Petit Bocal

Petit Bocal (or "small jar") is a rustic cafe with a French twist, nestled in the suburb of Morningside. With a long list of breakfast items through to evening tapas, wines and dinner, it's worth having in your back pocket as a relaxed escape from home or for a catchup with friends. We visited a couple of weeks ago on a … Continue reading Petit Bocal

Welcome Eatery

  When you think of cafes in Auckland, it's easy to gloss over the Grafton area, between New Market and the city. However, this area is definitely warming up on the quality-cafe front, which makes sense given its close proximity to both the Auckland and AUT university campuses and an abundance of workplaces nearby. Welcome Eatery is a … Continue reading Welcome Eatery

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

If you're always on the hunt for quality spots for a healthy brunch or lunch, Bread & Circus in Sydney is a great choice. A boisterous cafe with high ceilings and industrial-styled interiors, it has a laid back atmosphere that suited us perfectly on our most recent visit. Located in the same food court complex as … Continue reading Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

LUXE Woollahra

Situated a stone's throw away from Oxford street and within the courtyard of a blush-coloured corner site, Luxe Woollahra (in Sydney), is somewhere you should head if you're looking for aesthetic surroundings and a classic and tasty menu, topped off with solid service. What keeps us going back to this spot is the great set-up. The outdoor seating area has lots of plush pillows, plants and … Continue reading LUXE Woollahra

Bills

In a suburb that has a laid-back vibe but is secretly (or not so secretly) buzzing with activity and trendy eateries, you will find Bills - a quintessential Sydney destination with a reputable reputation for a bite to eat, at all times of the day. For our purposes, we visited for brunch mid-week and as there … Continue reading Bills

Eat at The Shelter

Eat at The Shelter is the uber stylish cafe that has recently opened up in a contemporary shared space in Ponsonby. The cafe, which flows outdoors into a courtyard, is nestled at the back of the open-planned space, alongside trendy fashion brands, stunning  home-ware and other lifestyle products. The relaxed atmosphere of the cafe was perfect for an early morning start last week. I loved … Continue reading Eat at The Shelter

Mary’s

As a final ode to the month that has been 'Junk Free June', here is our review of Mary's in St. Mary's Bay, where we found healthy options for a recent Sunday lunch. The building itself is easily identified with its brick exterior and unique deco-style window arching across the top of its road-front wall. … Continue reading Mary’s

Scratch Bakers

When we think of Scratch Bakers, we usually think of their delicious little tarts filled with custard or their cinnamon brioche scrolls, that adorn countertops in cafes a-plenty around Auckland. However, that's about to change, with the opening of their new 'headquarters' in the CBD. Just off Victoria street, you will find the cafe with semi-industrial … Continue reading Scratch Bakers

Caffetteria Allpress

Another day, another cafe...but this one is unique. I can honestly say I've visited Caffetteria Allpress many times and the service and coffee is always excellent. I became fond of this cafe when I was working nearby, for a good four months, at the end of last year. The sun-drenched balcony overlooking Drake Street was my … Continue reading Caffetteria Allpress

4&20 Bakery

Our little local, 4&20 Bakery is the place to go if you're after artisan bread,  sandwiches, pastries and fresh baking. They use organic and free-range ingredients where possible, and everything is made by hand. You can also grab yourself an organic coffee, tea or juice. The cafe is small but has a huge kitchen out the back where the magic … Continue reading 4&20 Bakery

Odettes Eatery

Nothing starts a weekend better than a workout and brunch, so that's what Charlotte and I do most Saturdays. On the weekend just been, we swung by Odettes Eatery for breakfast, knowing it had a great outdoor area to enjoy a fresh, sunny morning. The highlight of this eatery is definitely the relaxed atmosphere and detail to design. Clean, lofty and … Continue reading Odettes Eatery

Five Loaves Eatery

Charlotte and I unintentionally ended up at Five Loaves Eatery yesterday morning for coffee and given I was peckish, thought it'd be rude not to get some breakfast and write a little review. It's a trendy place to grab and go, or munch on something at one of their few road-side tables. There is top quality … Continue reading Five Loaves Eatery

The Botanist

Last weekend Charlotte and I visited The Botanist for breakfast after having been many times before, for coffee, juices and lunch. On further consideration, we decided that more cafes should take a leaf out of this cafe's book and combine with a florist - not only will their atmosphere permeate with a stunning, floral bouquet, but will … Continue reading The Botanist

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

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

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

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