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An Expat’s Guide to the Cafes in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland has an awesome cafe scene.

As soon as I started working at the cafe in Cornwall Park, I began to notice how much the cafe prided itself on amazingly crafted coffee and food (the mention of instant coffee in trendy ol’ Auckland is taboo) and wondered how it varied at my work to other cafes in the city. So, I took it upon myself to find out – I’m nice like that.

At every chance I had, I ventured out to different areas of the city to try out cafes recommended by friends and other blogs to see what I could uncover.

Each place I had the pleasure of dining at had its own unique back story and/or selling point. From unusual smoothies and juices to home ground coffee and cabinets full of oozing creamy goodies, everywhere I found was finger lickin’, Instagramable goodness.

So, without further ado, here’s my guide to the cafes I checked out in Auckland.

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Mondays Wholefoods, Kingsland

An adorable brunch spot tucked away down one of Kingland’s side streets, Mondays offers up the best in organic, gluten-free and raw eating.

Lathered in picture perfect green foliage and boasting a charming courtyard perfect for alfresco dining, this cafe is a must visit in Auckland!

Be sure to try one of their wholesome smoothies and/or one of their intimate yoga classes.

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Little and Friday, Newmarket/Ponsonby/Belmont/CBD

A crisp, bright cafe located in Newmarket, Ponsonby, Belmont and the CBD, Little and Friday serve up a fab selection of scrumptious pastries (especially their donuts!) as well as, great fragrant coffee.

With little touches such as, their colourful plastic dinosaur toys instead of table numbers and vibrant spurts of green plants dotted throughout, it’s a cute, buzzing cafe, perfect for a small bite to eat or a quality coffee.

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Parnell Farmers’ Market, Parnell

Parnell Farmers’ Market offers an eclectic mix of food and drink from all over the world.

Start your morning with a fresh French pastry and coffee before moving onto a succulent Vietnamese pork roll, stuffed Turkish pancake (gozleme) or mouth-watering Nutella crepe (or, all of the above). Also selling fresh juices and smoothies, you really will be spoilt for choice.

With atmospheric music, a tasteful food court with restaurants and tables, a French wine merchant and a vast fruit and veg market, Parnell Farmers’ Market is bound to keep you busy busy busy on a Sunday morning.

Chuffed, High Street

I was chuffed to have found Chuffed. Not only because of its great name but also because it is adorable.

Hiding down a small walkway on High Street (one street along from Queen Street), Chuffed has a chilled out, hip vibe, which makes you want to sit back with a good book and coffee and never leave.

Fur draped chairs, an open fire, quirky floral paintings on the wall and friendly staff are just a few of the reasons why you should go and check this place out.

Be sure to try the chorizo omelette!!

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Cornwall Park Cafe, Epsom

I may be slightly biased as I worked at Cornwall Park Cafe. However, this cafe really does have everything you could possibly want out of a dining experience.

Open, bright and airy seating areas overlooking an unbeatable view across the park, a vast selection of both counter and kitchen food at very reasonable prices as well as, the most friendly and attentive staff in Auckland…, make it a fab spot for both a quick coffee stop and/or a luxurious champagne meal.

Salta, Ponsonby

A dainty cafe situated at the far end of Ponsonby Road, Salta is simple and fresh and offers up a brilliant selection of breakfast, lunch and smoothie options.

Try the wholemeal and buttermilk crepes with berries and whipped ricotta, they are delicious!

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Hello Friends and Allies, Epsom

Anywhere with vibrant leafy hanging baskets and charismatic wooden floors will win my heart. However, there is so much more to this little gem in Epsom.

Hello Friends and Allies not only offer a quirky name but also, an excellent menu full of breakfast classics such as, Eggs ‘Bene’ (as they like to call it in New Zealand) and omelettes as well as, more obscure Asian fusion dishes such as, Malaysian sticky black rice and Bang Bang chicken salad.

The first, second and third time I went, I had the breakfast bruschetta – a fresh combination of goats cheese, prosciutto, basil and tomatoes paired with a genius crystal ball of honeycomb and fig on the side – yum yum YUM.

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The Botanist, City Works

The Botanist is a hip yet, sophisticated cafe situated in City Works (an area just up the road from Queen Street).

The low, rustic metal ceilings resemble that of a bunker however, the contrasting lashings of beautiful flowers from the attached florist, bring the cafe alive.

The menu is great yet, a little pretentious. Expect to pay a fair amount for a very small portion. Being the fatso I am, I was slightly upset when my singular small yet, very tasty waffle arrived.

If you’re on a budget, maybe give the food here a miss and just pop in for a coffee and the vibrant atmosphere.

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L’Atelier du Fromage, Newmarket

Situated around the corner from Little and Friday in Newmarket, L’Atelier du Fromage is a French (shock) cafe as well as, a wine and cheese shop.

On entering the cafe I was hit by the heartwarming smell of freshly baked bread and pungent blue cheese. Whilst the cabinet full of Croque Monsieur’s and pastries transported me back to a rustic bakery in Paris.

Although the options of brunch food aren’t vast (you won’t find eggs bene here) they do offer a great selection of French specialities including, savoury crepes and croissants as well as, fab coffee.

Shaky Isles, Kingsland/Britomart/Newmarket/New Lynn/Auckland Uni/International Airport

Shaky Isles is a cafe chain throughout Auckland, which I’d been recommended by a couple of friends.

When I finally made it to the Britomart branch, the coffee was great, the food was tasty and it was the perfect place to hide away and write for a couple of hours without feeling like I was overstaying my welcome. However, it was missing that something special, which so many other cafes in Auckland offer for the same price.

Pop in here with a good book or your laptop (they have free wifi) and spend the afternoon sipping on good, affordable cuppas.

Adam Arnold, Ponsonby

Another new cafe to grace Auckland’s streets, Adam Arnold is a beautiful freshly decorated cafe located on Ponsonby High Street.

Boasting a metallic silver wall, opulent marble bar, sprouting emerald hanging baskets and a great breakfast and lunch menu, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a boozy bubbly brunch with your gal (or mal) pals.

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The Return of Rad, Mount Eden

Rad is obviously, RAD (sorry I couldn’t help myself). A common saying in New Zealand meaning ‘great’, this small cafe nestled in Mount Eden definitely lives up to its name.

Offering a menu full of brunch food with an Asian twist, Rad is a great place to stop off to or from climbing Mount Eden. When I popped in, I opted for the highly recommended ‘Grandma’s Pork Bánh mì’, which was as good as I’d been told, whilst my friend went for the colourful ‘Black Stack Burger’.

Their fragrant home-brewed coffee was also one of the best I had in the city.

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Remedy Coffee, Wellesley Street

Remedy is cozier than your Grandma’s living room. Lined with overflowing book shelves, board games, quirky pictures and rustic ornaments, this place offers simple comfort food in charismatic surroundings.

Grab a salmon and cream cheese bagel or a board of healthy goodies and delve into a board game of your choice.

If you’ve lived in or visited Auckland, which cafes would you add to this list? There were so many more I was desperate to visit – all the more reason to return, eh?

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