Miss grabbing your morning coffee from your local each day, or catching up with friends on the weekends at that place that does the most Instagram-worthy, delicious brunch? How about not being able to treat yourself to those epic cinnamon scrolls from that laneway's hole-in-the-wall shop, or simply sitting down for a bite to eat with the paper, and reading something else in the news other than the latest on COVID-19? If you're just as keen as we are to head back to your favourite city centre eatery when our alert levels drop, then check out this awesome way to show your support now, to help make sure they're still around when we come out the other side.
The SOS Cafe website is a platform all about supporting small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, by letting you buy a voucher now, to redeem from your local later. Simply filter by café or eatery and location, and buy a voucher for either $5, $25, or $100 to redeem when possible. Alternatively, if you'd just like to donate to support the business rather than buy a voucher to redeem, you can do that too. See below the participating cafés and eateries from the city centre you can help today.
Williams Eatery | G03/85 Daldy Street
Named as Supreme Winner in Metro's Best Cafes for 2019, Williams is an all day eatery for people who love good food and drink with great company. Praised for their excellent service, thoughtful and inventive menu and delicious specialty coffee, Williams Eatery offers respite and calm while also being close to the action of the rest of the city centre. We can't wait to head back here as soon as possible!
Good Karma Coffee | Auckland Fish Market
Previously a little food truck, Good Karma Coffee became so popular that it set up bigger roots at Auckland Fish Market and is a great place to stop for coffee and cake (and even an authentic Italian gelato!) on the weekend with the family.
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates | 12 O'Connell Street
There's nothing quite as satisfying as treating yourself to some delicious handcrafted chocolate creations and Bohemien Fresh Chocolates is a great place to go for this. Alongside their cabinet of chocolates and truffles, Bohemein offer a range of hot chocolates, gelato and sorbetto, with everything from candied coconut and carmelised hazelnuts to damson plum or cream caramel sauce.
Dice & Fork | Victoria Park
Once lockdown lifts, you'll be wanting to catch up with friends over a board game in person, not over a video call! That's where Dice & Fork comes in, Auckland's epic board game bar and eatery, located in the heart of Victoria Park Market. With over 140 games to choose from, there are classics like Cluedo and Battleship, as well as more unique games you may never have heard of before - which makes playing them all the more fun. A great snacks and drinks menu is on offer too.
Delish Cupcakes | Chancery Square
Delish Cupcakes is an ideal place to stop in and grab a coffee and a cupcake with friends before enjoying some shopping in the High Street district - it's also very kid-friendly with colourful and moreish cupcake creations lining the cabinets and plenty of vegan and gluten free options. Grab a voucher today as your personal 'I owe you a treat' for when we're back in the city again!
Miss Clawdy | T6/12 Jellicoe St
Miss Clawdy is the home of Southern-style soul food with dishes such as their famous Jambalaya and Cornbread. Miss Clawdy, part of Wynyard Quarter makes for the perfect place for a date night by the waterside - with a stunning fit out and dim lighting providing an intimate ambience. If this is something you're looking forward to when the alert levels change, get your voucher to redeem later now.
Scarecrow | 33 Victoria St East
Scarecrow is an ‘urban farmers market’ and gourmet café showcasing Auckland’s regional artisan producers. With a delicious seasonal menu, inside also a carefully curated selection of local food, boutique wine and beer, beverages, chocolates, flowers and gifts - a place people can relax in a quietly sophisticated urban space while still being in touch with the natural environment, with Albert Park on the doorstep.
Remedy Coffee | 1 Wellesley St East
A conscious consumers credited cafe, Remedy Coffee is a friendly, welcoming environment with great coffee and food on offer as well as free wi-fi available, board games, an old school arcade machine and a book exchange for their customers.
Island Gelato | Inside the Ferry Building, Quay St
Island Gelato, a staple of the Waiheke Island food scene, has made their central city home in the heritage Ferry Building on the waterfront. Island Gelato prides itself on its inventive streak that leads to the creation of many unique unforgettable flavours. Whisky truffle chocolate, blueberry and sake, coffee affogato and roasted almond, matcha and white chocolate, and the list goes on. They also have non-diary and savoury options available too.
Morsel | Durham Lane
Serving up coffee and delicious wee morsels that will carry you through your day, Morsel is relatively new to the city centre but has already got a strong following, particularly for their cinnamon brioche creations. A little goes a long way, so grab a voucher for a treat to redeem, it'll be worth it!
Toss | 1/143 Wellesley St West
With both dine in and takeaway options available, the mission of Toss is to make the freshest salads using locally sourced ingredients. The salad bar offers a range of healthy fast food options ranging from seasonal salads to build-your-own bowls.
Miann Fort Street | 57 Fort Street
When you walk into Miann, prepare to be greeted with the intoxicating aroma of fresh chocolate and fruit, followed by a feast for the eyes - the cabinets here are generously stocked with colourful creations with a varied selection of patisseries, sweets and luxury treats.
Major Sprout | 21 Graham Street
With vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free and raw options available there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Major Sprout, with each dish an Instagram-worthy delight. Set on Graham Street in the Victoria Park precinct, walking through the door you're greeted with stunning and modern light fixtures, luscious greenery, white marble tables, glossy concrete floors and elegant display cabinets. This is definitely a hotspot we can't wait to return to.
Luna's Express | 30 Chancery Square
A traditional and authentic taste of Vietnam available right in the heart of Auckland city. Tucked away on Chancery Street, Luna's Express is the perfect spot for pho (Vietnamese traditional rice noodles featuring freshly made rice noodles daily, 10hr slow cooked broth and fresh herbs and meat/tofu), bánh mì (Vietnamese tradtional sub featuring home baked Vietnamese Baguette, Luna’s special paté (chicken/vegan), butter, sauces, cucumbers, pickles, herbs and meat/tofu) and egg coffee (a traditional drink made with egg yolk and condensed milk & cream).
3 Beans | 90 Wellesley St East
With beautiful fresh baking and the smell of fresh coffee drifting through their space, 3 Beans is a great place to head to for one of their famous blends, a new traceable single origin as an espresso or a filter roast single origin through their range of non-pressurized brewing methods.
Paneton Bakery | 21 Halsey Street
Since 1986, Paneton have been creating some of the best baked breads and sweets in Auckland city. Located opposite Victoria Park Market, you can smell this French bakery long before seeing the green and cream striped awnings. Show your support by making a donation or buying a voucher and the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce will top-up every $ by 20% to help raise the amount!
Ronnie's Café & Bakery | 3 Albert Street
From their big hearty breakfasts to small bites, sweet treats, hot drinks and much more, Ronnie's Café & Bakery is known for its wide range of hearty café and bakery fare. It's a great place to pick up a cake for a special celebration or grab a coffee after you've stepped off the bus for work.