Even in the warmer seasons, Auckland can still have a slight chill to it. But, who said anything about staying cooped up at home? We’ve rounded up some of the cosiest eateries in Auckland; think fuzzy blankets, fireplaces, and cushy booths – Even your most reclusive friend will be tempted out of hiding.
The Garden Shed
Situated on the busy Mount Eden Road, The Garden Shed is a slice of serenity through their novelty front doors. Decked out in the theme of "A Garden Shed", picture a Peter Rabbit-esque interior – full of sweet knick-knacks, homely decor, and their very own secret garden, complete with an in-house waterfall. Rug up warm and take a trip to The Garden Shed, if only to try their DIY s'mores and garden platters while surrounded by your very own rainforest.
Affectionately nicknamed The Fed by regulars (and there’s a lot of regulars) Fed Deli is not only one of the best-loved eateries in Auckland, it’s also one of the cosiest. Getting a table here can be a bit of a challenge but, don’t worry, whether you’re outside with a blanket or in a snug booth you’ll be happy as Larry. Inspired by a classic New York Deli, everything from the tablecloths to the bottomless filter coffee fits the bill. Pioneered by Al Brown, it’s no surprise that the poutine and cheesecake here is famous around Auckland. Open til’ late, brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert–The Fed is always a good option.
Simple and elegant, Orphans Kitchen’s interior is a surprisingly accurate representation of their food. Raw-edged long wood tables and stools covered in soft furry cushions give this spot a warm, intimate feeling–You’ll barely notice you’re sharing the tables. Offering up a seasonal and ever-changing selection of modern contemporary café food, the mainstays of Daily Bread toast with toppings and top-notch coffee will have you coming back. Operating with strong ethics of sustainability and New Zealand heritage, eating here brunch to dinner just always feels good.
Olaf's Artisan Bakery Cafe
Just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Dominion road, Olafs is a multi-award-winning bakery and café with a different vibe from it’s surrounding it. Priding itself on true European artisan breads and pastries, Olaf himself, a German-trained baker and pastry chef with 20 years under his belt, provides the baked goods–Need we say more? Comfortable booth seating and blankets for outside, you can even sit and watch Olaf and his bakers work live if you want. We recommend you embrace the bakery aspect and try the spelt sourdough bagel with salmon. You won’t be disappointed.
As well as being a godsend for vegans and plant-based eaters, KIND is a fresh, plant-covered paradise. The Morningside eatery is located on the corner of McDonald Street, easily spotted by their great glasshouse store front, cushioned seats, and hanging ceiling plants. Stepping into the white oasis, the smell of coffee, fresh baked treats, and fresh air fills the space. Dine off their KIND menu, filled with plenty of plant-based dishes and drinks, best enjoyed in the company of your favourite people in amongst KIND's kind vibes.
Tucked down a little corridor off High Street, there’s something secretive about visiting Chuffed. But it’s definitely the kind of secret you want to have. Opening up into a bright bustling courtyard, the warm sunlight that bathes in through the skylight and furry white throws set the scene perfectly for cuddling up all afternoon. Owner-come-barista, Scott McLean has a true passion for coffee and it shines through with the brews here, consistently velvety and fresh. Seasonal sammies and free-range offerings make this another feel-good spot to dine-in. But don’t limit Chuffed to brunch, if it’s a classic cocktail or a hearty lunch (we recommend the Slow Cooked lamb) Chuffed has got you covered.
Dida's Wine Lounge
Whether it’s 12pm or heading towards midnight, you’ll always find an excuse to visit Dida’s. An open-fire, cushy leather couches, and wall-to-wall shelves show-casing wines and books make a trip to Dida’s feel like visiting your oldest friend. Of course, there’s an extensive wine list to enjoy while cosying up by the fire, but we recommend you settle in and try some of the tapas too. Whether it’s classic bruschetta, char-grilled lamb skewers, or Dida’s classic stuffed eggplant–You’ll be happily stuffed too by the time you leave.
Well-loved by students and workers alike, Remedy Coffee is the perfect place to cosy up among the books and enjoy a stellar cup of coffee or a bite to eat. A wooden interior, old-school board games, and endless shelves of books make this one of the snuggest spots to posse up for a few hours (whether you’re with friends or just craving a good people watch.) Known for their award-winning toasted espresso, the coffee is a must-try. If you’re a little more peckish, don’t fret–From toasted bagels, fancy toast and quinoa bowls, Remedy will quickly become your new local.
Whether it’s a business lunch, some wines and tapas with friends, or a romantic dinner – Vivace is one of those shapeshifting restaurants that somehow is perfect for all occasions. Award-winning Mediterranean cuisine is on offer here, and able to be enjoyed on even the chilliest nights with a covered balcony and warm candle-lit interior. From crowd-pleasing herbed olives with chili and garlic to the more adventurous baked eggplant with ginger and caramel sauce, the menu here is extensive and caters for vegans as well. Perfect for even your pickiest date, make a booking at Vivace–They’ll cover the rest.