Did you know that the flat white is allegedly a New Zealand invention? It’s no wonder, then, that this is the country to visit if you’re wanting to get the best brew. Auckland’s buzzing café scene will definitely serve you the right amount of caffeine and foam. Here are some of the best spots in the city to grab yourself a cuppa.
Allpress has made a name for itself across the globe — since beginning operations in 1986, these espresso masterminds have ventured into Australia, the UK and Japan. Caffetteria Allpress is actually the home to the brand’s roastery — not only will you be able to educate yourself on one of Auckland’s best coffee servers, you’ll be able enjoy a variety of freshly roasted blends and the finest single origin filter brews.
8 Drake St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-369 5842
These award-winning coffee experts know how to do justice to a Kiwi classic. From traditional flat whites to an array of other beautiful coffee blends, you’ll find everything you need in this boutique coffee shop. Espresso Workshop’s flagship location is in Parnell, but their Britomart café is quite popular among the city crowd.
19 Falcon St, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand, +64 9-375 1463
This cozy café is tucked away right in Auckland’s bustling central business district. Remedy Coffee is locally renowned for its bohemian atmosphere, interesting food selections and — of course — their excellent coffee. If you’re craving a flat white while in the city, definitely look out for this hole-in-wall gem.
This one is a bit further afield, but always worth a visit. Coffee Lab has made a name for itself by producing fantastic coffee and delicious food. The café opened its doors in 2012, with the ambition of becoming the perfect getaway spot for coffee aficionados. If you want something stronger than a flattie, these guys also know how to make some nice drip coffee and a good espresso.
15 Silverfield, Wairau Valley, Auckland 0627, New Zealand, +64 9-444 3131
Atomic Roastery Kingsland
A local favourite since 1995, Atomic Roastery in Kingsland is renowned for its selection of single origin coffees, espressos, and seasonal beverages. Their beans are roasted on-site, so you know you’re getting good quality brew. It’s an all-round great place to immerse yourself in Kiwi coffee culture, and the ideal venue to get a sip of the country’s greatest export.
420c New N Rd, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand, +64 800 286 642
Eightthirty High Street
High Street, in downtown Auckland, is a treasure trove of interesting cafés and restaurants. Eightthirty actually has multiple locations, with their High Street café being the newest of the lot. No matter which Eightthirty you go to, though, there’s always the guarantee of a fine cup of coffee — whether you choose to order a flat white, or one of their incredible cold brews.
35 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-551 3236
If you like a dash of active quirkiness with your caffeine fix, Blend’s guaranteed to hit the spot. This Eden Terrace gem is more than a café — it’s also a bike shop. Somehow, this combination works: Blend has become a prime pit-stop for coffee lovers in the area. They serve their own local roasts, and can whip up a good soy flat white on request too.
9 Mount Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1023, New Zealand, +64 9-379 0710