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As always, the ‘cafe’ definition is nebulous, and it’s only grown more so as brew bars (cafes you can’t order eggs on toast at) have become more popular. We’ve included them on this list — we’re a fan of the slow pour-overs and attention to detail that are characteristic of many coffee shops without a kitchen menu — but have indicated the places where all you can get, aside from a coffee, is a croissant.

Whether they’re more brew bar, deli or bakery, the one thing all 50 of these cafes do have in common is that they all serve some form of coffee. We promise.

With thanks to Karma Drinks.

Category winners

Supreme Winner

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  • Best Established
  • Best Service
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  • Best Fit-Out
  • Best Cabinet Food
  • Best Bread
  • Best Sandwiches
  • Best Cafe/Roastery
  • Best Dressed
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Duo Eatery

If you decide to visit Duo on a Saturday morning, you can spot it in the middle of a row of shops by the groups of locals standing around outside, dog leashes in hand. Though it’s been open for only a year and a bit, the Birkenhead Pt eatery has a definite buzz around it — the kind of genuine, unmanufactured hype that comes with doing something well. Owned and run by Jordan and Sarah Macdonald (Jordan used to chef at and co-own Culprit), the food offerings are well-trodden favourites turned up several notches: the mushrooms on toast, for example, come with a delicious salsa verde, and the French toast is a brûléed, custard-soaked brioche. Then, of course, there’s the raw fish on toast, which was an entry in last issue’s Metro Best Dishes — it’s that good.

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Best New - Winner

Duo Eatery

Other Best New - Winner

Burnt Butter Diner

Claudia Long and Ryan Pearce’s compact cafe in Avondale has a no-fuss ethos that makes it uncomplicated to love. With a small team and space, everything is scaled down to simplicity: the menu has zero duds and the coffee only comes one way (filter). Straightforwardly great.

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Best Coffee - Winner

Rumours

Yet another new entry on the list, Rumours is a bare- bones coffee bar that focuses its efforts on making sure your brew is the best it can be. The espresso is mostly Society Coffee, a small micro-roastery based in Auckland, with seasonal single origins and guest roasters on filter, both local and international (batch and pour-over). We especially like the iced white with demerara syrup, and the espresso tiramisu is good for a post-lunch dessert.

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Best Established - Winner

Dizengoff

Dizengoff has been around since 1994, which makes it 29 in human years, 203 in dog ones and extremely senior for a cafe. It still does a brisk trade doing what it does — and doing it well.

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Best Service - Winner

Odettes Eatery

It is a feat to make sure everything runs smoothly at a cafe of Odettes’ size, but headed up by operations manager Poi Eruera, the service here is fast and friendly, executed with an ease that belies how hard it really is.

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Best Surroundings - Winner

Bestie

Though we continue our fight against the word ‘vibe’, our Best Surroundings category is a nod to a place that just feels good to be in. It’s incredibly hard to beat the atrium at the end of St Kevins Arcade, with the Sky Tower looking down on the sprawling and plant-studded dining area.

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Best Fit-Out - Winner

Seabreeze

Best Cabinet Food - Winner

Cazador Deli

Best Bread - Winner

Florets

Best Sandwiches - Winner

Hare and the Turtle

Best Cafe/Roastery - Winner

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Best Dressed - Winner

Coffee Pen

(See our column on cafe style in the issue)

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605

605 New North Rd, Morningside

The Lodge Bar

Commercial Bay,7 Queen St , Central city

Ockhee

171 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Onslow

9 Princes St, Central city

Paris Butter

166 Jervois Rd , Herne Bay

Pasta & Cuore

409 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

Pasture

235 Parnell Rd, Parnell

Pici

Shop 22, St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct

Ponsonby Road Bistro

165 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

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