With winter only a few weeks away, sunshine appreciation is at an all-time high. And there’s no better way to soak up some rays than while eating in one of Auckland’s stunning outdoor courtyards. To find out where to visit next, check out our list below.
For nearly fifteen years, Prego’s sleek, sun-filled courtyard has been the meeting place for many friends, families, and colleagues. Its simplistic white table cloths, sun-shade umbrellas, and woven cream seats scream an elegant summertime meal. The outdoor dining area is made complete with lush surrounding trees and a lively ambience of laughter.
Situated in the popular Britomart Pavilions, Ortolana offers a casual, sophisticated dining spot. Their modern, glass-topped tables and black chairs sit under a sea of fairy lights, creating a unique space that is well-loved by both locals and tourists. Plus, with the bistro’s wide-glass doors, the courtyard and indoor area seamlessly feel like one.
Inspired by the flavours of Italy, the courtyard at Non-Solo Pizza has a beautiful Italian flair. Made up of rustic, wooden bar stools, charming white seats, a wood-stacked fireplace, and subtle greenery – it’s simply a cosy date-night dream. Opening up directly from the bar area, the outdoor guests have a great view of the mosaic bar and vintage wine displays.
Cibo’s covered heated courtyard is ideal for both casual dining and special events. Elegantly opening up from their sleek white and black interior, this outdoor space is fitted with circular tables covered in crisp white table cloths, bought to life with subtle greenery and angelic hanging lights.
Following the directions on the floor, you’ll soon find Plumm’s hidden courtyard situated behind their cafe building. Surrounded by trees and hedges, the small area is cleverly designed to fit several wooden seats. Here, you can enjoy your brunch while soaking up the sun.
Tucked down Fort Lane sits the iconic Everybody’s Restaurant. With more than seven different seating areas, you can count on these guys to have a courtyard. As you walk downstairs, you’ll find an ultra-trendy outdoor space complete with dark wooden benches, modern bar seats, hanging lights, exposed brick, and beautiful greenery.
Decked out with long wooden benches, red umbrellas, and plenty of greenery, The Commons Garden Bar is a social occasion waiting to happen. Its glass ceiling means that the outdoor feel can be enjoyed in sunshine or rain - perfect for Auckland’s indecisive weather.
Hidden at the back of Tiger Burger is a small, modern courtyard surrounded by an aesthetic black fence. The trendy wooden benches and chairs combined with the building’s brick exterior create a chilled-out vibe ideal for catching up with mates.
Augustus Bistro offers a European escape with an incredibly elegant touch. The enchanting courtyard is bought to life through an abundance of plants and flowers, crisp white table cloths, and a detailed fireplace. When the sun goes down, this sun-soaked area quickly transforms into an intimate, candle-lit wonderland.
Sharing the courtyard with neighbouring roof-top eateries, the Bodrum Market’s Mediterranean-inspired space will give you serious Greece vibes. The blue and white seats and patterned pillows will make for a great background when snapping those food pics.
Only a short walk from the CBD, the Wintergarden Cafe provides a tranquil escape from the city. Its outdoor courtyard space is beautifully put together with a range of vibrant outdoors seats and tables overlooking the gardens.
Eatery at Rothesay Bay
At the rear end of the newly opened Eatery at Rothesay Bay is an adorable outdoor space. Semi-sheltered by vintage white windows, and a hanging blue net, the area is filled with lovely fresh energy. Not to mention, this space is perfectly positioned to offer slight views of the bays.
Meadow takes their courtyard vibes very seriously. Designed for ultimate relaxation, this space is filled with a variety of crisp white seats, trendy bean bags, sun umbrellas, and a large curtain drape shade area. All combined, it becomes an aesthetic yet super casual dining space.