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Circus Circus, Mt Eden Village | © russellstreet/Flickr
Circus Circus, Mt Eden Village | © russellstreet/Flickr
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Auckland's Quirky Themed Eateries You Have to Visit

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Updated: 25 February 2017
Auckland is packed with places for coffee addicts and adventurous foodies to discover. If you’re in the mood for something quirky, there are plenty of cafés and eateries to satisfy your cravings. Get your fill of cool experiences by hitting up these popular themed establishments.

Circus Circus

Cafe, European, Contemporary, $$$
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Circus Circus, Mt Eden Village
Circus Circus, Mt Eden Village | © russellstreet/Flickr

This Mount Eden showstopper is worthy of a standing ovation. Everything around Circus Circus follows a familiar pattern, from their carnival-themed menu to the on-point circus décor. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, this café is famed for their delightful dessert offerings.
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Mon - Sun:
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Quirky, Unusual

Cakes n Ladders

Cafe, European, $$$
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Board game geeks will absolutely fall in love with Cakes n Ladders. Gather up a team of like-minded gamers, grab yourselves a bite to eat, and get those dice rolling. This themed café boasts an ever-growing games selection, from the classics like Scrabble and Operation, to more contemporary options like Gears of War or Cards Against Humanity.
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Wed - None:
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - None:
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Unusual

The Cat Lounge

Cafe, European, $$$
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This North Shore establishment made a name for itself for being very first cat café in the country. If you want to snuggle up to a rescued kitty while enjoying a nice lunch, The Cat Lounge will be the best place to visit. Obviously, the main café area and cat lounge are kept separate for food hygiene’s sake. This place is quite popular with feline-loving locals, so bookings are highly recommended.
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Tue - Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Unusual

Chapter Book & Tea Shop

Tea Room, European, $$$
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Who doesn’t like to curl up with a warming cup of tea and a book? Chapter Book & Tea Shop takes this concept and brings it to the wonderful world of quirky eateries. The Mt Eden institution boats more than 300 tea options and a remarkable novel collection – mostly romance, though you will find the occasional ‘whodunnit’ lingering about.
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Tue - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Unusual

The Fairy Shop Ponsonby

Cafe, European, $$$
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Venture into a magical world by visiting this fabled Ponsonby establishment. The Fairy Shop Café is a great place for families with kids — the artfully-decorated venue even caters for birthday parties. And it’s not just fairy princesses who will relish this themed wonder, as they specialise in all things pirate-related too.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Unusual

Swashbucklers

Restaurant, Bar, Seafood, $$$
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Auckland City Skyline from Westhaven Marina
Auckland City Skyline from Westhaven Marina | © russellstreet / Flickr

Set your compasses toward Auckland’s Westhaven Marina to get to this family-friendly restaurant. Along with a diverse selection of seafood offerings, Swashbucklers also has a special pirate-themed kids’ menu. Whatever delicacy you choose, from oysters to scallops and market fish, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the incredible maritime views.
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