A relaxed breakfast or brunch is such a wonderful way to spend some quality time with friends or family and set your day on the right path. We have rounded up the city’s freshest, brightest, most seasonally aligned morning meals for your inspiration. Add a post-brunch stroll along the water’s edge or through Victoria Park with takeaway coffee in hand and you will be winning at life.
The Pantry | 99 Halsey Street
The Pantry is the perfect place to meet for brunch with your friends over the weekend. Located on the corner of Halsey Street and overlooking Karanga Plaza this place offers beautiful water views and a relaxed ambience. A diverse selection of freshly made pastries, salads, sandwiches and comfort food dishes are served morning 'til late. We particularly recommend the House-Made Beet Cured Salmon. It's delicious!
Chuffed | 43 High St
You can always count on Chuffed for a brunch slightly outside the box in the very best of ways. Their fresh space has you forgetting you're in the middle of the city with its bright and tucked away conservatory-inspired vibes. As for the menu, indulge in their house made crumpets with cured salmon, avo mousse, wasabi creme fraiche with pickled onion or go sweet with cardamom vanilla poached pears, maple espuma freeze dried lychee and raspberry puree - yum!
Major Sprout | 21 Graham St
We’ve come to expect exceptionally fresh and colourful dishes with thoughtful flourishes from the team at Major Sprout. And the flavours are spot on too, which is why this is one of the most popular cafes in the Victoria Park neighbourhood. We recommend their Acai Sago Pudding Bowl if you're looking for something light yet filling, and you can also never go wrong with their Buttermilk Pancakes if you're looking to photograph the occasion - this dish is beautifully presented with strawberry custard, crunchy muffin, orange cheesecake, seasonal fruit and honeycomb.
Scarecrow | Cnr Victoria St & Kitchener St
The chefs at urban farmers market/kitchen/florist hybrid Scarecrow cook with the same artisan seasonal produce you see on their shelves. If you're popping in for brunch, you're in for a treat. From shakshuka, to tahini & banana breakfast puddings, free-range omelettes and filled bagels, it's almost certain decision making will be hard!
Williams Eatery | 85 Daldy Street
Named as one of Metro's Best Cafes in 2019, Williams is an eatery for people who love good food and drink with great company. The service is excellent and the menu is designed to showcase the high-quality, organic and free range produce from local suppliers. Need we say more? Try out the herbed scramble served on sourdough as pictured above (gf, df). It's divine!
Soul | Lower Hobson Street, Customs Street West
In the heart of of the Viaduct Harbour, Soul Bar & Bistro prides itself on its use of the finest, freshest local ingredients and has an elegant all-weather terrace with stunning views out across the water and its many boats. We recommend you try their delicious toast menu items if you're in for brunch - we're looking forward to the smoked trevally toast dish with lemon parsley mayonnaise - yum!
Amano | 66 - 68 Tyler St
Brunch at Amano demands starting with an artisanal house-baked French-style pastry - try a pain au chocolat or a madeleine. Once your pastry needs have been satisfied, you can move on to the Italian-inspired a la carte menu concocted using produce from Hip Group's own farm in Kumeu alongside meat and seafood from sustainable local producers. The menu changes so frequently we can't predict what you'll find, but it's bound to be fresh and hyper seasonal - at the time of writing, the poached egg with prosciutto, smashed potato & chilli was just the ticket.
Giraffe | 87 Customs St West
Giraffe certainly takes the first meal of the day seriously. Each dish, from the homemade granola to their Giraffe Breakfast is packed full of flavoursome ingredients and the setting is great if you're keen for a stroll around the Viaduct afterwards. Our current menu pick is their 'Spanish eggs' dish with tomatoes, chorizo, pickled jalapeno and sourdough.
Snickel Lane | Between Fort Lane and Commerce Street
Snickel Lane is a quirky laneway with a great food and hospitality offering, making it a great place for catch ups. Check out Altezano Brothers for your coffee fix and sweet and savoury bites, or Hello Restaurant, a European-insired eatery that makes for a great casual breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Alma | Corner of Gore & Tyler Street
Come in for a morning coffee and a freshly baked Spanish pastry or explore an array of delicious Spanish meals. We loved the atmosphere at Alma with its southern Spain vibe. Why not try the cucumber with aioli and pepitas dish pictured above? It's as delicious as it looks.
Pilkingtons | 41 Shortland Street
Within a Mediterranean style courtyard you will find a unique garden oasis – a utopia of calm, elegance and sophistication in the midst of Auckland’s urban jungle. With outstanding food available all day, Pilkingtons is the perfect place to meet friends for that much anticipated weekend brunch. Our pick: the mushroom arancini with truffle mascarpone and salsa verde.
Odettes Eatery | City Works Depot
Head to this popular cafe at City Works Depot for brunch any day of the week and you won't be disappointed! What are we most looking forward to devouring from their menu? It's hard to choose, but their Kotare Ave Smokehouse Salmon with organic sprouts, quinoa, cucumber & mint, avocado, and chilli feta whip is always a winner in our eyes.