Metro's Top 50 list of the best cafes in Auckland for 2021 features eight amazing cafes from the city centre. A big congratulations to these deserving venues!
Check them out below and add them to your must-visit, or must-return-to list. They're perfect options for when you're next planning breakfast, brunch or lunch, or simply a divine coffee.
Amano, 66-68 Tyler Street
Amano is one of Britomart’s most prominent restaurants with a seasonal menu that is sure to tempt your palate. Delectable pasta dishes are a must-try with standouts including a mushroomy tagliatelle topped with a poached egg. All pasta is made in-house via Amano’s own flower mill.
As told by Metro: "It you're not in the mood for all that heaviness, an almond croissant from the on-site bakery will do you just fine." And we couldn't agree more. They are to die for!
Pink neon sign, 35 High Street
Located on a beautiful 1930's Auckland building on High Street, Pink Neon Sign is a cute little cafe that serves delicious coffee and beautiful baked goods. It’s a tucked away light and bright space with sunlight streaming in the gap against the adjoining brick building, and have really friendly staff.
As told by Metro: "What makes this place really great, though, is the team that runs it; you can tell they'd always be up for a yarn, and greet their regulars with warm enthusiasm, which is exactly the kind of thing that makes people want to become regulars in the first place".
Homeland, 11 Westhaven Drive
Homeland is the newest venture from renowned New Zealand chef Peter Gordon and his partner Alastair Carruthers. Located in Wynyard Quarter, Homeland is a cooking school and a dining room. In a word an amazing innovation hub that is a connector of communities. Make sure to try one of their ‘greatest hit’ dishes like Peter’s Turkish Eggs that won the hearts of Londoners at The Providores for so many years too.
As told by Metro: "If you can have only one thing at Homeland, it should be the three-cheese scone, which is quite possibly the best one in Auckland".
Chuffed | 43 High St
This tucked away cafe on High Street has indoor and outdoor seating and a menu with seriously enticing options. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu, along with some great cabinet food (their sandwiches are hard to go past!) and plenty of desserts to appease your sweet tooth too. Plus the the courtyard is a welcome retreat from the street, with a retractable roof to catch the rain or let in the sun.
As told by Metro: "Thank God for Chuffed, with its serene sheltered courtyard hidden out the back, heated up snug during the winter so you can catch your breath in the middle of a busy workday."
Hugo’s Bistro | 67 Shortland St
This all-day bistro is bringing a sophisticated European vibe to the heart of the city. Located on Shortland Street, in a historic building Hugo's Bistro serves European classics with a modern twist. Grab your morning coffee there, meet with friends in the afternoon for drinks and nibbles after work or simply eat in their welcoming dining room and bar.
As told by Metro: " Hugo's Bistro has thrived under current head chef Alfie Ingham, who likes to put his own modern, ingredient-led spin on timeless bistro classics, and Sophie Beaton, who runs front of house like a dream."
Odettes | City Works Depot
Odettes brings a slice of Eastern Mediterranean chic to City Works Depot. With a morning, noon and night menu, Odettes' cuisine is driven by seasonal produce. The interior of this delightful eatery is reminiscent of a chic summer beach house, making it easy to sit back, relax and unwind.
As told by Metro: "It's big (how often do you show up at an Auckland cafe, only to be turned away for lack of seating?) and bright, which is also an apt description of their menu."
Williams Eatery| 85 Daldy St, Wynyard Quarter
Williams is an 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.
As told by Metro: "Last year's Supreme Winner, Williams Eatery continues to hold down the fort at Wynyard Quarter, setting high standards for Auckland's ever-expanding brunch scene."
Ima Cuisine | 53 Fort St
Taking a seat in this eatery you will immediately be transfixed by the evocative smells from the kitchen. Everything here is made fresh daily in the deli and the result is a room filled with the aroma of freshly baked pastries, spiced brioche, scones and slices. If savoury is more your type, make sure to try the Shakshuka (spicy, slow-roasted tomatoes with own home-made Moroccan merguez sausages & two poached free-range eggs, served with toast) or Ima's grill that will satisfy all the big appetites (homemade-bacon, merguez sausages & baked beans, with poached free-range eggs, grilled tomato, potato cake, salad greens & toast).
As told by Metro: "The person who really makes Ima Ima is owner Yael Shochat, who regularly uses her platform to advocate for the hospitality industry, as well as sharing recipes with the community."