Brunch is back on the menu and 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 Forage mushroom toast served with herbed ricotta, caramelised onion, green salad, sourdough and poached eggs, $24. It's delicious!
La Petite Fourchette | 9 Britomart Place
Inspired by the authentic French “Boulangerie-Pâtisserie’ that you find in any town in France, La Petite Fourchette brings a little touch of France right to the city centre. Along with the cabinet food and mouthwatering pastries, there is an a la carte brunch menu on offer to satisfy your every need. Make sure to try the Pain Perdu Brioché - a homemade brioche French toast served with poached pear, salted caramel and cinnamon crème fraiche, $19.
Williams Eatery | 85 Daldy Street
Named as one of Metro's Top 50 Cafes this year, Williams is an eatery for people who love good food and drinks 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!
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!
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 love the atmosphere at alma with its southern Spain vibe. Why not try the Pork pinchitos with pear and coca dish pictured above? It's as delicious as it looks.
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. 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, $25.
Snickel Lane | Between Fort Lane and Commerce Street
Snickel Lane is a quirky laneway with a great food and hospitality offering, making it the perfect place for catch ups. Check out Altezano Brothers for your coffee fix and sweet and savoury bites.
Lawn Cafe | 12 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Ground Floor
Lawn Cafe serves up scrumptious salads, tempting treats and sandwiches made to order – try their house crumpets, they are delicious. Plus your morning coffee is roasted by Coffee Supreme, and the service comes with a smile!
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 Chicken Caesar with cos lettuce, bacon lardons, cured eggs yolk, Caesar dressing and mustard crumbs, $24.50.
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 wagyu kofta savoury crepe served with hummus, massaman curry, coconut, shallot and coriander is quite delicious in our eyes. $25.
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, dill creme fraiche with pickled fennel, beetroot, fresh herbs and toasted nori, $22 - yum!
YUN | 21 Graham Street
Previously known as Major Sprout, YUN has integrated traditional eastern flavours with western techniques to their delicious menu. On the menu you can order delicious dishes like Singapore style fried crab, Lobster with Irish conch and more.