Mission Bay, Auckland is an area that was made for the lazy stroll down to the coffee shop to get your morning flat white and a tasty pastry. Set right next to the ocean, this spot is the perfect place to sit down with a newspaper and make a little time for a bit of introspection. Here is our guide to the 10 best cafes in the area.
The Attic Bar & Restaurant is a great place to park up for a coffee and perhaps a crack at the crossword in the latest copy of the NZ Herald. There is a bar area, dining room, outside deck for summer, and a cosy lounge with a fireplace for those winter days when you might be leaning towards a hot chocolate or maybe an Irish coffee to keep out the chill. This is great as it means you’re in for a good time no matter the season or time of day.
Offering countless traditional favourites such as menemem, sigara borek, loukamades, dolmades, and of course lahmacun, Bodrum is something out of the ordinary in Mission Bay. If you want something exotic and flavoursome then look no further because the team here have been delivering outstanding Turkish food in Auckland – they have two other cafes – for almost three years now. Bodrum Kitchen’s menu is inspired by their love of the Mediterranean, with influences from Greek and Turkish cuisines. So if you want something that’ll make your palate sing to go with your mid-morning coffee, then head over to see these guys.
Quite possibly the best cup of coffee in the Mission Bay area isn’t found on the main drag of Tamaki Drive, but on the smaller street of Patteson Avenue. The coffee here really is superb and that, at the end of the day, is surely the primary reason for a coffee shop to exist. The emphasis here is definitely towards the quality of the beans and the skills of the remarkable team behind the counter. Head here if you want a taste of what a genuine, independent coffee-making house should be churning out.
Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s relaxed and casual. On those Monday mornings when you can’t massage the old crumpet into working at its normal operating level, then at least you can rely on The Coffee Club. It’ll deliver into your hand a cup of coffee that, whilst not being a world-beater, will wake you up enough so you can run the preliminary work week checks – like whether you have your trousers on the right way or have brushed your teeth.
This Seattle-based corporation may have as much soul as the next multi-national, fast-food enterprise, but there’s no getting past the fact that it’s a very popular venue for those in need of a reliably tasty and quick cup of coffee. Yes, you can feel a bit guilty about not supporting a local business, but if you’re in a rush or don’t know the area then this is a safe port of call in rough, caffeine-free seas.