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

House-made Beet Cured Salmon

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!

Outdoor restaurant

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!

Interior of eatery

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

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!

People dining

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. 

Stacked french bread sticks

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

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.

Outside area

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.

Last updated: 15 July 2021