Rosie

In a prime location, nestled in the heart of Parnell and opposite the Rose Gardens, you'll find Rosie. It's a cafe come restaurant that is always busy, populated with a regular bunch of locals and those testing out the recently revamped eatery. We visited Rosie for a family brunch last weekend, on a bone-chilling cold … Continue reading Rosie

L’oeuf

Numerous recommendations (and Instagram snaps) lead us to L'oeuf  for brunch this weekend. The cafe has burgeoned into a very popular spot - which meant we had to wait a short while for a table - but it was well worth it, as the food was visually stunning and tasted as good as it looked. The cafe is … Continue reading L’oeuf

Richmond Rd Cafe

What a fabulous weekend it's been with all this sunshine! And yesterday we visited one of Charlotte's favourite spots too, Richmond Rd Cafe. We always return to this cafe because we like the smooth service and think it does great eggs. It's ideal for a lazy weekend brunch or lunch. The cafe is deceivingly large, … Continue reading Richmond Rd Cafe

Honey

Honey Cafe has been on our list of places-to-go for quite some time now, so we were pleased to finally make it there for lunch today. The cafe is light and bright inside, with vibrant yellow seats and cushions adding to the lively atmosphere. We liked the feature wall patterned with geometric shapes and the … Continue reading Honey

Catroux

This morning we visited Catroux in Westmere. We reviewed the cafe a while ago for lunch, but this time we tried the seasonal brunch menu and  were very impressed by the food. We like the design of the cafe with its all-white interiors making it feel larger than it is. The space is dominated by a glass … Continue reading Catroux

Little Bird Unbakery

Eating unprocessed and healthy food is a trend that has picked up speed in the last year, and with the recent addition of a Little Bird 'Unbakery' to Ponsonby, we have no doubt it will continue to gain momentum. Yesterday Laura and I visited for breakfast, while Charlotte made a trip today to try out … Continue reading Little Bird Unbakery

Best Ugly Bagels

How do you make sure no one steals your bagels? You put lox on them. Hehe. Laura and I finally made it to Al Brown’s ‘Best Ugly Bagels’ today for lunch. It is a bagel shop of sorts, where artisan bagels are hand rolled and wood fired in front of your eyes, then served up … Continue reading Best Ugly Bagels

Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

You may be more familiar with 'Little Bread and Butter' located in Ponsonby central, however, today we went to the Bread and Butter Bakery and Cafe in Grey Lynn, as the bakery and cafe has a full breakfast and lunch menu which we wanted to try, alongside their artisan breads and sweet treats. The cafe is large … Continue reading Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

Milse

We found a little slice of dessert-heaven this afternoon! Tucked away discreetly in The Pavilions at Britomart is Milse, a beautiful dessert restaurant and patisserie with degustation dessert menus and à la carte delights to choose from. It only opened two days ago, and we predict it will become a very popular spot! The intricate lattice walls … Continue reading Milse

Bambina Ponsonby

This morning Laura and I headed to 'Bambina' for brunch after a morning walk. It's a quintessential Ponsonby cafe, busy with quiet couples enjoying the newspaper, to bubbly kids out for a morning treat with their parents. All seem to enjoy its casual feel, straightforward menu and quality food. It was hassle free getting a … Continue reading Bambina Ponsonby

Ortolana

Today for an early lunch, Laura and I went down to the Britomart Pavilions to try out Ortolana, which is a casual bistro and a relatively recent addition to the area. From the outside, it looks like a tropical, earthy retreat in the heart of a concrete jungle. We loved the design of this space. … Continue reading Ortolana

Ripe delicatessen

We can't get enough of Ripe delicatessen at the moment, although Charlotte has been obsessed with their food for quite sometime now! It is one of the many foodie-stops on Richmond road, but really stands out with their array of incredible, fresh creations for take-away (there are a few tables and seats outside if you're … Continue reading Ripe delicatessen

Foxtrot Parlour

On this gorgeous day, we visited Ponsonby Central and Foxtrot Parlour for a late brunch. Laura had heard their waffles were amazing so we had thought we'd give them a try. It's a trendy spot with shared tables and the option of sunny seats outside. The design of the interior creates a casual and comfortable … Continue reading Foxtrot Parlour

Chocolate Boutique Cafe

Tonight we popped out for dessert at the Chocolate Boutique in Parnell. It's a cafe and shop dedicated to the heaven that is chocolate, and is by far one of the best places for something sweet and delectable in Auckland. It's in a Victorian-styled boutique and is busy all year round. We weren't allowed to take photos … Continue reading Chocolate Boutique Cafe

Kokako

Feeling like a healthy start to the day, Charlotte and I chose Kokako cafe this morning for brunch. It's a NZ cafe and coffee brand that focuses on sustainability and natural, organic foods. The cafe is located in a converted 1930's Post Office on a corner in Grey Lynn. It was very lively when we … Continue reading Kokako

St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro

Back from our brief hiatus over Christmas and New Years, we picked the newly opened St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro to start off the year. It has a stylish beach-resort vibe, with sea-green wall tiles, large woven light fittings and wide, sliding windows opening onto Tamaki drive. Although it looks busy it runs very … Continue reading St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro

Sweetiepie Cupcakes

Laura finished her exams for the year this morning, so as a celebratory treat we went to Sweetiepie Cupcakes! They make the hands-down cutest cupcakes we have ever seen, and also taste heavenly. We thought they'd nailed the shop design from the window down to the checkered black and white floor, creating a girly pink sweet … Continue reading Sweetiepie Cupcakes

The Store on Kohi

The Store on Kohi is a small take-away coffee shop, that has an amazing selection of very fresh food. Catering for all tastes and preferences, there is lasagna, salad, filled rolls, pies, macarons, cakes, gelato, ice-cream and a lot more. The Store is the more casual branch of 'Cafe on Kohi', which is just around the … Continue reading The Store on Kohi

Olaf’s Bakery

Olaf's Bakery & Cafe is an artisan bakery in Mt. Eden, where you can choose from salads and filled sandwiches made from rustic looking breads to fresh brioches, tarts, biscuits and cake. The interiors are rather plain and the space lacks a bit of ambience. On the upside it is spacious and clean, with lots of … Continue reading Olaf’s Bakery

Bluebells Cakery

Bluebells Cakery does cakes and sweet treats to order, as well as act as a wonderful little cafe in two different locations, offering said cakes, sweets, savouries and coffees. Worth a visit for the cupcakes. Hadlow girls x KINGSLAND ___ 361 New North Road, Kingsland ___ HILLSBOROUGH 161a Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough

Takapuna Beach Cafe

Takapuna Beach Cafe. Sitting on Takapuna beach looking out onto the shimmering water, it is a dream location. A classy cafe affair, they have slick service, sparkling water for the tables, a sophisticated menu and delicious, fresh food. If you're after something simpler, 'The Store' next door sells a lot of the same things take-away (and half … Continue reading Takapuna Beach Cafe

Little & Friday

Little & Friday. It simply has the most amazing things to eat - cakes, filled donuts, brioches, savories, tarts, slices, filled rolls, biscuits...the list is endless! And it's all made fresh daily. We are always overwhelmed by all the delicious things to choose from. It has become an Auckland institution since it first opened (when the below … Continue reading Little & Friday