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The 50 Best Cafes in Auckland for 2011

Aug 19, 2012 Cafes

Metro Top 50 Cafes 2011The 2011 Best Cafe in Auckland, Takapuna Beach Cafe

Good keeps getting better. Great new cafes have been transforming this town, and 16 of them have leapt straight into our Top 50 — ranging from the big, smart operations in the new Auckland Art Gallery and at Mt Eden’s Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Cafe, to lovely little suburban cafes like Catroux in Westmere and Ruby Red in Mangere Bridge. Others, like Atomic Roastery in Kingsland and Dellows Kitchen in Herne Bay, have had impressive makeovers.

Cafes are also getting more serious about the quality of their coffee: Espresso Workshop and Shaky Isles lead the way in offering a choice of strengths and styles, and there is a rapidly growing commitment to using beans from fair-trade sources. That ethical stand shows up in the food too, with eggs from happy chickens and bacon from happy pigs now common.

Menus are also on the march. Gorgeous granola, splendid spicy eggs, home baking in which you can taste the love, and — the hottest item on menus right through a winter that still lingers — perfect porridge, served as often as not with cream, stewed fruit and soft brown sugar. Plus, we are especially pleased to say, in Owairaka’s Cosset we’ve found a really good vegan and vegetarian cafe.

As always, our judges gave high marks for original style and excellent service: core requirements for any cafe that wants to make its customers feel special. At old favourites like Ponsonby’s Agnes Curran and Ima in the CBD, along with newbies like Federal & Wolfe, also in the CBD, and  Kohu Road in New Lynn, you know you could be nowhere else and you wouldn’t really want to be. For the second year, our top accolade goes to Takapuna Beach Cafe. Just look at this photo. So lovely. Think how good the food and service should be in a place like that. Well, they are. Bravo, we say. Bravo.

The 50 Best Cafes in Auckland


    • Dellows Kitchen

    • Gala Cafe

    • Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe

    • Richmond Rd Cafe

    • Takapuna Beach Cafe



    • Beans with Chorizo at Atomic Roastery

    • Mother-in-Law Eggs at Gala Cafe

    • Handmade Sausages and Baked Beans at Ima

    • Porridge with Stewed Fruit, Borwn Sugar and Cream at Ruby Red

    • Moroccan Eggs Baked in Spiced Tomato with Puy Lentils at Takapuna Beach Cafe



    • Organic Roughage, Orange Blossom & Blueberry Compote at Domain & Ayr

    • Granola with Raspberries, Honey and Yoghurt at Queenie’s Lunchroom

    • Muesli, Fresh Fruit, Vanilla Bean Yoghurt & Honeycomb at Richmond Rd Cafe

    • Roasted Brazil Nut & Seed Granola “Bix”, Poached Figs & Greek Yogurt at Takapuna Beach Cafe

    • Cashew & Pumpkin Seed Granola with Poached Rhubarb & Yogurt at Teed St Larder



    • Little & Friday

    • Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe

    • Pyrénée the French Deli

    • Salvation Kitchen

    • The Fridge



    • Catroux

    • Kohu Rd Cafe

    • Luscious

    • The Piha Cafe

    • Zus & Zo



    • Catroux

    • Cosset

    • Federal & Wolfe

    • Kohu Road Cafe

    • L’Assiette

    • Little Hero

    • Mister Morning

    • Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe

    • Ruby Red

    • Salvation Kitchen



    • Atomic Roastery

    • Ben

    • Domain & Ayr

    • Espresso Workshop

    • Federal & Wolfe

    • Gala Cafe

    • Good One

    • Meola Kitchen

    • Reslau/Macgregor Brothers

The Best 50 Cafes in Auckland

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