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The 10 Best Cafes In Auckland, New Zealand

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Matthew Clark
Updated: 9 February 2017
New Zealand is full of fantastic cafes and coffee connoisseurs, and Auckland has one of the best coffee cultures in the world. We explore the 10 best cafes in Auckland.

Richmond Rd Café

Richmond Rd Café is located in Westmere, a residential suburb of Auckland a few kilometers west of the CBD. It maintains a clean, modern outer decor as well as a chic interior design. The interior is complete with leather seats and dark-wooden tables. This cafe offers an all-day menu consisting of a great selection of breakfast and lunch options that are sure to please. They don’t cut any corners here, from excellent service to fresh good quality ingredients. come down and try it for yourself. Check out Richmond Rd Café on Instagram to see the brilliant options on offer. Have a look at their Facebook to follow their news and special offers.

Richmond Rd Café, 318 Richmond Rd, Westmere, New Zealand, +64 9-360 5559

Modern café interior | Courtesy of Richmond Road Café
Modern café interior | Courtesy of Richmond Road Café

Craft Kitchen

The simple decor and furniture gives Craft Kitchen a fresh look that represents the meals that are created with attention to detail and accuracy. This cafe is where you will be able to find some of the best coffee in the city. It is located on Ponsonby Road, which is known for its brilliant restaurants, cafes and bars. As well as a great selection of brilliant sandwiches and savory options, Craft Kitchen offers many sweeter treats. These include cookies, cakes and muffins.

Craft Kitchen, 2 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-376 1962

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Café

This award-winning cafe and bakery is deserving of its accolades. It is one of the few artisan bakeries in the city. This place offers a great range of hand-crafted European-style bread and pastries. They’re made by chefs with a real passion for traditional bread and good quality ingredients. You can watch the whole bread-making process at Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Café through the glass wall. And, if you’re a baker yourself, maybe you’ll pick up some ideas and tips if you ask nicely.

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Café, 1 Stokes Road, Mt Eden Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-638 7593

Chuffed

You’ll be chuffed when you walk through the doors at Chuffed and get your hands on a cup of their hot and delicious, house-roasted coffee. But don’t stop there – hang around and check out the art on display. Maybe have breakfast too, as the breakfast menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Decide between all the different options and inspiring flavors. However, in the end you might not be too stressed by the decision, because with coffee this good, you’ll probably be coming back every day of the week.

Chuffed, 43 High St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-367 6801

Chuffed | Image courtesy of Chuffed
Chuffed | Image courtesy of Chuffed

L’Assiette

In L’Assiette you can find fantastic quality French cuisine in a small bistro and cafe. Here, the patisserie chefs bake fresh pastries as well as other delicious French treats throughout the day. The name of this cafe comes from the French word for ‘plate’. This is relevant because here they provide traditional French options for breakfast and lunch. The simplicity of French cuisine is brought to Auckland at L’Assiette.

L’Assiette, 9 Britomart Pl, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-309 0961

The Botanist

You will find a genius mix of botany and floristry with fantastic food and coffee at this cafe and florist. The Botanist provides true excitement for the senses, where you can enjoy some of the gorgeous floristry and the brilliant food from a menu that changes daily. This cafe is spacious, relaxed and fresh thanks to the flowers and plants that line the interior. This makes this place a great spot for breakfast, lunch or evening drinks, as well as a delicious breville toastie.

The Botanist, 13/90 Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand,+64 9-308 9494

Atomic Shortland Street

Atomic Shortland Street is one of Auckland’s leading coffee roasters, sourcing fresh, good quality beans direct from producers in Africa and South Americ. They then roast them using traditional techniques to bring the best out of the beans and create an interesting and balanced flavor. The modern and chic decor in this cafe gives off a stylish, contemporary ambiance in which you can enjoy the great coffee.

Atomic Shortland St, 70 Shortland St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-377 4909

Best Ugly Bagels

After spending two years in Montreal in the 1980s, owner Al Brown was inspired by the airy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside bagels in Canada. He decided to bring them down to Auckland, New Zealand. At Best Ugly Bagels the focus isn’t on aesthetics, it’s on taste. These bagels may not be the prettiest available, but they’re baked fresh daily and they taste great. Come down and taste some of these hand-rolled, wood-fire baked morsels of deliciousness.

Best Ugly Bagels, 90 Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-366 3926

Queenies

Queenies Lunch Room is a cute little cafe just west of Auckland’s CBD. From the outside, this building looks like a homely, relaxed place to eat. There are wild vines climbing up the walls and miss-matched tables and chairs in the outside dining area. The all-day breakfast menu provides a selection of heart-warming brunch options. Meanwhile, the lunch menu offers a modest choice of delicious, gourmet meals. It is worth making a trip outside of the CBD to try the food crafted by this brilliant team of chefs.

Queenies Lunch Room, 24 Spring St, Freemans Bay, New Zealand, +64 9-378 8977

Federal Delicatessen

The Federal Delicatessen, located on Federal Street in Auckland’s center, opens early and closes late. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Set out like a 1950s New York deli, this cafe is a fantastic representation of the good food New Zealand has to offer in an American-styled setting. To accompany the selection of traditional North American food, the Federal Deilcatessen has a wide variety of wines sourced from all around the world. However it highlights the choice from New Zealand.

Federal Delicatessen, 86 Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-363 7184