Explore the Top 50 cafes with the MINI Countryman
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1210 Great North Rd, Pt Chevalier
The coffee is good, the deli products (pickles, kimchi, marmite) are great, the tote bags are already a classic, the pastries are phenomenal, but (you know where we’re going with this) the bread is why you keep coming back to Daily Bread. Whether buying a sandwich to eat in (we usually go for the chopped egg or the smoked fish) or taking a loaf home (choosing a favourite is impossible — there are so many different loaves for so many different needs), there’s something happening at the core of every loaf that is distinctive and extraordinary. Oh, and the pizza nights are fun, too.
480 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
Occupying a corner site in the West Lynn shops, Honey Bones is a perfectly formed neighbourhood cafe, big enough to (usually) get a seat yet small enough to feel homely. A scattering of outdoor tables signal it’s a bustling spot, yet the vibe is never frantic, even when it’s crammed. Service is fast and friendly, the coffee is excellent, and the food is classic cafe fare (eggs feature prominently) done well, often with Middle Eastern-ish leanings — think zesty zucchini fritters with lime labneh and poached egg, or Istanbul scrambled eggs with parsley, whipped feta, curried cauliflower, za’atar and Turkish pide.
OZONE COFFEE ROASTERS
18 Westmoreland St West, Grey Lynn
Grey Lynn’s new all-day favourite, New Plymouth roasters Ozone have certainly entered Auckland with a bang. They’ve set up shop in an old industrial warehouse, seating more than 100 people in swanky booths and around their open kitchen, serving up earthy, sustainably focused dishes like Hawera quinoa falafel with fermented hummus, or a catch of the day with “hangi” yams. There’s just something special about being swept up in the Sunday morning bustle, transforming the cavernous space into a true community hub. And, of course, the coffee menu here — complete with a dedicated coffee bar — is impressive; V60 and syphon and Aeropress and cold brew on tap, plus an on-site roastery out back. Welcome to Auckland, Ozone, and glad to have you here.
G03/85 Daldy St, Wynyard Quarter
What was once a neighbourhood cafe with barely a neighbourhood to support it is now a bustling eatery open breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner Thursday through Saturday. Busy at the times you’d want it to be busy, slow and easy at the times you’d want that, too. The coffee — espresso, batch brew or cold brew — is always excellent. The food is just as good — usually light, often vegetable-driven, and often surprising, seamlessly running from breakfast to brunch to lunch and (sometimes) dinner, with a small core menu and other dishes weaving in and out throughout the day. Time it right and you can have oysters for breakfast.
67 Shortland St, central city
Hugo’s is sleek and sophisticated, with next-level coffee and a small but perfectly formed menu. Head chef Alfie Ingham joined the team at the start of this year after a stint working in Paris. His revolving menus are simple and not particularly long, but each dish is a near-perfect version of what it’s supposed to be. The coffee is second to none in the CBD: made with Hugo’s in-house blend and executed perfectly, their espresso is fruity, strong and worth coming back for.
327 Karangahape Rd, K’ Rd Precinct
Fort Greene make their own bread in-house using their special organic starter, and the labour of love really pays off. Whether you order the Reuben (packed with homemade sauerkraut and brisket), the fish one (house cured — they really like keeping things in-house here) or the four-cheese grilled cheese, you can’t go wrong with a Fort Greene sammy. The rest of their menu is short but sweet, featuring an inventive selection of egg dishes (with miso crème, or chipotle Mole Rojo), and remember to leave room for dessert. You can’t go past one of their excellent house-made almond croissants: fresh, flaky and full of sticky almond butter. Go early on the weekend, or expect to wait for a table.
452 Karangahape Rd, K’Rd Precinct
There’s no better place for a filter coffee, and not just because it’s a lovely spot to sit in (especially the window nook, which looks out onto the slower end of K’ Rd). It’s because of the baristas and staff, who know their beans and taste profiles like the back of their hand, procuring you the perfect cup of pour-over after some gentle prodding of what you’re in the mood for. And it’s also because there isn’t a cafe with the same variety of beans anywhere else, pulling in brands from around the world plus supporting local roasters, too. There’s a selection of pastries in the cabinet, and espresso.
Coffee Supreme with rotating guest filter brews
St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, K’ Rd Precinct
Take your mum, take your kids, take your fussy mate from Wellington, take a date, go by yourself with a book — Bestie is that type of place. Definitely “cool”, but not in the slightest bit intimidating, a bit quirky but not self-consciously so, it’s just a guaranteed good time for all. The menu is inventive, taking influences from all over the place — try the smoked salmon fishcake with kūmara purée and “banh mi pickles”, the red lentil dahl with coconut labneh, or the fast-achieving-cult-status flatbread with spicy chorizo and a chilli-fried egg. The cabinet is always heaving with old-school baking with a twist, and service is fast and friendly, even when they’re run off their feet (which is often).
6 Basque Rd, Eden Terrace
Closed on Sundays, which will disappoint workers on a weekend off, Coffee Pen is in the business of selling the best sweet treats in Auckland and they never disappoint. Silky chocolate tarts, the legendary banoffee pie and a revolving menu of truly excellent cheesecakes; whatever’s on offer is always worth writing home about (or putting on your Instagram story). The savoury menu is small, just like the space itself, with a variety of sandwiches on offer, as well as portions of lasagna so generous you’ll struggle to walk back up the steep slope of Basque Rd to your car. Go to see what’s in the sweets cabinet, stay to linger over another coffee made with their specialty in-house blend, and people-watch on the shared trestle table.
Coffee Pen blend
HARE AND THE TURTLE
1/63 New Windsor Rd, New Windsor
Hare and the Turtle know how to do simple things well. Namely, they’ve nailed the humble sammy, bookended by their house-made buns and spilling over with fillings such as eggplant parm and smoked kahawai. We also like their Daisy, served on white sourdough with slow-cooked beef, pickled onion and horseradish mustard. The hustle here is friendly, with co-owner Aletheia Elder often manning front-of-house; it’s a clear neighbourhood spot, and all the better for it. Go early to grab their classic cream-filled donut or a soft cinnamon bun — they’re often gone by the afternoon.