Eden Road,
Mt Eden,
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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Five Loaves is Devonport's newest cafe. Offering good coffee, deli food and firendly service, make Five Loaves a must visit next time you are in Devonport.
29 Church Street,
Devonport,
Auckland,
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96 Hinemoa St,
Auckland,
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Pies, salads, wraps, home made cakes and slices, great coffee and so much more!

Welcome to the Food Room in Ponsonby, where we cater for all kinds of office parties, celebrations, drinkies or formal lunches.
250 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby,
Auckland,
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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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Westmere, Auckland Espresso Bar, Garnet Station, is winning Aucklanders over with its commitment to the use of fresh organic products where ever possible. So naturally the coffee and milk are 100% organic, and because they care about what goes in their body, they’ve extended that care to the Auckland community.

"We buy our ham and bacon from West Lynn Organic Meats & our eggs from Sunset Free Range Eggs, we shop at Harvest for the organic ingredients in our bran muffins, we use real vanilla essence not imitation, the sandwich lettuce is more often than not out of our garden, and we compost the coffee grounds."

The Garnet Station customer service is second to none - if you aren’t happy when you arrive you will be by the time you leave. Children are welcomed, babies cooed over, grandmothers doted on and everyone flirted with!
85 Garnet Road,
Auckland,
1022
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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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Serving up Jewish & Muslim food of the Mediterranean, Ima Cuisine (previously known as Ima and Ibn), so loyal customers can expect all their favourites!
57 Fort Street,
Auckland,
1010
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The Surfdale Deli continues to serve the best coffee in the island (mineral water included), and the exquisite tarts and brunches you would expect from a chef trained at Te Whau.
8 Miami Ave, ,
Surfdale,
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 café has all the established jones features – the long wooden table, fresh, appetising food made daily, and knowledgeable staff.

A kids' menu and wide aisles for buggies make it a very family-friendly place.

The cafe is available for private After 5's functions.
143 Carlton Gore Road,
Auckland,
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Little & Friday, Takapuna is a favourite coffee & cake shop on the north shore! Well worth the Sunday drive for a special treat.
43C Eversleigh Road,
Auckland,
0630
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The Luscious Food Store is a new, child-friendly cafe on the Te Atatu Peninsular. With superb deli food, good coffee and an ambiant setting, The Luscious Food Store simply demands a trip to Te Atatu for a look.
547 Te Atatu Road,
Te Atatu Peninsular,
Auckland,
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Meola Kitchen is the gastronomic home of internationally renowned chef Jan Gardner. Enjoy the stunning views of Meola Reef as you delight in the creative and seasonal menu inspired by Jans global roamings. The NZ Herald had their best ever buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and Metro Magazine raved about the huevos rancheros and gin cured salmon. Roman Hillman argued with Maia Palmer over the virtues of the succulent free range chicken burger versus the courgette flowers stuffed with creamy goats cheese. As you watch the sun descending over the bay and sip on the perfectly chilled 2008 Sauvignon Blanc grown in the co owners Marlborough vineyard leave Auckland for a moment and dream.
184 Garnet Road,
Auckland,
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Meals, wine, bar, espresso, cakes, snacks, tapas, mezze. A buzzy inner-city breakfast bar, Mezze is your morning/afternoon coffee stop. Popular Central Auckland lunch destination. After-work, pre- and post-show wines and snacks. Quality meals, kitchen never closes.
9 Little High Street,
Durham Street East,
Auckland,
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72 Hillsborough Road,
Auckland,
1042
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Stop in for a friendly cuppa & cake, reminise New Zealand in the 70's at Monterey Coffee Lounge.
432 Richmond Road,
Auckland,
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Okra Espresso Lounge in Morningside, Auckland, is a daytime cafe, with friendly staff, courtyard and easy parking, with an art gallery.
161 Sandringham Road,
Auckland,
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One 2 One is a family friendly cafe in Ponsonby, Auckland. They're known for their scrumptious all-day menu that extends into the night and the two infamous resident cats - don't be afraid to say hi to them!

Live music Thursday and Friday night.

We also have a great area for kids, with a cozy and hidden alcove out in the back that is perfect for breezy summers.

Tuesday Nights - Open Mic Night; to participate, contact Callum Stembridge
+64 21 188 5649 or callumes@gmail.com
121 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1011
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Great Food, Great Service, Great Location! Piha Cafe is the place to stop next time you head out to this iconic New Zealand Beach!!
20 Seaview Road,
Piha,
Auckland,
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A lovely deli full of coffee smells, bonhomie and some of the best counter top baking in the city.
756 New North 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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Rakinos is a cafe and lounge bar, with a strong and well-established history. Situated on level 1, 35 High Street in Auckland CBD, Rakinos is open 6 days and 7 nights.

We maintain a staunch focus to merging the individually vital elements of wholesome unpretentious approach to Service. We constantly dedicate ourselves to maintaining our ever growing status as a destination with a unique, simple and true approach.

Your Home away from Home...
Level 1,
35 High Street,
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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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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We at Teed Street Larder have a passion for quality products and our vision is to create an outstanding, destination café experience in Newmarket that specialises in offering an upmarket yet unpretentious menu and delicious homemade baking accompanied by excellent beverages and friendly and knowledgeable service.
7 Teed Street,
Auckland,
1023
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Located on Mt Eden road, Twenty Three is a nice cafe thats great for breakfast and lunch meals with a good selection of pies, filled sandwiches, freshly prepared salads and good strong Supreme coffee.
23 Mount Eden Road,
Eden Terrace,
Auckland,
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Urban Café Newmarket is a space that invites busy people in from the urban hullabaloo and gives them plenty of reason to stay, with a great menu and special attention given to the nuts and bolts of what it takes to deliver a satisfying break away from the daily grind. Whether it be for a great breakfast, lunch or superb cup of AllPress Coffee made to your specifications, it will all be delivered speedily and with a smile.

The simplicity of this light and airy space and its uncluttered lines reflects the ethos of the owner, Johno Evans, and carries through to the menu and the simple yet effective wine list. The Urban Cafe Newmarket experience is topped of with cheerful, attentive and professional staff.
139 Carlton Gore Road,
Auckland,
1010
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Delightful French/Mediterranean food features in this upbeat, informal and always-busy gem.
573 Sandringham Road,
Auckland,
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Zus & Zo is a brand new cafe located along Jervois Road in Herne Bay. The food is simple yet delicious - it will have you begging for more.
228 Jervois Road,
Auckland,
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